Yoga Mandala Project (YMP) is a nonprofit organization that specializes in using yoga (a culturally appropriate practice) as a trauma-relief exercise for refugees internationally. Yoga teachers from YMP have offered services in several locations around Jordan, including Collateral Repair Project’s Community and Family Resource Center. The main mission of YMP is to create sustainable volunteer yoga programs in refugee communities. The trainers teach members of the community to lead the courses so that beneficiaries can teach classes themselves in the future and pass on the skills and knowledge they have gained. The yoga classes at CRP have combined exercise and trauma relief in a way that has offered a positive coping mechanism to its members.
Rula Wardeh, the YMP director and yoga teacher at CRP, remarked, “The commitment of the students is inspiring. They just want to learn Yoga, they want to learn how to breathe better and how to use these tools they learn in their daily life.”
Learn more about Yoga Mandala Project here.
Chair Yoga Yields Flexibility and Smiles
Chair yoga involves various movements and stretches, all from a seated position. The class was designed for refugees who have experienced trauma.
Healing Through Yoga – CRP’s Special Approach
Every year Claire, a professional yoga instructor from Ireland, comes to CRP to help train instructors in trauma-sensitive yoga and hold classes and give guidance to participants.