I have had some time to really think about what this practice has to offer us right now. Yoga gives us the tools that we need to manage out way through uncertain times, and I am so grateful for that. I have been rereading the Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele for probably my fourth or fifth time. These are part of the 8 limbs of yoga, if you are familiar with that. They are suggestions on how to live your best life, offering guidance on how to interact with yourself and how to interact with others.
The first Yama is Ahimsa or non-harming. This seems straightforward enough, especially these days. To do the least amount of harm, many of us are staying home to protect ourselves as well as others. But there is another part to this I want you to think about. While we are at home and trying to navigate your way through the days, how are you treating yourself?
When I asked that question, was your first thought critical? “I should be eating better; I should be practicing more… getting more exercise….. using my time better….” As we look at Ahimsa, I want to invite you to not think of the things you “should” do, but rather to cut yourself some slack and just do what you can do today. For many of us, those “should” thoughts add yet another layer of stress or anxiety. We have plenty of that going around right now. I invite you to be kind to yourself in your thoughts, as well as your actions. Who cares if you ate all of those cookies while binge watching Happy Potter movies? Cut yourself some slack, at least as much as you would give someone else. We are all just trying to get by.
Robyn and the Gentle Healing Team