We hope that 2020 is off to a great start for you, and that your path for the coming year, and the new decade, is lit up with the ahi of your sankalpa (intention).
Our Give a Little Crowdfund ‘CAN CHANGE’ is now open to support our primary focus this year, the free 12 module Yoga correspondence course that’s being delivered nationwide.
During 2019, in response to feedback from both teachers and pupils, the trust embarked on a substantial review and rewrite of these courses to update asana, re-visit language levels, and make them more in tune with Aotearoa culture. We are also looking to improve the educational structure with a view to gaining formal accreditation in the near future. The new format is as follows:
Foundation Course (3 modules), Progressive Course (3 modules), Expansion Course (3 modules), Peer Instructor Course (3 modules).
To date, YEPT has been able to meet most of the re-write costs but requires urgent funding to enable its completion. In particular, the trust requires $8,000 to enable the graphics to be incorporated into the last 6 modules.
Once this is complete then it will be submitted to an assessor to begin the accreditation process which will require another rewrite.
Your support would enable the prisoners to continue their yoga studies. The course rewrite is nearly finished and we just need a little push funding wise to get it complete.
Give a Little now so we all contribute to living in a more inclusive peaceful society.
Calling all Wellington YEPT supporters to attend this lunchtime event. You can register and keep updated through our event page. Please share to your networks and if you have access to a printer you can download an A4 poster to print here to help spread the word.
We hope to make this an NZ wide event next year.
The Hindu Council has approached us to make this a collaboration for next months Yogathon event.
Yogathon – Health for Humanity is returning to New Zealand cities and towns this June from Saturday 15th until Friday 28th. Yogathon launch events will take place simultaneously in cities all around the country.
The participants aim to collectively perform 108,000 repetitions of Surya Namaskara over a period of 2 weeks.
Participants can conduct Surya Namaskar repetitions from the comfort of their homes or as part of the regular group they practice with; in addition, venues will be available in some cities where they can join in group practice with YEPT teachers!
Most of all they would like to encourage people who have never tried Yoga before to join in and give it a go.
We are encouraging our incarcerated students to take part and post in their results.
We will be updating you on our facebook page with opening ceremony times, venues and the list of coordinators from different cities and zones in this national event.
If you are interested to join Yogathon as a participant/volunteer/coordinator, please register at www.yogathon.org.nz or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please share share share these events far and wide on social media and we thank you so much for your support.
Adhyatma is the director of The Yoga Education in Prisons Trust, a registered charitable trust providing yoga and meditation education in New Zealand prisons.
In July 2016 she was interviewed on Radio New Zealand about the Yoga In Prisons Trust.
You can also listen on the Radio NZ website here >>
We have elected a new Chairperson to replace Heather Cunningham. We are pleased to announce that Gyananidhi – Jane Allen – one of our long-time prison yoga teachers has accepted the role. We had our first official meeting on 30 January and myself, Yogeshwaran and Leigh are excited to be working more closely with her.
Our research project has been launched. Victoria University student Jonathan Muirhead has begun what YEPT hopes will become a 3-4 year Masters thesis into the effects of yoga on the incarcerated. This research may prove to be the most comprehensive international research yet. The challenging part will be getting the researcher into prisons to work with our clients but we plan to work hard alongside the University to make our vision a reality.
With that we would also like to thank our dear sponsors and supporters We’ar and Kara Leah of The Yoga Lunchbox for their continued financial support without which such visions would not become actions. Kara-Leah donates $1 from each of her print books Forty Days of Yoga and The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga plus 5% of her online sales of the books.
In closing once again we offer you Seasons Greetings and hope you and yours have had an equally relaxing and inspirational summer as we at YEPT have enjoyed.
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