Science now proves what yogis have known for millennia: when you redirect your energy to giving rather than getting, to serving rather than wanting, your entire biochemistry changes and begins to vibrate at a higher rate. You feel more connected and fulfilled in ways never imagined. A richness begins to grow deep within that banishes unhappiness, gives health and provides a sense of fulfillment.
So it is a natural extension of supporting a healthy world that Parvati Magazine and Parvati.org present Yogis Unite, a beautiful opportunity to practice karma yoga—the yoga of action— in support of MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS protects our planet’s air conditioning system, the Arctic sea ice, and ensures we have the balanced weather, food and water we all need to survive.
Yogis are natural ambassadors for ecological harmony, because the practice teaches us that we are all one, united within a vast and wise symphonic whole. The global yoga community is hundreds of millions strong. Imagine what the world would look like if we got together with one common purpose!
This is your invitation to join wonderful yogic leaders who support Yogis Unite, such as Amy Ippoliti, an American yoga teacher, author, and Earth conservationist. The SIGNMAPS coalition also counts “global yoga warrior” Janet Stone and bodywork and fascia specialist Tom Myers among its many heroes.
There is nothing like volunteering to ward off complacency and transform our lives. What we give comes back to us multifold. The positive ripple created by our selfless actions extends far beyond our own lives or what we may even see. When we act without attachment, in service to the greater whole, we support the sustenance and proliferation of all of creation. This is the beauty of the timeless—and timely—practice of karma yoga. With the upheaval in the world today, there has never been a better time to practice it.
Karma yoga teaches us to set aside our preconceptions, surrender our wanting, release our attachments to the outcome of our actions, and do what is in divine right order in the moment. Consider it an express ticket to bliss!
All of us who volunteer for Parvati.org and Parvati Magazine as we work towards MAPS, are doing karma yoga. We live every day in its transformative grace. It brings us closer to a lasting joy that is not conditional on circumstance, but brought alive by the attitude of openness and willingness we bring to the moment.
Whether or not you call yourself a yogi, you can become a MAPS ambassador and serve all life while you fill yours with joy. The growing number of MAPS Ambassadors around the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe, are living proof. For example, a student group at Christ University in Bangalore, India, held a MAPS drive recently that brought people together to care for the beautiful planet we call home. In a single weekend, they inspired 600 signatures on the MAPS petition!
Parvati is an award-winning musician (I Am Light, Electro Yog, Yoga In The Nightclub), yogini (YEM: Yoga as Energy Medicine), author (Aonani of Avalon, Three Supreme Secrets for Lasting Happiness) and founder of the not-for-profit Parvati.org. All her work is dedicated to protecting all life on Earth by establishing the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (MAPS). More info: parvati.tv; parvati.org.