SPOTLIGHT ON SEVA
KUNDALINI YOGA CLASSES FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN
Meet the seva of Kundalini Yoga classes for women in prisons in Peru, an initiative that was born in 2009 and offers inmates in Lima prisons yoga practice as a tool to promote healthcare and provide support to deal with freedom deprivation.
In June, we celebrate Environment Day, that is, the means which allow us to exist in the environment we inhabit, in this Mother being that holds us. This is a day to remind us that this space also speaks of us. That's why the climate crisis is such an important theme around the world.
Binho Barreto, besides presenting us with his art, also brings inspiration with his contemplation on the unity that constitutes the environment and us.
"We are nature. The environment is not out there, we don't reach out and touch it. We are a continuous line in ceaseless movement. Each person is equal to the whole as a drop to the ocean, like a grain of sand to the desert.
The greatest illusion is to imagine we are divided, to believe that there is a world out there and one in here that observes it. The seas, rivers, mountains, birds and winds cross us and we cross them constantly. Our bodies are made up of rainwater, our spirits are sunlight, our flesh is not different from the flesh of the Earth in any way. We are nature."
One of the main global agendas today is diversity, as well as the challenge of addressing this issue in unison. Check out how seva is connected to this.
Check out about Y.O.G.A. for Youth, a project that since 1998 has served over 20,000 young people in Los Angeles County alone. This non-profit organization assists youth and families in underserved communities through the principles and practices of yoga.
FREE MINDS BOOKCLUB
Check out about the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, which uses the literary arts, workforce development, and violence prevention to connect incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and adults with their voices, their purpose, and the wider community.
Fundación Social Amar Das in Chile is a group of loving people who bring food to vulnerable people and the homeless in times of pandemic.
Project Yoga e Negritude seeks to reflect greater diversity and equity within the world of Kundalini Yoga and self-care through yoga photography featuring black men and women, who have been historically neglected in the world of Yoga.
Check out the work developed by the NGO CuraSer, which has, by serving food, the bridge to embrace the deepest needs of the being, through deep listening.
Learn about the seva project of Kundalini Yoga classes at Creche das Rosinhas, which since 2008 offers, weekly, Kundalini Yoga practices for children from 3 to 6 years old at a daycare center that serves the Aglomerado da Serra, a large settlement in Belo Horizonte/Brazil.