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Garden of the Heart Yoga Center Offers Seva

Jan 02, 2014 04:08PM

Seva (say-vah) is a Sanskrit word which means “selfless service.” It is an offering to another with no expectation of anything in return. Practiced by yogis around the world, Seva Yoga is not a practice of bending or stretching, but can range from washing dishes and sweeping floors to feeding the hungry and donating money and clothing to the poor.
 
On Thanksgiving Day, Garden of the Heart Yoga Center announced its new Seva Yoga Program, which is bringing yogis together with people and organizations who need their help. Seva yoga encourages us to tap into our deepest capacity for compassion and extend the healing benefits of Yoga far beyond the realm of personal development and out into the community. The program has already teamed up with the All Faith’s Food Bank to provide donations of food, money, and volunteers for feeding Sarasota’s hungry and food insecure. More projects and seva recipients will be established throughout the upcoming year.
 
Garden of the Heart Yoga will raise money throughout 2014 for the All Faith’s Food Bank, beginning on January 1st at its annual New Year’s Day Benefit Class. It is also a drop-off location for donations of non-perishable food items. The Seva Yoga Program is also organizing volunteer activities at the food bank and with some of the food bank’s ongoing outreach programs.
 
To volunteer with other yoga students and teachers, please contact Harriet Roberts, the Seva Team Coordinator at [email protected].
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