At Karuna we design global experiences using yoga and compassion (‘karuna’) as a tool for transformational travel. We do this by hosting individuals in geographically diverse and small community settings around the world to promote travel with cultural understanding and shared well-being. Our mission is to work upon a larger global storyline to contribute well-being and sustainable community tools in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 and 11.
Founders Leyla Meredith and Payal Gori have led their own transformational travel journeys before founding Karuna Yoga Journeys. Leyla’s prior work included adventure tourism, leading for 6 years a premiere yoga safari company in Uganda, becoming transformed by a culture she fell in love with. Payal transformed her previous career in 2014 from biotechnologist to yoga teacher at the age of 24. Together in 2017, they trained over 500 students in 9 countries.
Karuna’s impact is reached collectively through training on Karuna Yoga Journeys but also through the Karuna Global Fellows who incorporate the inclusive and diverse teaching model in their global communities after they complete their journey. Karuna Global Fellows offered over 250 hours of yoga sessions to vulnerable and isolated communities in 2017.
The Karuna ethos is to welcome individuals of all levels and strives to make it accessible to everyone no matter age, physical limitations or socio-economic status to access yoga through trainings, workshops, community days or no-cost sessions for those most in need.
In 2018 journeys will be offered in Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, Northern Cyprus, India and Denmark.
A partnership in 2018 with Innodriven, a global service design agency, allow Karuna to grow the business model with positive impact focused on creating a movement of yoga enthusiasts with local impact.