The first yama ( external observances) of the first limb (anga) of yoga is non-violence. Now, what does not inflicting harm to anyone or anything truly mean? While doing asanas we come out of a pose that is causing us pain that may be harmful. With practice, courage, and tenacity we can decipher what sensations are tolerable and the ones that are to be avoided. Practicing non-violence could mean we don’t call our selves namesup or pass judgement on our ourselves or others while doing yoga. This can also be done in daily life as well. Non-violence can bring us closer to an uplifting benevolent place within.

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