By Starfish Foundation | Empowering refugee women through yoga
empowering women through yoga
Last Thursday, the 7th of March, celebrating International Women’s Day, Starfish Foundation had a very special guest in OpenSpace in Mytilene. Angela Farmer, the very well-known Yoga teacher gave a three hour class to fifteen refugee women. The main theme of the day was how to feel safe in your own personal space by connecting to the earth and becoming grounded.
Angela said that what you feel, is what you express in your body. People around you will understand when you are standing strong: they won’t easily act in an aggressive way towards a woman who has internal strength and believes in her own power. She encouraged the women to stay firm and peaceful with eyes wide open and to show no fear.
It was a wonderful experience for all of us being part of this empowering class with women from a completely different background. They showed eagerness to learn skills they can use in their daily life in the refugee camp and were truly grateful for the basic Technics that Angela showed them. Most of the women were young widows living in an unprotected area in the camp, where self-defence skills are highly needed.
By starfish foundation | Starfish women's self defense update
Starfish Women’s Self-Defense Update
Our trainer Margaritacreateda safe and comfortable space during the February class. The techniques she showed and taught, were very basic and clear, understandable for everyone,and easy to explain by the three translatorsintoFarsi, French and Arabic. Doing the exercises together taught the women that we are much stronger than we thought.
We noticed during our February courses thatwomen need safe women-only spacesin order to feel relaxed,to laugh. Andlaughthey did. Everybody left the place with a huge smile, hugging each other,taking pictures together on their mobile phones,and thanking us over and over again for offering this course.
We plan to proceed with these classes, especially now that weunderstandthe importance ofthem. It would be great to offer them on a weekly basis, but unless we have local female trainers, this has a high cost. We will organise a training week for female trainers in May of this year, so that we will have our own instructors in thefuture.
By Starfish Foundation | Successful Weekend Training
On the 16th and 17th of February Starfish Foundation held a self-defense weekend course for refugee women living on the island of Lesvos, Greece. The instructor was Margarita Founariotaki from Athens who specializes in self-defense for women. 57 women participated, 44 refugee women and 13 women were volunteers from all over the world.
It was amazing to see how eager everyone who attended our February course was to learn how to say no, how happy they were to participate in a class with women from different cultures. They became sisters in a few hours. The refugee women shared that they never feel safe, especially at night when they hide in their tents, while the men drink and become aggressive.
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