This series of papers is intended to be a resource for the yoga service community. We encourage you to share them freely, and welcome feedback as well as suggestions for future papers.
While yoga and service have long been practiced together, yoga service as a unified field is new and growing. As the field develops, it’s essential to establish a shared understanding of what we mean by the term yoga service. We propose that yoga service is not defined by who is served, but rather by the manner in which the practices are offered.
Yoga Service Networks (YSNs) bring people interested in yoga service together to learn from, collaborate with, and mutually support one another. This Community Resource Paper is intended for people interested in setting up new YSNs, or developing existing ones further.
Yoga is a philosophy, a practice, a path. All the evidence or proof that we need of its truth, its effectiveness, is our own deep inner knowing of our own subjective experience. But in the West, in the age of science, can we empirically validate those truths? Are they universal? Do they hold true across cultures, ages, and genders? Neuroscience is cautiously but steadily illuminating how the brain works and how our experiences impact the brain. In this paper Linda Graham shares with us what neuroscience can tell us about yoga.
As yoga teachers and yoga service providers, we are privileged to have the opportunity to facilitate transformational experiences for those we serve and are served by. With every privilege comes responsibility, and as facilitators, we have a responsibility to our students to ahimsa: to cause no harm. This paper is primarily addressed to yoga teachers interested in developing the skills needed to facilitate group discussion and transformational process in workshop formats that ask for student participation or emotional expression.
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