Yoga for Refugees, Ourmala Event, 21st June 2016

Join us for this Minded Institute sponsored event to raise money for women and children in crisis in our community.

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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 I...ndian 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.

This coming Tuesday, 21st June on the eve of midsummer and the official U.N. International Yoga Day, Ourmala is holding their ‘Yoga for Refugees’ Event in London to raise money to support 250 women and children in our local community. Taking place in Lindley Hall in the Royal Horticultural Halls in Everton Street, South West London, ‘Yoga for Refugees’ will include an extended yoga class in the Jivamukti style to a specially created soundscape by Amir Amor of Rudimental, short talks, special guests, goody bags, a raffle and plenty of opportunity for networking and deep connection with compassionate souls. All proceeds from this unique and spectacular evening will be spent directly on supporting women and children in crisis. Doors open at the stunning Lindley Hall at 5.30pm on 21st June 2016 for a 6.30pm start. For more information, visit Ourmala’s event page at . Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite at… . You can also make a kind donation at

The Minded Institute are proud to be sponsors of this pioneering and compassion-focused ‘Yoga for Refugees’ Event and support the work of Emily Brett and her forward-thinking charity whole-heartedly. We hope to see as many as possible of you there supporting this deeply worthwhile and critical cause.

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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