Class 3 - Ahimsa: Non-violence

Ahimsa roots our yoga practice into an understanding of karma.

What we put out to the world comes back to us. When we think negative thoughts we feel bad.

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Breathing Exercise

Long Exhale

Relaxation responses are triggered when we are able to take deep and slow breaths. By practicing the long exhale and  having the exhalation be twice as long as the inhalation the nervous systems begin to balance and promote a state of relaxation in the body.

Benefits include:

  • Induces a relaxation response

  • Reduces stress

  • Supports and balances the nervous system

  • Cools the body

To perform the long exhale begin by inhaling deeply through the nose for 3 counts and allowing the belly to rise. Exhale softly through the mouth for six counts.

Feel free to alter the length of inhalation and exhalation but be sure to maintain the ratio of 2:1 for exhalation to inhalation.

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Theory: Non-Violence

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Meditation

Mudra: Padma (Lotus Mudra)

Draw inspiration from the purity and perseverance of the lotus flower floating above the muddy waters of desire, fear, and attachment—the feelings that cause us to lash out at others or ourselves.


Mantra: wahe guru

A mantra of joy that translates to “Wonderous Teacher”

Megan Prenty