YAMAS Study Continued
As noted in the last blog post, the Yamas are the outer ethical codes and foundations of the eight limbs, made up of five yamas: Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya, & Aparigraha.
♥️ Ahimsa ♥️
(Kindness / Non-harming)
As part of our Canmore Counselling community on Instagram or Facebook, you have likely noticed a theme of ahimsa in our posts. We are dedicated to supporting everyone, including ourselves, in practicing kindness. Our Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology trainings invite students to deep dive in exploring how non-harming is social justice & an act of love.
When we practice kindness, we honour the importance of non-harming:
✨Practicing non-harming is subtle. It is nuanced.
✨Non-harming often goes unnoticed or unacknowledged.
✨Non-harming begins by practicing kindness and gentle self-love towards ourselves.
✨Non-harming then ripples out to others.
We can practice ahimsa in all that we do...
✨in choosing the road less travelled
✨in our willingness to walk alongside someone who is hurting
✨in our willness to practice open-mindedness
✨the decision to lean into kindness...
especially when defensiveness or frustration might feel like the easy choice!
How do you already practice ahimsa?
How might you deepen your practice of ahimsa?
Please share your thoughts & reflections below!
♥️ Dr. Melissa Jay
Dr. Melissa Jay
109-705 10th Street Canmore, AB T1W2A3
We are located beside Communitea Cafe, on the corner of 10th St. and 6th Ave.
Dr. Melissa Jay is an Indigenous, Nehiyaw-Métis, person, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Indigenous Director of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. We at Canmore Counselling respectfully acknowledges the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We are privileged to live on sacred lands and celebrate all of the Indigenous peoples, who live, work, play, and care for these lands. As an act of reconciliation and decolonization, may we work together to answer the TRC's Calls to Action: Truth & Reconciliation Commission Reports and Findings.