Ahimsa is the yogic practice of non-violence, which includes physical, mental, and emotional violence towards others and ourselves. Viewed in this broad context, ahimsa can be a challenging and overwhelming practice to take on, as we humans seem to have a knack for creating judgment, criticism, anger or irritation. Fortunately we can easily apply the concept of ahimsa on our yoga mats by practicing mindfulness and compassion towards ourselves.
May our thoughts, words and actions be full of sweetness, love and compassion, and may we do no harm to ourselves or to others.
One is dearest to God who has no enemies among the living beings, who is nonviolent to all creatures. – Bhagavad Gita
Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be inseparable part of our very being. – Mahatma Gandhi
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Practice cultivating thoughts and feelings of understanding, compassion and love towards yourself and others.