WHAT WE HAVE DONE
The greater vision of the Yogamour Movement is to foster health and wellness through local and global outreach, while inspiring our members to bring their ‘yoga’ off of the mat and into the world in the form of ‘seva’ or selfless service.
Seva: Sanskrit word referenced in the philosophical practice of yoga meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment. In ancient India, seva was believed to help one’s spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community. This is the art of giving with no need to receive, where the act itself is a gift to everyone involved. Seva is the art of blessed action.
Ram Dass explains this beautifully: “Helping out is not some special skill. It is not the domain of rare individuals. It is not confined to a single part of our lives. We simply heed the call of that natural impulse within and follow it where it leads us.”
Local Work: Yogamour serves local communities by offering the teachings of mindfulness, well-being and the practice of yoga as therapy to transitional shelters, schools and health centers.
WHAT YOU CAN DO…
Go on Charity Retreats: When joining Yogamour on a charity retreat, a portion of your payment benefits the Yogamour seva projects. This will be your tax deduction! These exiting and exotic retreats offer yoga and mindfulness sessions, tours and excursions as well as time to experience the culture! Our trips allow time for relaxation, rejuvenation and adventure while making a donation to a meaningful cause!
Join the Yogamour Team as a Teacher: If you are a Certified Yoga Teacher there are opportunities to teach one of our weekly donation based yoga classes. Yogamour currently offers park yoga on the weekends during the warmer months and daily classes at the Bernard Brown Center in Frederick, Maryland. Or take the initiative and create your own donation ‘seva’ classes in your local studio or park with the assistance of a Yogamour team member. We will provide all promotional and marketing information in your free Yogamour Toolbox!
Join the Yogamour Seva Community: You can host an informational talk at your studio or at a community event about the Yogamour projects! Or become a Yogamour representative by taking the 15-hour Yogamour continuing education course.
Help with a Donation: You can be a part of our programs by offering financial support! Every dollar counts towards keeping our projects alive! We are an official non-profit (501c3) organization, therefore your donation may be eligible for a tax deduction in the United States.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE…
Looking back, Yogamour has made great strides within in the communities that we currently serve in Indian and Thailand. Our accomplishments include but are not limited to:
Global Contributions -
setting up 4 free dental clinics which serving over 200 people living in the “slums” of India and the hill tribes of Northern Thailand that would normally have little or no dental attention
setting up a vision clinic in Thailand which provides eye car to 87 Hilltribe children, and purchased close to 30 pairs of prescription glasses
regularly stocking necessary medical supplies for all of the communities served by Yogamour
constructed 4 edible gardens for schools and connecting communities that did not have proper dietary habits
purchase of handicap railings that were installed into 2 disabled children’s homes in Southern India
donated over $1,000 in sports equipment to schools in India and Thailand
hosted a teacher training program that taught ‘slum school’ teachers how to bring music and theatrics into their curriculum through literature
made essential repairs and painted the school structures in India
repaired over 57 school desks at the Vihaan School in India and provided 12 new chalk boards
created the ‘love animal art projects’ in the Thai and Indian schools which allowed the children to have a better understanding and respect for animals and their environment
connected over 75 volunteers to over 300 children and 20 teachers in Asia to uplift and facilitate in creating a wholesome environment
facilitated an environmental awareness program in Northern Thailand which taught school children about respecting the earth, cleaning up trash and recycling
purchased and donated trash cans, trash bags and recycling bins for the children in the Northern Thailand school to continue the project and promote awareness
taught therapeutic yoga classes for women’s shelter
organized goodwill donations
created a mindfulness and yoga program for cancer patients and survivors
hosted a mindfulness and yoga workshop to battle ‘burn out for social workers’
provided trauma sensitive yoga classes for or organizations that were victims of acts of violence and crime
offers Restorative Yoga classes and Parent Toddler Yoga Classes at the local community center
- offers weekly donation yoga classes in local parks and community centers