Updated: Dec 5, 2019
noun (in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist tradition) respect for all living things and avoidance of violence toward others.
Growing up where and how I did, the principle of Ahimsa was the farthest thing from my mind. I am grateful for instructors who teach the true foundation of why we practice yoga. For me it is the 8 limb path. Ahimsa sets it all in motion. Looking back I see that earlier into my yoga path I would use brute force and pure power to put myself into positions/asana. The great thing about a consistent yoga practice is: the yoga will always show you the truth. The truth was - regardless of how awesome the shot was for social media posts,I was doing it wrong. Wrong because I was hurting myself. At first I could over look the pain as long as the picture at the end was flawless. Luckily (or un-luckily) for me yoga and my body shifted me in to a place where I could no longer ignore the fact that I was doing it all wrong. In 2017 I had to undergo surgery for a sports hernia. I had been hurting myself so much that I finally got and injury as a result. Always remember to practice in a manner that is safest for you. If you can practice treating yourself better... then you'll be a wizard and treating others better as well....