The first rule of the yama is ahimsa.
The principle of ahimsa includes the notion of non-violence and no injury. Otherwise ahimsa in yoga practice and daily life can be interpreted as benevolence.
A negative supply is allowed to explain that once the tendency to oppress other living beings is removed from consciousness, the benevolence is immediately spontaneously revealed as the natural quality of the human soul.
The desire for harm to living beings, even harm to nature and the environment, separates the individual from the reality of the soul and helps to reinforce the illusion of ego.
Ahimsa in your yoga practice
All the principles of the yama and niyamas are measured not by external actions, but by an internal human attitude.
It is natural that in this world no one should live without harm or suffering to other living creatures. Our very existence is already being harmed.
Every cycle of our breathing kills millions of bacteria. Walking down the street causes many insects to die.
Even the food we consume is a form of life.
The natural of life tells the predatory animals to kill their prey. So is it possible for these actions to be considered sinful?
Bhagavad Gita, a source of ancient wisdom, suggests that sometimes there are situations in life where it becomes necessary to harm a smaller scale to prevent the emergence of more. And by dodging this duty, a man is showing an act of violence.
For example, the task of a warrior defending his land, his homeland, his loved ones, is to physically destroy the aggressor, in flagrant violation of the same principle of ahimsa. And if the warrior does not fulfil his duty, transgress will not going with his purpose, and shall contribute to further harm by killing the inhabitants of his land, including his loved ones.
What is ahimsa in yoga
As we establish our consciousness on the benevolence, by refusing to harm any living substance, we are filled with the sense of full acceptance of others as they really are, the attitude others are also changing – they’re losing hostility in our presence.
The practice of keeping attention on the ahimsa, we also eliminate internal tensions that conflict with appeasement and give natural way to the good trends of the human soul.
When we practice yoga by carefully treating our body and not hurting it, we become more sensitive to our own needs and open a infinite flow of creative energy.