Yoga-Inspired @ Hoby Dogy

Yoga, or "connection", inspires our pet care philosophy. Being yoga-inspired means a lot of things to us, so we’re going to try and present it in the simplest way we know. We'll start with yoga's central duty.

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Ahimsa Duty

Ahimsa, a sacred principle of ancient India translated from Sanskrit as "to do no harm" or "the avoidance of violence", is the central code of conduct for practitioners of all schools of yoga and one of the five yamas, or "restraints", which make up the yoga code.

Ahimsa, a duty to be extended to all forms of life, is founded upon the recognition that all living beings, including animals, have inherent self-worth and are to be respected as a connected unity and shown universal compassion, consideration, kindness and non-violence, including verbal and physical. Ahimsa does not in essence differentiate the soul within a human body from that within an animal body and ordains moral duties towards animals that, should they not be fulfilled, have negative karmic consequences. In its deepest sense, ahimsa is a human being’s prerequisite for the acquisition of supernatural faculties, the highest bliss and divine acceptance.

India’s father Mahatma Gandhi was strongly influenced by ahimsa in his Satyagraha, or "non-violent resistance", which has had an immortal impact on earth and guided other important civil rights leaders, notably Martin Luther King and his leadership of the American civil-rights movement. Gandhi believed that ahimsa prohibits not only the act of inflicting physical injury, but also bad thoughts and unkind behavior, such as dishonesty, harsh words and non-fulfillment of one’s duties, all of which are manifestations of violence.

German theologian Albert Schweitzer was also influenced by ahimsa in his universal ethical philosophy of reverence for life for which he received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. He believed that ethics themselves proceed from the need in human consciousness to be aware of, sympathize with and respect the will and wish of all living beings to live as much as one does one’s own. Respect for the life of others becomes humanity’s highest principle and defining purpose, leading one to live in the service of every living creature.

Ahimsa Teachers


“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.”

— Mahatma Gandhi


“I have consistently preached that nonviolence demands that the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.”

— Martin Luther King


“I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.”

— Albert Schweitzer