How Else Can We Reach People with Yoga?
Lately I've been thinking about different ways to reach people with yoga. Teaching yoga at a studio is a wonderful, valid endeavor that benefits many. But there are countless other people who need yoga than those who have easy access to a neighborhood yoga studio. Here are a few organizations I really respect who are thinking outside the box and getting yoga to people who really need it:
- The Trini Foundation: Dedicated to "bringing the life-changing practice of Ashtanga yoga to those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction."
- Prison Yoga Project: Uses yoga as "a tool for reengaging prisoners with their bodies to restore the connection between mind, heart and body."
- Urban Yogis/YogaCity NYC: Using yoga to revitalize urban neighborhoods most affected with violence and crime.
- Africa Yoga Project: Dedicated to the education, empowerment and elevation of youth within Africa to expand employability and create self-sufficient leaders through the transformational tool of yoga.
- Yoga Medicine: Certifying yoga teachers to use yoga as a healing modality within the medical community/in conjunction with the typical western medicine channels.
I love and respect that at the heart of each of these organizations is a yoga teacher who is not only highly qualified, but also a visionary who made a novel idea come to life. Yoga is so powerful and as a community, we need to keep thinking of ways to reach people who need it most but who might not have easy access to it. If you're a teacher, are there any ways in which you can think outside the box as these organizations have? Maybe in just a small way? Or if you're a practitioner, are there any ways you can encourage your teacher or studio to do the same? Or can you invite someone who may not have thought of yoga as a solution to come to class? I will be looking for ways to think outside the box... will you join me?