Yoga Stops Traffick 2019

As you may know, “Kula” means community, and we are incredibly proud to be part of such a caring and loving community in Chapel Allerton.

On Sunday 10th March, we came together with Yogi’s across the globe for a one-day community yoga event, created to raise awareness of and funds for the anti-trafficking organisation Odanadi Seva Trust in India. Yoga Stops Traffick was set up in 2010 by a group of volunteers, many of whom are survivors of slavery, domestic abuse and forced prostitution, who wanted to do something to help.

Through the common language of yoga, 3,000 people around the world united in support of Odanadi’s work and rolled out their mats in homes, beaches and mountaintops on the same day.

Yoga Stops Traffick Team

We were joined by Elena Fernandez-Corugedo, Helen Ince, Catherine Rosenthall and Julia Knight, to complete 108 Sun Salutations throughout the afternoon. By standing alongside them, we demonstrated solidarity and support, as well as sending a message of defiance against a world which allows these horrific abuses to take place.

The Event

We joined four of our fabulous Teachers who have each donated their time and expertise to guide you through 108 Sun Salutations, taking an easy pace as we completed 4 rounds of 27 sun salutations, taking rest in between each session.

Sun salutations, or Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit, generate heat to cleanse the body and mind. As a moving meditation linking movement with breath, this flowing series of poses gets your heart pumping, increases circulation and takes your body through a full range of motion, working every major muscle group in the body.

Yoga Stops Traffick

Why Yoga?

Ashtanga Yoga is of huge significance to the young people of Odanadi. As part of their rehabilitation program, it has allowed them to reclaim their bodies; build physical and mental strength, and restore a sense of peace, confidence and self-worth.

By standing alongside them, you will be demonstrating your solidarity and support for them, as well as sending a message of defiance against a world which allows these horrific abuses to take place.

Yoga Stops Traffick

Why 108 Sun Salutations?

108 is a sacred number in Hindu, Buddhist, and many other belief systems. The average distance of the sun and the moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. There are also said to be 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra; 108 pithas, or sacred sites in India; and, in astrological traditions, 108 also represents the nine planets.


If you would like to make a direct donation or are considering raising funds via sponsorship for Yoga Stops Traffick 2019, you can arrange this here