About 2019-11-12T08:02:27+00:00

“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.” – Morgan Freeman

This is the vision we share across Art to Healing and Yoga for Freedom:

To unite the global yoga community in service through compassionate action, and to give back to those less fortunate through the practice of yoga. We strive to bridge the gap between the Western yoga industry, creating positive and sustainable social change in the East whilst promoting cultural connectivity and innovation.

Our Impact

In 4 years, we raised over $65,000 in total to help the survivors of Nepal’s earthquake and the girls who were vulnerable and sold into slavery and exploitation as a result of losing their parents and families.

Our impact and efforts helped in providing education, food, and shelter, infrastructure, education, therapeutic services (including trauma-informed Yoga and Mindfulness, Expressive art therapies, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Somatic Experiencing) to these women, children and men. We also upskill the caregivers of survivors so that our work is sustainable in the long term.

This year, we seek to create a global network of yoga practitioners, teachers and studios to inspire change, and to GROW, SERVE and SHINE!

Yoga for Freedom has supported


woman and girls who have experienced sex slavery, exploitation & abuse to have a second chance at life after abuse.

Provided Leadership & Peer Education for


woman and girls who have experienced sex slavery, exploitation & abuse.

Provided Food, Shelter & Education for


vulnerable woman and girls.

Provided Clinical Supervision & Mental Health Consultancy for


anti-trafficking organisations.

Provided Direct Therapeutic Support and Trauma-Recovery for


woman and girls who have experienced sex slavery, exploitation & abuse.

Provided Trauma-Informed YOGA & MINDFULNESS PROGRAMS for


woman and girls who have experienced sex slavery, exploitation & abuse.

Provided Education & Psychosocial Capacity Building Programs for


participants from 33 anti-trafficking charities in Nepal.

We care about the Global Scale of Sex Trafficking.

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We live in the 21st century. We have the technology to print a 3D house, to fly to the moon and to pay our way using only phones. Yet despite these advances, we have failed to end the age old practice of human slavery.

Human slavery is the 2nd largest organized criminal underworld, on earth.

The UN has reported that some trafficking groups are now switching from drugs to humans, in a bid to avoid risk and make an even larger illegal profit (The UN Office on Drugs and Crime).

Sex slavery and the trauma endured by women and children is NOT OKAY with us.
We believe in compassionate action to create, and to be the change.
Be part of this change.
Be an Ambassador

Art to Healing and Yoga for Freedom was founded by Atira Tan, a global yoga teacher, trauma specialist, expressive art therapist, author and social change activist. She has been practising yoga for 20 years and has been on the ground working with sex trafficked women and children since 2004.

Here is Atira’s personal story of inspired action, as told at TEDX:

Some of the programs which Yoga for Freedom has supported over the past 3 years:


Become an Ambassador

Are you a yoga teacher? Or maybe a studio owner?

Join our inspiring cause, and organise a Yoga for Freedom event in your own local community.

Spread the love!

Become an Ambassador
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Wanting to help out behind the scenes?

It takes many loving hearts to spread the inspiration, and to keep Yoga for Freedom running smoothly.

Be part of our fun and soulful tribe !

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Yoga Teacher Training

Are you ready to learn about the effect of trauma on the mind, body, nervous system and upgrade your skills and qualifications?

If so, our Yoga for Freedom 100 Hour  Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training is for you!

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“The quicker we transform inspiration into action, the quicker we can create change in the world.

This is Inspired Action from the Heart.” – Atira Tan

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It is with sadness in our hearts that we announce the cancellation of Yoga for Freedom this year.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, it is of utmost importance that everyone's safety and health comes first and foremost. Whether we like it or not, the planet is asked to be still and to look inside during this time of COVID-19. These times, with the gifts of yoga, can bring opportunities for new beginnings, deep self-reflection, and change.

At Yoga for Freedom, we hope to be part of the current of Life which seeks to inspire, empower and bring peace and harmony to this transitional and potent phase of our lives.
Our hearts and support go out to those struggling in social isolation right now, those who have lost their jobs or stranded in strange countries. And we are very grateful to those working double-time to care for the sick and elderly, and who are risking their lives to look after others in this time of need.

We hope that you will join us next year, and our team at Yoga for Freedom is sending blessings of love, kindness and strength at this time to every one of you out there.
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