Souljourn Yoga Foundation is a US 501(c)3 non-profit inspired by seva, the Sanskrit word and yogic principle of selfless service. We raise awareness and funds for girls education in lesser economically developed countries (LEDCs) by teaming up with both local and international non-profits. We create opportunities to explore, practice, and educate through yoga both on and off of the mat by offering a spectrum of workshops, teacher immersions, and global retreats to continue to promote female empowerment and education in communities where equal opportunities aren't always readily available.
People have different spiritual practices across the planet, it might be yoga and it might be different, but it’s through the community and “union” that we are able to connect. We co-design retreats with our partner organizations on the ground by weaving in local practices of tradition, meditation, and movement so that it’s culturally contextual experience of equality, not hierarchy.
Currently, over 130 million girls around the world are denied an education, which also means they're denied the chance to improve their overall health, income, quality of life, and the ability to empower themselves with endless opportunities. A girl with an education is also less likely to become a victim of violence and child marriage, which are two predominant issues that women face across the globe.
Our founder, Jordan Ashley, presented at TEDxBadinh on the importance of girls' global education and the power of giving.
Since rolling out our yoga mats in 2016, we have successfully raised over $36,000 for girls education around the world. In 2018 we led retreats to Nicaragua, Peru, China, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Morocco. In each country we visit, our group met with our partner, non-profit organizations (and the incredible young women who are comprised of it) to create an immersive experience where the practice of yoga shifts from the mat to a global practice.
In a beautiful (and successful) attempt to build a bridge between those donating and those receiving the donation, we spend 1-2 days meeting the girls, practicing yoga with them, and engaging them (alongside our retreat participants) in yogic activities and art projects.
Included in the tuition to attend one of our programs is a $300-$500 donation per person that goes directly to each partner non-profit on the ground.