Practice Karma Yoga in Carlsbad Village in October
What exactly is Karma Yoga and what does it mean in today’s busy world?
As a yoga teacher at Carlsbad Village Yoga Co-op, I am exploring Karma yoga meaning for myself and as a teacher for this wonderful yoga studio in the heart of Carlsbad’s Village. Carlsbad as a city itself is large city in terms of neighboring communities, but the Village centers the locals with flair, delicious food options, and accessibility to the beach; don’t forget to shop or support your local community by becoming a regular customer at the local businesses in Carlsbad Village.
What does this have to do with Karma Yoga?
Karma Yoga meaning, according to Yogapedia, “The intention when practicing karma yoga is to give selflessly for the good of others without thought of one’s self or attachment to the results of one’s actions. Acting in this way is considered the right way to approach service and it is said to purify the mind.”
If we apply Karma yoga to our life today, one easy way I incorporate Karma Yoga is by supporting a local business. For example, buying something for yourself sounds like the focus is on you. However, when you make a concerted effort to support a smaller business in your own community, you are giving back by placing the energy circle of money back into local shops that provide services and goods, while these shops also provide employment for locals in the area.
Right now, I am writing this with ease as I just took a moment to buy a coffee at my favorite coffee shop (and bakery) next to Carlsbad Village Yoga’s studio. C’est la Vie has the best cappuccinos and gluten free coconut chocolate dessert cookies. C’est La Vie has a beautiful courtyard in front with red checkered tablecloths under a bright red awning that protects you from the sun, while allowing a the ocean breeze to sooth your soul.
Karma Yoga is all about giving of self in a manner that gives back naturally without looking for something in return.
Besides supporting a local business, other examples include:
- *Volunteering at local shelter to help support animals in need.
- *Beach cleanup at local beaches. Park cleanup.
- *Lending a giving ear to your friends or loved ones that may need extra support.
- *Donating extra clothes to charity consignment shops like the Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a favorite of mine. Proceeds to these consignment shops provide employment to locals, while donating a percentage of profits to help others in need. Click Here to see a list of local shops you can support. The month of October is also cancer awareness month. There are a couple of shops located on this map that support charities that donate money to cancer research.
Another example of Karma Yoga is to let go of your own desires and focus on
serving others with love and openness. This could be a simple as working on improving your mood. How could this count? When we work on being our best self and drop the flow of reactive emotional behavior, those around us experience a better day because of our own concerted effort to practice Karma Yoga. Also, just by being more present for those around you is an easy act that can begin your own practice of Karma Yoga.
Which brings me to yoga. Do you practice yoga? I am not quite sure where I would be without the inner tool of understanding the power of my breath and how it’s interconnected to my body and spirit. As midlife woman that feels age becoming part of her future, instead of dreading midlife and beyond, I welcome it this chapter with open arms.
Yoga helps me find my center, grounding me deeper into a place of love and happiness. Ultimately this why I became a yoga teacher. In teaching yoga, I hope that others will experience the benefits of yoga, which include:
Increase life span, plus many other benefits.
In honor of Karma Yoga, Carlsbad Village Yoga Co-op is offering Donation based Yoga all month at the studio, with suggested price being $10-15.00, or donate what you can afford that day or week. This studio is a vibrant community of wonderful individuals that are caring, giving and are interested in improving their wellbeing by being an active part of this studio right in the heart of Carlsbad Village. The teachers are awesome in the studio. From vinyasa flows to Gentle Yoga stretch, you will have an opportunity to explore Self, practice Karma Yoga and connect with like-minded individuals that are also looking for a little ‘peace of mind’ in the midst of their own lives. So breathe deep reader. Practice Karma Yoga this month.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Machel (sounds like Ma-shel)