What Does Karma Yoga Mean?

Karma yoga is one of the four classical schools of yoga alongside Jnana (knowledge or self-study), Bhakti (devotion) and Raja (meditation), each offering a path to moksha (spiritual liberation) and self-realization.

Derived from the Sanskrit term for “action”, karma is understood by both Hindu and Buddhist traditions to be the sum of a person’s deeds in past, present and future states of existence. In yoga, karma is known as the path of action, or selfless service towards others.

Karma yoga is considered to be one of the most practical and effective means of spiritual development.

Karma Yoga

Yogapedia Explains Karma Yoga

Karma yoga was first outlined in the Bhagavad Gita, the 700-verse Hindu scripture estimated to date back to somewhere between the 5th and 2nd centuries B.C.E. The Bhagavad Gita offers several approaches to liberation from suffering, self-realisation and connection with the Divine, of which Karma yoga is arguably the most practical.

The text highlights the importance of selfless action, in which service is offered from the heart, with full attention and awareness.

Attachment to the outcome of one’s actions is said to bring suffering, particularly when something is expected in return. In order to truly practise Karma yoga, the practitioner must act with no expectations and serve others without thinking of the results.

Karma Yoga in our retreat activities

Here’s how we implement Karma Yoga in our retreat activities:

  1. Selfless Service: Participants engage in community service and volunteer work, fostering a sense of unity and compassion.
  2. Mindfulness in Action: We practice mindfulness in daily activities like yoga sessions, nature walks, and mindful eating, fostering present moment awareness.
  3. Serving with Love and Compassion: Our retreat is infused with love and compassion, creating a supportive environment where everyone feels valued and understood.
  4. Offering Skills and Talents: Participants are encouraged to share their unique skills and talents, whether it’s leading workshops, offering healing therapies, or sharing artistic expressions.
  5. Letting Go of Expectations: We emphasize the importance of letting go of expectations and surrendering to the present moment, allowing for a deeper connection with oneself and others.
  6. Reflective Practice: We provide opportunities for self-reflection and introspection through journaling, group discussions, and guided meditations, deepening the understanding of one’s actions and intentions.
  7. Creating a Supportive Community: Our retreat fosters a sense of community and belonging, where participants support and uplift each other in their spiritual journey.

Join us on our yoga retreat and experience the joy of Karma Yoga as we come together to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and selfless service. Together, let’s embark on a journey of transformation and spiritual growth. Namaste.

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