3 initiatives that have stretched the scope of yoga beyond health

Initiatives that have integrated yoga within the larger societal framework and used it for building a stronger community.


These initiatives have integrated yoga within the larger societal framework and shown that it can be used for holistically building a community and not just merely for maintaining one’s own physical health.

Prafull Oorja

Courtesy: Prafull Oorja Facebook page

Courtesy: Prafull Oorja Facebook page

Bangalore based Prafull Oorja educates individuals to use yoga for social and self transformation. Started by Madeleine Sears and Sowmya Ayyar, Prafull Oorja focuses primarily on teaching and researching yoga to special needs’ children. Prafull Oorja has collaborated with Bubbles Centre for Autism in Bangalore as well where they teach about 80 students yoga twice a week. Prafull Oorja’s uBloom Yoga program meant for special needs’ children has currently reached 300 kids.

Prafull Oorja is a team of trained yoga therapists, art and dance therapists who believe in serving communities by sharing holistic therapies such as yoga, dance, art, reiki and acupressure. The vision of the organization says it all, “To share yoga and holistic practices; with populations in need in order to empower and enhance their lives and sense of well being.” Their philosophy sees access to yoga and other holistic practices as universal rights that should be accessible to everyone regardless of ability, geography, socio-economic standing, and or other factors. Their uRise Yoga program for empowerment encourages people from the locality to become yoga teachers and provide them with a new opportunity for livelihood and economic growth.

Courtesy: Prafull Oorja Facebook page

Courtesy: Prafull Oorja Facebook page

 

Kaivalya Dham

Kaivalyadhama is one of the oldest Yoga Institutes in the world and one which is also holistic in its approach towards health and healing. Founded in 1924 by Swami Kuvalayananda, Kaivalya Dham’s specific aim has been to assimilate traditional yoga with modern science, and demystify yoga so that it can benefit the common man and its research is guided by this ethos. Kaivalya Dham runs a college where yoga is taught as a secular activity, by integrating two main paths: one as a spiritual enquiry and the other as a science of health and healing.

One of the aims of the college has been to acquaint students with prominent features of all cultures so as to enable them to perceive broader horizons of yoga encompassing all world cultures and to guide them in discovering yogic tenets in their own culture. It is also an eco friendly institution trying to move towards renewable sources for its energy needs.

Upcoming Solar Plant at Kaivalyadhama Courtesy: Kaivalyadhama Facebook page

Upcoming Solar Plant at Kaivalyadhama
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Odanadi (Yoga stops trafficking)

Courtesy: Yoga stops traffik Facebook page

Courtesy: Yoga stops traffik Facebook page

Odanadi is an anti-trafficking organization based in Mysore, Karnataka which works for the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked women and children. Yoga Stops Traffick is a global event undertaken in all the centres of Odanadi that started five years back. It unites all the yoga practitioners around the world against human trafficking. In 2012, over 140 yoga groups across the world right from Mysore to New York and Tokyo – undertook 108 sun salutations to create awareness and raise funds for victims of human trafficking in India.

Courtesy: Yoga stops Traffick facebook page

Courtesy: Yoga stops Traffick facebook page

Over the past 25 years, Odanadi Seva Trust has rescued and rehabilitated more than 4,200 children, carried out 70 brothel raids and brought 150 traffickers to justice. Till date, more than 20,000 children, men and women have been educated on the issue of sexual exploitation and more than 6oo missing children have been reunited with their families.


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A dreamer with a singular expression - Smile! Sanket is a media and journalism student at Symbiosis International University. When not writing, you can find him sipping coffee and reading entrepreneurial, political and leadership books. more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A dreamer with a singular expression - Smile! Sanket is a media and journalism student at Symbiosis International University. When not writing, you can find him sipping coffee and reading entrepreneurial, political and leadership books. more

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