Seva – Selfless Service

Part of being a yogini is performing Seva. Seva is charitable work that forms part of a yogic lifestyle. Seva is any act performed without reward for the self. It is my opinion though, that it is impossible to do something for someone else without reaping a reward for yourself.

Anytime that I have been involved in a charitable activity I find that I always walk away feeling a little lighter, more grateful and more connected with the world around me. This past week my fellow yoga teacher suggested that we do something for Mandela Day. Mandela is a beautiful initiative that encourages the man on the street to donate 67 minutes of their time in honour of the 67 years that Nelson Mandela spent fighting for freedom.

I love how 67 minutes is so easy for anyone to do, so often the thought of trying to find a day or several hours is daunting to people and they end up not doing anything. 67 minutes however seems like not much to ask considering Madiba gave 67 years to the cause he believed in.

With that in mind we decided to hold a once off evening class of 67 min followed by a light meal and everyone was encouraged to donate R67 towards a local childrens home in our area. We decided to do this on Friday and by Tuesday night we had a fantastic response and managed to raise R1160 for the 12 children.

There you have the idea that we came up with. A simple way to raise some funds to bring a bit of cheer into the lives of some underprivileged children. What really happened on the night was so much more than that. We had more yoginis than usual and with a larger group comes a larger energy. In addition, our hearts and minds were with the cause we were raising funds for and the spirit of the event was palpable. It was, without a doubt, the best class I’ve experienced.

Kerri led the class with a Kriya for the connected heart which really led us into ourselves through the movement and mudras. I followed with a 31 minute meditation, Ardhas Bhaee (we used the Ajeet Kaur version which is absolutely beautiful) and ended with a guided heart relaxation.

At the end of the class I felt incredibly blessed that I had the opportunity to share this experience with a group of lovely, like-minded ladies. I felt so blessed that we were all in a position to donate and make a small difference in the lives of some needy children.

Seva should not be called selfless service because it is undoubtably my experience that the service is always very, very rewarding.

Sat Nam

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