Refugee Awareness For Yoga Teachers

OURMALA is looking for Yoga teachers to join our team to lead and assist classes for the refugee and asylum-seeking community in London. 

Today’s media shows countless images of refugees and asylum-seekers, often in a desperate and derogatory light.
Their reality is harsh and many are vulnerable. They are also some of the most brave, wonderful and inspiring individuals we have ever met.

Our Refugee Awareness for Yoga Teachers course has been especially designed for Yoga teachers and those in teacher training.

If you would like to deepen your awareness about refugees and asylum-seekers living in the UK and good practice for teaching Yoga to this group, whilst supporting our work through your admission fee, we would love you to join us.

OURMALA has been dedicated to providing Yoga classes for refugees and asylum-seekers in London since 2011 and this course is based on good practice for working with people who have experienced atrocities such as torture, sexual violence in conflict and human trafficking as well as our own practical experience.

Your admission fee for this training will directly support our work and there will be a donations bowl should you like to get rid of any pennies!

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Cost: £100

There are a very limited number of places available at a concessionary rate of £80. Click here to enquire.

Can’t do one of these dates? Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll let you know as soon as we have anymore dates in the diary for this training. This training will be held at Astanga Yoga London, from 9:30am – 6pm.

Great thanks to Astanga Yoga London for their very kind support.

Teaching Yoga to this group is not like teaching a standard public class.
Some may be clinically traumatised and highly vulnerable, many are not. Either way, there are cultural, gender and practical considerations to be taken into account to ensure that as Yoga teachers we are teaching to the best of our ability, taking our duty of care seriously and always putting the wellbeing of our students above all else.


The day will begin with a Yoga class from OURMALA’s founder, Emily Brett, who will lead the day.
In the afternoon, we will be honoured to welcome Heather Mason for a lecture on the neuroscience of trauma and how we can use Yoga specifically  to help create resiliency in the traumatised brain.
Heather is one of the leading lights in Yoga Therapy and founder of The Minded Institute, which pioneers innovative mind-body therapy for the treatment of mental health issues.
She is also experienced in teaching Yoga to refugees and asylum-seekers.

Topics we will cover:

  • An introduction to refugees and asylum-seekers living in the UK
  • Yoga philosophy and where OURMALA fits in
  • Practical considerations when teaching Yoga
  • Good practice for the Yoga class
  • Situational analysis
  • Why join OURMALA’s team

Admission fee: £100 / £80 concession

We offer a limited number of concessions on each course. All profit funds our yoga classes for refugees.

Continual Professional Development
This course will count as 6 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.

Interested in joining our team?
Read our teacher criteria here
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