About the World Spine Care Yoga Project
World Spine Care is “a global charity on a mission to improve lives in under-served communities. We aim to create a world in which everyone has access to the highest quality spine care possible”. The Yoga Project is the one of the active and preventative care initiatives supporting WSC’s mission to provide integrated evidence based spine care. The Yoga Project also builds capacity by teaching local clinic patients to teach their communities adapted postures, mindfulness and breathing techniques for pain management and increased mobility. The Yoga Project launched in Botswana in 2016 and is going strong today. The proceeds from this training will go to supporting the community teachers in Botswana giving them more opportunity to learn and serve their communities as well as training new teachers.
To support the global mission of World Spine Care by empowering individuals in underserved populations to share the practices of yoga.
Yoga has been found to be effective in the prevention and management of spinal and musculoskeletal disorders. World Spine Care has launched the WSC Yoga Project to use yoga as a means of addressing the crippling impact of spinal disorders in underserved regions around the world.
WSC has recruited the expertise of a team of yoga teacher trainers to develop a curriculum to train local students in participating countries. This capacity building initiative will enable members of the community to teach the classes in the local language and cultural context, thus ensuring the relevance and success of the yoga program.
This project has been implemented in association with the existing World Spine Care clinics as one of the community prevention and rehabilitation programs.
The goals of the Yoga Project are:
-To build local capacity and improve community health by creating yoga teacher training programs that can be used in developing countries.
-To use our experiences in the field to further refine the program.
-To research the outcomes of the yoga classes to support it’s efficacy as a program for the prevention and management of spinal pain.
-To share the program with the yoga community so that any organization wishing to build yoga capacity in any community have a valid and tested program.
-To share the lessons learned so that others seeking to implement the program do not make the same mistakes.
By creating and disseminating this model to the yoga community we hope to expand it’s reach to the million people worldwide, suffering from spine pain, who can benefit from yoga.
Erin Moon and Barrie Risman launched the WSC Yoga project in Botswana on April 25th, 2016 with the first two-week teacher training program being taught to students from Mahalapye and Shoshong, Botswana.
Barrie and Erin are currently training 2 other volunteers and heading back to support the program in Botswana in April 2018. They have also welcomed Preeti with help in PR and Marketing THANK Preeti!! The program will be part of the active self care programs in other WSC sites over the coming years!!
Thanks for the support!!!