Ourmala has been recognised as a centre of of excellence by the UK’s National Governing Body of Yoga. The British Wheel of Yoga’s ‘Recognised Centre’ status is awarded to select organisations that show excellence in their specialised field of yoga.
“We are honoured and proud to receive this award,” said Ourmala’s CEO Emily Brett.
“Ourmala opened its doors in 2011 to create access to yoga for refugees and people seeking-asylum, including survivors of modern day slavery. Since then, the organisation has been at the forefront of the yoga and social justice movement in the UK.
“We have robust evidence demonstrating that our programme significantly improves clients’ mental and physical health issues and helps them integrate better into UK society.”
Yoga is at the heart of Ourmala’s evidence-based and fully evaluated programme. Our approach is person-centred and sensitive to trauma, gender, culture and the UK asylum system. We also provide other wrap-around services including access to education, critical resources and empowerment activities.
“The results we see are wonderfully positive,” said Emily. “Huge thanks to all our volunteers, staff and supporter, without whom our work just wouldn’t be possible.”