“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others.” – Gandhi
The foundation of Asheville Community Yoga is built upon this philosophy. It is through this intention of selfless service from our teachers (over seventy of them!), our countless volunteers, and the greater community of Asheville, that join together to lovingly support the mission to provide a healing space for the practice of yoga for all. It is this devotion to the service of others which brings our karma yoga into action.
Karma yoga is done selflessly, without any attachment to outcome. While it is done without the desire for a reward or compensation, the benefits are felt almost immediately. An example of this was our recent service project completed by our 2018 Winter Teacher Trainees. Together they planted over 150 plants, mulched all of the garden spaces, pulled weeds, dug trenches, created a path for our staff to safely make their way from the staff parking area down the grassy hill, and rebuilt the front deck of the Karma Cafe! During this process, students coming in and out of classes stopped to remark on the beautiful work the trainees were doing, often pausing to thank them and share a smile.
Karma yoga can be an intention throughout your daily routine: from preparing food for your family and friends, to caring for your gardens and sharing the bounty they provide, or helping a neighbor or friend with some maintenance in the yard or home. There are possibilities all around us every day.
We deeply appreciate our community members who continue to practice karma yoga to support the mission of Asheville Community Yoga. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you! If you are looking for ways to serve, please refer to our website. Our Karma Yogis page is updated frequently with projects within and around the studio.
You can also sign up to participate in our monthly Service Projects where we take our yoga off the mat to help others in need. This month we will be taking our yoga to the streets of Asheville to practice compassionate communication with our homeless population and provide water, fruit, and rain gear.