This year,Yoga Beats Conflict continues its work with a further project to introduce the foundations of Yoga teaching to a group of 22 Palestinian women and men who would like to be able to offer Yoga in their respective communities.They come from different backgrounds including sports, education, social welfare, journalism and the arts.Whether working people or housewives they all have a profound desire to be of service to their communities in a way that is innovative, creative and challenging and also that can potentially bring solace, inner peace and healing to a people deeply traumatised by years of conflict and war.
These aspiring Yoga teachers are all committed to learn and experience the benefits of Yoga and return home to support a new vision,a new way of seeing.A refreshing method to connect with the deeper layers of our organic and spiritual reality in order to give a fresh voice to the soul of their people, especially the younger generations.
When David Sye invited me to join him in Palestine in November 2013 for a teaching tour, I immediately sensed the potential of this work.We travelled tirelessly for 10 days to a number of places across Palestinian territories.The experience revealed a desire from the local people to understand other ways of remaining sane and healthy, and a sensing that learning from different cultures helps us understand ours better and offers a way forward out of dualistic and confrontational perspectives that can only lead to more conflict and more suffering.
So the impulse is there, but the financial means are scarce and we need your support to bring over some of these students. We hope to be able to pay for their visas and flights to Spain’s Canarias, where a wonderful couple running a Yoga Centre there have offered us a10 day free of charge stay for the group and teachers. Of course there will be many overheads to cover. Neither myself nor David or his assistants will receive a teaching fee.We are giving for free our expertise and experience asYoga Elders with over 50 years ofYoga teaching between the two of us.And we need your help to make this happen. Please give as little or as much as is available to you, your company, your business. Thank you!
This past May, I have celebrated my 30th year of teaching Yoga.Yoga came into my life serendipitously as I was serving a 3 months jail sentence in Amsterdam.When I was released there was nothing for me to hold onto but these few postures and a short meditation practice. I held onto these with my heart and soul, deeply sensing that this was my way out.This was going to see me through…and it did.Yoga has a way of keeping its promise, if in turn you keep your commitment.
I was given an opportunity then and today I have the humbling work of giving opportunities to many.When in Palestine with David, I saw so much energy, desire, intelligence, generosity and heart. I also saw much confusion, disorientation and suffering.Today is the time to share this wondrous thing we call Yoga to a new generation of people who can themselves offer a new opportunity to their people.
The Yoga Beats Conflict foundation course in Yoga teaching represents an invaluable resource for Palestinian trainees. It will give them the inner understanding to withstand the difficult external circumstances in which they will be operating as Yoga Teachers. They will gain experience in delivering safe, precise and intelligent guidance to help people deal with the effects of living under siege.Yoga is a path of freedom, this is what both myself and David are committed to pass on.This is our message, our motivation for setting up this new project.
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