Feasibility Pilot (2017)
In early 2017 we partnered with Willow to determine if it was feasible to implement HaRT Yoga within their shelters for survivors of human trafficking. We ran the program with two groups (in different shelters) and were encouraged by promising results: high attendance, improvements in self-reported mental health symptoms, and most importantly, enthusiastic participation in the program.
OMPowerment Training (2019)
In October 2019 we partnered with The OMPowerment Project to offer a 35-hour training in leadership development and trauma-sensitive yoga with 10 women and girls residing in Willow shelters. This was followed by a training for HaRT Yoga facilitators, which delved further into the specifics of HaRT's methodology, guiding principles, and facilitation details. Please click here for more information.
Evaluation Study (2020)
With support from the University of Alabama, we completed an evaluation of HaRT Yoga using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Ongoing learning has provided participant-driven input into the program design and revisions to the curriculum, which are currently underway. Overall findings are very encouraging, showing promising signs of meaningful changes in physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Stay tuned for more findings soon!
Willow is a Uganda-based anti-trafficking organization committed to service provision and advocacy work. They are implementing HaRT Yoga as part of their holistic, shelter-based programming.
University of Alabama
The School of Social Work is committed to ending adverse social conditional promoting societal well-being through teaching, research and service. They have programs addressing human trafficking in Alabama, Uganda and the Philippines and are supporting the HaRT Yoga evaluation.
Eleison is a private operating foundation that implements and funds empowerment-based, trauma-informed research and programming with survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence. Eleison conducts three economic empowerment programs, a Motivational Interviewing training program for service providers, and an active portfolio of participatory research with survivors in the Philippines. They are providing technical and financial support for the HaRT Yoga curriculum.
Komo Learning Centres
Komo facilitates radical changes in health and education systems. We are currently collaborating to implement HaRT Yoga with their frontline staff, who will subsequently take the program into a community setting with women and girls experiencing depression and other mental health challenges.
Karuna Yoga Journeys
Karuna designs unique yoga teacher training and retreat experiences focused on compassion and community building. HaRT Yoga is included in their module on trauma sensitive and inclusive yoga teaching and practice.