SEVA FOUNDATION SERVICE TRIP

NEW DELHI, INDIA   |   JANUARY 2021

About

The 2021 service trip with the Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation will take place in New Delhi, India. This is a unique and rewarding opportunity to help trafficked women and children have a second chance at a happy life. Each trip is different, and you may have a chance to share your skills depending on what is needed on the trip. The most important aspect of the visits is that you come with an open mind and an open heart.

Participants should consider this a service-oriented trip rather than a retreat or yoga training. Our intention is that this will be a personal growth and learning experience to understand the truest meaning of selfless service.

NEW DELHI, INDIA

SERVICE TRIP DATES

Itinerary will be confirmed in 2020

ABOUT THE 2021 SEVA SERVICE TRIP

The 2021 service trip with the Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation will travel to New Delhi, India, for a week. We will offer education on trauma and how to incorporate trauma-awareness into your teachings along with a daily 2-hour morning practice. Members from the Indian community and local NGOs will offer education on the human trafficking trade, current laws governing such and lectures providing insight to their own Seva work. Our group will have opportunities to tour the city and volunteer at the shelter we are supporting with our donations. We will confirm the exact schedule closer to the trip.

This will be a more intimate group with time to connect, interact and inspire each other. Words truly can’t explain the takeaway points from our Seva Foundation trips; you must come to experience it!

SEVA SCHOLARSHIP FOR TOP 2019 FUNDRAISER


Giving back is at the heart of everything we do at the Seva Foundation, so seeing the impact of the money raised for these young girls inspires us to do even more! We are fortunate and humbled to have such a passionate community behind us. This year, our aim to raise $50,000 to fund all the care and protection services at our shelter in Delhi, India, and to reach this goal by December 2019 is only possible with your help. 

We recognize it takes hard work to fundraise and to show our appreciation, we are launching our first EVER Yoga Medicine scholarship! The scholarship is open to anyone fundraising in our CrowdRise campaign. 

Scholarship Prize

The top fundraiser of 2019 will have the opportunity to attend their choice of Yoga Medicine’s module or immersion. The top fundraising winner will be announced on January 4th, 2020, whereupon the winner will select their module or immersion. Spaces are limited at each training, so prompt selection is essential to ensure your spot at your first pick training. The scholarship is prize will expire December 31, 2020, at midnight PST. This scholarship applies to complimentary tuition to a 2020 training only, transportation is not included, and this prize is not redeemable for cash value. 

Scholarship Guidelines

  • You must have a CrowdRise page. 
  • Funds raised must be donated to the Seva Foundation CrowdRise campaign to be eligible.
  • Any money raised and donated by check must be added to your CrowRise profile by contacting seva@yogamedicine.com, who will add the amount to your profile once the check has been processed. 
  • All funds raised must be donated and added to your CrowdRise page no later than December 31, 2019 at midnight PST. Any donation made after this time will not be included.
  • Funds raised prior to the Seva Foundation 2021 campaign are not eligible.

The competition ends December 31, 2019, at midnight PST and the winner will be announced on January 4th, 2020.

MONTHLY TOP FUNDRAISER PRIZES

We want to recognize the amazing work you do by giving up your time to raise funds for Seva Foundation. Therefore, as well as our scholarship opportunity for our top 2019 fundraiser, we are offering prize giveaways for the top fundraiser each month between September and November. We will be tracking the money raised and added to Crowdrise each month; and we will decide on the winner based on how much is raised between the first and last day of the month. We have some great prizes to giveaway, see below for details.

Monthly Prize Guidelines

  • You must have a CrowdRise page. 
  • Funds raised must be donated to the Seva Foundation CrowdRise campaign (insert link: www.crowdrise.com/YMSevaproject2021) to be eligible.
  • Any money raised and donated by check must be added to your CrowRise profile by contacting seva@yogamedicine.com, who will add the amount to your profile once the check has been processed. 
  • All funds raised must be donated and added to your CrowdRise page no later than midnight PST on the last day of the month. Any donation made after this time will not be included.
  • Funds raised prior to the Seva Foundation 2021 campaign are not eligible. 
  • Prizes are not redeemable for cash value.

October Prize

2 Yoga Medicine® Online Courses

The fundraiser who raises the most during October will win two Yoga Medicine® online courses of their choice (does not include courses with Yoga International or Udemy). The winner will be announced on November 4th, 2019, whereupon they will receive notification of their prize so they can make their selection and be granted access to these Yoga Medicine® online courses.

November Prize

Yoga International Online Course

The fundraiser who raises the most during November will win one online course with Yoga International – their choice of either the Yoga & Traditional Chinese Medicine or Yoga Anatomy online course. The winner will be announced on December 4th, 2019, whereupon the winner will receive notification of their prize so they can make their selection and receive course details.

What to Expect

Service Trip Structure

The Anticipated Itinerary
Day 1 – attendees arrive at the hotel, welcome dinner
Day 2 – morning asana, trauma lecture, introductions from the partners Her Future Coalition & Rescue Foundation, evening asana
Day 3 – morning asana, TBD
Day 4 – morning asana, TBD
Day 5 – morning asana, TBD
Day 6 – morning asana, TBD
Day 7 – morning asana, TBD
Day 8 – morning asana, breakfast, departures.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on Day 2-7.

TRIP DETAILS

The top 20 fundraisers that raise a minimum of $5,000.00 by November 15, 2020, will have the opportunity to join the Seva Trip. This excursion takes place in New Delhi, India, which includes the following: 3 meals a day, lodging, and transportation during the trip. Here are some other essential details:

  • A maximum of 20 spaces available to maintain an intimate setting.
  • Recommended read: This Is No Ordinary Joy, by Sarah Symons
  • Join our fundraising team on Crowdrise & earn the chance to travel with us in 2021.
  • All donations that are submitted through CrowdRise are tax-exempt, trip costs are not tax-exempt.
  • All attendees must have travel insurance and submit proof 30 days before arrival to India.
  • All attendees must have a valid Visa to enter India and submit this documentation at least 30 days prior to travel.
  • All attendees must pay for and coordinate their own travel (airfare and airport transfers).

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Meet Your Service Trip Leaders

Tiffany Cruikshank

Tiffany is the founder of Yoga Medicine® and has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Having grown up working in a homeless shelter that her mom ran, Tiffany has always been drawn to give back. The mission of the Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation and its service trip are close to her heart because empowering women in India is an opportunity to give back to a culture that has given us (yoga teachers especially) so much.

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Alis Atagan

Alis is a yoga teacher based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Manager of the Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation. Alis’ role and ambition within the Seva Foundation are to raise awareness surrounding human trafficking and grow fundraised income to enable the Seva Foundation to empower global, impoverished communities through efforts of education and entrepreneurship as a means to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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ABOUT OUR PARTNERS:

Her Future Coalition (formerly named Made By Survivors) founded by Sarah Symons, is an American 501c3 NGO that operates on the ground in India to provide jobs, education and shelters to over 1,000 survivors of slavery, child marriage and other human rights abuses in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand. Her Future Coalition trains survivors, creating jobs in respected professions with high wages that develop sustainability for the rescued women.

Their most successful program is jewelry! Traditionally, metalsmithing was a male-only profession. The survivors are breaking gender barriers, earning livable wages and uplifting their families and communities through this vocational education and rehabilitation program.

Her Future Coalition (HFC) is the U.S. fiscal parent to the Rescue Foundation (RF), a registered non-profit, grass-root NGO involved in rescue, rehabilitation & repatriation of victims of human trafficking who are typically trafficked from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and subjected to commercial sexual exploitation in India. These young victims have been robbed of their human rights as they are physically and mentally tortured by coercive sexual activities. RF ensures survivors regain their human rights by rescuing and rehabilitating women and children.

Her Future Coalition (HFC) and the Rescue Foundation (RF) have many projects throughout India. In 2018, Yoga Medicine’s sponsorship co-funded to the construction of a new shelter 45 miles outside New Delhi. Located near a Red Light District, it housed over 100 women and girls within days of its opening. We choose this project because the RF is in direct need of help. These newly rescued victims will need health checks, food, clothing and most of all, the mental rehabilitation for a bright future.

By sponsoring a new shelter operated by two reputable non-profits, Yoga Medicine and the fundraising team have a unique opportunity to help this shelter grow and prosper from the ground up. Our donations will go to health checks, vocational education, food and shelter, clothing, basic math and reading education, rescue missions and more.

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If you would like to get involved, click below find out more about Yoga Medicine’s Seva Foundation.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

November 15th, 2020 is the fundraising deadline for participants seeking to join the Seva Service Trip in 2021.

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