Karma Yoga: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Sometimes the act of reaching out has profound effects on others, even those we’ve never met. A yoga studio in Santa Cruz, CA has reached out to local firefighters and law enforcement officers in a gesture of caring to pass along some good will in the form of karma yoga. The article outlines what some members of a local yoga studio have been doing to include these individuals in their community.

Karma Yoga: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

“The leading cause for firefighters’ death in the field is cardiovascular disease,” Dubin says, explaining that

firefighters can die while on the job due to stress-induced strokes or heart attacks. “Firefighters have to go to ‘rehab’

after each fire that they fight in order to recover from the stress of fighting a fire. In ‘rehab’ they get their vital

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Karma Yoga gives back to others what we have already received. Photo by Comstock c/o Photos.Com.

signs checked. They are not allowed to leave rehab until their vital signs show that the acute stress of fighting the fire has passed.” The signs that the stress has died down include blood pressure returning to normal, pulse decreasing to a healthy resting rate, and so on.

The practice of yoga benefits those individuals with extremely stressful occupations.  Practicing yoga can especially help those who help society by doing the most dangerous occupations. Teaching them to do yoga then becomes an act of karma and balances out what we have received from them.

The ways in which yoga can be helpful are myriad: Through stretching, meditation and, ultimately, the overall relaxing benefits yoga has to offer, firefighters may hopefully feel a little more supported in mind and body when that bell rings for emergency action.

Original article here at gtweekly.com:

Karma yoga is a way in which good deeds and help for others can be recycled back into the community from which they originated. Do you think that a program like this one would be of benefit in your community? Why not leave a comment below and chime in, or click the like button and share it with friends.

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.           —  Upanishads


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