Karma Yoga is an incredible life experience that promotes the selfless act of helping others in need in a variety of ways. Volunteering, offering free products and services, generally helping the needy, and more....in exchange for being and feeling more human.
Our first joint Karma Yoga experience took us on a trip to Eco-Logic, Resort in Paksong.
We contacted numerous charities that were looking for volunteers to help in general especially giving yoga classes, one that caught the eye was Eco-Logic who sent an urgent message requesting yoga teachers to help out asap at a Children's charity project in Thailand.
We were at the time in Chiang Mai receiving some emergency dental treatment and replied to Eco-Logic with our offer of help, however without any finish date on the emergency dental we couldn't commit to anything so kept in touch.
Karma was on our side and we managed to finish the treatment early and respond to Eco-Logic with a message that we were coming and full of energy to help out where needed which we received a pleasant response and thanks for offering our help. We left Chiang Mai on the night bus and arrived into Bangkok then left from Bangkok to Ranong then Paksong on another bus, eventually getting to Paksong in the morning.
We received a very nice and warm welcome and were showed around the resort including the mini projects they had setup and running with the help of the locals and volunteers. We settled into our dorm room and started connecting with the staff and clients, getting to know more about the place and how we could help more than just giving yoga classes.
We met with the organiser, and talked about the resort, the charity and what help they needed, and how we could help. Setting a weekly meeting to go through a variety of topics to help with Social Media, Marketing, current/future infrastructure and management.
Eco-Logic is the only source of income for TCDF, Thai Child Development Fund and all profits are donated to the charity, therefore relying heavily on volunteers to help out in any way possible, from giving twice daily yoga classes, to workshops and activities.
Another great source of experience and knowledge comes from the clients that pass through on a daily/weekly basis, most are happy to give up free time and advice helping a good cause.
Unfortunately we didn't get to meet any of the school children in the school environment as it was a school holiday, however we did get to meet some of them singing at the local songkran festival which was pretty fantastic. The kids are amazing and learn everything about the resort, including being self sufficient and learning everything on site.
Making the twice daily yoga classes was a great experience and sharing Free-Style yoga to the community was a great feeling of passing on our passion for yoga. We managed to do some of the activities in between working on our own projects and continually helping other yoga communities in need.
We arrived on the 1st of April and were expecting to stay until around the 5th of May, however our plans for going to India came forward as we were informed by one of the guests the Indian Embassy in Bangkok no longer issued visas for tourists which left us in a sticky situation, however this is the path Karma laid so we accepted and informed Eco-Logic of our situation. We left to carry on our Karma Yoga adventure helping communities in need.
I would suggest anyone that wants to carry out any volunteering opportunities to ensure they agree the terms and conditions before they go to ensure everything is in order. If your going to volunteer for a charity organisation make sure they are a registered charity and that the money goes to the named charity(s).