In late September, 60 young people hit Hackney with Ourmala’s first massive yoga challenge and flashmob.
“I really enjoyed it!” said T., one of the young participants. “I didn’t realise that yoga had so many physical and mental benefits.”
The group took part in two BIG yoga classes taught by volunteer yoga teachers and two myth-busting presentations about refugee and asylum seeking issues.
They also organised their own flashmob of the 60 young people in Gillette Square! The point of the flashmob was to promote a brilliant campaign funded by the Cabinet Office called Grow Your Tenner – see below for info.
Yoga and myth busting
“A key aim of the day was to dispel some of the myths about refugees and asylum-seekers the media bombards us with,” says Danielle Keene, Ourmala’s project coordinator. “We also raised awareness of how yoga can help refugees and those seeking asylum, where common experiences include atrocities such as, torture, sexual violence, human trafficking and female genital mutilation (FGM).”
You donate £10 via online giving platform ‘Local Giving’ and they’ll make it £20.
To put this into context, £20 would refund the travel for four women enabling them to come to yoga.
Special thanks to our volunteer yoga teachers, Leah Davis, Patty Dobson and Hilary Perkins, Forest Road Young Hackney Youth Centre for hosting us, and all NCS’ The Challenge participants. Thanks also to Refugee Youth Project (RYP) who ran one of the day’s excellent presentations.