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IAYT and Give Back Yoga Foundation Partner to Offer Seva Award for Innovative Yoga Therapy Service

Monday, June 17, 2019  
Posted by: IAYT Administration
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As part of the rich community celebration that was this year’s SYTAR, IAYT and Give Back Yoga Foundation paused to recognize a C-IAYT offering a meaningful yoga therapy project to an unserved population.


Ravi Kaur, C-IAYT, Itta Roussos, is the inspiring winner of our first-ever Seva Award. She will use the $1,008 prize to support yoga therapy for pregnant women and for children coping with PTSD in Johannesburg, South Africa, through projects with Streetlight School, Outreach Foundation, Ntethelelo Foundation, and Flourish.

Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa accepts
the Seva Award on behalf of Ravi Kaur
at the SYTAR banquet. She is pictured
second from left, with Bill Brown,
Executive Director of Prison Yoga Project,
and Ann Swanson and John Kepner of IAYT.

The runner-up, Lucia Plata, C-IAYT, of Bogota, Colombia, is excited to use her award to provide yoga props for her ongoing work with those who have limited access to healthcare. Yoga Therapy for Love is Lucia’s project to reduce the suffering of cancer patients and those at the end of life.

l to r: Bill Brown, Lucia Plata,
John Kepner, Ann Swanson

Nearly 30 applicants for the Seva Award overwhelmed us with their great work in the world, and we’re thrilled that Give Back Yoga has committed to helping us continue—and expand!—the Seva Award next year! Watch for more on these leaders’ projects in Yoga Therapy Today and as we highlight each applicant on our social media channels.

And consider nominating yourself or another worthy yoga therapist for the 2020 Seva Award next spring!