The crown jewel of the yamas, or moral tenets of yogic philosophy, is that of ahimsa, or non-violence. All other yamas and niyamas find their roots in the soil of ahimsa, since nonviolence informs the ways in which those guidelines manifest. For example, satya, or truth-telling, could easily become a way to kick people when they are down if not applied with a heavy dose of ahimsa through consideration of timing, and whether or not your truthful words need to be said aloud at all.
Your yoga teacher or your yogi friends have probably said the words “let it go” hundreds of times. We let go of expectations, let go of spare possessions, let go of our kids (or maybe hold on progressively more loosely) as they become adults in charge of their own lives.
I’m going to sound like your kooky crystals hippie friend when I talk about this service, so I apologize in advance. Based off the traditional jjimjilbang experience, the Korean Scrub is two parts: you shower off, then sit in the steam room for about 15 minutes. The steam helps the outer layer of your skin plump with water so it will slough off easily. After that, our lead scrub therapist, Brittan, will come get you from the steam, and lead you over to a table where she will exfoliate your entire body with exfoliating mitts.
A recent study done by psychologists at the Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada discovered that adult humans have over 6,200 thoughts a day on average. If we include sleeping time in the hourly average, that makes over 258 thoughts an hour- and more than 2.2 million a year. What the hell are we thinking about all the time? These thoughts are probably not productive if there are so many of them, which brings to mind a mental image of each of us, just cooking dinner or sitting in traffic with our heads surrounded by a cloud of what ifs and I wonder whys.