Practicing Ahimsa

Dr. Judith Pentz (author of Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul) dives into the mantra of Ahimsa, casting out negativity and welcoming positivity.

Today begins my deep dive into the yamas and niyamas, facets of raja yoga. The first yama, or thing not to do, is Ahimsa. Ahimsa translates to non-violence, or non-harming. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing mantras and personal practices you can employ that relate to the yamas and niyamas. Read my blog for a better understanding of Ahimsa here:

Here’s a mantra you can practice for Ahimsa. “Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Namaha” translates to “May peace of God be with you.” It is a greeting in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions. It is how Muslims greet one another. It re-affirms the peace, love, and contentment within you, driving out negativity.

Here are three ways to practice ahimsa, or non-harming in your daily life. You can pray, which helps with positive energy. You can also listen more and talk less, hearing others out and understanding them better. A third practice to employ is to try to do no harm with your thoughts or words. What are some other ways you can think of to practice non-violence or non-harming in your life?

Cleanse Your Body, Reveal Your Soul

Sustainable Well-Being Through the Ancient Power of Ayurveda Panchakarma Therapy

A change at the cellular level. Part travel memoir and part spiritual guide, Cleanse Your Body and Reveal Your Soul is one woman’s transformative quest with Ayurvedic Panchakarma (a fivefold detoxification treatment involving massage, herbal therapy, and other procedures) and the profound shifts that led to some sustainable, substantial life changes. Dissatisfied with a mainstream psychiatric practice, Dr. Pentz heads to India, where she undergoes an ancient, rejuvenating cleanse.

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