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Ahimsa | Living in Non-Violence

Ahimsa | Living in Non-Violence

Hello Spiritual Warriors,

Welcome to the first post in a series all about the yamas and niyamas, two of the eight limbs of yoga. I'm so excited to get this kicked off! If you haven't seen the introduction post, I would start there so you know what this series will be all about and the book I'll be following to guide these posts.

The first tenet in the yamas is Ahimsa, or non-violence. This is probably my favorite one out of all ten, so it's exciting that we're starting here. Let's begin with a definition: Ahimsa can be thought of living in a non-violent, peaceful, and compassionate way. This includes other beings, as well as animals, the earth, and even ourselves. Ahimsa asks us to "step lightly, do no harm, and to honor the relationship we have with the earth, with each other, and with ourselves" (taken from our text, The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele). That sounds lovely, right? Let's unpack it a bit, though, to better understand how a life like this is possible.

But, I Don't Speak Icelandic! Letting Go of Fear

But, I Don't Speak Icelandic! Letting Go of Fear

Hello from Reykjavik!

If you have not been following along on Instagram or know me personally, I recently packed up my life in Boston and moved it over 2,000 miles to Reykjavik, Iceland. Surprise! You might be asking yourself, "Why?" to which I would respond, "Why not?" But, I can go into more details in a later conversation, as I'd like to share an experience I had shortly after moving here with you all.

During our move, which lasted for about a month between packing everything up in Boston, transporting it all to Indiana to store with my parents, fly to Reykjavik, and get settled in our new home, I didn't really have the chance to practice much yoga.