The 2003 Karma Yoga Awards

Amicus Foundation: Yoga Journal Award

Blending Insight with Action: James Winkler / Amicus Foundation James Winkler’s day job affords him abundant opportunities to serve others, but he doesn’t feel that they are enough.“Although I help people at the clinic all day, I can still have a lousy day if I’m overly focused on myself,” says Winkler, a 48-year-old PA who owns and runs Hale Lea Medicine, a family-practice clinic on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. So Winkler does seva (service)—which, in his case, means directing the Amicus Foundation, a six-year-old nonprofit he founded. Amicus, which has no paid staff and which Winkler and a few others have funded so far, sponsors a series of projects in several countries.Some of these projects help preserve the cultural traditions of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan; the group also works to improve the educational prospects of some of the country’s disadvantaged youth. Its projects include building schools, community centers, and libraries and providing scholarships to young students who are “too poor to afford an education,” Winkler says. The foundation also sponsors the Bhutan Women’s Project,which is rebuilding a former retreat center for a group of women who have devoted themselves to selfless service in the form of conflict resolution, grief counseling, hospice work, and even tilling the fields for pregnant women who are unable to work them. Rebuilding the retreat center, Winkler says, not only will re-create a long-lost sanctuary but will encourage hundreds of other Bhutanese women to take up this work and practice. Another Amicus project is the Simtokha School and Orphanage, where students wear robes but are not ordained monks. “Simtokha combines traditional spiritual education with the three Rs,” Winkler explains. “When the children graduate, they bring the riches of both elements into their communities.” Winkler didn’t start out looking to distant lands—or even to the needs of others—for inspiration.A New York native, he lived in Los Angeles in his 20s and made his living as a pianist in the combos of some well-known jazz artists. To many, that would seem to be a dream career, but Winkler felt that something was missing. “In retrospect,” he says, “I see that the life I was living was all about myself.” Seeking new horizons, he obtained degrees in clinical nutrition and Chinese medicine before enrolling at the University of Southern California medical school. After completing his training, he had a private practice in the L.A. area for a few years before moving to Hawaii 14 years ago. At the same time as he was studying these wellness disciplines, he was becoming an avid dharma practitioner.In Los Angeles, he encountered a Vietnamese Buddhist teacher who introduced him to Buddha dharma. Winkler later met his “root teacher,” the high Tibetan Buddhist lama Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, whom he describes as “one of the last of the authentic Dzogchen masters fully trained in Tibet.” Rinpoche was living in Bhutan, where Winkler visited him many times. The teacher eventually gave the student the name Ugyen Thinley Dorje. “He never told me to start a foundation,” Winkler says, “but in bestowing the name, he simply said, ‘There’s a lot of activity to do.’” (Thinley means “enlightened activity.”) In 1986, Winkler founded the Cloudless Sky Vajrayana Foundation in honor of his teacher. It operated quietly, supporting a few monks and nuns, until about six years ago, when it spawned the Amicus Foundation to work more proactively. “Spiritual practice requires the blending of one’s insight with action,” Winkler says. For Winkler, service is an essential aspect of life: “Genuine service is really who we are. It’s part of our human DNA.No matter how self-involved or bizarre someone can appear on the outside, if they stop for a moment and help someone, they transform.” For more information, contact the Amicus Foundation, 4217 Waipua St., Kilauea, HI 96754; (808) 828-2828; www.amicusfoundation.org.

Lean and Limber : Yoga Up

Embrace a five thousand year old exercise fad that is currently being done all across Cambridge to broaden your horizons. Make preparations for the Sun. Embrace a five thousand year old exercise fad that is currently being done all across Cambridge to broaden your horizons. Daily Sun Salutations in front of John Harvard will give you a toned and flexible physique, so be ready to enjoy them! Harvard University’s Malkin Athletic Center is located on the Harvard University campus. Students at the good ol’ MAC may take advantage of free yoga courses, which are held 12 times each week.

Unfortunately, serious yoga enthusiasts may find that the 60-minute courses may not provide enough time to fully engage in their practice.

  1. Keep in mind that you must bring your own mat.
  2. Karma Yoga Studio, conveniently located in Central Square and offering over 40 lessons each week as well as free use of equipment such as mats, blocks, straps, blankets, and cushions, caters to students of all abilities.
  3. When the weather permits, instructors may choose to offer outdoor courses in the school’s rear courtyard.
  4. 1132 Massachusetts Avenue, (617) 547- Yoga in Harvard Square (YOGAYoga in Harvard Square) Yoga at Harvard Square, which is held in the University Lutheran Church, offers a limited number of courses each month.
  5. Perfect for a less physically demanding workout in a relaxing environment with huge windows during the day and a candlelight area in the evening.
  6. (617) 864-YOGA, 66 Winthrop St., New York Power Yoga with Baptiste For three years in a row, this Porter Square classroom has won the Best of Boston award.
  7. Consider this to be the new yoga, as the principal instructor named the studio after himself once he started it.

Karma yoga – Wikipedia

Extend your horizons by participating in a five thousand year old workout craze that is performed around Cambridge today. Sundresses for the occasion Extend your horizons by participating in a five thousand year old workout craze that is performed around Cambridge today. Get in shape for Sun Salutations in front of John Harvard every morning, and look forward to having a toned and flexible body. University of Harvard’s Malkin Athletic Center With 12 lessons each week, the good ol’ MAC provides free yoga for all undergraduates.

  • Yoga enthusiasts, on the other hand, may find that the 60-minute lessons are insufficient.
  • (617) 495-4838, 39 Holyoke St.
  • It is also a place where you can learn about yourself and others.
  • Sessions range from “gentle” to “vigorous.” On occasion, teachers will offer outdoor lessons in a rear courtyard when the weather permits them.
  • 617-547-0032, 1132 Mass Ave.
  • A focus of the Kripalu-influenced studio is on the holistic, meditative effects of yoga in order to bring the body and the mind into alignment.
  • Price: $17 each class, or $90 for a six-week program (617) 864-YOGA, 66 Winthrop St.
  • The studio “invite[s] newcomers to finish 10 lessons within three weeks.” The not-so-faint of heart may test their mettle in a 90-degree chamber, which offers over 30 lessons every week.

The principal instructor, who is also the studio’s name, describes it as “the new yoga.” Mat rental is $1 per mat with a valid student ID. (617) 661-YOGA, 2000 Mass Ave., New York

Concept

Cultivating Karma Yoga, according to Lord Krishna’s teachings in the Bhagavad Gita, is “selfless activity undertaken for the benefit of others” and is a spiritual practice. Moksha (spiritual emancipation) may be attained via hard labour, which is the goal of Karma Yoga. It is righteous conduct without attachment to the fruits or being influenced by what the consequences may be, a devotion to one’s duty, and doing one’s best while being unattached to rewards or outcomes such as success or failure, and a dedication to one’s duty.

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According to Bilimoria, karma yoga is “activity that is morally fine-tuned.” The phrase “onlydharmicaction” is appropriate in karma yoga, according to Stephen Phillips, a philosophy and Asian studies professor who believes that it is important to minimize one’s own unique function or one’s own exclusive objectives.

  1. However, Phillips points out that some writers are of the opinion that “any activity may be done as karma yoga,” and that it is not necessary for it to be in accordance with the dharma.
  2. Your work is your obligation, not the outcome of your efforts.
  3. Neither should you succumb to inactivity.
  4. Maintain a level-headed attitude in both victory and defeat.

— Bhagavad Gita, verses 2.47 to 49 According to Bilimoria, karma yoga does not imply the denial of one’s emotions or desires, but rather the pursuit of “equanimity, balance,” with “dispassion, disinterest,” while avoiding “one-sidedness, fear, craving, favoring oneself or one group or clan, self-pity, self-aggrandizement, or any form of extreme reactiveness,” according to the author.

According to Phillips, Karma yoga may be applied to “any activity in any job or household activities” in which the yogi works selflessly for the welfare of others around him or her.

It is important to note that the concept of “disinterested activity” is not exclusive to Hinduism, since it is present in Buddhism and Jainism, as well as in other religious traditions such as Buddhism and Jainism.

Bhagavad Gita

A type of devotion and spirituality, according to the Bhagavad Gita, is selfless service to the right cause and like-minded individuals performed with the proper feeling and attitude, and with the correct intention. When it comes to breaking free from bondage, the Bhagavad Gita argues in verse 3.4 that avoiding labor or not starting employment is not the road to take, just as renunciation of the world and wearing monk’s garb does not immediately make one spiritual. According to verse 3.5, not acting is a sort of action that has repercussions and has a karmic influence, and the nature of life is such that human beings are always acting in their surroundings, whether in their body or in their minds, and are never for a second not acting.

  • Alternatively, it can be fueled by one’s own inner contemplation and real self-discovery (soul, Atman, Brahman).
  • Achieving the best one can while being unattached from consequences, fruits, success or failure is the spiritual road that leads to a freed state of happiness.
  • As Bhawuk points out, a karma yogi who engages in suchnishkama karma (nikmakarma) is engaged in “an interior journey, which is naturally gratifying and pleasant,” according to him.
  • Another component of the concept is that the greater one’s commitment to “disinterested action,” the more one examines the dharma (ethical dimension), focuses on other parts of the action, strives to do one’s best, and as a result, the greater one’s liberating self-empowering experience.
  • It advocates karma yoga over the other two options, claiming that anybody who is a committed karma yogi neither hates nor craves, and as a result, such a person is the “everlasting renouncer.” The Bhagavad Gita provides a synopsis of the karma yoga method of living.
  • Arjuna initiates the talk because he is overcome with sadness and apprehension over the impending fight, in which he will have friends and family on both sides of the battlefield.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says: “tasmad asaktah satatam karyam karma samacara asakto hy acaran karma param apnoti purushah” (tasmad asaktah satatam karyam karma samacara asakto hy acaran karma param apnoti purusha As a result, one should carry out their responsibilities without becoming emotionally connected to the outcomes of their efforts, because working without attachment leads to the attainment of the Supreme.

Other Hindu texts

The ancient Upanishads, such as theBrihadaranyaka Upanishad, are considered to be the forerunners of the karma yoga concepts found in theBhagavad Gita. Other Vedic scriptures, as well as post-Vedic literature of theMimamsaschool of Hindu philosophy, make reference to karma marga, although they are used in the context of the road of rites rather than the path of karma. It was the Mimamsa concepts, however traditional in nature, that Raju believes served as fruitful ground for the following developments in Karma yoga philosophy.

  • Section 11.20 of the Bhagavata Purana, for example, asserts that spiritual emancipation can be achieved by jnana yoga (knowledge), karma yoga (activity), and bhakti yoga (devotion) (devotion).
  • The “karma route” is preferred by those who are drawn to the practical application of arts, talents, and knowledge in their lives.
  • These three pathways cross over each other, with varying degrees of relative importance.
  • Later, new groups within Hinduism introduced the concept of raja yoga as a fourth spiritual route, although this was not widely acknowledged as separate from the previous three spiritual paths at the time.

Karma yoga versus Kriya yoga

Traditional literature such as theBrihadaranyaka Upanishad, which date back thousands of years, serve as forerunners to the karma yoga concepts found in the Bhagavad Gita. A number of other Vedic scriptures, as well as post-Vedic literature belonging to theMimamsaschool of Hindu philosophy, make reference to karma marga, although they are always used in the context of the path of rites. It was the Mimamsa principles, however orthodox in nature, that Raju believes served as fruitful ground for the following developments in Karma yoga theory.

  • Section 11.20 of the Bhagavata Purana, for example, indicates that spiritual emancipation may be achieved via jnana yoga (knowledge), karma yoga (activity), and bhakti yoga (devotion) alone (devotion).
  • A path of “karma” is preferred by those who are drawn to the practical application of arts, abilities, and knowledge.
  • There is some overlap between these three pathways, but each path has a distinct proportional importance to the other.
  • The fourth spiritual path, raja yoga, was later introduced by new organizations within Hinduism, although it is not commonly recognized as separate from the other three.
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See also

  • Affective flow (psychology)
  • Tahh–greed and yearning
  • Three poisons– three afflictions that are referenced in Buddhist writings as being responsible for trapping individuals in a cycle of rebirths and sorrows
  • Three poisons Trul khor
  • Trul khor

Notes

  1. When it comes to Karma yoga, the first six chapters of the Bhagavad Gita are concerned with it
  2. Chapters 7-12 are concerned with Bhakti yoga
  3. And chapters 13-18 are concerned with Jnana yoga.

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Further reading

  • Jeaneane D. Fowler’s full name is Jeaneane D. Fowler (2012). Chapter 3 of The Bhagavad Gita: A Text and Commentary for Students (The Bhagavad Gita: A Text and Commentary for Students). It is published by Sussex Academic Press. ISBN978-1-84519-520-5.OCLC748941730
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External links

  • Yoga is the essence of all existence. Pravin K. Shah, Jain Study Center of North Carolina, Harvard Archives
  • Pravin K. Shah, Jain Study Center of North Carolina, Harvard Archives

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Director who started it all In 2002, James Fox, MA, began teaching yoga and meditation to inmates at San Quentin Correctional Facility. Informed by his years of experience working as a facilitator of victim/offender education, violence prevention, and emotional literacy programs for prisons, he began working with inmates and eventually founded the Prison Yoga Project. Since then, he has conducted yoga practices in prisons and jails across the United States and overseas, and has spurred the formation of yoga programs in these institutions.

He is the author of Yoga: a Path for Healing and Recovery, which has been made available to inmates upon request and without payment.

Jame is a member of the Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Change Certification Program’s faculty, and he has also worked as an adviser to the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Chicago Urban Mindfulness Program.

Bill Brown

Director of the Executive Office Bill Brown, C-IAYT, is the Executive Director of Prison Yoga Project (PYP), a non-profit organization that provides trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness programs to jailed persons all over the world. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He thinks that via his work with PYP, he will be able to promote social change by reforming our systems and culture in order to build a more inclusive, fair, and just society for everyone.

In 2016, he began teaching trauma-informed yoga for jailed persons via Prison Yoga Project (PYP), and in 2018, he was appointed Executive Director of the organization.

He is a contributing editor to the book “Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System,” published by the Yoga Service Council and the Omega Institute. While Bill is not working, he likes being creative via photography and cooking, and he is a voracious reader of science fiction novels.

Nicole Hellthaler

Manager of the National Program With a Master’s in Public Service from the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of public service, Nicole (RYT-200) originally began working with Prison Yoga Project as part of her capstone project to develop a set of tools for program measurement and evaluation. Nicole is now a certified Prison Yoga instructor. Nicole formerly worked as a high school teacher with a high-risk student population, where she researched and applied trauma-informed solutions to misbehavior in order to assist her students in achieving their objectives.

Nicole has a strong interest in social justice, prison reform, and yoga, all of which stem from her desire to see restorative justice implemented as an alternative to punitive punishment and the harmful consequences she experienced while teaching in the public schools.

Josefin Wikström

Program Director and Training Coordinator for the European Region Since 2008, Josefin Wikström (TCTSY-F, Yoga Therapy for the Mind, E-RYT 500, YACEP, RCYS) has been introducing yoga and dance to Swedish prisons, where she has been teaching since 2008. Since 2003, she has been working as a full-time yoga instructor, specializing in trauma-informed yoga instruction for at-risk groups. The Prison Yoga Project hired her in 2015 to oversee European training, and she has since been to Mumbai, India, and Mexico to share her knowledge with other participants.

Josefin has also worked as the primary teacher for the Swedish Probation services.

As a Yoga Therapist, Josefin completed her training at The Minded Institute in London, where she developed a special interest in complex trauma and mental health.

She has also studied trauma-informed dance/movement therapy with Katia Verrault and Tripura Kashyap in India, as well as with other international practitioners.

Chanda Williams

Trainer and Program Director are two positions that are available (Bay Area-Sacramento) She has a background in body mechanics as well as training in wellness coaching and trauma-informed yoga practices. Chanda Williams is a yoga teacher with an MA and RYT certification. A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in integrative health studies are among Chanda’s qualifications. Chanda has been teaching yoga since 2004 and specializes in group Hatha and vinyasa yoga programs as well as private yoga therapy sessions for persons suffering from injuries or chronic health concerns.

She is committed to teaching yoga for health and social development, and she is now pursuing a doctorate in somatic deep psychology, where she is investigating evidence-based approaches to heal trauma using mindful movement, breathing techniques, and meditation techniques.

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Trainer, Chapter Director, and other positions (San Diego) Kate Beckel, E-RYT200, YACEP, RCYT, M. Kate Beckel, E-RYT200, YACEP, M. Ed now serves as the San Diego Chapter Director of the Prison Yoga Project and as a Prison Yoga Project Trainer. She also works as a Yoga Ed. instructor, where she specializes in dealing with children and adolescents. She has received extensive training in a wide range of yoga techniques. She is now enrolled in the Advanced Year of her Somatic Experiencing (SE) Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Since 2015, she has taught trauma-informed yoga in several facilities, including Vista Detention Facility, Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, Second Chance, Kitchens for Good, Toussaint Academy, and other Title 1 schools in the Dallas area.

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