Help Us Start The First Arabic Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum
*UPDATE: Thanks to the incredible support shown, we reached our goal! So, Majdal will take the 300-hour yoga therapy teacher training. Now, we are working on stretching the goal to $3500. With this extra money, we will be able to fund a male teacher with a scholarship to Seven Centers. We have a lack of male yoga teachers in Palestine, and by including a male on our team, we will ensure well-rounded team that will accommodate to both genders.
A Quick Look
Farashe Yoga, a Palestinian non-profit yoga center, needs your help in the initial steps of starting the first yoga teacher training in Arabic. This first step includes sending one of our teachers, Majdal Sobeh, to take the 300-hour yoga therapy teacher training course at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona. This course will qualify Majdal to join a team of teachers who have taken the training (and future teachers who will take the training) to develop an extensive Arabic yoga teacher training curriculum.
Yoga is a strong tool to relieve stress, trauma and all related illnesses (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, migraines, depression). In Palestine in particular, healing resources are limited; so, with spreading yoga, we are offering tools that will release trauma and stress so the individuals can be more efficient in their community.
What is Farashe Yoga Center?
Farashe is a nonprofit and volunteer-based community yoga movement based in Ramallah, Palestine. Our aim is to constantly provide a safe environment where one can experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Whenever possible, we partake in outreach programs and offer a variety of workshops in nutrition, stress management and more.
Why are we developing an Arabic Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum?
- Yoga is a strong tool to relieve stress, trauma and all related illnesses (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, migraines, depression). In Palestine in particular, healing resources are limited; so, with spreading yoga, we are offering tools that will release trauma and stress so the individuals can be more efficient in their community.
- Instead of having to travel miles and miles away to learn yoga in a foreign language, Farashe Yoga Center will Arabize yoga with this initiative in order to make yoga more accessible for the 420 million native Arabic speakers across the globe.
- Due to the lack of Arabic speaking yoga teachers in Palestine, our outreach outside of Ramallah has been limited. By creating a strong Arabic Yoga Teacher Training curriculum, we will be able to train teachers from multiple cities, villages, and refugee camps, making such areas sustainable with their own regular teachers.
Where are we in the process?
The international yoga community has shown generous help in this project. The idea was developed with 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, Arizona, who have provided several scholarships for 200-hour and 300-hour teacher training that will cover the course tuition fees. Yoga Impact in Kineta, Greece also offered 2 scholarships for 300-hour teacher training courses.
With this support, we are now in the process of building a strong team of yoga teachers capable of creating and teaching a strong Arabic Yoga Teacher Training curriculum.
Two Farashe teachers have completed the 500-hour teacher training course at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, Arizona last year. Majdal, who has been a volunteer at Farashe for the past two years, has gone this past October for the 200-hour teacher training course.
Teachers going to partake in Yoga Impact scholarships are yet to be determined.
How we need your help now?
The generous scholarships awarded only cover the course tuition fees. We ask your help in funding our teacher Majdal to complete her second part of the 500-hour yoga teacher training, so she can help us develop this initiative. Having gone this past October (2017) for the first part of the training, Majdal is having difficulty funding her airfare and accommodation costs.
Spread the word and any form of help is dearly appreciated!
How will we move forward after this step?
After Majdal completes her training, and a few more teachers are selected to use the scholarships, the team will be developed and completed. With that team, we will then provide sample classes and projects in various villages and refugee camps while we develop the Arabic Yoga Teacher Training curriculum.
Once the curriculum is completed, we will offer the program on a consistent basis at Farashe Yoga at a reasonable cost, with various scholarships.
Majdal’s dream is part of a new BuildPalestine’s project called 7qiq 7elmak(Dream Achievers). 7qiq 7lmak is an experiment to see how we can build a social fabric where everyone is encouraged to dream, and together, we can make our dreams a reality.
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Tipping Point Goal:
|Milestone||Form Of Update||Timeline|
|Majdal takes the 300 hour yoga training||Video update summarizing the training||June 21st, 2018|
|Training students in local community||Blog explaining how we are working with the community||September 1st, 2018|
|Other campaigns are launched to support other teachers who will partake in the project||Crowdfunding campaigns||End of 2018 until mid 2019|
|Beginning Arabic Yoga Teacher Training course||Video with update on project||End of 2019|