What sort of work you are doing with dance and yoga in the Mumbai slums?


7 November 2014: Interviewee: Josefin Wikström

What sort of work you are doing with dance and yoga in the Mumbai slums?

I met Josefin a few years ago and was taken by her joy of life and enthusiasm for using dance and yoga to help people in unfortunate circumstances. With my new column up and running I thought it was a great opportunity to share with you some of the inspirational work that is happening.

India has been Josefin’s second home for the past 20 years where she has dedicated her time to learn yoga and dance her passions in life. She discovered the happiness and freedom in the practice, seeing the effects from yoga in people from all different paths of life she decided to start teaching in 2005.

Living in Mysore Karnataka for many years she has deepened her understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system. She is working globally with teaching yoga and dance and the combinations of these two art forms has developed the Kaivalya Project in India. The energies and emotions in the yogic practice and the dance are intimately interwoven.

Josefin is using yoga as a tool for social change and is teaching in the prison system in Sweden and in the schools for children of all age groups. She is working with children who have been the victims of abuse in Mumbai and is seeing the healing effects of yoga and dance therapy. She is also a part of Sumeet Nagdev dance arts in Mumbai as a yoga teacher for the diploma students.
If you would like to find out more about Josefin this is her website: http://www.kaivalyayoga.info

Here are some pics of Josefin with the children in Mumbai.

The Apnalaya NGO is the organization which Josefin is working with in Mumbai it would be wonderful if some one would like to donate money here is a link: http://apnalaya.org/donate.aspx and you need to write: Donation- cultural project.

And here is a short video from a dance performance on sexual abuse they did a few years back.

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