Patanjali started here. Non-violence comes first. Do no harm. Without the practice of non-violence, the science of yoga falls down.
While camping for the solar eclipse this weekend, we crowded the summit where a bear had been living. He tried to let us know we were in his place a couple of times before he tried to drag a camper back to his den. A chorus of 20-something of us woke up yelling and making raucous to scare him back.
Of course this bear wasn’t trying to hurt or scare. He was just doing as bears do, because bears don’t know better. We hitched the hammock up higher, and let him go about his bear ways.
Do no harm: None unto others, and none unto ourselves. I will seek to understand but not fear the bear. I won’t teach the bear yoga… unless it apologizes.