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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.

Flowing through Challenges

Flowing through Challenges

Hello lovelies,

Today, I want to talk to ya'll about cognitive distortions, the things we tell ourselves that just aren't true and not based at all on reality, and how these lead us to give up. Lately, I've been struggling quite a bit with feelings of defeat creeping up. With the big changes happening in my life, particularly starting a graduate program in a field I have very limited knowledge in, I've noticed that when I find myself getting frustrated with the process of learning something new, I often jump to just wanting to give up. 

I believe this is something a lot of us struggle with when trying something new. Maybe a new job, starting school, moving to a new place.. Putting ourselves into new situations and trying to just figure it out as we go can be incredibly aggravating and lead us to that feeling of, "Oh, fuck it! I'm never going to get this, so why try?" Read: those pesky cognitive distortions start to take hold.

Journey of a Yoga Instructor

Journey of a Yoga Instructor

Hello again.

First off, thank you so much to all those who reached out and shared words of love and encouragement in response to my first post. Your support means so much and really reinforces my willingness to be open about my story and share my journey. I love you all and am truly grateful for the compassion and love you shared with me.

For the second post, I thought I would share a bit about my training in becoming a yoga instructor. I had been thinking about doing a 200-hour level training for several months and contemplating the right time. With graduation from graduate school approaching, I figured the months following would be a good time to take on something big like a training. 

Welcome to the Journey

Welcome to the Journey

Hello and welcome to my yoga journey,

I provided a brief explanation of how I came to yoga and how it has transformed my life in my About page, but I wanted to start this blog off by going into a bit more detail. Before I begin, please understand that this is my and only my story. Trauma affects everyone in very different ways, and everyone has their own journey through both life and yoga. I do not claim to speak for everyone or believe that my story is the universal truth for others. Here, I only speak my truth in the hope that it will provide insight or assist others in their unique journey.