We at TK place Ahimsa at the heart of our business and training. It is the practice of non-violence which means we practice compassion. To live as best we can without the need to hurt, or cause pain, on any level to any living person or situation, maintaining an open heart and mind.
Satya means we strive to be as truthful as we can and to place emphasis on honest clear speech. This is a hard Yama to follow as our first reaction might be to speak a truth that injures or hurts another. However; we are gifted with reflection and integrity at our core, living with truthfulness is living in respect for all living things and nature.
Asteya means non-stealing. This might seem an easy Yama to follow, but taking what does not belong to us can be difficult to realise in practice. When practicing the art of non-stealing we must search our soul to establish if what we accept as normal is actually taking more than we need, in mind, body, or action.
Brahmacharya means continence. When we attain control over physical impulse and excess we gain much increased energy, and knowledge. We become strong, healthy and very wise. Brahmacharya brings about balance and moderation. In this way we become aligned more spiritually.
Aparigraha tells us to let go of what is no longer relevant or necessary. This means letting go of possessions, thought and feelings that inhibit us. Non-coveting brings us to a state of Atman, or our True Self. Greed only prohibits the ability to be open to receive what is necessary for our wellbeing.
Practicing the Yamas helps us preserve our energy, helps reduce or eliminate bad Karma and brings us to a state or peace and awareness.
Deciding to practice Yamas daily and into the hereafter will fulfill our relationships with others and aid our yogic journey.