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 details of our events on our website and share information about these on our Facebook Page, Instagram #yogastopstraffick and through our other platforms.
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 online or in-person.
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. Please see below for details of how to submit your donations.
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. If due to Covid-19 you cannot get together in person, please consider hosting your event online!
We suggest a £15 minimum donation for each participant and encourage people to collect more money by raising sponsorship. Please see below for details of how to submit your donations.
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.
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. Most importantly please let us know you are planning an event so we can help get the word out for you!
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. Our tips below are for a 108-sun salutation event to help your event run smoothly.
SUN SALUTATIONS (SURYA NAMASKAR)
These 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!
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.
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.
Make sure you and your participants are comfortable, wear appropriate clothing, stay hydrated, and take regular breaks if need be.
Yoga Stops Traffick would like to invite everyone to join us in our quest against human trafficking and in providing survivors safe spaces and ongoing support. If you are unable to run your own event or join one near you we would love for you to join us from your own home on March 14th 2021! You can practice your usual yoga routine or follow the instructions for sun salutations in the short introductory video below.
If you are joining us from home please do make a donation on our specially set up fundraising page where you can also leave a message and let us know where you are joining in from. You will be a part of an amazing global community!
If you are happy to share with us some photos or videos we would love to hear from you, please post these on our Facebook & Instagram pages or email them to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!
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