Yoga by Design has funded two programs for Freedom House, a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal shelter in the United States and Canada. Their mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, of providing safety for those "yearning to breathe free."
Weekly classes offered to the residents of Freedom House who have fled torture, persecution, human trafficking in the hope of finding a safe haven and new life in this country. Most have endured unspeakable hardships and have PTSD.
Yoga reminds them that no matter where they are living their body is their home. Yoga gives them tools to manage their anxiety, fear, anger, insomnia. No matter the diversity of students and myriad of languages … we all share our breath and connection to the one heart we all share. Their resilience and joy at feeling alive and free in their body is a testimony to the insistence and persistence of the life within us all.