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A few thoughts on non-judgement

Today, I'm writing about non-judgement. This keeps coming up for me as I scroll through social media. 

Yoga and judgement don't mix. When you judge others or yourself, you are not practicing yoga. The first Yama is Ahimsa, meaning non-violence. Is judgement not a form of violence? When you look at someone in class and decide that you don't like the way they're practicing, are you not being violent towards them? When you say "I suck at this", are you not being violent towards yourself? Think about the effect that your thoughts and words have on your outlook and attitude.

This post was brought on by a negative comment on a yoga photo. Someone posted a beautiful photo a forearm stand with the intention of inspiring others and sharing their personal challenges. This was met with judgmental comments, saying that this person was not practicing yoga. This hits home for me because I can't count the number of times that my practice has been judged by others in class or online.

You can't know what a person is experiencing by looking at them. And when you start to speculate, you sacrifice your own practice.

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