Tranquil Space is committed to giving back to the community. We express this commitment in many ways, including karma yoga – otherwise known as the yoga of selfless service. In pursuit of this goal, each semester our teacher training students commit to serving friends, neighbors, and others in the greater DC area through the practice and teaching of yoga.
Over the past several months, the most recent graduates of our teacher training program were amazing ambassadors of yoga throughout the greater DC area, serving groups and organizations including:
- Abingdon Elementary School
- Calvary Women’s Services
- Cezar Chavez High School
- Christ House Homeless Shelter
- Green Door Community Program
- H.D. Woodson Senior High School
- Jefferson Senior Center
- Whitman Walker Health Center
Our beautiful yogis raised hundreds of dollars for charitable causes and provided physical and emotional comfort to hundreds of individuals. Along the way, the trainees learned more about themselves, facing the challenges inherent in working with clients of widely differing ages, backgrounds, and experiences than their own. One student said of her experience, “I really enjoyed these sessions because they required me to think outside the box and plan and teach classes for a population I am not used to teaching.”
In reflecting on his service experience, another trainee shared, “I have continued to learn more from these yogis than I could ever hope to teach. I come to the mat each week with a question, ‘How to live at peace in this world and find contentment in the moment?’ Each week we set an intention along that path. Yogis who have never rolled out a mat soon find themselves empowered in bakasana. Others find a 45 minute haven from the bustle of their lives. Thanks to [this experience] and the support of so many, it is here that I am finding my seat as a teacher. I am filled with gratitude.”
The lessons went well beyond the logistics of teaching a class. Another student remarked, “The act of doing something with no expectation to receive anything in return, or selfless service, is something we should all do a little more often. Karma yoga has easily been one of the most rewarding, if not the most rewarding parts of my teacher training experience. I’ve always enjoyed serving my community but had lost touch with it in recent years and I am very grateful that I found my way back to it through yoga, something that I love so much.”
Thank you dear yogis for sharing your gifts with the community and doing your part to make the world a better place!