Karma Yoga: How to Incorporate Selflessness into your Daily Life

January 17, 20188
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Have you heard of Karma Yoga? In Sanskrit karma means action. More accurately, it refers to‚ selfless actions‘. Karma Yoga is the path of selflessness where one serves to all without thinking of gaining personal benefits. You must have experienced a situation where you do something nice for someone. Even though you didn’t get anything materialistic back that moment, you might have felt a great sense of joy, love or oneness.

When we give, help, support and do things without expecting something in return, we speak of Karma Yoga or selfless action. How can we Incorporate more Selflessness into our Daily Lives? It’s easier than you think. Even though our days are packed with work, appointments and other responsibilities, you can take some moments to act selflessly.

How about visiting your grandparents and helping them out in the garden?

You can support them by mowing the lawns, cutting the trees, watering the plants or fixing something in the house. Maybe you have a relative or friend who is sick? Take a Saturday afternoon and cook a good meal for him/her. You can do the grocery shopping or do anything that he or she might not be able to do at the moment.

During the stressful week, we often don’t find the time to do such things. Even at work, at home or on the way to an appointment, you can start acting selflessly:

  • Clean the whole house
  • Wipe the floor
  • Remove stains from the windows
  • Share your meal with someone
  • Buy a snack for a homeless person
  • Be kind and compassionate
  • Organise a get-together for your collegues
  • Do a task for your work collegue

Living in a modern world, where people are raised to become more efficient and create lucrative businesses, it might seem difficult to understand Karma Yoga. A person practising selflessness shouldn’t feel exploited or treated unfair.
Only one who practising selfless action everyday without searching for personal benefit, will understand and feel its value.


8 comments

  • Kim

    January 17, 2018 at 8:33 am

    Love this post, and it’s so true… I’m trying to practice selfless action every day. For me it opened up a new feeling of life, giving and receiving. I hope to visit your school in India one day… at the moment my schedule is very busy but hopefully in summer I will travel and learn yoga in India. It will be good for me to practice Karma yoga everyday during a 200 hours yoga teacher training. As a newbie i hope to expand my practice and understand about the pholosophy behind yoga. I will drop you a DM once I know my schedule. Hopefully see you soon for a yoga teacher training in India!
    Kim

    • Yoga India Foundation

      January 17, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Hello Kim and greetings from Rishikesh! 🙂 It’s good to practise Karma yoga everyday.. It can be very good to open the heart and clear the mind. You are of course welcome to join our 200 hours yoga teacher Training in summer! Learning yoga in india is very unique and transformational. Just let us know your Dates and we will check if we have availability!So far we have a few spots left for our Yoga Teacher Training in July and August!
      We hope to meet you soon!
      Om Shanti,
      Your Yoga India Foundation Team

  • Dennis

    January 18, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Im curious now about Karma Yoga. I understand what you mean but I feel like I need to practice it more. Maybe I will join your 200 hours Yoga Teacher training program towards the end of the year.
    Is karma yoga practiced daily then?
    I don’t know if I’m suited for your 200 hours Yoga Teacher training course because I am already 40.

    • Yoga India Foundation

      January 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Namaste Dennis, Karma yoga is part of our daily schedule during he 200 hours yoga teacher Training. You will a lecture about Karma yoga and prctise it also daily. You are welcome to join our 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training towards the end of the year. We don’t have an age Limit. So as long as you practise yoga regularly until then, it will fine for you. In Yoga, we don’t focus on the age, anybody can learn to become a yogi! Please let us know if you have any more questions!
      Warm regards,
      Your Yoga India Foundation Team

  • Louisa

    January 20, 2018 at 7:38 am

    ☺️I like this Post… i enjoyed practicing Karma Yoga Daily during my 200 hours yoga teacher training with you!

    • Yoga India Foundation

      January 20, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Thank you 🙂 Yes, Karma yoga is part of the daily schedule of our 200 hours yoga teacher Training.

  • Ralf

    January 23, 2018 at 8:33 am

    What a good thought…??
    Im curious about Karma Yoga during my Yoga Teacher training with you.

    • Yoga India Foundation

      January 23, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Karma Yoga will be part of the daily schedule during your 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training in India with us. We are looking forward to meeting you!

      Your Yoga India Foundation Team

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