In some Palestinian communities yoga is being introduced for the first time as a way to reduce stress and create a sense of connectedness.
Adults already active in youth and community development are undertaking the pioneering task of introducing yoga into the local culture.
“In Palestine, the continued stress is effecting individuals and community relationships in a way that is driving people apart,” said one trainee at the Olive Tree Yoga Foundation’s Teacher Training. “We believe that sharing the practice and the core principals of yoga can help reconnect people in a beautiful way.“
The Foundation, located in Beit Jala, just outside of Bethlehem, tries to overcome logistical challenges and restricted travel to gather as many as possible from this conflict zone, both men and women, to become certified teachers.