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On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, Hackney Yoga Project is proud to announce that our doors will open in just under two weeks, with refugee and asylum seeking women being the first on the yoga mats.
This pilot project aims to develop a best practice model for working with yoga and refugees/those seeking asylum. We are monitoring the main barriers to individuals participating, issues that arise during project time and the effects of yoga on participants, among other metrics.
The women we'll be working with have been displaced from their homelands due to war and natural disaster. Many have experienced gender based violence and sexual abuse. Some are also destitute, living off charity and friends' hand-outs, as is the case for a large number of women in the asylum process in the UK, according the British Red Cross report, 'Not gone but forgotten' (2010).
Hackney Yoga Project is supported by Hackney City Farm, Big Lottery and British Red Cross, who we thank very much – for their generous spirits, invaluable advice, and support and funds, which have enabled the project to move from idea to reality.