Yoga Stops Traffick unites yoga practitioners across the globe in support of Odanadi Seva Trust. #yogastopstraffick
Profits raised from this class will help prevent human trafficking in India and support Odanadi Seva Trust, a pioneering anti-trafficking organisation based in Mysore, South India. Odanadi works for the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of trafficked women and children, individuals affected by modern slavery and sexual violence.
In stressful and uncertain times it’s doubtful that we can make firm future plans. Our lives in Covid - 19 are not as we knew them and yet it doesn’t prevent us from considering others and being conscious of human connection. If you do find you have availability for a Mindful Yoga Class at 8am on March 14th 2021, we’d love it if you could donate, join us and make a difference.
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Yoga Stops Traffick was set up in 2010 by a group of volunteers who wanted to do something to help. On March 12th 2011 the 2nd annual event, was led by a group of young Odanadi residents from the entrance gates of the iconic Mysore Palace, many of whom are survivors of slavery, domestic abuse and forced prostitution. Through the common language of yoga, 3,000 people around the world united in support of Odanadi’s work and rolled out their mats in homes, beaches and mountaintops on the same day. From the home of Ashtanga in Mysore, a worldwide event was born.
Odanadi currently runs two residential rehabilitation and reintegration centres in Mysore, housing up to 100 women and young people at any one time. Every resident has a different story to tell: many have been rescued from the hands of brothel owners and sex traffickers, others from abusive homes, child marriages or domestic and commercial servitude. At Odanadi residents are provided with the skills they need to heal, empower, educate and eventually reintegrate themselves back into mainstream society. Odanadi’s unique psycho-social therapy programme has become accepted as best practice both within India and internationally. Odanadi’s method is carefully tailored according to each individual’s needs and can entail a wide range of activities, from psychological counselling to art therapy, drama, karate, yoga and acupuncture. Research shows that almost a quarter of trafficking victims are re-trafficked, which is why it is so important for residents to be well prepared for life outside the walls of Odanadi. Odanadi’s aim is to reunite trafficking victims with their families and to give them the necessary tools to face mainstream society as strong, confident, empowered individuals.
Ashtanga Yoga is of huge significance to the young people of Odanadi. As part of their rehabilitation program, it has allowed them to reclaim their bodies; build physical and mental strength, and restore a sense of peace, confidence and self-worth.
By standing alongside them, you will be demonstrating your solidarity and support, as well as sending a message of defiance against a world which allows these horrific abuses to take place.
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