Yoga for Bhopal Week 2020: A Short History of Yoga for Bhopal

With Yoga for Bhopal Week just over a month away – September 21st to September 27th – today we are looking back to how the Yoga for Bhopal program got started and the individuals and studios around the country that have been involved in the past few years.

If you would like more information about Yoga for Bhopal Week, you can find details on the history of the Bhopal Medical Appeal, our Fundraising Guide and all resources for running an event for the Yoga for Bhopal program here 

You can also visit the Yoga for Bhopal page on our website:

Yoga For Bhopal

Meaghan Delahunt

The Yoga for Bhopal program was founded by Meaghan Delahunt, a yoga instructor and author, who first visited Bhopal 20 years ago. After witnessing the use of traditional yoga techniques at our Sambhavna clinic for the treatment and rehabilitation of gas survivors, Meaghan began running yoga events in the UK to fundraise for the centre. The Yoga for Bhopal program started in February 2017, when Meaghan ran a workshop for Bhopal at her yoga studio in Edinburgh.

Meaghan Delahunt, founder of Yoga for Bhopal

33rd Anniversary Events

In that same year following Meaghan’s first Yoga for Bhopal event, yoga instructors and studios across the UK joined the Yoga for Bhopal program to fundraise for Bhopal. During the week of the 33rd anniversary in 2017, events took place all over the country. Some of the instructors who ran events for us included:

Adele Robertson, Pilton, Somerset

Dr. Laura Potts, Yoga for All York,  York

Emma Rattenbury, Sheffield Iyengar Yoga Centre

Abigail Peck, IsleofYoga, Isle of Wight

Lorraine Close, Santosa Yoga and Meditation, Edinburgh

The Santosa Yoga and Meditation Centre, Edinburgh

34th and 35th Anniversaries

In the past two years the program has continued to grow, with events taking place year-round. Many of those who had joined for the 33rd anniversary continued to run regular events, while a number of new members joined us for the 34th and 35th anniversaries, including:

Becky Crepsley-Fox, More Yoga Studio, Haringey, London

Marion Gilsenan, Red River Yoga, Navan, County Meath, Ireland

Erling, IsleofYoga, Isle of Wight

Helen Clay, Sheffield Iyengar Yoga Centre

The Bath Iyengar Yoga Centre

Emma Rattenbury runs a workshop at the Iyengar Yoga Centre, Sheffield

Yoga for Bhopal Week 2020

Many of these instructors and studios have already signed up to participate in Yoga for Bhopal Week 2020, and we would like to thank them all for their support these past few years and all the hard work they continue to put in for the people of Bhopal. We are pleased to announce that we already have a number of new signups for Yoga for Bhopal Week 2020, including several instructors in our hometown of Brighton. We will be sharing all the details of the events and locations soon – we hope to see you at one of our workshops!

Contact Us

If you are interested in running a Yoga for Bhopal fundraiser for Yoga for Bhopal Week 2020, either online or while observing social distancing measures, please do get in touch. You can contact us at admin@bhopal.org or on +44 (0)1273 603278. We would love to help and can work with you to ensure it is a safe fundraiser for the current restrictions the UK has in place and help publicise the event online.

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.