Hatha yoga - the physical practice of yoga asanas - is only one branch of
traditional yoga. Another equally important branch is Karma yoga - the path of service.
We practice karma yoga whenever we perform our work and live our lives in
a selﬂess fashion and as a way to serve others.
In 2007, a handful of yoga teachers in Ann Arbor wanted to find a way to strengthen our local yoga community. We could think of no better way to do this than through Karma yoga, so we formed an organization called Yoga Serves! We are a group of local yoga teachers and practitioners who know that 'yoga serves' on many levels. We believe that practicing yoga improves our lives and can benefit our community.
All yogis throughout the Ann Arbor community are invited to gather together throughout the year for delicious vegetarian potlucks where we plan upcoming service strategies and share past endeavors with each other. We serve the hungry, the homeless, the elderly, the arts, the environment and other good causes that need our help. We create community through the fun of serving others together!
Serve Dinner to the Less Fortunate ~
Delonis Center Homeless Shelter - Thursdays, May 2, June 6 & July 4, 5-7:30pm
Yoga Serves has been volunteering at the Delonis Center every month for the past 4 years! On the ﬁrst Thursday of each month, a group of Yoga Serves members meet at the shelter to help with the preparation, serving, and clean-up of the free dinners served every night by the Delonis Center.
Please email Anne Ramsey at email@example.com for more information and to sign up!
Food Gatherers Warehouse ~
1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor - Friday, July 19, 2013, 1-3:30pm
Yoga Serves members will help out at the warehouse doing various tasks such as sorting cans, restocking the pantry, shelving products, salvaging products, repackaging bulk foods, packing food boxes, cleaning out coolers, and sorting produce.
Please contact Lisa Barley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help!
Got An Idea for a Yoga Serves Volunteer Project? ~
We try to schedule one volunteer project a month, and we are always looking for new ideas! If you have an idea for a service project that a group of Yoga Serves volunteers could do together, please let us know!
Please email Christy DeBurton at email@example.com with your ideas!
Yoga Serves Potluck ~
Next Potluck Date & Location TBD--check back for updates!
Take your yoga practice off your mat and into the community! Bring a vegetarian
dish to pass, and come ready to meet new people and sign up for a variety of
community service projects throughout the coming months. We serve the
hungry, the homeless, the environment, the elderly and other good causes that
need our help.
Please email Christy DeBurton at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP!
Garden Project: Plant Onions for Farmer Bill ~
Bill Schmid's Gardens, Ann Arbor - Sunday, May 19, 2013, 1-3pm
Bill Schmid, known as Farmer Bill, has been donating most of the bounty from his gardens to Food Gatherers for the past 15 years. Arthritis has recently sidelined him and he has turned to volunteers for help. Bring garden/work gloves, a sun hat and a water bottle. All tools are provided.
Please email Anne Ramsey at email@example.com for location information and to sign up.