Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga is the path to self-realization through selfless “right action.”  The purpose of Karma Yoga is to learn to surrender the ego’s attachment to the outcome of one’s actions in order to function as an instrument of divine will.  What is important in Karma Yoga is not the action itself, but the state of mind from which that action is performed. The practice of Karma Yoga may involve physical postures, Meditation, and/or acts of service, all performed with sincere intention but without expectation regarding the outcome.

What to expect

During a Karma Yoga class, poses are held for longer periods, allowing students to stay present in the moment and observe without judgment what thoughts and feelings arise. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves and explore their limitations while releasing their desire to "achieve."  Teachers frequently integrate Karma Yoga practice with acts of service, such as opportunities to volunteer or raise money for charity.


The teachings of Karma Yoga are derived from the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu scripture that originated during Lord Krishna’s dynasty. A central focus of the Bhagavad Gita is the concept of "right action", or action in accord with Divine Will.  The scripture teaches that surrendering attachment to the outcome of one's actions removes the ego from the equation and allows one to function as an instrument of Natural Law.

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