Problem: COVID-19 crisis is not just immediate problem - it will have long lasting impact on mental health to people all across UK. Various degrees of stress, anxiety, depression due to isolation, job losses, low income, etc. are predicted by experts. Moreover during the crisis a lot of people who needed support - couldn't get it due to limited access to GP, NHS and other mental health support services. Even when these services are re-opening - the demand is high and services are predicted to become overwhelmed. For those people in remote areas it will be even more difficult.
Solution: We want to use the grant to fill this gap by offering a free online wellbeing website to help to cope with these challenges via our Bhakti Yoga Academy project which, with the help of our own certified volunteers and independent wellbeing professionals, systematically provides wellbeing services. Bhakti Yoga Academy will:
1) provide a number of free/voluntary donation-based online services such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, positive thinking sessions and similar services LIVE. We have partnered with a number of certified yoga and meditation professionals which includes our own volunteers and independent partners who are experienced in teaching online. We are prepared to offer 25 sessions per week and hoping to expand further as the project progresses.
2) The website will also offer opportunity to connect with others and experience wellbeing via a sense of community.
Benefits: Yoga and meditation has deep, scientifically proven, effect on our state of wellbeing. It brings peace of mind, clarity, helps to resolve inner conflicts and makes us more resilient to various challenges in life like those presented by the current COVID-19 crisis. We aim to reach all parts of Scotland including the busiest and most remote parts, reaching places where such wellbeing is unavailable or unaffordable. By making our services free we hope to reach a lot of people, who otherwise would not be able to access such services. The advantage of an online service is that it can accommodate large numbers, provided we have the necessary streaming solutions, software and equipment.