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Seva Volunteering
Opportunity in Lebanon in 2020

Serve, love, give. Volunteer to sustain, build on and expand our Yoga for Peace project in Bekaa valley, Lebanon. Teach weekly refugee women’s classes, bring yoga to kids in schools and settlements, and assist our Lebanese partner organisation Salam LADC with other humanitarian outreach. We are looking for yoga teachers prepared to commit for at least two months between June and August 2020, and for November and December 2020. Training in the Satyananda Yoga-Bihar Yoga tradition or another system of trauma sensitive yoga especially valued. Inexpensive accommodation and food, as well as logistics support is offered by our Lebanese partner organisation, Salam LADC. For further details contact Tools for Inner Peace. “Service is a natural expression of love. It expands the heart and widens the vision. Life is not fully lived if you do not serve and love all humanity. Think how best you can utilise your energy, intellect, education, wealth and strength for the betterment of others.”  – Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Seedballs to trees

Seeds of Care retreat,
6-10 May 2020

This retreat is a chance to relax, recharge and connect to nature. It is an opportunity to come together with likeminded people who care for the planet that sustains us. The basis for caring for others and for the world is self-care; we will be following a simple, restorative yogic lifestyle in the peaceful surroundings of Grempoli Retreat in the Tuscan hills. Our schedule will include morning yoga classes, yoga nidra, walking meditation, havan and kirtan, along with karma yoga.  During the karma yoga time, we will be participating in the work of Grempoli’s organic farm and kitchen. We will also be learning a simple permaculture practice for growing trees by making seed balls from clay, compost and seeds. These can be thrown in nature wherever seeds will grow. Since the seeds come with their own protective and nurturing shell, at least one of the seeds in a seed ball is likely to take root. This is an effortless way of reforesting areas where tree cover has been lost.  We will have some seeds available

Yoga for Refugees in the UK

Would you be interested in teaching yoga to refugees to promote their mental and emotional wellbeing? A group of Satyananda Yoga / Bihar Yoga teachers has been offering free yoga classes to London-based refugees since the beginning of 2016. Our classes focus on gentle relaxation and restorative practices that are accessible to participants of all ages and levels. We are currently offering classes in London, Liverpool and Yorkshire. To meet the widespread need, our project is also training additional yoga teachers in the the therapeutic use of yoga to alleviate suffering and release trauma. “Yoga is my medicine. I would rather go to yoga than take even one paracetamol.” – Feedback form, Liverpool participant, 2019 If you would like to take part by teaching a refugee yoga class in your local area, please write to Tools for Inner Peace with details of the group you would like to work with. We can cover a teaching stipend, possible venue hire costs, as well as a small amount to allow for the purchase of yoga mats if

tools for inner peace yoga in lebanon

Yoga for Peace

“Peace begins with a smile” In an unprecedented and intensifying flood, 60 million people around the world have become refugees, often escaping war in places like Afghanistan Sudan, Syrian and now Myanmar. Of these as many as 50% suffer from trauma and mental health problems. To respond to this need, Tools for Inner Peace has focused on offering free refugee yoga classes. Our first classes for refugees were launched in London in 2016; from the beginning of 2017 we decided to take this work to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Yoga is a simple, cheap and effective means of trauma recovery. It soothes the nervous system; relaxes the body and mind; and brings peace and inner clarity. Those we work with – whether in London or in Lebanon – are finding solace in yoga. Their open smiles at the end of each class testify to the benefits. Here is how a refugee from Afghanistan described her experience of this summer’s Restorative Retreat for refugee women: To expand this work and make yoga accessible to refugees everywhere,