Yoga with Melissa 373 Heart Stabilization Series: Ahimsa

by Melissa West on March 3, 2017

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Ahimsa or Nonviolence

Ahimsa, the first yama or ethical observation of Patajnali’s Yoga Sutras is often translated as “non-violence” or “nonharming.”

All day long we tend to act in subtle and not so subtly aggressive ways against our experience. We are constantly in conflict within ourselves. We resist our lives from our emotional landscape, to illness, aging and the events of the day. We fight against our life.

At our deepest core we have are already tender and compassionate within ourselves, our families, our communities and the world The violence that shows up in our social, emotional, behavioural, cognitive and moral lives is a reflection of our own inner conflict.

We use up excessive energy denying our feelings of pain and not being enough. We close ourselves off from the truth of our existence.

When we become aware of the aggression we have a choice to open to our experience as it is and settle into our bodies and stay connected with our hearts.

This is not a simple task to let go of the aggression, the internal violence, the inherent harming that is part of our habitual experience. We must practice letting go of our own internal aggression, violence and harming until it becomes our way of being. Then we can experience our True Nature, inner stillness, peace, a settling in our bodies and a connectedness with our hearts. Our inner landscape of peace ripples out like a pebble in the pond affecting the whole ocean of life (both inner and outer).

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

What awareness did you receive from this class on releasing aggression?

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At the beginning of the class I told you I was only going to give you part of the teachings here today on letting go of the aggression. Because of the feedback I have received from my classes my intention is to keep these classes as minimalist as possible at these time. If you want to receive the full teachings on letting go of this internal tension, then I will be giving the rest of these teachings in my weekly teaching talk in our Live Classes in our Membership Community at 9:30 am and 5:30 pm PT on Mondays followed by a guided relaxation and time for group discussion.

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Yoga Postures/Asanas: Reclined Bound Angle Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana, Child’s Pose or Balasana, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Dying Warrior Pose or Wounded Warrior Pose, Gate Pose or Parighasana, Bound Angle Pose or Baddha Konasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose, Chaturmukha Mudra, Mudra for Surrender

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  • Anja Schwalen

    What stood out for me was the idea that we practice a lot of self-aggression, especially when it comes to not being “enough”. I have spent a lot of time rebelling against the way I am and the life I am leading, beating myself down for having made the wrong choices or having been “lazy.” It is certainly an exhausting way to live, and I harm myself and the ones around me in the process. However I am hopeful to let go a little bit more each day. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your thoughts on this topic. Namaste, Anja

    • Hello Anja 🙂
      This is so true. There is definitely nothing to fix. Thank you for practicing and for your reflection. Namaste, Melissa

  • Sally McCutchion

    Love love love. Thank you, Sally xxx

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