Yoga for a cause

March 15, 2015 01:55 pm | Updated 01:55 pm IST - MYSURU

Organised by Odanadi, an organisation working to raise awareness to put an end to human trafficking, “Yoga Stops Trafficking” was held in the city on Sunday in which scores of yoga enthusiasts took part to draw attention to the scourge of human trafficking.

Held simultaneously across many cities in the world by Odanadi’s partner NGOs, the organisers claimed that last year’s event helped raise funds to help rehabilitate 95 girls and contributed to the salaries of 22 social workers, administrative and educational staff.

The yoga demonstration in Mysuru was held near the Chamaraja Circle adjacent to the palace and Odanadi founders Mr. Stanely and Parashuram said yoga enthusiasts from 51 countries and 122 cities had registered for the event in what was described as a yoga marathon.

Last year’s edition saw hundreds of yoga enthusiasts from Mysuru to New York rolling their mats and demonstrating their support to the Odanadi cause, said the organisers.

The number of participants as also the countries in which the event will take place this year, has increased to 55 nations this year, up from 25 nations last year and the organisers are hopeful of roping in participants from more countries in future.

The scourge of sexual exploitation of women and children was on the rise and the civil society should raise its voice against the menace, said Odanadi. The organisation is working since more than two decades to rescue and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking.

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