VIN YOGA TEACHING VOLUNTEER PROGRAM”
Nepal is a beautiful country of contrasts and natural riches, struggling to find its modern identity and development in the midst of political struggles. The burdens of poverty and marginalizing cultural traditions weigh heavily on the most vulnerable ones, women and children. This country’s youth is in desperate need to heal the wounds inflicted upon them. Inspired by the positive and effective impact yoga has had on victims of war crimes and rape in Rwanda through Project Air (www.projectair.org), bringing yoga to Nepal and making it accessible to poor and marginalized communities would be an invaluable gift to support positive change in this country.
Despite its closeness, similarities and relation to India, Yoga has not been widely spread in Nepal. Often seen as a luxury in the West, Yoga is somewhat perceived far from its original form and idea. Yoga is meant to bring us to a state of awareness, where we can recognize our own divinity and keep centered and balanced, cultivating a daily positive attitude and physical health.
Bringing Yoga to Nepal is an initiative to give people a chance to live a better life that comes from within, independently of the challenges and changes taking place outside of people’s own power.
Volunteer Target Group
Certified Yoga teachers and Intermediate to advanced Yoga students all over the world willing to volunteer under VIN’s volunteering program to bring Yoga to Nepal Direct Beneficiaries of Yoga Projects
Nepali Children, Women and Buddhist Monks Benefit of the Yoga Volunteer Program Nepal
- Integration of Yoga practice as a tool for stress management;
- Opportunity for women and children to have a moment of rest and reflection from their daily heavy loads;
- Opportunity for children to learn about their bodies and explore with fun physical postures;
- Physical benefits of Yogic breathing and Asana Practice (find more restful sleep, increase blood irrigation and oxygenation for internal organs, rejuvenation);
- Promote joint and muscle flexibility, muscle strengthening and improved posture;
- Learn self centering practices to find inner peace, self worth and a more positive attitude despite life difficulties
Benefits for Volunteers
- Discover Nepal from a local perspective, living with host families, in Buddhist Monasteries or in Orphanages;
- Share Yoga as a gift to marginalized, poor and abused women and children;
- Accumulate Yoga Teaching hours in an enriching and fun environment;
- Opportunity to study with experienced Buddhist Monks the subjects of meditation, Buddhism and other subject of interest;
- Opportunity to practice Karma Yoga, helping and giving Yoga to others in need;
- Opportunity to be exposed to Hindu and Buddhist traditions, including the use of Sanskrit;
- Be immersed in a very rewarding environment and life changing experience
Volunteer Placement Volunteer Yoga teachers would be placed in one of the VIN host program locations: Buddhist Monastery, Jitpur Community Host Family or Kathmandu City Orphanage/Family. Similarly to the regular VIN volunteers, Yoga Teachers would be assigned to a specific project, community or area for which VIN would arrange accommodation and food during volunteer’s stay in Nepal under VIN’s Yoga program.
Working Station Yoga teachers would be assigned a classroom, gathering room or other similar area for Yoga Lessons either in one of the communities covered by VIN programs or in a Buddhist Monastery. The organization along with the hosting partner is responsible for providing a safe and clean environment suitable for yoga lessons.
Buddhist Monastery Study Exchange Under VIN’s Buddhist Monastery Study Exchange, volunteer’s will have the opportunity to closely mingle, study and learn Buddhist ancient practices such as meditation, chanting, philosophy, and other subjects of interest to the volunteers. The monasteries will exchange English and Yoga lessons for Buddhist subjects during the volunteer’s stay in a specific monastery.
This is a golden opportunity for Yoga teachers int
erested in Tibetan Buddhism to be fully immersed in the monastery life and practices while performing Karma Yoga. Similar to an Ashram experience, the Buddhist Monastery exchange is an opportunity to deepen spiritual practices and serve in a safe, peaceful, enriching and very rewarding environment.
Volunteer Program Funding This project would be funded through the volunteer’s donation to the program which will fall under VIN’s regular volunteering program. In addition, Yoga studios in foreign countries can in the medium to long term be added as regular donors to support the volunteer’s and VIN’s efforts as a well as providing funds to purchases yoga mats and other props for all the students in the different communities