Seva is sanskrit for selfless service; seva is performed without any expectation of result or reward. As wikipedia states, "such services can be performed to benefit other human beings or society." However, seva is not necessarily a thankless or unrewarding work; volunteering our time and skill to help others is deeply satisfying.
In addition to seva and karma yoga, the yoga of action, or the path of seva, I have the great fortune and pleasure of often working in a professional capacity to bring yoga to populations that may never step foot inside a studio.
Below please find links to some of the organizations that I work with in a volunteer and professional capacity. These organizations are working hard to provide trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness to populations often left out of yoga marketing. See if one is calling your name; maybe you can get involved by volunteering, donating, or becoming a recipient of the wonderful service these organizations provide!
Susan's Place - Care for the Homeless fights homelessness by delivering high-quality and client-centered healthcare, human services and shelter to homeless individuals and families, and by advocating for policies to ameliorate, prevent and end homelessness.
SCFU is committed to the development and delivery of a comprehensive, integrated system of services, which has as its primary
purpose the promotion and attainment of independence, inclusion, individuality, and productivity for adults and children with
Autism. Special Citizens has a workforce of over 200 employees supporting over 300 people with Autism Spectrum Disorders
throughout New York City, The Bronx, Queens and Westchester County.