A message from Rob Schware, the executive director of Give Back Yoga:
The first dedicated yoga studios in the West Bank are named Farashe, or “butterfly” in Arabic. The name reflects the founders’ hope for yoga’s transformational effect on residents, whose daily stresses include commuting through military checkpoints, unstable employment, and political unrest. “We started Farashe to provide a safe space for Palestinians to breathe and relieve the stress of their harsh daily realities,” says Maha Shawreb, one of the founders.
A small group of yoga teachers will travel to the West Bank May 22nd to June 7th, 2015, and work in partnership with the Farashe Yoga Center to train up to thirty teachers. Following the training, new teachers will introduce yoga to area residents through work in urban refugee camps, schools, hospitals, and other venues. During this visit, we will also be planning the First International Yoga Conference in the West Bank in June 2016.
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