What we are doing…
Our mission 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.
Our yoga teachers offer daily yoga and mindfulness classes at locations in Frederick, Maryland, usa! There is also an array of Workshops for Beginners and the regular practitioner. Click on the links below and find our classes and workshops! Become part of the change and a community with a mission of health and well-being for all people everywhere!
Donations for these classes benefit Yogamour community projects as we partner with organizations such as the Heartly House of Frederick County, schools and local health centers
Global Work: Yogamour seva projects currently operate in Thailand and India by creating free health care clinics and the offering of proper support of education through volunteerism and the participation of partner non-profit organizations. We have provided aid for over 300 children that are severely impoverished, joining the workforce at a young age or simply having extremely limited options in life.
Charity Retreats: Yogamour hosts retreats in exotic and exciting locations. Our charity adventures currently include Puerto Rico and France. These trips which span the globe, allow an individual the opportunity to tour with local guides, sightsee and explore new cultures.
Seva Teacher Training and Workshops: Seva teachers not only gain the ability to teach a dynamic yoga class and deepen their personal practice through the yoga teacher training which is approved by Yoga Alliance for CEUs, but they also acquire the tools in bringing the ‘seva’ philosophy in a practical way to their communities and create programs towards positive change. Our program is designed to provide the teacher with the knowledge and tools to empower others in joining the movement towards social change.
Joint Ventures: Yogamour continues to forge relationships with partnering organizations with a similar missions and visions. We further seek volunteers who are committed in becoming part of the movement towards social justice, as well as yoga teachers who wish to teach and work with the Yogamour seva projects through our ambassador programs.
It is our belief that our community of yoga teachers and studios have a unified vision health and well-being as a means to make the world a better place! Yogamour is currently working with the following organizations in an effort to serve our communities:
Open Minds – www.openmindspark.org
Illuminate Frederick – www.illuminatefrederick.com
Heartly House – www.heartlyhouse.org
Vihaan School – www.vihaan.org.in/slumdevelopment.htm
On Our Own Frederick - WWW.ONEOUROWNFREDERICK.COM
Sol Yoga Studio – www.solyoga.org
The Shala Wellness Center – www.shalawellness.com
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