Ahimsa: Non Harmfulness

Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra have told about Yama and Nyama. Ahimsa is one of the Yama.

The meaning of Ahimsa literally is: to be without harm. The explanation that Patanjali said is pretty easy to understand, don’t harm anybody, not even lifeless objects. The goal is to master this feeling and our life can be improved.

This is the theory behind this but how do we put in practice, especially on our daily life and also in our practice?

Well the meaning about not harming anybody is considered to ourselves, Human beings, animals and nature.  For this reason we should follow some rules in order to get Ahimsa in our daily life. Remember Yoga is a path, any sudden change you make from day to day might not lead you to the right path. Think about the change, understand its meaning, understand why you actually want to do it and if you are ready for this go ahead. Following a Yogic life take time and with the time, studies and practice we will understand the change we will go through.

When we say, don’t harm yourself we should see that there are many ways to harm ourselves like; having bad lifestyle or overthinking and give stress to our mind, don’t practice Yoga or anything that make your lifestyle healthier and also the way we talk in our daily life and the way we act toward other is also part of harming ourselves.  We should care first of this aspects, when we respect the Self we will be ready to respect the other people, don’t miss this step. This is the key to all others.

Don’t harm Human beings and animal. Well I would put this two togethers because if somebody scream to a human being, sure will scream to an animal. The respect toward other people is the first thing to follow. We also have to remember that our freedom it ends when other’s people freedom start. So we should share our knowledge of Ahimsa and being not harmful as not using physical, mental or verbal violence but we also need to think that if we are going to impose our way of think, we are harming other’s people freedom. I have seen situation where being vegetarian (should be part of Yogic path since is included in Ahimsa)is something to show that other people are making mistakes and hurting animals. But we should be vegetarian for ourselves not for the people that surround us. We should promote this way of lifestyle until we can talk with right attitude and with the a constructive communication.

Don’t harm nature. Very simple. Don’t pick flowers while you do a pic nic. Try to have as less impact as you can toward nature related to pollution; plastic free can be a step, I am also trying to start doing it, go minimal and don’t buy much materialistic things, don’t litter anywhere, don’t cut trees or being part of situation where nature can be put in danger.

How we practice Ahimsa while Practicing?

Don’t force yourself into poses, remember that each pose you practice should be done in total comfort, if you feel too much discomfort (little bit is ok to improve your practice) you are hurting yourself. Don’t push yourself mentally too much over, don’t get ”addicted” of Yoga. You should practice everyday but for some reason you cannot, don’t get angry (you hurt yourself mentally)instead try to see if you can practice pranayama, karma yoga, meditation or any other yoga practice.  Don’t try to compare yourself to other Yogi or to follow an achievement with attachment. It will lead you to harm yourself and also other people.

As you could see is that Ahimsa, is very easy. Is just a matter of.. practice! Practice is not just about asana but we should practice and improve our behave, lifestyle, love, respect and all the other things that lead us to the right path of Ahimsa!

Which Ahimsa would you improve that you are missing out? Think about it and try to fix it up, slowly take your time. Don’t rush it!

Namaste.

 

Psoas Muscle, why so important?

Have you ever heard of Psoas Muscle? Well if not, after reading this post take more attention about this muscle and make more research about it. I am not a doctor and I don’t have any degree, this is knowledge that come from Yoga, if you would like more technical info, ask to those that have studied and could explain deeper.

Let’s yoga..! The Psoas is the deepest muscle located inside your core and for this reason is very hard to training 

The Psoas, is the only muscle that connect the spine to your legs. Because of its location it works as a support of your internal organs and its not just about this kind of work that it makes but there is a relation to the breath. The psoas is considered another ”brain”. Two tendons that go to the diaphragm are wrapped in each psoas that we have (2) and this connection controls the ability of walking, breathing and also emotions, like excitement and fear.So what we have here is a muscle that it can controls literally our way of living and we should not avoid its knowledge. We should listen to this muscle and practice in order to make it balance and less stressed because it will make our way of living much easier.  

How do I see if my Psoas is tighten?

  1. Check your Pelvic! Yes a tight Psoas will turn your pelvic forward and by doing this it can make one leg slightly longer than the other one and you will see this unbalance while walking;
  2. Lower back pain! When you don’t have the rotation of joint because the psoas is tight it can occur a pain in your lower back and the tighten of the psoas it can be one of the reasons;
  3. Once again, Pelvic..! Do you have a ”duck butt”? or you see a very pronounced curve in lower back and butt? well release your psoas..!
  4. Feeling exhausted or in danger. The kidney and the adrenals it rests on your psoas and when is tight it doesn’t move properly and does not massage your those organs and the blood circulation will be affected also and this is why the feeling of danger and exhausted come from.

How I could avoid the tighten of the Psoas?

  1. Avoid to sit for longer periods.
  2. Alternate your workout and don’t get extreme on it. Balance Is always the key!
  3. Release the stress.
  4. Practice Yoga.

Which Asana could I do to let my Psoas be more balanced?

First of all, practice Yoga almost everyday if possible. Each session that you start, warm up with at least 5 Suryanamaskara. Then try to practice this sequence for you to get release the Psoas. Remember that to release the psoas is not going to happened in one day and also, if you practice yoga but still get yourself in stressful situation and life it won’t get any affection on your body. The balance with Yoga it comes not just from Body or just from mind or just of soul. The balance it comes from body,mind and soul all together.

Connect each asana with a Vinyasa.

  1. Suryanamaskara x 5 times;
  2. Trikonasana;
  3. Warrior Pose I;
  4. Pigeon Pose;
  5. Dandasana;
  6. Navasana;
  7. Lion Pose;
  8. Samastiti;

Deepen your practice with the right breath and keep a dynamic movement without getting exhausted while doing it. Ujjay Breath is the best , but keep your own breath as long as it comes in and out from the nose.

How is your psoas? Let me know!