Thursday, December 15, 2011

One Small Act = More Serotonin!

Last Karma Yoga Community Class
of 2011
Sunday 18 December, Centre de Yoga du Marais, 11h30 - 13h

I will be teaching a donation-based all levels flow class at Centre de Yoga du Marais, supporting Families for Children, a private, non-profit, non-sectarian agency that cares for over 600 destitute and mentally challenged children and adults in India and Bangladesh. This is a "kitchen counter" organization that is run entirely by volunteers and every penny goes straight to the orphanages and schools this agency has set up. The teachers at Centre de Yoga du Marais have been volunteering their service and supporting this organization for several years, through Karma Yoga projects.
Suggested donation: 10€ - 50€
Reservations required. Contact me ~ amanda(at)

Lest you think acts of service and kindness are just charitable, read on...
(From the blog Mark and Angel Hack Life, Practical Tips for Productive Living and an excerpt from the post "12 Things Happy People Do Differently")

"Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.) Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside. What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness. How extraordinary is that? Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on. A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin. Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names."

Who couldn't use a large dose of serotonin this holiday season? Take a break from shopping, partying, decorating, traveling, and over-doing. It's as much about opening your heart as it is opening your wallet. Yoga helps us act from a place of sincere empathy, not pity. You'll be doing yourself, and the world, a great service!