In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, Yoga Alliance Foundation (YAF) in partnership with Ivy Child International introduced an Emergency Relief Fund for yoga professionals suffering economic hardship early in the year. As a follow-on to this work, YAF and Ivy Child are again partnering on a second phase of assistance that invests in recovery: the Eka Recovery Fund — inspired by the Sanskrit word eka, which celebrates unity, equality, and balance.
The Eka Recovery Fund supports yoga professionals in returning to and/or sustaining their work and sponsors activities that facilitate economic recovery, with special attention to fostering an expansive, accessible, and equitable yoga community. This Fund work will begin by focusing on the intersection of economic recovery, yoga service, and community outreach.
Many marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and by the bio-psycho-social impact of stress. They also often face more barriers to yoga, which can serve as a valuable tool for all communities that continue to experience high levels of stress, uncertainty, and social isolation, particularly among those that are hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.