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Yoga for Trauma workshop, 8-10 July 2022

This is an informal experience sharing workshop for those wishing to teach yoga to refugees or other trauma survivors. Since 2017, we have been growing a community of yoga teachers and psychotherapists who are interested in teaching yoga to refugees or in deepening their understanding of how trauma effects our body and mind, and how to restore wellbeing, individually and collectively through the tools of yoga. The aim of the 8-10 July weekend is to continue developing our understanding and sharing experiences about teaching yoga practices in a manner appropriate to refugees and other trauma survivors. It will be an informal weekend, with practical asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation sessions, as well as facilitated group discussions on topics such as the following: Understanding the neuroscience of trauma recovery Learning about teaching yoga to people with trauma Practising yoga to free up the body, the breath and emotions from tensions Orienting to presence and safety in the here and now As part of the weekend, there will also be karma yoga (including preparing meals together),

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Opportunities in 2022

Serve, love, give. Hull, UK The influx of Afghan refugees in the UK has resulted in a flurry of requests from different organisations around the UK to offer free yoga classes to new arrivals. We are currently looking for a yoga teacher based in Hull, Yorkshire to take on a weekly refugee yoga class. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Tools for Inner Peace will offer the teacher a stipend, as well as funds for purchasing yoga mats. If you are interested, and trained in Satyananda yoga or another classical yoga tradition, please get in touch via email: tools4innerpeace@gmail.com. Bekaa valley, Lebanon 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 during 2022. Training in the Satyananda Yoga-Bihar Yoga tradition or another system of trauma sensitive

Refugee Yoga in the UK

“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

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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,