Yoga Gembira Community’s
On 26 January, Yoga Gembira celebrated 11th anniversary. Photo courtesy of Yoga Gembira Community/NOWJAKARTA

Every Sunday morning, Yoga Gembira community regularly holds yoga practice for public at Taman Suropati, Menteng, Jakarta, for free. This community invites people of any circles and backgrounds to celebrate the diversity through yoga practice. On 26 January, the community celebrated 11th years of its existence which was enlivened by giving the collected donation to non-profit social institutions. 

Together with WWF-Indonesia, the community gave funds to maintain 11 trees that are adopted by the community through the MyBabyTree program. The trees will be planted at the Ciliwung river basin area as an effort to help the prevention of flood in Jakarta. 

“Yoga Gembira community wants to continue to give positive contribution to the surroundings through a variety of social activities in various fields. This year, our community focuses on contributing to three areas, environment for flood prevention, health which we care about cervical and breast cancer prevention and education. These are the crucial fields in a society.” said Yudhi Widdyantoro, an initiator of Yoga Gembira community. 

This community also helped Lovepink Indonesia, a non-profit organization that focuses on socialisation activities for early detection of breast cancer. Presented a breast cancer survivors, Mitha Purba and Rusyida, this organisation shared their experiences and gave guidances through casual sharing session with the theme Kenali Payudaramu (getting to know your own breast), followed by Dr. Kencana Shinta Moser who invited audience to recognise and care about cervical cancer. The donation was also given for streets children library managed by Jejak Langkah Foundation. 

Established on January 17, 2009, Yoga Gembira community is a group of yoga practitioners who want to bring the values of yoga and its benefits into daily life. This community routinely organizes yoga exercises in open green spaces in an effort to bring yoga practitioners closer to nature, in line with the yoga philosophy that draws inspiration from nature and respects diversity.

This yoga practice is open to the public with a voluntary donation system. The funds collected are then distributed for charity or social purposes. Routinely, the community does exercises every Sunday starting at 07:00 WIB at Taman Suropati (Menteng, Central Jakarta) by inviting yoga teachers from various schools who change every week.

Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.