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 October!  What a fantastic month full of cool days and colorful leaves to inspire your practice.  Our karma yoga partner for this month was suggested by one of our staff, so that makes it extra special.  It concerns a topic that is often hard to talk about, but it’s too important not to create awareness.  This month we will be supporting the NC chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  Did you know suicide is currently the third leading cause of death among young people age 15 to 24? The highest overall rates of suicide are for adults age 40 to 59.  Those are some sobering statistics.

AFSP

About

Since 1987 the AFSP has been the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes.  This organization focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, the NC chapter brings together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize this chapter.

Click here to find out more about AFSP

Maybe you are inspired to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – want to know how you can help?  Here’s how you can get involved:

Special Event

This month the local chapter of AFSP will be holding their Out of the Darkness (OOTD) community walk on Saturday October 25th at 9:30am in South Park.  These walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country.  Over the past several years the OOTD walks in North Carolina have raised well over a million dollars, half of which is earmarked for local initiatives.   If you would like to participate or make a donation, click here:

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Donation Classes

This month we will offer a Slow Flow karma yoga class on Friday October 10th from 7:00-9:00pm at our Carmel location.  Ashley Voyer will be teaching, so you don’t want to miss it!  Karma yoga classes are just $5, or an item from the wish list.  Additional donations will also be accepted. 

Volunteer

There are many ways to be a volunteer for the local AFSP chapter, such as fundraising, serving as a public policy advocate, or assisting with education and training.  To get involved please contact Charlotte chapter board member Emily Grom at 908-752-5337 or emilygrom@beyogaclt.com.

It feels good to Be Good!