“Yoga must be unified, freed of separate ideals, power struggles and narrow concepts of spiritual attainment. Attitudes must change, barriers must come down, so that a new Yoga can emerge. This will be the Yoga of Unity, of giving, sharing and uplifting, as one team. As organs and parts of one body, we must work together in one connected and concerted effort to serve humanity, to share our knowledge, our gifts, our capacities, our labor, for the common good, for a better world.”
~ Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Seva is a yogic practice of giving selflessly, unconditionally and with compassion. The intention is to help and fulfill the needs humanity.
It is the most effective method and sadhana (yoga practice) for cleansing the mind and purifying the heart. Negative qualities constrict the heart and limit the mind, separating us from others. Selfless service opens the mind and expands the heart.
In seva, we endeavor to harmonize the connection between head, heart and hands (thinking, feeling and doing) and offer our best qualities for the benefit of others.
Seva is a yogic practice to feel the oneness and unity of life. When we work for the welfare of others, we work for the welfare of the whole world. In this way, we develop a greater sense of community and interconnectedness.
In yoga class, we experience the benefits of our asana (body postures) practice through physical health and the benefits of our meditation practice by living a more calm and peaceful life. Helping those in need is an important part of our yogic path.
Selfless service can bring solace and strength to those in need. All that seva requires is an open heart, love, kindness and courtesy.
We illuminate the world around us when we serve humanity – when we practice seva.
If you wish to support All Elements Yoga owner and instructor Gail Seckrettar in her seva project in raising money and awareness for suicide prevention, copy and paste this link in your browser:
If you would like to dedicate this walk to someone you know who died from suicide, please contact All Elements Yoga to have their name added to Gail’s dedication lantern.
Thank you. Hari Om Tat Sat.
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