Service & Giving
Seva, or service, is one of the cornerstones of ZUDA Yoga. We teach people to feel good so they can help others. This is ZUDA’s way of supporting others. We are grateful to be a part of a generous and giving community, and it is ZUDA’s priority to put love back into this community.
Seva is offering one's time, energy, knowledge, experience, physical labor, money, teaching or any kind of aid without expectation, acknowledgment or reward.
Many styles of yoga, including Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga, incorporate selfless giving as a spiritual practice embodying the highest form of service. The act of offering oneself to others breaks the bonds of ego and unifies us with the divine. When we extend our hands in acts of compassion, the "giver" disappears, becoming instead a conduit of divine love.
Karma classes are ZUDA’s same Vinyasa-style classes, but we only accept donations for them. No class passes. ZUDA selects organizations on a biannual basis. Midtown proceeds currently go to Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, a private charity that feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless. Folsom proceeds currently go to Twin Lakes Food Bank, a non-profit that mobilizes the community to provide food, clothing and support to those in need.
Every quarter, ZUDA offers a class to support fundraising efforts for a community nonprofit. The class is taught by a ZUDA teacher, and all proceeds go to the hosting non-profit. If you are interested in hosting a donation-based class at ZUDA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your organization and the cause you would like the community to support.
In 2008, ZUDA linked with U.C. Davis to establish a donation-based yoga program for medical students. Every teacher who has taught at the U.C. Davis program has been a ZUDA graduate.
To foster an understanding of the link between yoga and its impact on our greater community, all ZUDA Teacher Trainees, participate in seva. Teacher trainees give their time to the following organizations.
- Tubman House is an 18-month transitional living program serving Sacramento’s homeless, parenting youth and their children. ZUDA has focused on teaching yoga philosophy, meditation and the physical practice.
- St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children strives to advance women from a point of crisis to a position of self-sufficiency. ZUDA offers time for the moms to be themselves and reconnect with their bodies. The women have shared about how they love the quiet time and freedom from a schedule.
- Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides free emergency goods and services to 15,000 men, women and children each month. In partnership with Yoga Across American, ZUDA offers a weekly yoga class in Oak Park.
- Sacramento Zoo has been creating memories for families in Sacramento since 1927. ZUDA offers a weekly class on the Giraffe Deck for staff and the public to attend.
ZUDA supports community events by making donations for raffles and auctions. If you are interested in a yoga donation, please email email@example.com with details about your organization and event.
See seva in action.
Brought to you by a group of Spring 2010 ZUDA Yoga Teacher Trainees
May I care enough, to love enough to share enough to let others become what they can be.