LIVING YOGA PHILOSOPHY
– WITH CHELSEA LEIGH HAWORTH
AHIMSA: THE FOUNDATION OF LIVING CONSCIOUSLY
“The way to Truth lies through Ahimsa” – Mahatma Gandhi
Ahimsa is the virtue of non-harming, true reverence for life and compassion, relative to the highest good for all. Yet while the first guiding ethical principle of Patanjali’s Yoga system is simple in concept, as it unfolds into life’s dynamic situations we tend to be presented with a myriad of more expansive and complex variables.
The practice of Ahimsa foremost requires us to accept and embody the understanding that all life is seeded from the same origin – that all living beings are a manifest form of the same Divine energy that created us, sustains us and is the true essence of us. Just as the butterfly effect recognises that small variations to the conditions of any dynamic system produces infinitely amplified impacts over the long term, Ahimsa recognises that we are all interrelated and our individual actions have the power to profoundly affect others.
Ahimsa asks us at every moment to remain conscious – to be the witness of the heart mind (citta), of our own self talk and of the unconscious belief systems underlying our every thought, emotion and action – noticing how effectively (or not) these aspects of our own experience are contributing to the well-being of all.
Join Chelsea Leigh Haworth for the next instalment of our Living Yoga Philosophy series to explore deep into the various understandings of this foundational spiritual concept and discover how we can cultivate non-harm in all that we think, say and do – not through suppression of thoughts, but in a four-step process of acknowledgment, compassion, clarity and choice to intuit the highest good for all. We’ll examine how Ahimsa relates to life in the modern world – environmentally, socially, politically and economically – and how it can applied to support all aspects of our Yoga practice, both on and away from the mat.
BRING YOUR YOGA TO LIFE
Date: Wednesday 30 May
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm
Venue: Moksha Yoga – 437A Centre Road, Bentleigh 3204
Standard Yoga Class prices apply – simply use your Moksha Block Pass/Unlimited Membership or $25 casual drop-in. See our Full Schedule & Price List for more pricing information and to book your place, give us a call on (03) 9557 5885 or email us – firstname.lastname@example.org