LOVE, BREATHE, SERVE
This training has been specifically designed for those interested in working with evidence-based yoga that is sensitive to trauma, gender and cultural differences, the reality of the UK asylum system. Much of what you will learn is transferable to use with other groups. You don’t need to be a yoga teacher or even a yoga practitioner to attend.
If you are a yoga teacher, please know you are welcome whatever your background. We work with teachers from all schools. Our approach is first and foremost deeply heartfelt and rooted in sincere yoga practice.
OURMALA’s approach is sensitive to trauma, gender and cultural differences and the reality of refugees and people seeking asylum. Our model has been independently evaluated as significantly improving mental and physical health, reducing loneliness and enabling people to feel safer, more confident and take part in life more.
This training is informed by international best practice for working with people who have experienced trauma, mass disaster and atrocities such as torture, sexual violence in conflict and human trafficking. Our work is also aligned with the internationally-respected Harvard Refugee Trauma Programme: Trauma & Recovery and we are recognised as a centre of excellence by the UK’s National Governing Body of Yoga.
OURMALA has been dedicated to creating access to yoga tailored for people seeking international protection, such as refugees, who have experienced trauma and come from a diversity of backgrounds, since 2011. This training includes insights gained through our work including, most importantly, feedback from our yoga students.
We also adapt our yoga programme to work with other groups, which helps fund our free yoga for people seeking international protection. For example, in 2019 we were commissioned by the NHS to deliver yoga to the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, included survivors and bereaved families. You will also learn about insights from this work.
Topics we will cover:
- The context of people seeking international protection in the UK, such as refugees
- Best practice for working with yoga in a way that is sensitive to trauma, gender and cultural differences
- What we teach on OURMALA’s yoga programme and why
- Boundaries, empathy and effective sensitivity
- Science and evidence underlying our yoga programme
- Self-care and techniques to reduce stress in everyday life
- Yoga philosophy and where OURMALA fits in
- Situational analysis for challenging situations
- Setting-up your own programme
Join the OURMALA Team
We are currently recruiting yoga teachers to join our team. This training is the first essential step in the application process if this is of interest.
We offer opportunities to teach yoga to people seeking international protection, such as refugees. We also offer decently paid yoga employment opportunities in different settings, such as workplaces across London and in NHS settings. These help fund our free yoga programmes for people seeking international protection. Joining our team means you can teach one yoga class a week for OURMALA alongside your regular schedule or more if you prefer.
- £330 Sponsor – a voluntary higher rate enabling us to offer supported rate places
- £300 Standard – this covers our costs but not the cost of providing supported places
- £240 Supported – for those unable to afford the standard rate
Your admission fee for this training will directly support our work.
Continual Professional Development
This course will count as 12 CPD points for members of most professional Yoga organisations. Please note that this is not yet the case for Yoga Alliance. If you’re in any doubt about whether you can claim CPD for coming along, kindly check with the organisation of which you are a member or in training with.
Please note that attending this event does not lead automatically to joining OURMALA‘s teaching team. This course will give you insight into what teaching on our team is like. If you are interested in joining us after the course, the next steps involve being invited to interview, shadowing our teachers, 1-2-1 supervision and ongoing support whilst you teach or assist.
Upcoming training dates: