Yoga To Save The Tatas

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday, October 1st, and Thursday, October 6th, I will help Merritt Athletic Club raise money for breast cancer research.

I am advertising both classes through this post, but I am also going to share with you a concept called Karma Yoga, or the Yoga of Action (Good Deeds).

There are many different types of yoga, and I am not just referring to the asanas, or postures. I am also referencing the spirituality behind yoga.


Karma Yoga – The Yoga of Good Deeds

The Bhagavad Gita is an excerpt from an ancient yogic text called the Upanishads. The phrase “Bhagavad Gita” translates to mean “The Song of God”, and, because of its importance to the explanation of yoga, it is published as a book in its own right. The Gita discusses the overarching ideas of yogic wisdom, one of which is Karma Yoga.

Karma Yoga is the Yoga of Action (Good Deeds). “Success soon comes by action in the world” states Lord Krishna, who is a prophet speaking the word of God. (4.12)

He goes on to state “Whoever does things without personal desire for the results is called wise by the sages. That person’s actions are pure, and he knows the truth.” (4.19)

What Lord Krishna is explaining is that doing good deeds without seeking reward for them will bring you wisdom and a deeper understanding of the world.

Marathon runners, Nuns, Peace Corps members, and Doctors Without Borders workers all know this fact. Their reward is not riches, but awareness that they are doing a very good deed at great sacrifice.

When yogis want to raise money, we do Yogathons, or Yoga Malas. Yoga Malas are 108 sun salutations done consecutively. We ask people for donations to sponsor us for the cause of choice.

I have done four of these thus far, and now I will be leading two of them at two different Merritt Athletic Club locations. The details are below.

Yoga to Save the Tatas – Two Events

What:  Yoga to Save the Tatas
When:  Saturday October 1st from 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Where:  Merritt Athletic Club, Buckingham location, 7585 Buckingham Boulevard, Hanover, MD 21076
Who:  Everyone is welcome, members and non-members
Cost:  $10 minimum donation to the American Cancer Society
Sign up:  At the front desk anytime before October 1st

What:  Yoga to Save the Tatas
When:  Thursday October 6th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where:  Merritt Athletic Club, Canton location, 3401 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Who:  Everyone is welcome, members and non-members
Cost:  Donation-based, give what your heart tells you to give – Also feel free to ask people to sponsor you to raise more money for the American Cancer Society.
RSVP:  RSVP on Facebook

Why

It goes without saying that doing that many sun salutations is going to be painful the next day. Your hamstrings will probably hurt, and you will be stiff.

However, any pain you suffer from an intentional yoga practice is nothing compared to the suffering someone goes through when they are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Your temporary suffering honors the lives and the struggles of people whose lives have been altered by breast cancer.

If you live in the Baltimore metropolitan area, please consider attending one of these events. The flyers for Canton below. There are also other fundraising events besides my two Yogathons, so please check them out.

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With Love,

~Amber

“If you dedicate all your actions so your work becomes Karma Yoga, all remaining doubts will be destroyed in the fire of your awakening. At this point, all bondage falls away and you remain poised in the true Self.” (The Bhagavad Gita 2.41)

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  1. […] Sunday, I did a Yoga Mala, which is 108 sun salutations done in a row. This particular Yoga Mala was a fundraiser I did for […]

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