Become a yogi and fund free classes for refugees

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

Take part in one of OURMALA’s upcoming yoga training programs and help to support their incredible work providing free yoga classes for people seeking international protection in the UK.

The therapeutic benefits of spending some quality time on the yoga mat are now well-known, with almost half a million of us Brits now actively practising. Many do yoga for the gentle relaxation if offers, some for the sweat created by a Bikram session, or others to get more in touch with their spiritual side. Either way, it’s clear that there’s a lot to be gained from dropping into a downward dog or child’s pose every once in a while.

But for refugees, survivors of torture, trafficking or modern-day slavery, yoga can provide a whole lot more. That’s why Emily Brett launched OURMALA back in 2011. At the time, she had been teaching yoga to vulnerable refugee and asylum-seeking women at the British Red Cross’ Destitution Centre in Dalston, as well as providing hot food and a community to be part of. The project was such a success that she was able to secure some funding and since then, OURMALA has been going from strength to strength. With financial assistance from the likes of Lululemon and Big Lottery, Emily and her team have helped over 200 women through the program, but they have plans to expand even further.

Currently, OURMALA fund much of their work through their workplace yoga classes across London and through partnerships with the NHS. But they also offer additional services such as their training programs, where anyone (for a fee) can attend and learn the fundamental elements of yoga, as well as the specific evidence-based methods that OURMALA have developed that are sensitive to trauma, gender and cultural differences. Their approach has been independently evaluated as ‘significantly improving mental and physical health, reducing loneliness and enabling people to feel safer, more confident and take part in life more’.

They currently have limited places available for their upcoming dates in London on the 28th & 29th November, which you can book here. The course takes the full two days and costs around £300, depending on the option chosen.

Timing: 10:45am-6:15pm each day


The Shala,

3rd floor, 1 Chestnut Rd,

West Norwood,

London – SE27 9EZ


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