Helping Tsunami Survivors

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 01, 2005

Hundreds of yoga teachers in India are helping tsunami survivors by leading yoga classes and teaching meditation and breathing techniques to people in tsunami-affected areas. According to a report in the Khaleej Times Online, the federal government of India is implementing a mental health program to assist in rehabilitation. Health Secretary P.K. Hota points out that the mental health effort is part of a multipronged approach to help restore the habitat and livelihood of the people.

Yoga Teachers Raise Funds Internationally

Yoga teachers from all parts of the world are joining in the outpouring of support for tsunami victims by contributing to fundraising efforts to support survivors. For example, in Washington, DC, Georgetown Yoga sent proceeds from classes held specifically to provide aid, as well as money raised during a Thai yoga massage open house organized by instructor Matt Borer, who had returned from Thailand in December—only 1 week before the disaster.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at