It’s our mission to share the benefits of yoga, mindfulness and movement therapies with communities all around the world. This is how we do it and the impact we create…
We offer high quality specialised trainings in traditional and contemporary hatha, trauma-informed and community based yoga for passionate people from all over the world to transform their own lives and share these practices in their own communities. We offer full and partial scholarships to support access and diversity in yoga teaching.
As a social enterprise, we direct 25% of profits into community yoga programs around the world. And we recently launched Sharing Humanity – a community yoga movement that fosters connection and wellbeing, and supports increased access to yoga, embodiment and belonging for all.
Here are our partners and the projects we have supported in 2018/19:
STATE OF BEING
Melbourne, Australia – www.stateofbeing.org.au
State of Being is a charity offering a range of trauma-informed and community yoga programs across Melbourne, Australia.
Donated funds are supporting trauma-informed and community yoga programming across three of State of Being’s core offerings: the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Yoga Project, the Atherton Gardens Yoga Project and Chill Tuesdays at Prahran Hub.
State of Being is also a charity recipient for Yoga for Humankind’s Sharing Humanity project.
2018-19 direct program funding: $5050AU ($3635US)
CENTER FOR VICTIMS OF TORTURE (CVT)
Amman, Jordan – www.cvt.org
CVT is a US non-profit organisation offering torture and trauma treatment programs in various global locations. Their program in Amman, Jordan employs and trains Jordanian staff to deliver counselling and physiotherapy services for refugees.
Yoga for Humankind is partnering with CVT in 2019 to offer a trauma-informed yoga staff care and train-the-trainer program, delivered by YfH director Mei Lai Swan.
Funding: $1400US direct program costs + in-kind $10,000US pro bono consulting and facilitation ($11,400US)
Denpasar, Bali – www.facebook.com/mitasayogastudio
Mitasa Yoga is a community yoga studio in Denpasar, Bali offering donation-based yoga classes for local residents, owned and run by Putu Nuniek Hutnaleontina (“Putu Nana”). Putu Nana was a full scholarship participant on the Yoga for Humankind 200hr training in Bali in November 2018.
Funds provided by Yoga for Humankind cover the studio’s general running costs and teachers’ wages for 2019, plus provided a full set of yoga props otherwise unaffordable for a local community studio such as this.
2019 direct program funding: 28.5 million IDR ($1950US)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia – www.yogacambodia.com
Krama Yoga is a Cambodian-owned and run non-profit based in Phnom Penh, providing outreach yoga classes for survivors of trauma and trafficking, and yoga teacher training for Khmer young people. They also run Nataraj Yoga Studio, a social enterprise supporting Krama’s charity work.
In October 2018, Yoga for Humankind director Mei Lai Swan spent two weeks in Phnom Penh providing pro-bono training in trauma-informed yoga for Krama’s Khmer teachers and offered two public workshops at Nataraj Yoga Studio, with 100% of funds raised going directly to support Krama Yoga’s outreach work.
Funding: $500US direct program costs + in-kind $1500US teaching ($2000US)
UK / Global – www.ompower.org
Ompowerment delivers trauma-informed train-the-trainer programs for refugees, in camps and community centres, around the world.
Ompowerment is a new charity partner, with plans being developed to provide financial and teaching support for their international programs.
Ompowerment is also a charity recipient for Yoga for Humankind’s Sharing Humanity project.