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The whole world is your yoga mat

Updated: May 29, 2019

"Change the world by changing yourself. Heal the world by healing yourself. Find a need and fulfill it.

Service is the greatest form of spiritual practice.

Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve, You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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Seva comes from the Sanskrit words saha, which means “with that,” and eva, which means “too.” Thus, seva means “together with.” The practice of Seva is an expression of compassion for others and a genuine desire to uplift those around you through selfless service. With no expectation of reward or acknowledgment, the practice of Seva becomes a path to self-realization, which is the heartbeat and true essence of yoga.

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Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love." ~ Mother Teresa


Every day, yoga practitioners around the world roll out their mats and devote some time to their practice. And while this time on the mat is an integral aspect of a dedicated practice, the real transformation begins when we expand our practice to include the moments of our life off the mat. When you begin to see your whole life as your practice and the whole world as your mat, the larger and deeper realizations begin to reveal themselves to you.

Our innermost nature is a giving one...

How might the world be a different place if each of us focused more intently on what it is we are placing into the world rather than what it is we are looking to get out of it? The beautiful and profound irony in it all is that by engaging in this selfless service to another, we are offered the grander opportunity to experience that not only is our true nature one of kindness and compassion, but that what we do for another, we do for ourselves too; because ultimately, there is only one love.

There is only one of us "in the room."

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What are some of the ways you can engage in a practice of Seva?

Oftentimes it is in the smallest of moments and the simplest of gestures in which selfless service manifests. A smile extended to someone, without a need for it to be returned. Pausing to hold an open space for another person to move into while walking, biking, or driving in your car. Volunteering at a local shelter, humane society, educational facility, or special needs organization. Your seva practice may even show up through an invitation to make a financial contribution or donation of material items to someone whose life may be less than easy.

It is our intention here at Black Cat Yoga to place ourselves into the role of selfless service within our local Jacksonville, Florida, community. We stand alongside you in expanding the capacity of our hearts to love and include all living beings on our planet so that our world as a whole can experience more love, more compassion, and a greater sense of peace and freedom.

Black Cat Yoga is Jacksonville Florida's preeminent yoga studio located in the heart of the Historic Riverside, Avondale, and Five Points Districts. We offer a variety of yoga classes designed to benefit both beginners and long-time practitioners and support all of our students while they are on the path to becoming stronger, healthier, and more balanced. Black Cat Yoga Studio is honored to serve the beautiful City of Jacksonville, Florida, and surrounding areas with group and private yoga classes taught by experienced yoga instructors who offer individualized attention so that you can explore and experience your practice at your pace and in a way that feels good and right to you each and every time you step on your mat.


Lisa and Kevin McCormack

Owners of Black Cat Yoga

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