Off the Mat NYC is teaming up with the Somaly Mam Foundation to help raise awareness and funds to stop human sex trafficking. The month long initiative, called the Yoga Freedom Project, is hosting yoga workshops and events across the county all in an effort to help end modern day sex slave trade in North America and around the world.
New York yoga teachers Alan Finger, Elena Brower, Dana Flynn, Dharma Mittra, Cyndi Lee, Tricia Donegan, Jodie Rufty, Sierra Bender, and Suzanne Sterling will be involved in a special workshop on Jan. 31 at 7pm in New York, according to a press release distributed by the Freedom Project. Supermodel Christy Turlington and actress Ashley Judd will also be lending their support.
For those on the West Coast, an event will take place on January 21 from 3-6 pm in Los Angeles with Ashley Turner, Somaly Mam Foundation speaker Jessica Diep, music with Vito David Vito Gregoli, special celebrity appearance by Birana Evigan, and more.
Yoga studios in Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Oregon will also be hosting events throughout the month and donating their proceeds to the Somaly Mam Foundation. For a list of all upcoming events visit http://yogafreedomproject.com/.
The Somaly Mam Foundation, which was founded by a survivor of sex slavery who dedicated her life to save other victims and empower survivors, supports 11 shelters (seven in Southeast Asia, three in the United States, and one in Haiti) providing programs that boost job skills and education as well as advocacy and awareness campaigns.