Shukreya, one of our yoga trainees in Bekaa valley, Lebanon, asked for videos of the yoga practices she was learning. She does not know how to read or write, but has a quick mind and absorbs everything she is taught. Eager to share the the yoga practices that she learns with her neighbours in the refugee settlement, we had chosen her as one of a select group of yoga trainees who would be taught to teach yoga to others. To respond to Shukreya’s request, we produced a set of Classical Yoga videos, with Arabic language dubbing, during the spring 2020 lockdown. These videos have also been shared to other refugee communities in Bekaa valley through our partners at Salam LADC and ClimbAid. We hope these videos will also be useful other Arabic speakers and for yoga teachers working with Arabic speaking refugees across Europe and the world. Click here to access the playlist of Arabic language yoga videos on our YouTube channel. You can find our English language playlists by clicking here.
“I can safely say if it wasn’t for those classes during last winter I would be sure to be a mental patient by now. Your efforts are greatly appreciated, hope that many others can benefit as much as I did. When God cannot come he sends help.” – Participant feedback, Liverpool, 2021 We are delighted to be back to face-to-face teaching. While we continued offering refugee yoga classes throughout the Covid-19 lockdowns of the last year and a half, we have been painfully aware that our ability to reach the people who most need yoga for their mental health and wellbeing has been curtailed. This has been due both to lack of devices and data, as well as an intangible something that gets lost over a zoom call. Face-to-face classes have restarted in Liverpool, and we hope to launch new classes soon in Northumberland and London. Do you know of a refugee or asylum seeker group in the UK that would benefit from simple, gentle yoga classes to promote their mental and emotional wellbeing? We
“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,
This course on Yoga for Relieving Stress and Anxiety is a free offering from Tools for Inner Peace. All you need to do is click here to sign up. Optimize your health We are all living together these strange and uncertain times where optimizing our mental and physical health is a priority. Keeping anxiety at bay – as individuals and collectively – helps us maintain a stronger immune system for ourselves and to protect the people around us. This course offers simple and effective skills to help us cope with the negative effects of anxiety and stress, both of which are currently on the rise given the COVID 19 virus pandemic. Social distancing and hygiene help bring down the possibility of exposure, yes. They help us manage our space and avoid contamination, yes. But, in the meantime, how is our state of mind? Are we keeping our inner environment as spotlessly clean as our outer one? Anxiety fills our body with stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones keep the body tense and geared for action against... read more.