Why We Do It

 “Yoga has been shown to treat problems of feeling alone, abandoned and cast out of society by enabling participants to rebuild a sense of caring, tolerance and interdependent communities in which they are accepted and valued.” 

As you take the time to learn more about Blu Matter Project, someone you know who lives with Depression and/or Bipolar Disorder may have come into your mind: a son, a sister, a mother, an uncle or a friend. In differing manners we are all affected by mental illness.

Studies indicate that the rate of anxiety and depressive disorders over the last 30 years has doubled, especially for children, youth and young adults.  Currently, 1 in 5 young people are living with a mental illness which causes them significant distress.  Depressive disorders are predicted to rise by 50% globally in children and youth by 2020.  If this occurs, mental illness will become one of the five most common causes of mortality, morbidity and disability amongst youth (2).

Evidence suggests that there is a strong physical and mental correlation between a regular yoga practice and an increased sense of mental health (3). By facilitating the development of a regular yoga practice in the lives of our recipients,  Blu Matter Project provides a direct action framework that speaks back to these shocking statistics.

Blu Matter Project is dedicated to raising awareness surrounding the stigma of mental illness by providing our recipients with the opportunity find a sense of balance in their practice of yoga without judgement.  Our second phase, will expand on this mandate by facilitating relationships with community members and local businesses that will mentor our recipients.  This will offer people living with a depressive disorder some “tangible solutions,” like apartment searching and financial advice that may help alleviate daily anxieties. Please visit our upcoming projects section for more information.

1. Zope, SA and Zope RA. (2013). “Sudarshan Kriya Yoga: Breathing for health,” International Journal of Yoga. 6(1) MedKnow. 4-10. 2. Nuffield Foundation (2012) Social trends and mental health: introducing the main findings London: Nuffield Foundation. 3. “Yoga for Anxiety and Depression,” (April 2009) Harvard Mental Health Letter. Boston: Harvard Health Publications.