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The project aims to spread


the peace of yoga into tense township communities


people all around me. I could see the desperation of people sitting on the curb as I drove past, hoping for a job. Or the despair of people I knew who lived in the townships and were victims of crime and violence, or living with the effects of HIV/Aids. I had a deep knowing that they needed to do yoga. I can’t explain it – it was just something I was sure of. At the time I didn’t have any great


dreams about taking yoga into townships throughout South Africa. Even if I only reached a few people, I wanted to be able to share the physical, emotional and spiritual tools that yoga offers, giving people a way of coping with the


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suffering and helping them manage their lives in the townships in a better way. It’s a tough, tense, stressful existence and I just wanted them to know the kind of peace I’d experienced – even if just for one hour a week.


Can anyone attend your classes? Absolutely. We have kids attending from as young as three, right up to ‘gogos’ – elderly women who arrive at class leaning on their canes for support. Everyone and anyone is welcome and classes are free. We just ask them to clean the mats afterwards – or sometimes they’ll sing a special song for the teacher – just as an exchange of energy.


We provide basic yoga clothing for


students – many of them don’t have more than two or three items of clothing to wear, and none of it’s appropriate for yoga – so nobody misses out. Word of mouth plays a big part in


getting people involved. People walk past a hall, see the class happening and ask about it. Many people who attend also come with friends the next week. We put up posters and hand out fl yers the week before a new class is about to begin, and if we’re targeting a new group of people who don’t even know what yoga is, one of the township teachers will come with us when we meet them. They’ll show them a few postures and explain the


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