The Yoga Institute has been following the principles set by the Founder by working selflessly for people all over the world. The International Board of Yoga serves as our charitable branch under which our social welfare initiatives are conducted. In association with various NPO’s, we design programs to suit the needs of many. Our programs are provided at no cost to offer aid to all who seek our support. We are constantly growing our support structure to offer a better way of life to communities across the globe.
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The Yoga Institute – the oldest organized Yoga institute in the world – has put much consistent effort over the years into social initiatives like free medical health camps, blood donation drives, Annam Brahma – feeding the needy, and free yoga classes for different members of society like school children, senior citizens, Western Railway staff, military personnel, police officers and BMC officers.
Supported by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), The Yoga Institute is now distributing AYUSH-64 for free, a formulation developed for Covid-19 patients.
Despite significant economic progress, India is home to about 25% of the world’s hungry population. In our country, it is impossible for many to get one square meal a day. Thousands of people live below the poverty line for whom getting any food is a task. There are many dying of hunger and thirst. The Yoga Institute welcomes them as guests to serve them Annam Brahma. The Yoga Institute’s Annam Brahma initiative ensures that no poor or underprivileged goes hungry. The Program is focused towards distributing nutritious and fresh, healthy vegetarian food to poor, needy and hungry people. Every single day, the Institute is serving healthy breakfast to over 700 people. The daily food distribution regimen is designed to be smooth and efficient throughout 365 days a year.
The trucking industry is the backbone of our nation’s economy, however the stressful and demanding nature of the work of truckers impacts their spine adversely along with other factors of physical and mental well-being.
In-depth research study covering over 1000 truckers was carried out by The Yoga Institute in collaboration with Castrol India, to understand the health issues faced by truckers. Based on the findings, The Yoga Institute devised Truck Aasana, a unique Yoga regime that truckers can do easily with their routine as well as on the move.
In an exclusive event by Zee Media, Hansaji presented Truckasana to Shri Nitin Gadkari along with Kedar Apte ji, VP Marketing for Castrol India. Truck Aasana CSR initiative will go an long way in making life better for marginalised truck drivers and is already rolled out to more than 30,000 drivers with an aspiration to inspire over 1-lakh truck drivers throughout India.
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Harmony Fest was a two-day celebration of The Yoga Institute’s 100 years of transforming lives. The open-to-all wellness festival aimed to bring about harmony and balance in the lives of people across India. The two days saw a host of health and wellness experiences including 20 hours of Yoga, panel discussions, meditation pods, workshops, mentorship and guidance talks, higher and novice learning programmes, food stalls, marketplace for sustainable goods, art, musical performances and much more. Read More
We empower special, differently-abled children with basic yoga practices. These children, with special needs, and from lower socio-economic groups, are neglected due to lack of parental awareness about their needs, social stigma, and poor financial access to special education therapy. Children from Gharkul, Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities, Rangoonwala Foundation, Reach Out, etc. are all duly exposed to the yogic way of life.
Transgender people are at increased risk for certain types of chronic diseases, cancers, hormone issues, and mental health problems. They face stigmatization, discrimination, and also lack of access to quality care. Yoga encourages them to derive enormous benefits and experience a sense of well-being for a lifetime.
GFF – A festival to celebrate traditional nutritious food and associated knowledge systems, was started 100 years ago at the TYI, to provide best food options for conserving our ancient traditional Aharveda concept. This festival aspires to put the lesser known, but nutrient-rich food from various states on the plate of urban communities, helping them to adopt healthier food habits and lifestyle.
Objectives of the “Good Food Festival” – To provide a platform for popularizing traditional recipes made using forgotten crop varieties like Kodra (Paspalumscrobiculatum), Bavta (Elusinecoracana), Nagli (Elusinecoracana), Samo (Echinocloacolonum), Jowar (Sorghum vulgare), Bajri (Pennisetumglaucu), Ragi and maize (Zeamays) and to reconstitute the taste and nutritional value among the urban people with a vision to conserve such lesser known varieties”, to encourage social transformation, promotion of healthy life-style, and expose urban people to such developmental initiatives.
The Good Food Festival turned in to a huge family get-together with more than 2000 people joining this great extravaganza.
We are aware of the immediate need to protect our environment. Campaigns are conducted throughout the year for public awareness and multiple initiatives are undertaken to plant more trees and to expand the green cover. Through these efforts, we raise awareness locally and work to preserve our environment for generations to come.
We have been involved with women’s rescue programs for decades now, and have worked tirelessly to provide free counseling, food, hygiene, and yoga education as well as free healthcare to thousands of women who have been through trying times. Free yoga camps for women are organized every year to empower them with yoga education and to assist them with health, hygiene, and wellness.
It’s never too early to learn yoga! Children, irrespective of age, caste, race, creed, and status need a firm foundation to grow into responsible citizens of tomorrow. Along with other lessons learnt at home and school, knowledge of yoga is vital for the balanced and holistic development of children. We have been imparting yogic knowledge to children in a large number of local community schools.
Free yoga programs are conducted regularly for senior citizens. Seminars are arranged along with lectures on health, sanitation, etc. relevant to senior citizens. Yoga camps for Dignity Foundation, etc. are organized regularly to take care of their holistic health and wellness.
Every year, free medical check-up camps are organized at The Yoga Institute to meet the immediate health care needs of people in need. By providing basic healthcare at no cost to these persons, we are able to extend the long-term health of those in our community.
A free blood donation drive is conducted every year to reach out to people in need, especially children suffering from blood disorders such as thalassemia.
We understand the holistic health requirements for those who deal with terror, anti-social elements, and other disturbing situations on a daily basis. Paying tribute to their indomitable spirit, we have provided these special task forces with free yoga sessions for over a decade. We have trained over 10,000 personnel in yoga techniques through these programmes to enhance their ability to manage and eventually overcome PTSD and similar psychological and physical ailments.
This regularly conducted program ensures that the municipal staff in our community are healthy, empowered to face changes, and give their best effort to every endeavor which in turn benefits them as well as the overall efficiency of the government.
We have helped in the knowledge co-creation programs for the wellness of Western Railways staff using meditation, yoga education, and counseling. Thousands of employees of the Western Railways benefit from the free yoga training and wellness camps conducted.
We conduct free camps to empower the most marginalized communities, especially women and children suffering from exploitation, abuse, malnutrition, HIV, AIDS etc., in order to facilitate sustainable social change and reduce disparities. We have worked closely with Share Foundation, Committed Communities Development Trust, etc. for the benefit of the underprivileged.
We are educating and empowering eligible underprivileged children with yoga teacher training courses. The Yoga Institute’s various Teachers Training Programs are designed to enhance the students’ mental and physical growth as well as enable them to earn their livelihood.
The Yoga Institute often teams up with various hospitals like KEM, Cooper, Hinduja Healthcare Specialty Hospital, etc. to combine therapy and preventive measures in the form of yoga for their patients. Additionally, campaigns are conducted during the Equal Streets, The Walk for Health, and Mumbai Car-Free Days etc. for public awareness.