About Us


Yoga for Humankind is a social enterprise training organisation and global community dedicated to embodied trauma-informed education and social change. Our mission is to nurture wellbeing, connection and a thriving world for all – ourselves, each other and the earth.



healing-centred personal and professional programs with a focus on embodied, trauma-transforming practice.


engaged community to learn, skillshare and co-create together; to remember our inherent worth, belonging and interconnectedness.


we partner with and donate 10% of profits to community-based yoga and healing programs around the world. We offer scholarships and equitable access for all of our programs, to train global and local leaders in embodied trauma-informed practice and social change.

Our Approach

“When we heal our own trauma, individually and collectively, we don’t just heal our bodies. By refusing to pass on the trauma we inherited, we help heal the world. When, over time, enough bodies heal from historical, intergenerational, and personal trauma and learn to harmonize, that harmony can turn into a culture of resilience and flow.” – Resmaa Menakem

Through decades of study, practice and experience, we have created a trauma-transforming framework for our individual and collective wellbeing: a whole human, whole system approach that draws together and honours the intersections of trauma theory, social justice and embodied spirit-centered practice including yoga, mindfulness and earth-based traditions.

It is not just for yoga teachers, it is for everybody – and the thriving world we know is possible.

Our approach to trauma-informed yoga means there is something for everyone:

Simple, practical tools for everyday wellbeing

Powerful practices and techniques for personal transformation and leadership

Trauma-informed facilitation and leadership skills

A richness of ideas, philosophy and theory from yoga and spirituality, trauma and neuroscience research, to social justice, community practice and beyond

Inspiration and practical guidance for making your own contribution to our beautiful world

Global community, collaboration, and belonging

Why Trauma-Informed Yoga?


Our Story

Yoga for Humankind was founded in 2017 by Mei Lai Swan, an Australian-born and globally-experienced yoga teacher trainer, social worker and social justice advocate who recognised the vital need for education in trauma-informed, social justice and community-based skills for yoga teachers.

Beginning with specialised yoga trainings in trauma-informed and community yoga, co-created with colleague , Jo Buick, Yoga for Humankind has grown into a thriving global community and leading training organisation in the field of embodied trauma-informed practice and social change.

With a diverse global team, we now offer public programs, professional trainings, a global community of practice, body-based therapeutic services, and consulting services for organisations and leaders.

Our Impact

We are passionate not only about training facilitators, professionals and leaders in trauma-informed practice to take this vital work into their own communities, but also contributing directly to social change and wellbeing initiatives through partnerships and community building.

Here is a snapshot of our impact since our launch in 2018, and some of the community programs and partners we work with.

Learn more about our community partners by clicking on the logos below.

Our Team

Yoga for Humankind brings together a diverse global team of dedicated practitioners, educators and people with lived experience in the fields of trauma, somatics, social justice and spiritual practice.

Core Facilitators, Strategy & Operations

Mei Lai Swan – (she/her, Australia) Founder, Director & Lead Facilitator
Born on the unceded Indigenous lands of Australia, Mei Lai Swan is the Founder and Director of Yoga for Humankind, offering specialised trainings in Trauma-Informed Yoga and Embodied Social Change. Mei Lai has been dedicated to the paths of yoga, meditation and embodied practice for over 20 years. As a senior yoga trainer and certified trauma-informed facilitator, she now combines embodied healing practices with her professional background in social work, community development and non-profit management. With an undergraduate degree in International Community Development and a Master of Social Work, Mei Lai works with Indigenous, refugee and diverse cultural communities in Australia and around the world. Mei Lai is passionate about building community and making the richness and depth of the yoga teachings and practices accessible, relevant and empowering for every body, heart and mind.

Tysza Gandha (she/her, Singapore/US) - Facilitator, Training Support & Circles of Connection Co-Ordinator

Tysza Gandha (she/her, Singapore/US) - Facilitator, Training Support & Circles of Connection Co-Ordinator

Ria Tirazona - (she/her, Philippines), Facilitator & Training Support

Chanelle Burns (she/her, Australia) - Facilitator & Training Support

Jane Ellis (she/her, Australia) - Training Support

Nikki Gaufo (she/her, Philippines) - Administration & Communications Lead

Lee Watson (he/him, UK) - Circles of Connection Partner (Fierce Calm)

Guest Facilitators

Amber Gray (she/her, US)

Anna McCracken (she/her, Australia)

Argo Theoharis (they/them, Philippines/Australia)

Ash Dargan (he/him, Larrakia/Australia)

Carlie Atkinson (she/her, Bundjalung/Australia)

Dil Wijeyesekera (she/her, Sri Lanka/UK)

Dione Mabunda (she/her, Mozambique)

Donna Noble (she/her, Jamaica/UK)

Duda Monteiro (they/them, Brazil)

Emmy Chahal (she/her, India/Canada)

Helena Norberg-Hodge (she/her, Sweden/Australia)

Jarmbi (he/him, Githabul/Australia)

Jo Buick (she/her, Australia)

Judy Atkinson (she/her, Jiman & Bundjalung/ Australia)

Kallie Schut (she/her, India/UK)

Lindsay Lovejoy (she/her, US/Bali)

Matua Luis (he/him, Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Zabie Yamasaki (she/her, US)


Our Community Partners