Seva

In Sanskrit the word "seva" means “service.” It means being of service to others and living according to our divine birthright and mission: being there for other sentient beings. To take a stand for someone who can’t stand on their own. To believe in someone when they don’t believe in themselves and to empower those that feel powerless. 

While giving to others is essential, seva is not just charity work or writing a check. In fact, the word “seva” is composed of two words: “saha,” which means “with that,” and “eva,” which means “too. In essence, it means “together with”. To stand with and to be alongside, in service, selflessly. 

As a yogi and a coach, my main focus is to be there for others and help them see and touch their true potential. 

Here are some of my favorite organizations and how to get involved…

 
 
Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, the rolling green pastures of Farm Sanctuary’s 271-acre New York shelter are home to more than 800 rescued farm animals. Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today, Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. They have rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at our sanctuaries in New York and California. At Farm Sanctuary, these animals are friends, not food. They educate millions of people about their plight and the effects of factory farming on our health and environment. They also advocate for laws and policies to prevent suffering and promote compassion, and they reach out to legislators and businesses to bring about institutional reforms.

Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, the rolling green pastures of Farm Sanctuary’s 271-acre New York shelter are home to more than 800 rescued farm animals. Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today, Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. They have rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at our sanctuaries in New York and California. At Farm Sanctuary, these animals are friends, not food. They educate millions of people about their plight and the effects of factory farming on our health and environment. They also advocate for laws and policies to prevent suffering and promote compassion, and they reach out to legislators and businesses to bring about institutional reforms.

In 2019, I had the privilege of traveling to a rural community in Nepal to help build a school. This experience changed the way I think about voluntering and education in underdeveloped countries. Working alongside the community, living in their homes and learning about their culture made me realize the difference between charity and empowering individuals.   buildOn works in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build schools in villages that have historically had no adequate school structure.  To date they have built more than 1,351 schools in seven countries: Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal.

In 2019, I had the privilege of traveling to a rural community in Nepal to help build a school. This experience changed the way I think about voluntering and education in underdeveloped countries. Working alongside the community, living in their homes and learning about their culture made me realize the difference between charity and empowering individuals.

buildOn works in some of the poorest countries on the planet to build schools in villages that have historically had no adequate school structure. 
To date they have built more than 1,351 schools in seven countries: Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America – LEDA – was founded in 2003 by Gary Simons, founder of New York City’s highly regarded Prep for Prep program. It is now the preeminent national nonprofit organization dedicated to diversifying the national leadership pipeline by helping high-achieving students from under-resourced backgrounds gain admission to our nation’s most selective colleges and supporting their success at these institutions.  Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) empowers a community of exceptional young leaders from under-resourced backgrounds by supporting their higher education and professional success in order to create a more inclusive and equitable country.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America – LEDA – was founded in 2003 by Gary Simons, founder of New York City’s highly regarded Prep for Prep program. It is now the preeminent national nonprofit organization dedicated to diversifying the national leadership pipeline by helping high-achieving students from under-resourced backgrounds gain admission to our nation’s most selective colleges and supporting their success at these institutions.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) empowers a community of exceptional young leaders from under-resourced backgrounds by supporting their higher education and professional success in order to create a more inclusive and equitable country.