All posts tagged: Sierra Leone

Swami Pragyamurti Hope Project

Tools for Inner Peace has launched the Swami Pragyamurti Hope project to bring yoga and healing to street youth in Freetown, Sierra Leone (West Africa). With this work we hope to keep alive Swami Pragyamurti’s legacy. We have a match fund campaign running from 28th November to 5th December, and would love your help.  The Project The intention of this project is to: The Swami Pragyamurti Hope Project will use the manual she developed for teaching in prisons – theYoga Manual for Prisoners and Other Castaways – as a basis. We will train a group of 8-10 yoga teachers in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to share the practices and sequences from her manual. These yoga teachers will then teach her sequences in prisons and to hundreds of homeless street youth – including drug addicts, gang members and prostitutes – in the slums and ghettos of Freetown. On the Ground The aim of our yoga outreach work is to help generate new healthy habits and improve mental and physical health in prisons and marginalised communities. Many of

Changemaker of the Week

We are excited to announce the we have been awarded $1000 by the Pollination Project and featured as their Changemaker of the Week. The Pollination Project feature story, authored by Liza Di Georgina, is titled Embracing Peace from Within in Sierra Leone. “Peace is not something you have outside but it’s what you have to have inside to be able to change things in the world, even if it’s very small; when you work on yourself and you create peace in yourself then you can start radiating that out,” Minna Jarvenpaa, founder of Tools for Inner Peace Read more: https://thepollinationproject.org/embracing-peace-from-within-in-sierra-leone/

“Sow seeds of love wherever you go”

– Quote by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati These are some personal reflections by Mantramala (Minna Jarvenpaa) on the Yoga Pura Vida teacher training that Tools for Inner Peace supported in Sierra Leone: The week before our departure from Sierra Leone was full of emotion: grief, joy, memory of old hurts, love. Over the course of the first eleven days of the training, participants had been finding their way into all the aspects of yoga, opening up, releasing tension, going deeper. Old memories were starting to come up, both tender and sad.  On Day 12, we started teaching Yoga for Children and discovered that many of the participants had been orphans, street children or refugees from the civil war; some had survived sexual abuse or abandonment. Others had been pulled out of school and made to work in the streets by relatives. Several had never had the safety or care to really be children. All carried within them the inter-generational trauma of slavery on which Sierra Leone was built. Now we were asking these same people –