The best yogi makes peace with their bodies, their uniqueness and with themselves
Ahimsa is the first of the moral and ethical principles for yogic living. It is part of the Yamas, the foundation of the Eight Limbs of Yoga (yogi’s guide to living a meaningful and purposeful life).
Himsa is the Sanskrit word for violence and Ahimsa is translated as non-violence. Many students attempt to embody Ahimsa; becoming a vegan or an environmentalist (non-harming to other beings and to the environment), and whilst their intention is good, they often miss the mark if they do not cultivate an attitude of acceptance, tolerance, and compassion for themselves as well.
Practice your poses as though you were embracing your body and not just your body but the uniqueness of your body. Practice with a deep resolution of self-love and treat your body as a place of worship. Avoid injuring your body by forcing it to go beyond its own limits. If you focus on results, you will not progress but if you focus on progress, in time, you will see results.
“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So, watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings… As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.” - Dhammapada