It’s that time of the year, we give, receive and try and spend time with loved ones. Normally, we would spend our time in Melbourne, volunteering on Christmas day at a local not-for-profit providing social support to those who otherwise would spend Christmas alone. This year, we’re off to Bali (taking our Banjaara yoga mat with us!) for the holiday period, it’s been a busy year and it is time to focus on asana, pranayama and dhyana practice, to refresh and rejuvenate the body and mind. Today, I wanted to talk about Karma Yoga and volunteering within your community.
Karma yoga means to connect to the higher self and the divine through loving service and discipline of action. By volunteering a few hours per day/week/year, you experience a practical, down-to-earth method for spiritual growth. This could be in roles such as: volunteering formally, or informally with family/friends/strangers, or sharing your service with the community in a mood of love and kindness.
One of the fundamental principles behind the practice of karma yoga is that in life what you do doesn’t matter as much as your attitude while doing it. So when you serve with happiness and an open heart you will become aware of the beauty of reciprocity: the wonderful energy flow of giving and receiving. We here at Banjaara Yoga are committed to helping those in the community, not only through our community yoga classes and donations of Banjaara Yoga mat, but through extending our generosity in other actions, including donating funds and time to grass roots not-for-profits.