Sunday Seva by Sophie Tashkovski

Syracuse Yoga believes in community.  Yoga asana is wonderful and can benefit your physical body in so many ways.  When we take the Yoga off the mat the benefits are additive!    

How do you take Yoga off the mat?  One way is seva. In Sanskrit, seva is "a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for performing it".  

Syracuse Yoga is looking to hold monthly Sunday Seva events to support local charities and organizations.  Do you know an organization that could benefit from a by donation Yoga class?  Syracuse Yoga will provide the space and Yoga instruction for free, and attendees donate to the organization sponsored each month.  

Today we held our very first Sunday Seva, supporting the Jowonio School.  Here's some information about Jowonio from their website: 

Located in Syracuse, NY, Jowonio began in 1969 as an alternative school for children whose families wanted a more open and individualized approach than they felt they could find in a public setting. The name Jowonio comes from the word in the Onondaga nation language which means “to set free.” The school’s founders chose this name because they believed that education should be freeing minds and emotions to learn and grow, freeing individuals from stereotypes and prejudices. From the beginning, Jowonio accepted a wide range of children. Since 1975, when special support was received from the N.Y.S. Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the school has operated as a planful inclusive educational program where typical children and children with special needs can learn in the same classrooms. 

Syracuse Yoga's motto is "Yoga for Everybody, Yoga for EveryBODY'.  We believe in an inclusive Yoga environment, not a one size fits all, exclusive community.  That's why we were thrilled to have Jowonio be the first Sunday Seva.  

A few of the attendees to our first Sunday Seva supporting Jowonio School.   

A few of the attendees to our first Sunday Seva supporting Jowonio School.  

Thanks to Sophie Meskos for representing Jowonio School and helping make the event run so smoothly!  Stay tuned for more opportunities to build community and take your Yoga off the mat with Syracuse Yoga!