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