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Be Good

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.

There’s always something magical about the start of a new year.  We each have a “fresh start”, and an opportunity to make changes that support growth and gratitude by leveraging the unique energy of the beginning of a new year.  Whether you are a seasoned yogi or coming to your mat for the first time ever this month, there is always something new to learn and explore in your practice.  So welcome to a new year at Be Yoga!  We’re excited to start off a new year of our updated karma yoga program Be Good.  Every 2 months we will make a difference for a non-profit charity or cause, and this year we are starting out by partnering with a local effort that helps those struggling with substance abuse.  In January and February we are partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Drug Free Coalition (CMDFC), a 501(c)3 organization based here in Charlotte that works with community members to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol and drug abuse. 

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About

The coalition is a data-driven, highly active organization with its primary mission focused on youth substance abuse and prevention strategies.  Since 2001, CMDFC has served as a community coalition to reduce substance use, most specifically youth’s use throughout Mecklenburg County.  After comparing our city’s youth reported substance use statistics obtained via the biannual Youth Drug Survey (YDS), community members were startled to realize that our community was reporting substance use patterns well above the state and national averages. From their initial needs assessment and advocacy efforts, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners began to recognize substance abuse as a major public health concern, adopting a policy goal that by 2015 Mecklenburg be able to report the “lowest per capita incidence of substance abuse in the nation” (Board of Commissioners Vision Plan). 

CMDFC has a powerful mission statement:

“To promote awareness, action and advocacy for the purpose of reducing the harmful impacts of alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction on youth, families and our community.”  

Be Yoga is honored to partner with this organization to help support this mission.

For more information, here is the local website where you can learn more about CMDFC and their efforts to raise awareness about these important issues. 

Learn about CMDFC

Maybe you are inspired to support CMDFC– 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 CMDFC.  If you’d like to help out and contribute please reach out to Amber Watts at fsuambs@gmail.com.

New this year we will also be organizing a group volunteer activity.  Stay tuned for details of an awesome volunteer opportunity in February.  

Donation Class

Every month we will offer a karma yoga class at each studio.  The karma class at our Dilworth studio is on Sunday January 25th at 3:00pm.  Our recent teacher training graduates will be leading this Be Inspired class.  The karma class at our Carmel studio is on Sunday, February 8th at 3pm.  It will be lead by Brendan Coffey of Be Yoga and Amber Watts from the drug free coalition.  This will be a themed and educational practice to raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse and how the coalition helps. Karma yoga classes are just $5!  Additional donations will also be accepted. 

It feels good to Be Good!