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The Practice of Ahimsa: 15 Acts of Kindness

Last month at Kids Yoga Stories, I focused on Ahimsa (~Kindness).  Ahimsa is one of the behavioral disciplines (Yamas) along the path of yoga.  Ahimsa can be translated as “Non-Violence”, or Kindness to ourselves, others, and the environment.

Practice Ahimsa – 15 ways that you can make the world a better place through your acts of kindness:

Be Kind to Yourself

  • Make space in your life for “me” time.
  • Be accepting and forgiving of yourself.  Every day.
  • Be grateful for being you.  Who you are and who you are not.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.  Smile lots.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle.  Eat well and exercise.  Fill your body with goodness.  Treat yourself to a Spa date.

Acts of Kindness

Be Kind to Others

  • Do something for another person without expecting anything in return.  Practice selfless acts for others.
  • Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
  • Practice being kind to someone who you don’t have a natural affinity with.
  • Step into someone else’s shoes.  Send them ‘Loving Kindness’.
  • Send Thank You cards, often.


Be Kind to Animals and the Environment

  • Pick a passion and commit to making a difference.  A little bit every week.  For example, Animal Rescue, No Plastic, Veganism, Tree Planting, Recycling, Garbage Collection, or Environmental Education.
  • Commit to environmentally-friendly practices.  Reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Walk more.  Use less (or no) plastic.  Eat whole foods.  Turn lights off.  Reduce your water use.
  • Be aware of your impact on earth.  Tread lightly.  Recognize that we are visitors to this planet.
  • Read, research, discuss, debate, or engage in topics of the environment.  Then put into Action.  Get involved in a way that works.  Stretch yourself.  Go outside of your comfort zone, for a higher purpose.
  • Visit and explore National Parks.  “Leave No Trace”.  Share your photos and experiences with others.


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