Ourmala: Yoga for Refugees

Yoga for refugees

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Nov 27, 2016
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We were delighted to see that Ourmala appeared in the Standard last week. Ourmala exists to help refugees and asylum-seekers recover from the atrocities they have experienced and rebuild their lives. They stand for compassion, interconnection and social justice. Their mission is to provide immediate and lasting change for refugees and asylum-seekers through therapeutic care, educational services and access to critical resources.

One of the key services offered by Ourmala is that of yoga, with ‘mala’ itself meaning garland in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language in which yoga’s seminal texts are written. All of Ourmala’s services are free and they even refund the cost of travel, without which many of the people availing of their services would be unable to attend. They provide therapeutic yoga classes, hot meals, English classes, access to basic-needs services, access to educational services and a safe space for asylum seekers and refugees to simply breathe and be. Ourmala is truly a place of acceptance, kindness, solidarity and love.

To read more, please click on the link to the article below. Namaste.

Go to the profile of Heather Mason

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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