Everyone is aware of the benefits of yoga, but there are only a few who have realized it till now. Among the few are Soumaya Ayyar and Madeleine Sears who have spent several years studying yoga for kids with special needs by fusing therapeutic facets such as music, dance, art into the practice to keep the children interested and engaged. The Prafull Oorja team works with children who have cerebral palsy, autism, arthritis, and other disabilities to bring about a great sense of inner peace, as well as a strong and healthy body.
Prafull Oorja brings holistic practices to special kids and women in rural areas
Talking with Sowmya Ayyar, Co-founder and Executive Director of Prafull Oorja, is like asking a flower to open up its petals at dusk; it can only happen very slowly and under the right pressure
Two yoga therapists from America reach out to extra special children in the city
SOWMYA Ayyar and Madeleine Sears, both US born and raised, were destined to have their paths cross and converge in India through the curative properties of yoga.
Two ladies from the US, living in India, connected on a social networking website and started a not-for-profit organization aimed at improving lives of children with special needs through yoga. Prafull Oorja has collaborated with various schools and organizations where they teach Yoga.
Kami, a yoga teacher was inspired by the power of Yoga when her one year old daughter was diagnosed with hemi-paresis, a mild form of cerebral palsy. Kami enrolled her daughter in a variety of classes like swimming lessons, gym, music, and more. But nothing could bring a change in the situation. She then started sending her to Yoga classes and saw remarkable improvements.
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Many have sworn by the prowess of good-old yoga in defying age and gaining nimble bodies. But when explored, yoga could be much more than what meets the eye. Putting across the point is Prafull Oorja, a Bengaluru-based organisation that uses yoga as therapy to treat children with special needs.
Sowmya Ayyar and Madeleine Sears, both born and raised in the US, were destined to have their paths cross and converge in India, thanks to yoga. Their organistaion Prafull Oorja is geared towards helping children with disabilities through yoga. The story begins in a quiet neighbourhood in Bangalore.
Prafull Oorja would like to extend our gratitude to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his call for an International Yoga Day at a recent United Nations’ General Assembly. Modi supported the ancient Indian therapy saying, “Yoga should not be just an exercise for us, but it should be a means to get connected with the world and with nature…It should bring a change in our lifestyle and create awareness in us, and it can help fighting against climate change.” We hope that his proclamation is heard by everyone around the world, especially global leaders, so yoga can be adopted in more communities around the world to bring peace and connection to all!
You can read the full article by clicking here: Modi Supports Yoga.