Karma Yoga: the Yoga of Action, which has also been called "the Great Yoga"

A person is always doing something, if not with his hands, then with his thoughts. Even “doing nothing” is doing. The same is true for breathing, relating, sleeping. A person is in ceaseless action, 24/7.

Karma yoga teaches us to act consciously- impeccably and efficiently. 
Many people have made positive changes in their lives as a result of their karma yoga practice. 
Here, you can read feedback from the people who regularly practice karma yoga at Lilleoru. 

Karma yoga has been called maha yoga- the great yoga.
This is the yoga practice that is considered most suitable for the contemporary human.
”Karma yoga is a method for shaping your future. And a method for liberating your karma”
(Ingvar Villido, Lilleoru summer camp 2013)

Karma yoga plays an important part in the teachings and the daily routine of Lilleoru center.  
If you would like to study and practice karma yoga, you are welcome any day of the week. 
Karma yoga practice takes place daily from 9-12.30 and from 14-17.30.
If interested, please get in touch with Ave: +372 56 499 199. 

Liberation of karma during karma yoga practice becomes more intense when one uses some of the techniques learned during “The Art of Shift” course series I-V, especially the techniques for releasing the emotions that disturb your life and the techniques for annulling the concepts that disturb your life. 
However, those that have not taken these courses can still study and practice karma yoga at Lilleoru. In this case, one can choose to practice with one of the very potent and effective karma yoga principles explained below:

Karma yoga principles

  • Do good deeds.

A good deed is when you do something that needs doing for a person or persons who cannot do it themselves.
Since a good deed has good consequences for everyone, the principle of “do good and you will receive good” applies here.  
With good deeds, it is possible to change and purify one’s karma.

  • Do for others. Without attachment. Without hoping for a reward.

Usually we are driven to action by our motives. Karma yoga teaches selfless action. The action itself is the motive in karma yoga. The activity that appears on our path and requires doing. 

Contentment appears while doing this activity- a light joy of which it is said that “the work praises the worker”. This joy appears from the action itself, not from the motives.

Until a person has cleared his inner world of all the changing polarities: I want- I don’t want, I like- I don’t like, I can- I can’t, etc, he will find some activities pleasant (positive attachment) and others less pleasant (negative attachment). Karma yoga teaches us to act without attachment, cultivating the qualities of neutrality and universality in us.

Because of this, the practitioner of karma yoga loses the need to receive a reward for his work: praise, blame, money, gratitude, experience or contentment.
The practitioner of karma yoga simply acts. 
When the work is completed, he does not get attached to the outcome: he neither praises nor blames it. If the reward comes, he will receive it. Otherwise, he lets go of the result right away and moves on to the next action.

  • Act impeccably

Impeccability means correctness. This means different things to different people. The important thing is to perform your action as well as you know at the moment. You give the best of yourself. As you continue to practice, your impeccability will increase.

Impeccability also means making the right decisions in the moment. Karma yoga is not based on habits- “I am used to acting like this”. Rather, it is based on reality: I see that right now it is best to do it like this, etc. In this way, karma yoga is intelligent and conscious action. 
You can evaluate the quality of your decision by its results. If necessary, you can correct your course next time.
In this way, you learn to make correct decisions.

Impeccability also means completing the process: you start an activity, you do it and you finish it. 
If you can’t finish within the same day, you will find an appropriate place to stop, knowing where to start again the following day. 
The beginning, the course of action and the completion are all important conscious parts of the process.

It is good to avoid the extremes. 
Moderation is a good principle: not too much, not too little. This balance comes with practice. 
Eventually, the activity itself will let you know when it’s completed, regardless of whether you would like to finish earlier or linger longer, applying the finishing touches. 
Trust and awareness are important here. In this way, karma yoga can become the oft-mentioned co-creation.

  • Work without interruptions

The deeper purpose of karma yoga is to release all emerging obstacles that prevent one from continuing the same action over a longer period of time.

Those who have completed “The Art of Shift” I-V courses know how to release the emotions and concepts that arise during the course of action, causing one to quit prematurely. "With the techniques learned during the Art of Shift courses, one is fully equipped to place oneself into the circumstances where “karma flows out like a waterfall” (Ingvar Villido). Practicing karma yoga on this level, one can test oneself in terms of one’s ego by taking on precisely the kinds of tasks that tend to bring up more emotions and beliefs.

Some examples of common tasks at Lilleoru: cleaning the sauna, forestry work, weeding, cleaning, working with firewood, doing the laundry, cooking, shoveling snow, spreading manure, trimming the grass, etc.

Karma yoga contains within it the secret of work…

Here you can read an excerpt from a practicum at the 2013 Lilleoru Summer Retreat. The teacher Ingvar Villido answers the question "What is karma yoga?"