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OUR MISSION IS TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING, INCOME GENERATION, AND A CULTURE OF PEACE IN THE FAVELAS OF RIO

Yoga na Maré Institute offers a self-care system for the residents of Complexo da Maré and other favelas in Rio de Janeiro through Integrative and Complementary Health Practices (ICHP) such as Yoga, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, aiming to democratize access to these practices and improve people’s quality of life.

COMPLEXO DA MARÉ IS A TERRITORY OF POWER, DIVERSITY AND COMPLEXITY

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COMMUNITIES

Complexo da Maré is one of the biggest favelas groups in Rio de Janeiro, made up of Conjunto Esperança, Vila do João, Conjunto Pinheiros, Vila dos Pinheiros, Novo Pinheiros (Salsa e Merengue), Conjunto Bento Ribeiro Dantas, Morro do Timbau, Baixa do Sapateiro, Nova Maré, Parque Maré, Nova Holanda, Parque Rubens Vaz, Parque União, Parque Roquete Pinto, Praia de Ramos, Marcílio Dias.

47 THOUSAND HOUSES

61.8% of residents have lived in Maré since birth, and 64.3% of the houses in Maré are owned.

140 THOUSAND RESIDENTS

Maré represents more than 9% of the population living in favelas in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Most of these residents are women (51%), black people (62.1%) and young people under the age of 30 (51.9%). Other than that, it has a strong presence of northeasterners, representing 18.3% of the population.

Source: Censo Maré

Source: Censo Maré

HOWEVER, IT STILL FACES SEVERAL SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Even though Maré is characterized by great diversity, its 16 communities face very similar social issues, which causes a decline in the quality of life of its people.
The lack of public policies in the region hinders full access to citizenship rights, such as health, education, culture, sports, income generation, mobility, basic sanitation, among others.
Besides that, the constant violence generates a high degree of stress, suffering, and depression for the residents of Complexo. All of these factors strongly affect the local dynamic and people’s mental and physical health.

EMBRACING, CONNECTION AND SELF-CARE

through Yoga

We know that it is not in our power to solve all of the social and violence problems in Complexo da Maré. This is the government’s and its institutions’ responsibility. However, as an organized civil society, we believe in the power of the collective and in yoga’s transformative potential.
Yoga practice alleviates tension and promotes profound relaxation at a physical, mental, and emotional level. It connects. Renews. Rejuvenates. Rebalances. Nourishes body and soul! 

We aim to promote a culture of peace and care through yoga and Ayurveda, offering multiple activities for health and social well-being, income generation, culture and citizenship, free of charge and/or for a token price.

GET TO KNOW OUR ACTIVITIES

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Yoga Lessons

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Therapy services

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Workshops

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Yoga teacher training

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Outdoor events

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Yoga and meditation retreats

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Movie Club

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Conversation circles

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OUR SOCIAL IMPACT GOES FAR BEYOND NUMBERS

I have been a Yoga na Maré student since 2017, and I looked for the project as an attempt to alleviate the anxiety caused by starting the degree. However, when accessing the yoga space - which goes far beyond a physical space, but of affection - I found welcome, friendship and passion. With Yoga na Maré I found myself as a mind-body-soul - not as a miracle solution to my anxiety problems - but as an important tool for managing emotions. Today I am a trained psychologist and the practice of yoga, even in the ups and downs of life, was a great ally in achieving this dream.

Mirian de Lima Fonseca, 25 years old, psychologist and resident of Maré

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WE ARE PART OF THIS TRANSFORMATION

and so can you

Collaborate and help us bring the benefits

of Yoga for more people! You can

contribute in different ways.

OUR PARTNERS

We believe in the force of the collective for social transformation. In the union and cooperation between people, companies, public institutions, and civil society organizations in favor of a common goal!

Because of that, we are proud of our partner network that we managed to build around Yoga na Maré. Meet some of our partners who believe and contribute to such an important cause!

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Do you want to be part of this network and help us leave a positive legacy in society?

Contact us!

CONTACT US

+55 21 99513-1085

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Edital Ekloos | co.impacto 2023
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