About Us

Yog Foundation is an award-winning registered charity (No. 1185740) based in Bexley which seeks to bring the local British Hindu, British Indian and wider Bexley communities together to improve community cohesion and inclusivity, serve the vulnerable, celebrate diversity and improve the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing for all.

Over the last five years, the charity has quickly become a nationally recognised organisation through activities and initiatives to help promote and maintain our rich cultural heritage -all of which a completely free of charge. This has included:

- celebrating over 40 festivals in 5 years attracting more than 5,000 attendees
- over 100 children attending weekly moral value classes that teach and promote values such as kindness, compassion, generosity and love
- 6 week Indian Classical Vocal Music course attended by 30 children weekly
- Weekly Hindi and Gujarati languages classes attended by 90 children
- More than 100 children and adults have learned to either dance, sing, play an instrument or create art and showcase these at our events celebrating festivals
- Mental health conference attended by over 600 people
- Health and Wellbeing seminar attended by over 500 people where we raised awareness for diseases such as diabetes
- Raised thousands for charities such as Royal Society for Blind Children, Greenwich & Bexley Hospice, Kailash Satyarthi Foundation and others.
- COVID-19 response by helping local foodbanks and an outreach programme to those who are vulnerable
- Yoga classes reaching over 400 people and 500 different people joining mindfulness & meditation.

View all our current activities here: https://www.yog.foundation/activities

We are also passionate about servicing the needs of the wider community be it the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged. Our mission is to establish a centre to further bring the community together to do good and for promoting the modern relevance of Vedic traditions and culture, particularly among future generations.

Awards & Recognition

Yog Foundation was a Winner at the London Faith and Belief Community Awards 2019. There were over 120 projects up for awards so it was a great achievement for Yog be a category winner for Promoting Inclusion. The award was presented by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant, Sir Kenneth Olisa. This accolade is a testament to the hard work put in by all Yog volunteers - all in the name of seva.

History

Originally known as Soor Seva, since 2014 the group was primarily engaged in serving devotional music and bhajans to the community during various festivals and occasions. Then, following the guidance and blessings of Acharyashree Koshalendraprasadji to innovate and reach out to the younger generations and support the more disadvantaged sections of society, we expanded to organise important initiatives such as Moral Values classes for children, Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness and Indian festival celebrations such as Republic Day, Diwali and Maha Shivratri – all for free.

As our activities reached thousands of people and hundreds of families of Hindu or Indian descent, the need for a more focused, proactive and formally organised approach to meet the needs of a fast-growing section of the Asian community became apparent. In fact, at the Republic Day event in 2016, the community consultation revealed a strong demand for a dedicated centre for expanding our activities – including a local place of worship for Hindus. To further advance these aims, we were formally incorporated as Yog Foundation and registered as a UK charitable organisation in 2018.

Future Plans

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SoorSeva

Yog Foundation’s music group comprises of youths who have benefitted from music training in Western contemporary and South Asian Classical Music. SoorSeva regularly organises free events to promote the appreciation of traditional music and encourage young people to engage in the learning, develop confidence and performing of arts and music.

The Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

The Board of Trustees are responsible for oversight of the Charitable Organisation and Executive Committee looks after the day to day management.

The Chief Executive is Mr Chetan Halai.

Read about our mandir project