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Ourmala - Helps refugees and asylum-seekers rebuild their lives

Ourmala gives refugees and asylum-seekers a safe space to breathe and stability through Yoga. We help survivors of violence and oppression, and the wider community, improve their wellbeing and find the strength to move on with life.

We provide weekly yoga classes in safe spaces (at a number of locations) and offer a pro-active signposting service, English support class and more. The yoga we teach is based on Ashtanga yoga (physically demanding) and Mindfulness (meditation techniques).

How Yoga works:
Yoga helps to co-ordinate the breath, mind and body to encourage balance, both internally and externally and promote feelings of relaxation and ease.

Benefits include:

  •  Improved efficiency of lungs and cardio-vascular system
  •  Improved posture, flexibility and strength
  •  Improved concentration
  •  Improved blood circulation
  •  Enhanced feeling of well-being
  •  Better quality sleep
  •  Reduction of anxiety and depression
  •  Reduction of physical pain (short term and long term)
  •  Reduced sense of isolation

There are also many 'added value' aspects to Yoga, such as the friends you make along the way and the sense of optimism and mental focus that increased regular practice brings.

Who we work with and referral process

We mainly work with refugee and asylum-seeking women registered with the UK Home Office because they have fled to the UK following atrocious violence and oppression in their homelands.

We only take women by referral, so we are sure they are receiving support in other areas of their lives. We also provide Yoga sessions for the wider community. So, if you're interested in Yoga for your centre or group, we'd love to hear from you!

Who to contact


Where to go

Hackney City Farm
1a, Goldsmith's Row
E2 8QA

Autumn Term
1st half: 5th September – 23rd October
2nd half: 31st October – 21st December

There are no classes during half term or on bank holidays, bank holidays for 2017 are listed below:
Half Term: 24th October – 28th October

Spring Term 2018
Classes: Wednesday 3rd January – Friday 9th February
Half Term: Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February 
Classes: Monday 19th February – Thursday 29 March
(Easter Holidays: Monday 2nd April – Friday 13th April)

Summer Term 2018
Classes: Monday 16th April – Friday 25th May
Half Term: Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June
Classes: Monday 4th June – Friday 20th July
(Summer holidays: Monday 23rd July – Friday 31st August)

Other Details


Free (and we refund travel for refugee/asylum-seeking women doing yoga)


Referral Details

Please note that we only take women by referral for this class:

Our Tuesday Yoga class at Hackney City Farm is currently full but please do let us know if you would like to refer someone. We are running a waiting list, spaces do come-up, and if there is enough demand/funding, we will look at opening a new class to meet the need.

Please contact us at for a referral form.

Yoga for the wider community / in other locations for refugee and asylum-seeking women... Check out info below


Other notes

Yoga in other parts of London for refugee/asylum-seeking women + Yoga classes for the wider community

We run weekly Yoga classes for refugee/asylum-seeking women in Hackney and at a beautiful centre in South Kensington. All free. Travel refunded for those within critiera at the South Kensington class.

Yoga for the wider community

If you are interested in Ourmala delivering a Yoga session at your centre, we'd love to hear from you.

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