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The 8 limbs of Yoga: 1st Yama: Ahminsa - Non Violence

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If you have read some of my other blog posts on the 8 limbs of Yoga, you will be familiar with the yamas and niyamas, you will understand that these give the aspiring yogi a moral code, a set of principles by which to live.

The Yamas  can be loosely translated as the restraints.  In Christianity the "Thou Shalt Nots", in Buddhism the noble truths, in Hinduism  the Niyamas can be shared as the observances. 

The 1st Yama:  Ahimsa - is translated as Non-Violence


One of the great leaders of modern times - Mahatma Gandhi , helped his country of India gain independence from British colonial rule and as a practicing hindu, he believed in non-violence. It was part of the moral code and for many practicing hindus part of the fabric of Indian life.  Gandhi  took ahimsa or non-violence as his north star, his guiding principle, the reference point for any decision or decree he ever made.

  Gandhi did not fight with the British to achieve his aims.  He simply carried about his business …