Satsang: Exploring the Yamas (Ethical Rules) and Niyamas (Personal Conduct Practices) Ahimsa – by Mike McGhee Ahimsa commonly translates as “non-violence”, it leads the list of Yamas. Himsa being the opposite of Ahmisa,  means violence. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali states “all hostilities are given up in the presence of one who is firmly established in non-violence.” The interpretation goes on to say, “that if one attains perfection in non-violence anyone that even comes near that yogi becomes free from […]

Embracing Chores

Embracing Chores By: Aimee Joy Nitzberg The way I remember the Zen teaching, it goes like this: Before Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water After Enlightenment, chop wood and carry water I’ve shortened this down to one of my (sort of) slang mantras: chopping wood and carrying water. It reminds me to be present. My yoga practice relies on many different tools to practice increased presence and awareness. Asana is what started it all for me. Coming from an athletic […]