Yoga Philosphy 101- The Yamas & Niyamas: AHIMSA

Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा): Nonviolence, non-harming other living beings or simply put “kindness” “Raise your words, not your voice, it is rain that grows flowers, not thunder” -Rumi So this week we are looking at Ahimsa which directly translated means "non-violence" or put more simply means "kindness" and how we can integrate this Yama in to our every day life. I have split this in to small bite sized pieces & illustrated these with a practice or experience from it’s application in my

Yoga Philosophy 101 - The Yamas & Niyamas

So in the last blog here we spoke about Raja Yoga and it’s 8 practices for Self-Realisation/Enlightenment/Samadhi. In this blog we are going to look at the first 2 steps of this 8-fold path in more detail; the Yamas & Niyamas. To re-cap the Yamas are ethical imperatives to enable “Living Right with Others” 1  or a list of Yogic Don’ts. The Niyamas are habits or observances; a framework of how to live your life within your own mind & body or a list of Yogic Do’s. So let’s star

Yoga Philosophy 101 - Origins of Yoga

I should say now that I am definitely no expert in yoga philosophy. I could spend this lifetime & the next studying just yogic philosophy & probably not make a dent in the vast teachings. To paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld I know there are known knowns; there are things I know I know. I also know there are known unknowns; that is to say I know there are things I do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the things I don't know I don't know. Apologies upfront for any errors