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Monday
Apr082013

Ahimsa off the Mat

I spent my Sunday in the company of 12 new yogis discussing the foundation of yoga: philosophy, pranayama, asana and meditation. We dissected the Eight Limbs of Yoga, built up prana during 3 pranayama exercises and used the philosophy and pranayama in a  yoga sequence followed by meditation.

As we were leaving the shala one of the students came up to me and said:

I think I really understand Ahimsa (non violence) now. It’s not just about not harming others. It’s about saying no to things that I don’t want to do so I don’t harm myself. It’s not just about my yoga practice. It’s about my life.

The teacher walked out very proud. And maybe a little more enlightened.