As we get closer to teaching the philosophy portion of our teacher training, I thought it would be nice to share some yoga philosophy on the blog too.
A god place to start is with ahimsa, or non-violence. It's the central precept of much Eastern philosophy, including yoga. It’s also very very difficult to practice. Sigh.
It's such a huge thing, it's hard to know where to even start. Do you choose to practice vegetarianism in order to limit harm to animals? What if being a vegetarian makes you anaemic? Or if, like the Tibetan Buddhists, it's necessary to eat meat in order to get enough nutrients? Does that mean you are being violent?
What about ethical clothing? For example, is the manufacturer of your cute yoga pants a signatory of the Bangladesh Safety Accord if they manufacture there? Hint: lululemon is not. Very disappointing.
Closer to home, are you doing right by your family? In complicated situations, is it even that easy to tell what right is? Gak.
Overwhelming. I think that, basically, it comes down to this: don't be a jerk.