the kokoro project

formerly known as exhale foundation

In gratitude to the gifts we have received from the universe, having a roof over our heads, food on the table and being able to spread our love of yoga, mindfulness & reiki, we actively seek out non-profit organisations, social enterprises, disabled or underprivileged communities that can benefit from our services. In particular, our focus is on the special needs community, kids through teens with ASD & Down Syndrome, as well as senior citizens and people with mental health challenges.

The key objective is to develop and grow outreach complementary healing programs for beneficiaries who can benefit most, in a sustainable and impactful way. The funds are used for subsidized payment for teachers or healing practitioners to conduct the programs with beneficiaries as well as purchase of props or equipment.

Our dream is for the day when an individual who has benefited from our program pays it forward to his/her own community, coming full circle, and becoming an inspiration to all
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No. of organisations supported

104

No. of yoga & reiki sessions provided

2620

Funds raised (S$)

why kokoro?

Kokoro – unites the notions of heart, mind, and spirit – with all three elements as being indivisible from one other. By extension, kokoro refers to all human activities affecting the outside world through intention, emotion, and intellect. There is no single English word that encapsulates this, neither is there any that adequately explains other Asian languages for “heart” – Chinese (xin) and Thai (jai).

Our hope in igniting these projects is to develop an inclusive, compassionate society from our heart center, our essence, with no boundaries uniting heart, mind & spirit.

Our projects

Here are some of our past and current projects

reikiclinic

Reiki Student Clinic

To support the mental and emotional well-being of our community, we are offering Pay-as-you-wish Reiki sessions to anyone who may be going through a stressful time, experiencing feelings of anxiety or frustration, and may not be able to pay for the help they need. These sessions are facilitated by trained Reiki practitioners from exhale who are volunteering their time for this worthy cause. All proceeds are donated – beneficiaries include PAVE (helping individuals affected by family violence) and HealthServe (supporting migrant workers). Find out more

Sep 2020 to date

Yoga from the heart

Yoga from the heart

In response to the growing uncertainties with the pandemic, we rounded up the community to provide online donation-based yoga classes. This allowed people who may have been affected financially to continue to practice yoga from the comfort of their home. At the same time, all proceeds were donated to food charities which were affected by reduced donations at a critical time. The beneficiaries chosen were Food from the heart and the soup kitchen Willing Hearts.

Jan-Jun 2020

community

10 days of community

As part of our ethos to pay it forward, we gathered a group of beautiful souls to facilitate different yoga, meditation & reiki sessions. We hope that with minimal a drop-in rate of $10, this will allow pple who don’t normally have access to such classes to join us. Our intent is that the benefits we have received from these practices are paid forward to the under-served communities.

July 2019

Yoga for mental health

Yoga for mental health

This program involved weekly yoga sessions at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Singapore. These voluntary sessions were facilitated on-site for a specific ward over a few months. This allowed the patients the opportunity to experience a combination of breathwork and foundation yoga poses within a controlled group setting.

2017

Project Access

Project Access

In collaboration with Kidspace Learning Place & Rare Disorders Society (Singapore), we brought home-based learning & therapy services for children with rare diseases! Many of these home-bound kids have life threatening rare diseases and miss out on access to learning and wellness programs that kids their age usually enjoy. With the massage & energy therapy sessions, this can help provide a better quality of life for these little warriors.

2016

poj

Playground of Joy

Collaboration with Playground of Joy to deliver 21-weeks Integrated Program for special needs kids and teens, combining yoga, art & music therapy. Students learnt basic yoga poses with breathing techniques, gradually combining them into sun salutation and eventually supporting each other in partner poses.

Parents were delighted on the improved focus & concentration, better psycho-motor skills and overall eagerness to come to class every week!

2015

How can you help ?

Reach out to us! Whether you're a non-profit organisation who would like to introduce yoga or reiki sessions to your beneficiaries, or a trained yoga teacher/ reiki practitioner who is keen to volunteer your time for worthy causes

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