All posts tagged: yoga for refugees

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),

What the Research Says: a study of our Yoga for Peace project

Mind, body and community: The potential for yoga as mental health and psychosocial support in emergency contexts Jessica Stone Lebanon is home to approximately 1.5 million refugees, numbering roughly a quarter of the entire population—the highest proportion in the world. Many Syrian refugees in Lebanon have witnessed or experienced physical, psychological or sexual violence, and continue to experience food insecurity, discrimination and social isolation. Reports of traumatic flashbacks, uncontrollable emotions, hopelessness, despair, and unusual physical and mental exhaustion are also common, as are high rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (1).  Women in particular are increasingly exposed to sexual assault, interpersonal violence and survival sex work in the settlements (2),  yet there are few mental health services available for Syrians in Lebanon (3), and even fewer that cater to women’s needs. To address these challenges, the organisation Tools for Inner Peace has been implementing a yoga program for mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in informal tented settlements and community centres in the Beqaa Valley region since 2017. This program supports women to