February 5 2019
Karuna-Shechen began when Matthieu Ricard was inspired to undertake compassionate action for people in the Himalayan region. Now in our 19th year, we help over 250,000 people annually in remote v...
Karuna-Shechen is creating many avenues for mindfulness and developmental growth for school children. One example is our intergenerational children’s yoga program that serves over 1,000 primary students in eleven villages in India.
First, we offer yoga instructor trainings to youth within the communities we serve. Then, after the successful completion of our trainings, we provide ongoing support to ensure the sustainability of this beautiful project. Our Yoga for Karuna global event and campaign will raise funds to continue this program.
This school yard filled with elementary students engaged in a yoga class is being led by an older teen who attends the local high school and is in 10th grade. His name is Prince Kumar, and he is a wonderful advocate for our yoga programs!
“Yoga is a very soothing activity,” he says with enthusiasm. “The practice helps me to calm my mind and improve my flexibility. I have a younger brother who attends the classes I teach in my old school. He adores it!”
School children benefit from yoga as it helps them:
· Develop body awareness
· Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
· Build concentration
· Increase their confidence and positive self-image
· Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group
· Learn an alternative to electronic devices
Yoga benefits our teachers by:
· Giving them an alternate way to handle challenges in the classroom
· Giving them a healthy activity to integrate with lesson plans
· Giving them a way to blend exercise into their classes
Additionally, our unique approach to yoga benefits our youth instructors by giving them a leadership opportunity and a meaningful role in their village community.
Yoga teacher training for young people in remote villages.
Our young yoga teachers in Bihar, India.
Meet the villagers, our team, and all those who make our work possible. Discover the values that guide and inspire us. And learn how your generous support improves the living conditions of 250,000 peo...