So many of my students are engaged in volunteerism for as many reasons as there are people. In yoga philosophy, the belief is that service helps improve one’s karma. The world “SEVA” means “selfless service.” Should you ever make it to Kripalu in Western Massachusetts, you’ll find the kitchen and cleaning functions staffed by yogis signed up for 6 months of SEVA. Is it really selfless? At Kripalu, Seva yogis may partake of the great yoga and live in the Berkshires. I think all of you whom volunteer feel like you get more back than you give. If you’d like to share your story, please send it to me in an email. I wanted to kick off with Mary Jo’s story, as she, like some of you, came to yoga and seva, in part, through loss. We’ve all heard the cliches,” when one door closes, another door opens” or ” the glass is half full,” but true stories help bring them to life and give us hope. Thanks for sharing, Mary Jo! Also if you know anyone in need of meeting/event planning services, tap in to the YogaHotDish network –I’ll put you in touch. What’s better than a CMP who knows how to breathe deeply and stay calm?!