We celebrated Martin Luther King Day this week, which is a national day of community service and commemoration. I can’t emphasize how important service is. Community service creates solidarity, a sense of belonging, and helps to make the world a better place! It’s important to remember that not everything we do should be for pay. Service creates an exchange of energy, which is coleoften more valuable than direct remuneration. On a personal level, I’ve been volunteering to teach yoga to the homeless in DC for over six years at Miriam’s Kitchen, and this weekly class is consistently one of the most energizing and uplifting I teach.

DSC_7302Lighthouse Yoga Center has thrived in part because of our awesome community service volunteers, or sevadars. We have people working behind the scenes on our website, graphics, studio cleaning and check-in. Two of our earlier sevadars–Victoria and Emily–are now teachers. Currently, Lisa has been taking on an increasingly active role in managing the studio, and as Cole prepares to enter the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program, he has started leading our Monday Meditation class!

I want to extend our tremendous gratitude to all of you who have served our Lighthouse Community in recent years. Service of all types generates prosperity, for both recipients as well as for those who have made the effort to serve. Some of our instructors teach low-cost community classes at Lighthouse without pay, and others dedicate themselves to volunteer work outside the studio. Everyone benefits from the energy generated through these activities.

I challenge all of you to go out and find a way to serve. Volunteer for a community organization, a non-profit, your church/synagogue/mosque, or create something on your own. Give your time and your energy to help people who are less fortunate, to clean up our neighborhood, or to help our animal friends survive in this challenging world. The energy you expend will be returned to you multi-fold.

Thank you in advance for your service. Together we can make the world a better place.