Integrating Yoga into Community Wellbeing
I am passionate about supporting individuals who are willing to take on the risk and effort to create positive changes in society through their yoga initiatives.
I strongly believe yoga has the power to heal and transform us and I will encourage, advise and support your innovative ideas for taking yoga to underserved communities.
Jinja Community Yoga
Connecting with others
In April 2014 Emily Ward and I travelled to Nairobi to partake in the Africa Yoga Project, Journey into Power teacher training. Using the Shine Centre as an inspiration we created Jinja Community yoga. Each Saturday our community gather together for a 90 min yoga practice and after we join each other sharing breakfast. Our community yoga began with a handful of shy Ugandans and some friends and in 6 months has grown immensely. We now regularly have more then 40 yogis coming together. Emily and I donate a portion of our income from other classes and events we run to keep this initiative alive. We are always fund raising to cover the costs of mats and breakfasts, recently we organised a fundraiser through Indiegogo where the gift for donating is a 60 min yoga practice with me. For further information check out our facebook page
Prison Yoga Project
New this April 2015 Yoga Uganda started volunteering in Jinja Main Prison.
"Most prisoners suffer from chronic interpersonal trauma experienced early in life such as abandonment, hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, discrimination, drug and alcohol abuse, and witnessing crime – including murder
Yoga as a mindfulness practice is our tool for reengaging prisoners with their bodies to restore the connection between mind, heart and body. We use a yoga practice to develop the whole person, increase sensitivity toward oneself and empathy for others. By putting the men back in touch with their bodies, they begin to care more about themselves and understand the harm they have caused."
WORI womens rights initiative
Empowering women and youth to advocate against violence through human rights education skills and information sharing to strengthen capacities and visibility.
Photo by Deidre Norman
WORI was founded in 2007 by three young women, as has been reflected in its name. The organisation was formed to respond and arise to the challenges of women’s rights and poverty. The organisation’s main aim is to enhance the capacity of women and support their efforts towards development and health. The organisation has a special interest in the plight of women and youth as they are most susceptible to vulnerability, psychologically, physically, socially and economically as well