Wednesday, July 20, 2011
“Anyone can be great because anyone can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” -MLK Jr.
What does “selfless service” mean to you?
Seva, a Sanskrit word springs from two forms of yoga: karma yoga (yoga of action) and bhakti yoga (yoga of worship inspired by divine love). Seva asks, “how can I help you?” or “how may I serve you today?” and does not expect to be paid back in return. We experience our interdependence when each of us fulfills our duties as a family member, friend, partner, parent and above all – as a member of society. When we perform duties not thinking of the reward, but as a contribution to life, we renew our spirit of seva. From this perspective, seva is an attitude and consciousness we bring to what we do.
In Sanskrit, seva means “string”: symbolizing the interconnectedness of our being and our action. We are the beginning of the string, with the capability of reaching out to all corners of the earth. By practicing yoga, we are nurturing ourselves physically and mentally so that we may be of service to others. We are taking our yoga practice off the mat and into the world.
Vibe Yoga Studio strives to empower clients and teachers alike with the spirit of service. At Vibe, we are always looking to extend our string of seva with local businesses in Bloomington. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and support organizations like Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, Community Kitchens, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, IU Outdoor Adventures, Wonderlab and United Way in 2011.
How do you see Vibe Yoga connecting with other organizations in the Bloomington community? How can we roll up our sleeves in selfless service to others and empower people along the way? Use this blog as a sound board for ideas, questions or comments about lengthening our string of connectedness to all corners of Bloomington and beyond.