The word seva comes from the Sanskrit root, sev, meaning to "attend" or "to go towards." Seva is generally understood to be "service" ...
This year I am working on expanding my yoga practice, off of the mat. I am participating in a fundraiser through One Love Dallas, benefiting efforts to fight human trafficking in India. This fundraiser challenges each participant to raise at least $108.00, and complete 108 sun salutations. This is not an easy feat!
The beginning of each new season is generally celebrated with 108 sun salutations. I have done this once before, and probably only completed 60% of the 108 salutations. It takes about 2 hours to complete the physical challenge... think, yoga marathon. There are many interpretations of why this is a practice and why "108". One simple thought is that 1= God, or higher truth; 0= emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice; and 8= infinity or eternity, and that reflection is a great way to start each new season.
If I have directed you to this site, many of you know and understand what Yoga has done for me during the past 2 years. While, initially I started my practice to escape from the upheaval and pain, in my life at the time, it has now a evolved to a place of reflection and growth.
Yoga for me, has moved off my mat and into my everyday life.
This is not to say that I have turned into a guru or even that I always carry a sublime demeanor. Ha!
What I have learned in the past two years is...
1) sometimes physical exhaustion can release you from your own thoughts
2) you get stronger every time you try something new
3) each day is new, and you have the opportunity to start over
4) if you acknowledge your pain, you can take the fear out of it
5) its not all about me
You can read about the cause at this website: http://onelovedallas.org/onelove2012
Please consider sponsoring me and know that even if you cannot, I am so grateful for you.