Spring has sprung here in Guanacaste, and the hoopla of Semana Santa has passed. As we all have fewer visitors as it warms up in the North, we residents of Costa Rica contemplate: “What do I do with my free time?” Well, maybe not everyone has to ask that question; after all we live where there are always beautiful beaches to walk on, great waves to ride, and the abundance of nature to enjoy. However, for many of us who live here, the desire to be part of our local community calls.
This is actually a part of the yoga tradition as well. The concept of Seva is considered as much a part of our practice as are the asanas, or postures. Seva comes from two root words of Sanskrit, saha (meaning “with that”), and eva (meaning “too”). The word seva means “together with”; it describes actions that uplift us through an understanding of the needs of others, based on togetherness and integration (not just coming into a community and deciding what is best for them based on our opinions). Seva is an expression of compassion.