Yoga integrates the mind, body and spirit. Karma—a philosophy within yoga that has to do with service, selflessness, and helping others—is an integral part of any practice. In Buddhism and Hinduism, “karma” is the “force created by a person’s actions.” Buddhists and Hindus believe that, good or bad, those actions determine one’s destiny — which is why karma yogis believe in paying kindness forward.
Building karma by assisting others is one of the foremost goals of yoga. Doing this has helped many yoga practitioners find their paths and passions in life. Practicing this part of yoga is something we can be constantly doing, even when we’re not in the studio, working on poses. Karma yoga can be practiced daily, wherever you are. It’s easy: by spreading positivity and acting unselfishly toward every person you come across, whether friends, family members or strangers, you’re practicing karma yoga.
Research shows that thinking positively and acting selfishly helps us in six ways:
We learn faster;
We are more creative;
We are better at problem solving;
We score higher on every test of well-being and life satisfaction;
We thrive physically, even at the cellular level;
And we are more actively engaged in the creative flow state. Continue reading >>