Back To The Yoga Basics – Ahimsa

hand symbolizing ahimsa

My dear Yogis and Yoginis,

The general known translation for Ahimsa is non-violence,
non-injury. I just read Ghandi translated it as love.

Way back in time I did my yoga teacher training in NY; it was taught in the Buddhist tradition. During that time I also went to another
studio to take class. It was called “Yoga Zone”, then Be Yoga and later ISHTA where they taught tantra yoga. Most yoga studios in those days were rather simple and purpose fulfilling. At the upper east side where life and the stores were more upscale and this studio was placed, it didn’t quite fit the criteria.

I remember going there once a week in the morning when the owner Alan Finger would teach class.
The room packed with people and him sitting on his podium looking like Santa Claus with his rosy cheeks, white hair and beard and genuin smile on this face. Right and left of him were these gorgeous looking young women seated to assist him for the asana part of the class.
I was amazed and surprised to see the first rolls of people filled with dedicated older ladies from the upper east side. So with other words a very mixed crowed.

He would lecture the first 20-30 min. on different subjects.
I liked how he explained things and made them for everybody
approachable. One of the teachings from him stayed with me till now. It is the one of the Yamas (restrains) and Niyamas (non-restrain), you all probably have heard of them or maybe even studied them.

“Refrain from hostility in speech, thought and action.
Practice non-harm to yourself, to others and to things. Violence and hostility strengthens the ego, keeping one ignorant of the Big Self. Practice gentleness, compassion and unconditional love.”
~ Alan Finger
(How to expand the little self to merge the big self)

I would like to share with you the next weeks the other Yamas as well and maybe you can take the time to reflect and see how it applies to your life or could improve the quality of it.

Monday 08.08.
Revitalize the Spine

Wednesday 09.08.
Flow into Balance

Thursday 10.08.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 11.08.
Side-Body Opening for Easier Breathing
Slow Flow


Monday 15.08.
How do you want to feel

Wednesday 17.08.
Suspended & Supported
Slow Flow

Thursday 18.08.
Open Theme
Yogis Choice

Friday 19.08.
Moving Stagnant Energy

I hope you enjoyed the little excursion in to my yoga past 🙂
Come and create some peace for yourself and the world!



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