Yoga is the union of Body and Mind through physical exercises and mediation. It is no gymnastics, fitness nor dance.
It is a technique that requires body mouvements, more or less challenging ones, to give an opportunity to understand how our mind is working. Mind is like a muscle, it can be trained either by learning new things ( like in school) or by Observation, observing how we respond to different challenging situations ( in yoga poses, difficulties we encounter during a yoga practice). This awareness will then allow us to create a parallel about how we react in life’s challenging situations ( fear, conflicts, joy). As we understand those mental mechanisms, we will be able to improve and change the way we respond to these life challenging situations that can make our life difficult, miserable. We may even be able to change completely our behavior ( like in a conflict degenerating into violence). Our responses will become more aligned with a more compassionate, understanding and peaceful life. A life where we accept ourselves and others with our differences, our problems, our life experiences, always with an open mind and an open heart.
Ahimsa is one of the principles of the Yoga philosophy. It is a sanskrit word meaning ‘not to injure’. Ahimsa is often referred to as non violence and it applies to all living beings, including all animals and Nature. Ahimsa is one of the cardinal virtues that lead us through our lives and is a multidimensional concept inspired by the premise that to hurt another being is to hurt oneself. In other words: What you don’t want for yourself, don’t do it to others.
Our organisation’s mission is to implement this technique for all in order to become more able of living with ourselves and with others. As we start to understand how our mind works, we can start acting consciously and mindfully in difficult situations and not only by reacting without understanding why we do so and also why the other reacts so. This way of observing one’s behavior in difficult or clashing situations opens the door to finding positive solutions. First by observing the situation and not reacting to it, then by being able to express and share our emotions in this situation, and finally by finding together solutions to solve this situation and implement a positive outcome to all parties. This is the conflict resolution process that Yoga will allow us to achieve.
Like for every skill, it needs to be taught, trained and practiced. It is a long process that will need perseverance and time. But with good will and engagement of each educational institution we work with, it can be reached.