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Thoughts from our Studio Director

Nicolle Bangerter

Exploring the Yamas and Niyamas



Definition: Non Violence toward self and others

Emits: Harmonious Vibrations

Imagine of a pitcher of liquid. When you pour the liquid from the pitcher into a glass whatever is in the pitcher is what ends up in your glass. No matter how fast or slow you pour, no matter what you wish was in the pitcher the reality of what the liquid is will not change.

We are all like the pitcher we are all vessels and whatever we have in us we will share with others. What is inside of you? The difference between us and the pitcher is we have the ability to change what is in our vessel; our minds and hearts. We can ELEVATE our vibration and thus bring others up as well. Conversely when we are in a low or violent place we DEMOTE and bring the vibration down. 

As our own awareness becomes more developed we can breathe, slow down and identify our motives. Use Ahimsa to connect to the greater good in each of us and elevate with respect, kindness, and love. It must happen within before it can be poured and shared with others. Ahimsa is getting to the place of nonviolence and peace inside. Letting go of lies or anger within and replacing that negative and hurtful energy with truth and loving energy. 

Another element of Ahimsa is allowing for our own boundaries. When we create realistic safety nets we teach others how to treat us. Part of nonviolence toward self is respecting your vessel enough to not allow others to do you harm. This harm can be physical but usually begins mentally and emotionally. Respecting and being kind to oneself by establishing healthy boundaries is essential to Ahimsa.