Recently, the world of terrorism, came too close to Kia Naddermier, yoga teacher and founder of Le Yoga Shop Paris. The attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo happened a few metro stops from where she lives and works in Paris. In the following days, the city she loves filled up with troops, policemen and armed vehicles.
– We held a silent minute at my yoga school, Mysore Yoga Paris. It was a relieve to come together in our breathing when the world was in chaos, she says.
– Today, in a world of violence and extremism, the core message of yoga is more relevant than ever.
Naddermier and Burfitt had started working on the Ahimsa-print before the attacks. Now, after having participated in the giant March for Unity at Republique in Paris, Kia Naddermier wanted the print to look like a demonstration-sign.
Ahimsa, the principle of non-violence and non-harming to the self, others and the environment is of outmost importance within the practice and philosophy of yoga.
– Ahimsa is a result of truly understanding the meaning of the word yoga, which is union. When you realize that there is no us and them, that all is indeed One, it opens up for unlimited compassion. Naddermier explains.
Words by Tina Magnergård-Bjers, journalist at the Swedish news agency TT – dedicated yoga practitioner, art lover and cross-country skier based in Stockholm. Read Tina´s article ”Joseph Beuys – The modern-Day Shaman” here.
Fashion images by Kia Naddermier
Illustration by Lovisa Burfitt
Read more about the Burfitt Ahimsa t-shirts and tank-tops here