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Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation

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owner profile image"Person not possession; child not commodity” -Anonymous
July 31, 2017

Join with us at Motto Yoga for a series of donation classes to raise awareness and funds to end human trafficking with the Yoga Medicine Seva  See more



Sheila Nelson


Yoga Medicine wrote -

“Person not possession; child not commodity” – Anonymous


Our mission is to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation by empowering global, impoverished communities through efforts of education and entrepreneurship.


The Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation was established to address the severity of India’s human trafficking crisis. We are funded by Yoga Medicine members and people like YOU. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. Our belief is that no situation is beyond hope and India being the birthplace of yoga, we believe it is our duty to give back to a culture that has given us so much.

Why India?

  • Everyday 400 women and children go missing in India – many remain untraced
  • India has the highest number of people enslaved, with approximately 18 million people in modern slavery.
  • Each year, millions of women and children are trafficked in India.
  • 1 child goes missing somewhere in the country every 8 minutes.
  • Almost 80 percent of all worldwide trafficking is for sexual exploitation, with an estimated 1.2 million children being bought and sold into sexual slavery every year.


The Yoga Medicine Seva Foundation works with local anti-trafficking organizations Her Future Coalition (formerly known as Made By Survivors) and the Rescue Foundation. Together we provide counseling, food, shelter, medical care and most importantly, traditional and vocational education to empower women and children to care for and support themselves.

We are passionate about providing and sustaining education that empowers survivors to rebuild their lives and support their families. These educational programs give survivors the tools they need to become leaders in their families and communities, uplifting others and passing on the virtue of self-worth. In a culture where women are thought to have little value, educating and empowering them ensures freedom forever.

Over the past two years we:

- Raised over $40,000 to support 15 shelters in the slums and Red Light Districts of Kolkata

- Contributed 80+ amount of volunteer hours

- Provided direct assistance to over 500 women and children

- Met with

  • 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Kailash Satyarthi
  • Founders, educators & rescue teams for Bal Ashram, a rehabilitation and training center for victims of child labor.
  • Founder of The Women’s Interlink Foundation, Aloka Mitra
  • Sarah Symons, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Her Future Coalition


This year Yoga Medicine’s Seva Foundation is working with Her Future Coalition and Rescue Foundation to establish a new shelter 45 miles outside of New Delhi, near a Red Light District. This newly constructed shelter is scheduled to open its doors to survivors of human trafficking in 2017 and will house over 100 women and children.

We need your help to reach our fundraising goal of $100,000. Proceeds will be used to provide health check-ups, educational & vocational training, food, clothing, and most of all – mental and spiritual rehabilitation for a brighter future.  Join us by making a tax-deductible contribution, purchase from our partners or by joining the team with a chance to take part in delivering these services to those who need it most.


Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.

$30 - covers healthcare, shelter nutritious meals, education, yoga and other recreational activities for one woman or child for a month.

$100 - covers vocational training for one woman to gain an income generating trade or skill.

$360 - covers healthcare, shelter, nutritious meals, education, yoga and other recreational activities for one woman or child for an entire year.  

$500 - covers a survivor’s dream to start or grow her own business. This may include, but is not limited to, fabric & supplies to make clothing, ink and materials for block printing, spices & machinery for grinding or metal & materials for jewelry making.

$1000 - covers an entire year’s salary for one teacher or staff member of these shelters that devote their lives to the empowerment of woman and children.

$5000 - covers the college education of a woman who dreams of a better life. Many of the women wish to continue their education beyond what the shelter offers. Becoming a nurse might mean they can help provide healthcare to their entire village or by becoming a veterinarian, provide neutering or spaying to the millions of stray animals in India. This donation creates a brighter future for the woman, her family and their community.


“Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.”

Interested in doing more than donating?  Click the orange link - JOIN THE TEAM. You can create your own campaign under ours and begin fundraising in your hometown.  It’s a great way to connect to the greater community and raise awareness on human trafficking. Need inspiration? Host a donation-only class, potluck or silent auction.

Team members who raise a minimum of $5000.00 will have the opportunity to join us on our 2018 trip to New Delhi. Scroll down for more information.


The Seva Foundation has joined forces with other globally conscious companies. A simple purchase from any of our partners below will increase our impact!

Purchase the Seva Legging from Liquido and 10% of every purchase will be donated to our cause.

Kira Grace is set to launch our partnership in late 2017 - stay tuned!

Purchase handmade silver jewelry from Nina Hillerström’s Seva Collection and 10% of every purchase will be donated to our cause.


Every other year the Seva Foundation travels to India. We have no middleman; giving us the opportunity to hand-deliver funds ourselves. This ensures your donations get into the right hands and are spent on what matters most - food, shelter and education.

During our visits to the shelters, we spend time with the women and children. Our presence lets them know that someone, somewhere cares. By immersing into their culture our desire to help and their desire to dream, multiplies.

Team members who raise a minimum of $5000.00 will have the opportunity to join us on our 2018 trip to New Delhi. If you are interested in more details, please email our Seva Coordinator, Amanda Bonfiglio Cunningham, at


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