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By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Once a week, seventy residents of Complexo da Maré favela community gather to practice yoga under the guidance of Ana Olivia Cardoso. A social worker and researcher, Cardoso has spent the last four years living, working and volunteering in Rio and wanted to help residents find tranquility and fitness in the underserved community.

After qualifying as a professional yoga teacher, she set up the class with the help of local NGO Redes da Maré, who provide the space for the practice. It . . .

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