We had a minute to talk to the Kundalini Research Institute about their upcoming Kundalini yoga Level 1 Teacher Training Immersion, held this summer, August 1-28, 2015, in Espanola, NM. We asked them about karma yoga and seva, and whether opportunities to practice these powerful tools will be available during the training program. To learn more about the training program, please head to their website immersion.kriteachings.org.
Here’s our conversation…
What is the difference between Karma Yoga and Seva?
They are closely related. Karma Yoga is discipline in action. Seva is an act of selfless service.
Karma Yoga is learning how to move through any activity or duty without resistance and without attachment to the outcome. It is maintaining your inner peace and attaining harmony in your actions.
Seva is serving others with compassion, with your whole self and without any expectation of personal gratification. Seva is an inspiration to uplift others. Everything is connected and therefor every thing you do is an opportunity to serve the divine infinite.
One of the ways we practice mindfulness and celebrate community is through our service. No matter our responsibility or position, we all take turns serving each other.
What types of Karma Yoga will be expected at the Immersion?
Groups of students rotate through different Karma Yoga duties during the Immersion. The main areas of Karma Yoga are serving meals to each other, and maintaining the communal spaces. These are regular, daily duties that support the grace of the environment such as sweeping, dish washing, and taking out the trash.
What types of Seva opportunities will there be at the Immersion?
There will be a few days during the Immersion when a couple hours are set-aside for Seva. On Seva days a variety of activities will be available and students can choose to participate in an area in which they feel called to serve. These areas typically include helping prepare a meal, helping in the community garden or greenhouses, maintaining the sacred spaces on the Ranch where Yogi Bhajan lived or in the Gurdwara. Sometimes students see a need and create their own Seva experience such as delivering water and supplies to the other students. These can be very grounding activities and help balance the rigorous curriculum.