Sampoorna Yoga is the integration of the six main Yoga disciplines: Hatha Yoga, Nada Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga and last but not least, Karma Yoga.
But what is Karma Yoga?
Karma means action or deed. Any physical or mental action is Karma. Thinking is mental Karma. Karma is the sum total of our acts, both in the present life and in the preceding births.
Karma means not only action, but also the result of an action. The consequence of an action is really not a separate thing. It is a part of the action and cannot be divided from it.
Karma Yoga is selfless service. It is the Yoga of action which purifies the mind.
Action of some kind or the other is unavoidable. Karma binds when it is done with a selfish motive, with the expectation of fruits. But when action is done without the expectation of fruits, it is liberating. If you act as an instrument in the hands of god, as a participant in the cosmic activity of nature, without expectation of fruits, that Karma will not bind you. Karma, then becomes Karma Yoga. Work unselfishly.
The practice of Karma Yoga prepares the aspirant for the reception of knowledge of the Self.
When explaining Hatha Yoga, it can be said that in the same way that an angry individual can ruin the atmosphere of a group, a person in good health, with a positive and balanced mind, will radiate positively. This person will also be more apt to fulfill his professional and family duties. In this sense, practicing Hatha Yoga becomes Karma Yoga. The DVD’s from the “Yoga at Home with Yogi Hari” series give a good idea of the richness of this approach. Those who use them regularly appreciate more and more their subtlety and see their practice progress in leaps and bounds. The presence of Yogi Hari, his calm, focus, clarity, and soothing voice, make these yoga sessions a privileged moment.
There are many opportunities to practice Karma Yoga at the ashram. Email Rasa if you would like to spend a day volunteering in the garden or helping out with events. Karma is also practiced daily in our Teacher Training Course.
“Wisdom is living a life of selfless service”
Shri Yogi Hari