My name is Sylvain and I’m a Yoga teacher based in Switzlerland. A few years ago I had a vision that if I could bring like-minded people together working towards a mutual goal, we could change a little bit of this world for the better. All you had to bring were good intentions and a positive spirit.
So, a 24 hour Yoga session was held, as our first fund raising event, in a traditional Swiss chalet. I called it a Yoga Marathon, even though the implication of a race was not needed. It turned out to be an enormous amount of joy. We all felt really uplifted as we collected our first donations, inspiring us to develop another adventure the following year.
We soon realised that what we were doing simply wasn’t enough, so we began to create more events, and with the proceeds we helped build a well in the village of Maharashtra in India, so the villagers had access to clean water. The year after, we succeeded in helping schools and local orphans in the same area of India. In the third year, we helped to put together a medical practice with volunteer doctors to support workers and their families in small villages around the Nashik area. We also sponsored a little girl’s education in the Tibetan children’s village of Dharamsala in the Himalayas.
In 2016, Sylvain and Branislav decided to go global, because we know that rivers can become oceans. With the creation of web YOGA TV (www.webyogatv..com) to promote this non-profit organisation, we aim to support more people on a bigger scale in order to bring even more changes to people's lives in the future.
Why don’t you join us and make a difference!
Ahimsa is the first principle of Yama, the ethical codes of conduct of the 8 fold Yoga philosophy path. Ahimsa is non-violence to all beings including non-harmful words and thoughts. Karma Yoga is about the Yoga of action. These two fundamental aspects of Yoga have been brought together by two like-minded practitioners in the field of Yoga, health and medicine, to provide a holistic and comprehensive treatment in a peace rehabilitation haven for victims of violence including women, men, children and sexually discriminated genders in underprivileged communities.
Ahimsa is found in every layer of the practice of Yoga. As such Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for adults, Yoga for children, and Yoga for Stress, are the various modalities and main tools of Yoga to be used to provide a holistic treatment for women, men, children and victims of homophobia. The place where victims of violence can have a voice to speak out, who can be treated with appropriate care and compassion, and can find sanctuary from the abuse is Yoobuntoo House – A peace and rehabilitation haven to be created by the non-profit Karma Yoga organization, Swiss Yogathon founded by Sylvain Lonchay, a Yoga Therapist, and Branislav Korkodelovic, a Medical Doctor.
The mission of Yoobuntoo House is to help with a socio-medical approach whenever possible by providing a co-ordinated, safe, effective and sustainable outpatient approach based on cooperation between professionals such as Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, a nurse, a doctor, social workers, psychologist and lawyers. Care and social care through Yoga is provided as a common denominator to meet needs when there is no response from society or communities thereby providing a comprehensive support for victims, confidentiality and sustainability.The philosophy of Yoobuntoo House is to welcome victims of violence of any nature and the vision is to combat violence against victims with an inter-professional and multidisciplinary response.
To bring this dream of funding Yoobuntoo House to reality, Swiss Yogathon will host various fund raising events with all proceeds going towards the creation of this haven in an underprivileged community in Cape Town.
The main fund raising events include a Yoga & Pregnancy course for certified Yoga Teachers, midwives, physiotherapists, masseurs, osteopaths and sports professionals in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Geneva, Yogathons to be arranged worldwide by international teachers and Yoga class donation initiatives organized nationally and globally in 2017.
The word Yoga means to ‘yoke together’ the body, mind and spirit to bring about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health & well-being. Let us Yoga together as a community, as a nation, as a global force to bring about the physical healing, the peace of mind, strength of emotion, the mending of spirit and the path back to sanctity to victims of violence.
Please offer your contribution in Karma Yoga to support this Yoobuntoo House Karma Project by participating, by spreading the love and sharing the sacred importance of Ahimsa.
Earth Child Project
Swiss Yogathon have supported Earth Child Project in Cape Town donating 100 T-Shirts for the kids to enjoy during their summer programme.
Tenzin in Dharamsala
At Children Tibetan Village, Dharamsala - Northern India, we support Tenzin.
Her mum is sick, at the hospital in Delhi. Abandonned by her father who was violent with both, Tenzin has been accepted in this village where she learns, grows and live in a safe environment.
Sanitary Plan in Maharashtra, India
With help from Yoga VidyaGurukul near Nashik, we supported a sanitary plan to support workers in villages and families with no resources and no medical plans. Volunteers Doctors visited those villages and brought medcaments or dealt with emergencies when possible.
Previous years, we helped for the construction of a water reserve (well) in order to help people from small villages have clean water rather than drink unfiltered water full of mud and bacterias.
In 2016, Sylvain and Branislav decided to go global, because we know that rivers can become oceans. With the creation of WEB YOGA TV to promote this non-profit organisation, we aim to support more people on a bigger scale in order to bring even more changes to peoples’ lives in the future.
Training for Sharing
Member of International Association Yoga Therapists