Volunteer to be Happy!

There are many limbs to yoga and the yogic philosophy including karmic yoga. There are no special breaths, poses or bandhas required. In fact, there is nothing unique you need to know at all. You just need to dedicate some of your valuable time to a cause that is important to you! Multiple scientific studies have found mood is drastically improved by the act of helping others. But, don’t take their word for it or mine! Think back to times when you helped out and remember that warm glow you had afterwards? Not only can helping others give you a warm fuzzy feeling at the time but thinking back and remembering it gives you that feeling all over again with minimal diminished returns.

Maybe you don’t know how to get involved? There are several remedies for that. I have a newsletter sent to me monthly with ways I can help out our local parks. There are websites dedicated to volunteer action with listings. Research a cause you believe in and then give them a call. In Eugene we have a community garden which supply20141004_132059 fresh organic food to the organization Food 4 Lane County. It’s as easy as showing up to help them out. Lastly you don’t always have to help an organization, take a trash bag around your community and pick up litter. Hold the door open for the person behind you. Karmic yoga can be as much a mind set as an act. Keep your mind open and aware to the possibility of helping others and those opportunities will become apparent.

Here I am on October 4th after volunteering at the Great Willamette Clean Up. 181 miles of the Willamette river was cleaned up by volunteers living all along the Willamette River. Heck, they even gave me a t-shirt!

Double your impact by dragging your friend or spouse along with you! I brought my husband with me. He also had all the benefits of helping people out plus doing things together helps us humans to bond! We had a little contest where we tried to pick up 200 cigarette buts. We went way over! What is important to you? Who do you want to help? Good luck!

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