AMALAwellness – Karma Yoga and, Volunteering and Community

Volunteer – Volunteering

“Be steadfast in yoga, O Arjuna. Perform your duty and abandon all attachment to success or failure. Such evenness of mind is called yoga.”

Bhagavad Gita

Karma Yoga & AMALAwellness

Volunteer with us.

We are always looking for passionate people to join our team. Whether its helping out at Cafe AMALA sessions, or being a supportive student, helping new starts settle in. It might be supporting us by helping us put up posters locally or delivering leaflets. Perhaps you are a newly qualified teacher, looking to volunteer for experience. Perhaps you have your own ideas and would like to collaborate with us.

We offer support, the chance to gain experience, as well as expenses and benefits for those who give their free time to AMALAwellness.

Join our Volunteering group today, we already have three dedicated volunteers, supporting charitable work and Cafe AMALA across Teesside.

If you are interested, contact us

Passionate about giving back.

AMALAwellness’ directors, teachers and volunteers are passionate about the communities we serve. Continual learning, practising meditation daily and philosophy are important to us.

One of the key learnings from Yoga is the practice of Karma Yoga. Also, practising Ahimsa (Non-violence, in thought and action towards ourselves and others) and the study of the Bhagavad Gita.

Behind the scenes at AMALAwellness CIC, there is a team of passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers who believe in the power of community. These people are the heart and soul of our organisation. They give their time, skills, and resources to make a difference, and to create a ripple effect of positive impact.

What is Yoga, really?

Many think of Yoga as becoming flexible and strong physically, with images of Instagram models balancing on their head. This is a flawed version of what Yoga really is. In reading and reflecting on texts such as The Bhagavad Gita, we begin to learn truly what Yoga is and what it brings to our lives.

Physical fitness is important for optimal health, but it is to compliment a balanced life of mental and social wellbeing. It is intertwined with the powerful positive effect on the nervous system. It allows us to enter into states of meditation and deep contemplation. This in turn allows us to experience peace and clarity of mind beyond our thoughts. When operating from this place (known as the parasympathetic nervous system), it allows us to operate free from fear, fight-or-flight and from our heart space. This, to me, is what Yoga truly is. Balancing on one’s head is a pleasant side show for the deep learning achieved through daily practice. Indeed, as we age, the body will start to change. Our practice of Karma Yoga will remain when Asana Practice (The postural practice of Yoga) is no longer attainable to us as it was in our younger years.

Bringing Karma Yoga to our community classes.

What is Karma Yoga?

Karma yoga is the act of performing selfless service and doing good deeds without expecting any rewards or recognition. It is one of the spiritual paths of yoga and is deeply rooted in the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text of Hinduism.

Loving Kindness, Karma Yoga and Community

Kindness is an essential part of karma yoga. Being kind to others not only brings happiness and positivity to their lives but also enhances our well-being. Research has discovered that acts of kindness and generosity boost our mood and increase our sense of self-worth.

Throughout the Bhagavad Gita, we are reminded of the importance of serving our community and uplifting others through our actions. The text emphasizes karma yoga as the path to reaching our fullest potential and achieving true peace and happiness.

The power of giving back and paying it forward

Practising Karma Yoga

Have you ever felt the power of giving back to the community? Of creating a safe and inclusive space for people to connect, share, and grow? Have you ever attended a class or an event that left you feeling inspired and energized? Grateful for the people and the experience you’ve had? Well, if you have, then you know what it means to operate from the heart space. A place with a mission-driven by values such as authenticity, kindness, generosity, and compassion.

When we practice karma yoga, we become part of a greater community, one that is focused on the well-being of others. Together, we can make a positive impact on the world and create a more peaceful, harmonious society.

In our daily lives, we can practice karma yoga by offering our time, skills, and resources to others who may need them. We can volunteer at local organizations and charities. We can also lend a listening ear to a friend in need, or simply perform small acts of kindness such as holding the door open for someone.

Operating from our heart space at

AMALAwellness CIC

The benefits of operating from the heart space are multifaceted and far-reaching. For starters, it creates a sense of belonging and purpose for all who are involved. People feel empowered to share their talents and passions, and who are recognized for their contributions. It also creates a space of trust and respect, where people can connect on a deeper level. They can learn from each other, and explore different perspectives and experiences. And, most importantly, it creates a positive impact on the wider community. Providing access to affordable and inclusive classes, workshops, and events, promotes healthy and sustainable lifestyles. It fosters sense of connection and wellbeing.

However, operating from the heart space is not without its challenges. It requires a lot of dedication, commitment, and resilience. Especially when faced with financial constraints, lack of resources or support, or unexpected obstacles. It also requires strong communication skills, leadership, and vision, as well as a willingness to collaborate and learn from others.

Yet, despite these challenges, operating from the heart space can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences. This is true, both for staff, volunteers and the participants. It creates a space of joy, inspiration, and discovery. A place where people can unleash their potential, follow their dreams, and make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

To conclude…

In conclusion, the principles of karma yoga, kindness, and community are deeply interconnected. They hold immense power to transform our lives and our communities. Let us strive to embody these values and work towards creating a more compassionate and supportive world. As the Bhagavad Gita reminds us, “Be steadfast in yoga, O Arjuna. Perform your duty and abandon all attachment to success or failure. Such evenness of mind is called yoga.”

Remember to operate from the heart space, to stay true to your values and vision. Appreciate the power of community and connection. You never know what kind of magic you can create when you put your heart and soul into something you believe in.

Would you like to volunteer with us?

Contact us today. We would love to welcome you on board!

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