If you have not yet noticed, there is a lot going on in the world of yoga today – not just in India, but on large, global scale. Fueling much debate in India, the first ever United Nations International Yoga Day is however something to celebrate. Raising awareness on a global level on the benefits of yoga can only be a positive thing, no?
People all over the world are putting together events to celebrate the UN’s recognition of Yoga as an integral part of the path toward health and well-being in our modern world.
Over in the UK, the ‘Warriors for Women’ campaign, organised by the Ourmala charity, has connected with Refugee Week 2015, to encourage the London Yoga community to to raise funds and awareness for asylum seeking women. Many yoga studios and teachers and teaming up to donate their time and gift their class proceeds to Ourmala – the London based charity dedicated to empowering women refugee and asylum-seeking women so they can rebuild their lives. What started as a local, London-based initiative has now lit up the Yoga community on an international scale, with people joining in from places such as Ibiza and Texas.
These types of initiatives really highlight the power of the practice and the global reach Yoga may have when employed for wonderful causes.
So perhaps it is time to simply skip the debate and just get on with the practice – on and off the mat….
Learn more about Ourmala and how the London Yoga community is making a difference here: www.ourmala.com/warriors-for-women
Ourmala provides a safe space to breathe, practice therapeutic yoga, improve language skills and access others services and education. Most of the women Ourmala serves are survivors of torture, sexual violence in conflict, trafficking and FGM and are registered with the UK Home Office. This group is vulnerable, marginalised, under-represented, and live in poverty with a prevalence of mental and physical health issues, language barrier and lack access to services and opportunities.