The yogis say that any work may be transformed into karma yoga by developing the attitude that the work is done for the peace and harmony of all.
Karma yoga is the selfless service of humanity without the expectation of reward, compensation or any personal gain other than the delight of helping another. The word karma has several meanings. In a broad sense it means action.
According to the doctrine of karma yoga, every action has a reaction, whether in the current lifetime or a future one; therefore one is constantly experiencing the results of past actions and creating the seeds of future experience. One breaks the chain of negative actions that have created suffering and led to more negativity by practicing karma yoga. Also, one develops the feeling of connection with others and attains peace.
Examples of karma yoga are doing volunteer work for a worthy cause, helping a family member or friend by encouraging the person’s spiritual growth, and providing food, clothing, shelter, medicine or education to those in need. You may very well be practicing karma yoga already, without even knowing it!