AHYMSIN around the Globe
Trinidad and Tobago
by Tricia Lai Tan
Yoga Meditation Society of Trinidad and Tobago (YMSTT).
The YMSTT has been a member of the AHYMSIN family since its inception. We are a registered non-profit organization, incorporated since 1989 under the Act of Parliament no.7; and attained charitable status in February 2016. Lead by our Administrator and Initiator, Alexander Benjamin, (Alex Bhai) we have been in existence for over 40 years.
The Society has been teaching integrated hatha yoga at approximately twenty (20) venues across the country for over 25 years. With almost 50 % of our tutors being certified and comprising of over 100 initiates who have been practicing disciplines, prescribed by the tradition, such as Surya Sadhana and the Purification Festival since 1987.
Prior to the Purification Festival this year, from March 15th to May 20th, we participated in chanting Om tare tut tare ture swaha, and Mahamrytum mantras for the alleviation of Covid-19.
Due to the Covid- 19 pandemic, our classes have been suspended; but we continue to conduct classes via Zoom and Facebook.
The construction of our headquarters’ second floor has made tremendous progress earlier this year. It comprises of eighteen apartments, two porches and an external Havan Kund for Surya Pooja. However, due the Covid-19 pandemic construction had to be suspended. The ground floor is completed and is used for classes, training, seminars, meetings etc.
We are affiliated with the local International Day of Yoga committee, in conjunction with the High Commission of India. YMSTT’s main contribution to the IDY is by conducting 108 Surya Namaskars.
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