About Azahar

AZAHAR Foundation is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes peace building and cross-cultural communication through Yoga and the Arts supported by non-violent communication, youth-leadership, and other related methodologies. Current projects are in Cambodia, Rwanda and Ivory Coast.

AZAHAR means orange blossom. It is a Spanish word with an Arabic root and is symbolic of the cross-cultural juxtapositions that color and flavor our beautiful planet. Being the first and last letter of the Roman alphabet, the A&Z symbolize the begining and the end, the all-encompassing, the point and the zero. A blossom is a sign of new beginings, and it indicates a new level of consciousness where humanity is able to live in peace and harmony.

Within any population we teach, young leaders are identified and supported with professional training to become positive models of change within their communities. Through the conflict resolution and peace-building techniques of Yoga and the Arts, the escalating cycle of violence in conflict and post-conflict settings can be broken and recovery and rehabilitation can begin.

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Within any population we teach, young leaders are identified and supported with professional training to become positive models of change within their communities. Through the conflict resolution and peace-building techniques of Yoga and the Arts, the escalating cycle of violence in conflict and post-conflict settings can be broken and recovery and rehabilitation can begin.

Based on the pilot project in Cambodia, AZAHAR Foundation’s objective is to create satellite projects in several countries, with the aim of implementing international peace camps and conferences in professional yoga, dance, and music training, where young leaders are given opportunities to compare cultural experiences and to collaborate creatively with young people from around the world. The international conferences will culminate in artistic performances and touring projects that will serve to give young people a voice to raise awareness of the richness of cultural diversity and of humanitarian issues around the globe.

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AZAHAR Foundation is a not-for- profit 501(c)(3) organization. You can help support our mission on a number of levels. With secure online payments via PayPal and Credit Card, you can enter your contribution.

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About yogeswari

Yogeswari is the founder and president of AZAHAR Foundaton. Based at Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York, Yogeswari is a world-renowned Jivamukti Yoga teacher and is one of the most senior teachers in the method. She is known for her vigorous and seamless Vinyasa sequencing, as well as for her thought-provoking philosophical teachings. Yogeswari is Advanced Certified in the Jivamukti Yoga Method, and has taken many Jivamukti Certified Teachers through one-on- one apprenticeships towards their 800-hour certification. She has assisted and co-taught Jivamukti Teacher Trainings with Sharon Gannon and David Life in Germany, India, Costa Rica and the US.

Yogeswari is featured as one oft he 100 most influential Yoga teachers in the US by Sonima. She brings with her a 20-year background in choreography and dance. She was the founder, director and choreographer of KOO Dance Company from 1984-92, and of AZAHAR Dance Company from 1992-97. She holds an MA in choreography and dance from New York University and BFA Magna cum Laude in dance from Temple University, Philadelphia. Born in Switzerland, she teaches in five languages.

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