Colombia is converting fomer death squad members into yoga teachers

We are very happy with the result of this article made by Lila MacLellan for Quartz.

In New York or L.A., it’s pretty common to learn that a yoga teacher used to be a dancer, an actor, or even a former Wall Street banker. In Bogota and Medellin, the same is true. Except that here, the teacher may also be an ex-member of a Colombian death squad.

Since 2010, a local organization called Dunna: Alternativas Creativas Para la Paz (Dunna: Creative Alternatives for Peace) has been gradually introducing the basic poses to two groups for whom yoga has been a foreign concept: the poor, mostly rural victims of Colombia’s brutal, half-century conflict, and the guerilla fighters who once terrorized them.

  • The promotion of health and quality of life is the main purpose of Yoga - Sw Satyananda
  • This is a time for the rebirth of the ancient science of Yoga - Sw Satyananda
  • Individual peace is the beginning of the path towards global peace - Sw. Sivananda
  • In the deepest sense, movement is the flow of energy that belongs to all livingness - Mary Starks.