Seva Yoga: Individual and Community Care

What is Seva Yoga?

Seva is the Sanskrit term for ‘selfless service’.

Seva Yoga is essentially a combination of Karma Yoga (the yoga of action) and Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion). To practice Seva Yoga is to serve others with both actions and an attitude of selfless love.

In serving selflessly, one must confront their own personal difficulties, resistances and negativities. One learns to recognise personal thought patterns and behaviours, as well as different facets of their characters. Through this heightened self-awareness, one can surrender the aspects of their character that no longer serve them to find an inner peace which is not dependent on or influenced by external factors. Seva Yoga unites individuals with communities to indirectly and directly care for one another’s wellbeing.

Below is a list of conscious organisations that encourage yoga and social change for community- and self-care where they are needed most. These organisations are living examples of Seva Yoga for individual and community care.

Explore this list below to connect with organisations for inspiration, support and collaboration.

Seva Yoga – General Organisations

Daya Foundation
Off the Mat, into the World
Yoga Seva Institute

Seva Yoga – Specific Organisations
Yoga for Transforming Prisons

Prison Yoga Project
The Art Of Yoga Project
Yoga Behind Bars

Yoga for Transforming Schools

Little Flower Yoga
Yoga Foster
Move With Me Yoga Adventures
Shanti Generation
Sprout Yoga

Yoga for Transforming Body-image

Embody Love Movement
Yoga & Body Image Coalition
Yoga Bear

Yoga for Supporting People with Disabilities 

Mind Body Solutions 

Yoga for Treating Victims of Domestic Violence

Exhale to Inhale

Yoga for Addiction Recovery

Yoga & 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR)

Yoga for Community Service

Africa Yoga Project
Give Back Yoga Foundation
Hanuman Homies
Hands to Heart Center
The Pollination Project
World Muse
Yoga Activist
Yoga Service Council

Yoga for Social Justice

Bending Towards Justice
Olive Tree Yoga Foundation
SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice)
Third Root Education Exchange (TREE) & Community Health Center
With My Own Two Hands

Yoga for Trauma Recovery 

Firefly Yoga International
Trauma Informed Yoga
Yoga To Transform Trauma

Yoga for Vulnerable Youth

Connection Coalition
Holistic Life Foundation
Lineage Project
Reciprocity Foundation
Street Yoga –
Uprising Yoga
Y.O.G.A. for Youth

By Dr. Gabriella F. Buttarazzi (Uma Shakti Devi)

Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Writer and Educational Researcher

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