Work-study at Balanced hot yoga
We pride ourselves on a clean studio space and are grateful for our work-study students who help make that happen. If you have difficulty affording yoga or wish to have accountability to show up for classes you may be interested in applying for work-study. The purpose of our work-study program is to support a regular practice of at least 3xweek.
General exchange: Minimum of 6 months commitment required, 1 hour service each week (most often broken into 3x20minute sessions before or after class as scheduled) plus a $49.50 monthly unlimited membership cost.Tasks include: sweeping, mopping, cleaning bathrooms & showers, emptying garbages, dusting, folding laundry etc.
Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis and a limited number of full exchange (3 hours per week without co-pay) positions will be offered at all times to qualifying candidates. If you would like to apply for work-study please send an email answering the following:
- Tell us about your yoga practice & goals for practice
- Talk about your skills (cleaning/gardening/artistic), keep it simple
- Hows your work ethic?
- What 3 specific classes can you commit to every week, include days & time of day, that you are able to arrive early for or stay after for 20 minutes of cleaning?
- Can you commit to these 3 classes for the next 6 months?
- What would you do if someone gave you 3 million dollars tomorrow?
- Provide name & email or phone# at least 1 reference (3 if applying for full exchange)
firstname.lastname@example.org attn: work-study
Allow 4-7 days for response
When we begin yoga, it is often the physical body that is the centre of interest and priority. Hence yoga classes are oriented around the physical practices of asana and pranayama. Asana and pranayama are components of systems of self-purification that utilize awareness, the body and the breath. We combine awareness with manipulation of the body and the breath to purify and liberate the energy that supports the embodied state. We approach these practices with the understanding that they are going to be beneficial for the body. However, as we progress in yoga, we realize that the benefits from the practices are not restricted to the physical body alone. Seva yoga, practised with awareness, is also a practice of purification and transformation, but the focus is different. In seva yoga the focus moves from the body (although the body is certainly utilized) to the mind, through service.
Seva yoga is usually described as service, but this word does not quite capture the essence of seva. Swami Niranjan has explained that the word seva is made up of two words, 'saha' and 'eva'. Saha means 'with that' and eva means 'too'. The word seva means 'together with' and is describing those actions that seek collective upliftment through an understanding of the needs of others and are based on togetherness and integration. Seva is an expression of compassion, of the desire to uplift and assist people. Work-study offers an opportunity to practice seva yoga because it requires the harnessing of many diverse individual efforts in order to provide upliftment to many.