The Sharanam Yoga Project; a Mission to Heal Globally

Sharanam Yoga Project

The Sharanam Yoga Project, a mission to address trauma and create individual + collective healing opportunities

Sharanam Yoga project is a yoga service initiative aiming to give greater access to the healing benefits of yoga and meditation to impoverished communities and trauma survivors.

In the Fall 2018, we will kick off a 14-month journey across 7 countries of South America, Africa, Asia & Europe. We aim to settle for 8 weeks in each destination and partner with local non­-profit organizations already acting social justice to offer yoga to vulnerable communities – with the goal of making tangible differences in the hearts and minds of children and adults alike.

Join us in action, contribute to our crowdfunding campaign #LifeInEveryBreath

The Joyful Approach collaboration

The Joyful Approach loves meeting human’s that are concerned with creating greater impact in our world. Learning about Ludovic and Charlotte’s extraordinary mission was inspiring and impactful. We support them on this beautiful important journey and ask the Joyful community to have a look into this wonderful project and help support Charlotte and Ludovic with their purpose to help heal  globally

 During their 14-month social impact journey,they will work with a wide variety of vulnerable populations in the following destinations:

  • France (their home country): refugees, prisoners, and at risk youth
  • Kenya: women victims of domestic violence & low income communities
  • South Africa: poor black communities, disadvantaged youth, and incarcerated populations.
  • Mexico: incarcerated women and their innocent children who were born and live in prison
  • Nicaragua: street children in the slums and low income communities
  • Peru: vulnerable families and women victims of domestic violence & sexual abuse
  • India: children & families from begging communities
  • Nepal: social orphans & impoverished communities

Your contribution will help Charlotte and Ludovic sustain their life of service on the road and to:

  • Secure a safe space to offer the class and find necessary equipment (mats, blankets, bolsters, blocks)
  • Provide for  basic lodging, meals, and daily transportation
  • Travel between destinations
  • Promote and document our programs and social impact

Living a life dedicated to social justice and activism can be challenging.

Self-care is a vital part of sustaining this important and potent work. They will be giving and holding spaces for students but in order to do so, they  must themselves  be energized, restful, and healthy!

You will be employing them to do this great work in the world, and they take that sacred commitment seriously.

Any amount will be greatly appreciated:

Please contribute here 

The Benefits of Yoga

Sharanam Yoga Project offers trauma-informed and mindfulness-based yoga programs to a wide variety of vulnerable populations who don’t usually have access either for financial or social reasons. Each program is tailored to the specific needs of the participants – from school yoga programs that give kids the tools to focus their minds, to classes that unite people who have sustained injury or illness, or who are coping with the long-­term effects of trauma, violence, abuse and neglect.

The yoga practice has both physical and mental benefits. Yoga teaches to control the breath and therefore reduces anxiety and releases stress.

Through the flow of movement, yoga reacquaints people with their body, helping them to regain ownership and increasing self-acceptance. Yoga also teaches values, including non-harming others as well as one self, and in a subtle way changes the pattern of the mind from a destructive one to a more productive one. Hence, by helping to regain control over one’s bodies, minds, and lives, yoga can give people affected by addiction, incarceration, chronic stress and depression the tools to heal and respond to new challenges in a healthier way.


About Charlotte

Charlotte is originally from France and has been calling New York City home since 2014. Everyday, she swaps her business attire (she is Customer Engagement Manager at an e-commerce company) for a more grounded approach to life… in bare feet! Her yoga mat is where she finds energy and mind space no matter where life takes her. Her quest for knowledge, passion for healthy living, and deep desire to be of service to others led her to become a yoga teacher and ayurvedic health counselor. She believes that the practice of yoga (asana + focused breathing + meditation) is a platform for individual and collective growth and wants to help students make their time on and off the mat more engaging and purposeful.
Charlotte is honored to be a 300-hour certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher + KRI Level 1 certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher. She is also trained in yoga for trauma survivors with Hala Khouri (from Off the Mat, into the World) and with Anneke Lucas (from Liberation Prison Yoga) and is currently studying Ayurveda with Dr Naina Marballi.

About Ludovic

Ludovic is a third culture kid. Born off French parents, he was raised between Africa and Italy, started a career as a creative and business entrepreneur in the Middle East, then moved to New York City in 2014 to be exposed to what he likes most – cross cultural connections.
Ludovic is a social change agent, using documentary photography, acting, and the practices of yoga to create conscious, sustainable personal and community transformation.
His yoga classes are designed to cultivate self-awareness and inspire students to open up to the world grounded in compassion and to fully awaken interconnectedness.
He emphasizes hands-on asana assists to learn to move through discomfort and pain, strengthen and free the body, and invite the transformative power of Yoga.
Ludovic is a 300-h certified Jivamukti yoga teacher. He is also trained in trauma informed yoga with Anneke Lucas (from Liberation Prison Yoga) and will be taking the trauma­-sensitive yoga training led by David Emerson and Jen Turner at Kripalu Center in April.

What feels most Joyful at the moment?


Charlotte: These days, life has been providing me with an opportunity to grow in a new direction. I deeply enjoy going through this graceful and very purposeful transition and taking notice of all the possibilities that slowly open up. I am fortunate to be able to grow together with my partner – it keeps us on our toes


Ludovic: What feels most joyful at the moment if the freedom and authenticity that I get by following my life purpose, by sharing this unique adventure with my partner Charlotte and by receiving so much support from our community.