...the path of selfless action
Also known as the path of dedicated work. The Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit scripture is based on the teachings of the “discipline of action”. Some consider it to be the most effective way to progress in spiritual life.
The Path of Work Karma yoga is the yoga of action or work; specifically, karma yoga is the path of dedicated work: renouncing the results of our actions as a spiritual offering rather than hoarding the results for ourselves.
Karma Yoga in Action
Yoga teachers, across the globe, are performing seva (selfless service). This karma yoga path is one of action, service to others, and mindfulness. We have scoured the internet and other yoga materials to keep abreast of karma yoga being done. If you are on this path we highly recommend you consider listening to this course by the Yoga Service Council before starting.
"Sometimes when we say 'service,' we create a hierachy between the server and the served, the have and have-not, the savior and the needy being saved. We need to understand what the community being served wants or needs, what social change they are seeking and whether they have a voice in designing the service projects that will benefit them." - Tessa Hiks Peterson, PhD. YJ March 2015
Below is an international list of Yoga folk in action from teaching in prisons, with veterans, differently-abled folk, and youth. This list also includes activism through Yoga and programs assisting with mental wellness. There are tips for fundraising/fundraising sources for non-profit programming; and individuals using donation based programming.
5 Ways that Yogi’s Can Change the World The world is evolving. More than ever before, we are becoming aware that discrimination, capitalism, injustice, and greed have shaped the way in which our world operates. When we know better, we do better, and the world changes for the better.