Yoga Stops Traffick unites yoga practitioners across the globe in support of Odanadi Seva Trust. The profits raised from these events help prevent human trafficking in India and support Odanadi in rescuing and rehabilitating individuals affected by modern slavery and sexual violence.

We welcome any individual or group who would like to hold an event and donate. We post a list of all events on our website and share information about your events on our Facebook Page, Instagram #yogastopstraffick and through our other platforms.

Wow that was great. Hard but great. 108 sun salutations @triyogauk for #YogaStopsTraffick A wonderful thing for a wonderful cause.

Daisy Hughes

Who can take part?

Yoga teachers

If you are a yoga teacher you can really help by leading a series of sun salutations on your yoga shala, or by holding a donation-based class.

We suggest a £15 minimum donation for each participant and encourage people to collect more money by raising sponsorship. You could also raise further funds by selling drinks or merchandise at your event. Details on how to submit your donations are below.

Individuals

You can take part by joining an existing event or getting a group of people together to start your own.

To host your own event, get together with a group of friends and organise an event at your home, local community centre, beach, park, or anywhere else you can think of.

We suggest a £15 minimum donation for each participant and encourage people to collect more money by raising sponsorship. Details on how to submit your donations are below.

Sending us your collected donations

Nominate someone to collect donations from participants of your Yoga Stops Traffick event and send them to us. Details of how to donate are on our donations page.

Getting the word out

The more people that take part in the event the better, so get the word out.

Share your event on social media with the hashtag #yogastopstraffick, update your profile picture to the Yoga Stops Traffick logo, email your friends and relatives and get them to join your event or sponsor you, approach your local newspaper or radio station and tell them about your Yoga Stops Traffick event.

Event guidelines

You should organise your event according to your individual location, style, tradition and ability, the most important thing is that you take part, have a positive experience and collect donations for Odanadi.

Sun salutations  (surya namaskar)

This type of events often set a goal for a number of sun salutations. You are welcome to set a goal or just take part in a more casual manner. The number usually undertaken is 108: a sacred number in Hindu, Buddhist, and many other belief systems. The average distance of the sun and the moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. There are also said to be 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra; 108 pithas, or sacred sites in India; and, in astrological traditions, 108 also represents the nine planets.

We recommend that if you wish to set a goal for your event you do however many surya namaskar you can manage comfortably, or in divisions of 108 (54, 27, 9, etc.) according to your ability. There are no prizes for the most number of sun salutations!

Keeping count

At the Mysore event in India, the surya namaskar will be led by the Odanadi children, and counted on the podium using a big flip chart. You can count the number of sun salutations this way too. Other options include using stones or dried beans as counters.

Time required

To complete the full 108 surya namaskar takes an estimated 2.5 hours. You could save time by reducing the number of breaths in down dog – from five to three, for example.

Clothing

Make sure you and your participants are comfortable, wear appropriate clothing, stay hydrated, and take regular breaks if need be.