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Nurturing AHIMSA through YO)))GA


Incorporate ahimsa into your yoga practice with an asana and mudra to help bring into focus the subtle and not-so-subtle ways the yama plays out in your life.

Ahimsa YO)))GA Practice

Ahimsa translates to “non-harming” or “non-violence” and guides us to live in a way that cultivates a sense of peace with ourselves and the world around us. To incorporate ahimsa into your own life and practice, start with the yoga pose and mudra (hand gesture) below.

 

 

asana: Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose)

From Mountain Pose, step back with your right foot with your back heel at a 30-degree angle and root through both feet as you lift the upper body away from the right leg. Stack the shoulders over the hips and gaze forward. Hold the pose, with its mudra for 3-5 breaths.
 

mudra: Padma (Lotus Mudra)

Bring your hands together at your heart with fingers apart, in the gesture of Padma (Lotus) Mudra. 
 

meditation: Warrior Energy

As you feel your physical body coming into alignment, meditate on the namesake of the pose—Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose I). Vira means “hero” or “warrior,” and bhadra means “with great virtue.” Apply the concept of non-harming with the fortitude and grace of a warrior. Attune your warrior energy toward the virtues of peace and non-harming of yourself, others, and the environment. 

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