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13 Oct - Former Olavian & Dragon's Den

Corkyogis

Some of you may have watched former Olavian, Lara Sengupta, as she entered her CorkYogis in the Dragons’ Den last Sunday evening. Lara’s ethical yoga business has created ethical, natural cork yoga mats in a mission to use yoga to empower women worldwide. We were most impressed by the strong social angle that seeks to change lives for women in North India. Her company supports education and employment of human trafficking survivors in Kolkata, India by donating to vocational training courses. For every yoga mat that is sold they donate to either a sewing course or a literacy course and then provide jobs by employing the skilled women to make yoga mat bags. ‘Entering the Den was probably one of the scariest things I have ever done’ says Lara. ‘Going head to head with Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones, and even getting half an offer from Tej Lalvani! It was definitely a crowd-splitter.’ 


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