Karma yoga (Sanskrit: कर्म योग), (also known as Buddhi Yoga) or the “discipline of action” is based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit scripture of Hinduism. Of the four paths to realization, Karma Yoga is the science of achieving perfection in action. Selfless action and service to others are emphasized in this type of yoga. Karma Yoga is selfless service unto humanity. If you have a favorite charity, that you would like to see Be Yoga feature, please email Michelle Seymour, michelle@beyogaclt.com.

Happy December!  There’s only one more month to spend time on your mat in 2014, so hope to see you in the studio for some extra grounding during one of the busiest times of the year.  It may seem counterintuitive, but somehow making space for a few extra deep breaths coupled with an awareness of feeling the spirit of grace can bring such a sense of peace.  Each December we try and partner with an organization focused on helping kids, and this December is no exception.  We’re partnering again with Yogarteens, an organization founded here in Charlotte last year by local yoga teacher Kelsey Cash.  Kelsey combined her love of yoga with her commitment to inspire her students as a middle school art teacher, and Yogarteens was the result.  Yogarteens is focused on empowering teens through the art of yoga and promoting a strong foundation for everyday life. 

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About

Yogarteens is a nonprofit organization that offers the opportunity for teens to learn and practice yoga. It is a ten week program offered in the fall and spring that targets teenagers in middle and high school. Each week introduces a new lesson building upon the previous week, with the goal of attending a yoga class at a local studio in Charlotte at the end of the program.  But it’s not just about moving through postures on a mat.  Students will engage in character building activities to promote positive thinking, and learn respect, kindness, and compassion for self and others through improving their self confidence and self esteem.  Daily journaling will be recommended to help students reflect and retain lessons, as well as improve their creative expression.  Lessons support co-curricular objectives such as physical education, art, basic anatomy, history, and self reflection.

For more information, here is the local website where you can learn more about Yogarteens and how yoga is making a difference for kids

Learn about Yogarteens

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Maybe you are inspired to support Yogarteens – want to know how you can help?  Here’s how you can get involved:

Volunteer

There are several ways to give your time to help Yogarteens, including volunteering to provide fundraising, marketing, web design, and grant writing assistance.  If you’d like to help out and contribute please contact Kelsey directly at kelsey@yogarteens.org.  If you are a parent and would like to enroll your teen in the Yogarteens program, Kelsey is the person to contact.  She is also looking for yoga instructors who are interested in taking the program to various school locations next year.

Give

If you’d like to help fill our donation baskets in the lobby at both locations, we will be collecting the following items (this list will also be posted in both studios):

  • Yoga mats
  • Yoga blocks and straps
  • Painting supplies for art projects

It feels good to Be Good!