Karma means action and reaction. In ancient yogic texts karma yoga specifically means the yoga of action. It’s about performing a duty for duty’s’ sake. Doing something because it needs to be done, and not for the reaction it produces. This is how you achieve “moksha” – sanskrit word for “liberation”.
At Shanti Yoga we teach our students about karma yoga and ask that they practice it daily in small doses. We also encourage students to perform larger acts of kindness on days off when they have more time.
During a teacher training we encourage our students to practice karma yoga in the following ways:
- Cleaning the yoga shala
- Cleaning other shared spaces
- Random acts of kindness
- Beach cleanup
- Community service