Yogathon 2016, the 5th annual Yogathon will begin on Saturday, August 20, 2016 taking place around the world as 10 countries, 50 cities will engage in yoga for 1 cause: #CareforChildren.
58 million children have no access to education. 31 million of them are girls. Poverty is the single most important barrier to education, yet education is essential to breaking the negative cycle of poverty.Image courtesy of Vijayanarasimha on Pixabay.
Care For Children is a program of the Art of Living Foundation, a volunteer-based, humanitarian and educational non-governmental organizations (NGO) partnering with rural and tribal areas primarily in India and other underdeveloped countries, to establish schools and other educational infrastructure.
Care for Children’s mission is to directly provide holistic education with an emphasis on social responsibility and human values to children in underserved communities. The Care for Children program uniquely adds yoga and meditation to the primary educational program, and combines it with meals, transportation, clothing and healthcare, in order to meet all of the needs of the child. They also engage parents and others in the community through adult skill development programs such as organic farming, sewing and crafts, reading, mediation and other practices, all of which strengthen and uplift the socio-economics of the child’s community. According to Care for Children director Bhanumathi Narasimhan, “The success rate is 100% because we have zero dropout in all of our schools.”
Participants are encouraged to complete 108 sun salutations, as symbolic offering of hope to children around the world and to spread the message of universal education.108 Sun Salutation is the largest single-day, volunteer-led yoga event around the world in support of education.
Why 108 Sun Salutations? The number 108 carries spiritual significance in many cultures. It has become a tradition for yoga practitioners to perform 108 sun salutations. This is most often done in large groups and often as an offering of peace or hope. Many people ask if they have to complete 108 Sun Salutations or if that is a requirement to participate. No, it is not a requirement. Come have fun and do as many as you can. How to do Sun Salutations
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