Instead, we have been creating a thriving, exciting and comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training program that inspires our STF's (student-teacher-friends) to spread the socially beneficial practice of Yoga throughout their local and global communities.
Since, Yoga Worldreach was founded in 2006, we have offered some exciting programs:
HEART BACK TO INDIA: bringing yoga to children in orphanages and schools in Southeast Asia, including Ramana's Garden in Rishikesh, India; and the Surya Boarding School in Khandburi, Nepal.
YOGA BRIDGE TO AFRICA: offering Yoga education for the fellows of the Strongheart Fellowship in Liberia, W. Africa.
HALO YOUTH YOGA: joining the Halo Foundation to bring Yoga Seva to at risk youth in Denver CO.
COMING HOME: a transformational weekend for women survivors of trauma.
In 2012, our STF's crafted programs for The Life Skills Program of St. Luke’s House in D.C. and raised over $3000 for the organization. They also organized a project to bring Yoga and empowerment to young women and girls in Chicago. MORE INFORMATION TO COME.
All of this (and more!) we have done almost entirely through our own invested resources. Because we thrive on Sevananda (the joy of social service), we have offered our own time, energy, and money resources to make our dream of "promoting peace through personal empowerment" a joyful reality.
We have been generating our own resources through the Seva School and have not had to seek hand-out from anyone else.
It is time to get real about who and what we actually are.
A social business, according to Wikipedia, is any business which has a social rather than financial objective. The term, "social business," was first defined by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus and is described in his books, Creating a World Without Poverty, Social Business and the Future of Capitalism and Building Social Business: The new kind of capitalism that serves humanity's most pressing needs. He has actively promoted and incubated social businesses among organizations throughout the world.
Yunus' definition of a social business is "a non-loss, non-dividend company designed to address a social objective within the highly regulated marketplace of today." Distinct from a non-profit, a social business seeks to generate financial resource on its own, which it will use to expand the company’s reach, improve its product or service and to subsidise the social mission.
In 2013, Yoga Worldreach will be officially adopting its title as a social business and re-visioning its local and global outreach as a Seva School. We will continue to offer rich and meaningful Yoga teacher training and inspire exciting STF-created seva programs.
You may support our mission by purchasing goods through our online store, or by joining us for a workshop or yoga teacher training course.
See you in the cOMing year!