Myanmar (Burma) Yoga Seva Project
April 11 - 18, 2019 in Yangon, Myanmar
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Om & Roam is seeking trained, female yoga teachers to be a part of our 3rd Annual Myanmar (Burma) Yoga Seva Project. We are so humbled by this unique opportunity to teach yoga asana at a Theravada Buddhist Nunnery in the Yangon region. This project is filled with heart and complete devotion to the selfless power of yoga. We are extremely fortunate to be invited back into this community to share yoga with hundreds of nuns and orphans. Our passion and purpose is to foster self-empowerment, self-respect and body awareness in our sisters in Myanmar (Burma) through yoga. The experience that we share is life transforming for all involved, it is an amazing synergy to witness!
a sacred opportunity
The seven-day yoga program is part of the annual meditation retreat held at the nunnery in alignment with Thingyan - the annual New Year water festival celebration. Thingyan is a time for cleansing ceremonies, deep meditation, community, and transition into the new year. The leaders of this nunnery made the progressive decision to incorporate a physical yoga practice into the annual Thingyan retreat. This relationship was born of the intention to provide the nuns and orphans with an outlet for physical activity, body awareness, and self-embodiment.
Our days will consist of teaching yoga asana together for over 4.5 hours a day to hundreds of nuns and orphans, broken up into smaller groups. We are invited to join in the daily meditation schedule observed at the retreat, as well as the new years ceremonies that take place. This is a sacred opportunity to both be in service and deepen your own meditation practice. This program is unique and a respectful level of discipline is required. Out of service to the nunnery, we are meant to be flexible. We commit to offering as many yoga classes as requested throughout the meditation retreat schedule. We have organized the program with a ‘group’ teaching model - depending on your specific strengths and skills, we will assign you a ‘shift’ time and a rotation of roles.
Below is a sample of our potential schedule. Please note that things change throughout the retreat, including times and expectations. We practice a great deal of flexibility, and adapt according to how we can best serve the needs of this community. Break times can be for resting, class planning, and check-ins. Also note that meals are vegetarian and that fasting is observed during dinner. (Fasting through dinner is not required by our team, but is an option available)
- 5:00 - 6:00am Morning Meditation
- 6:00 - 6:45am Breakfast (Vegetarian)
- 7:00 - 8:00am Team Morning Meeting / Practice
- 8:00 - 8:45am Yoga Class #1
- 9:00 - 9:45am Yoga Class #2
- 10:00 - 11:00am Meditation
- 11:00 - 12:00pm Lunch (Vegetarian)
- 12:00 - 2:00pm Break
- 2:00 - 3:15pm Yoga Class #3
- 3:30 - 5:00pm Yoga Class #4
- 5:00 - 6:30pm Break
- 6:30pm Evening Team Satsang
This is a self-funded trip. Each team member is responsible for purchasing their own airfare, travel insurance, and accommodations outside of their time at nunnery. Meals and accommodations are provided for us while we are staying at the nunnery.
There is a $150 non-refundable deposit for each team member. This deposit serves to help fund project expenses; shuttles, supplies, etc.
Our team will be living at the nunnery with housing and meals provided for us by the women we will be teaching. We will be offering a donation to the nunnery at the close of our stay in an effort to help offset the expense of our accommodations. Our goal is to have each teacher donate a minimum $150 per teacher (~$22 per day/per teacher). Anyone who is able to donate more is of course welcome to do so.
Contact Project Leader / Om&Roam Creative Director, Carly Gaffey: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Join the Team
If this project makes your heart sing, we look forward to hearing from you!
We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 team in Fall'18. Please fill out the form below to let us know you are interested, and we will be sure to send you the application when the times come!
Please share this opportunity with anyone you feel may be called to become involved!
*Reminder: This project is seeking female teachers only*