Ahimsa is from sanscrit meaning “non-violence” or “non-harming”.
It teaches us to live in a way that cultivates a sense of peace with ourselves and the world around us.
It requires a harmless mind, mouth, and hand. Always being kind to ourselves and others.
Ahimsa is the first of the 5 Yamas, our Yoga ethic/moral codes called the Yamas and the Niyamas. Yamas are our social restraints and Niyamas our self disciplines. These codes can get lost in the popularity of the asanas (postures), but they are the missing keys to finding the true yogic strength, power and transformation on and off the tapis.
In light of what has been happening in our world I find it fitting to revisit Ahimsa,”non-violence” or “non-harming”, and what it means to us.