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Mean Girls

My first exposure to mean girls was in college.It happened during sorority rush. Oh no, not during my freshman year rush, then I was golden! No, it happened during my sophomore year when I was on the other side, judging the freshman. What I remember the most was: 1) how organized the system of being […]

Ahimsa During the Pandemic

Ahimsa: What does kindness look like when you’re in the midst of a pandemic? Pausing to consider kindness (ahimsa) influences the choices you make. One of the yama practices of yoga, literally means “non-harming” On our yoga mat we practice ahimsa in the way we treat ourselves, consistently choosing the kindest action for our bodies, […]

the meaning of compassion from yoga sutras to the bible

Chapter 1.33 in the Yoga Sutras teaches that compassion, known as Karuna in sanskrit, is a natural remedy to thoughts or feelings of hatred or harm. It is one way to purify the mind and increase serenity in the face of suffering. The definition of compassion, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is the “sympathetic consciousness of others’ […]

are you doing enough not to cause harm?

In the words of the Dalai Lama an example of ahimsa “My religion is kindness” Yoga Sutra Chapter 2.35 Ahimsa: Embracing reverence and love for all (Ahimsa) we experience oneness *Nischala Joy Devi Ahimsa is one of the five yamas, which is the first “limb” of the Patanjali’s eightfold path (ashtanga) as described in the […]

How to Create a Safe and Loving Yoga Environment

How to Create a Safe and Loving Yoga Environment by Silvia Mordini When a student comes to the mat, there’s an implied contract they make with you as teacher. Staying safe, honoring one’s self, and practicing ahimsa (non-harming) is of primary importance. As teachers, however, we cannot be wholly responsible for our students’ safety. We […]