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The main reason the Township Yogi Project works is that it’s brought into the heart of the townships, says Matthews


yoga teachers once they qualify and start teaching their communities. They get R100 a class (about £6). At the moment we need about


R20,000 (£1,200) a month to set up new classes, pay township teachers and train more township students to become qualified yoga teachers. One of our biggest costs is paying for these training courses – they do a full 200-hour training course, which takes about six months, and are SETA registered when they complete it. This cost will only grow as we expand into more provinces and more teachers are qualified, but in terms of international funding it’s a sustainable project.


I believe there’s also a film being made? My husband and I are filmmakers and we could see the potential of amazing stories coming out of the Township Yogi Project. We therefore decided, right at the very beginning, to make a film about it – a documentary that follows the journey of five people in the Inanda


July 2015 © Cybertrek 2015 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


people living in townships and attending yoga classes; some have trained to become Township Yogi teachers. They were chosen because of their personal stories, their life journeys and their commitment to yoga. In addition to its primary goal of


helping with fundraising, we also hope the film will show the power that yoga has to help change lives – hopefully making some government departments sit up and take notice of yoga as a potential tool to help communities.


township – as a way to build awareness and raise funds to sustain expansion into the whole of South Africa. We started filming from the very first class in 2013. The five participants are


Won’t people lose interest once the cameras have gone? Nobody notices the film cameras when they’re sweating in a yoga class, I promise you! The classes have been going for two years now and we film the odd session once every four or five months. We haven’t even filmed some of the schools where the teachers are teaching 60–70 kids at a time. So people are doing yoga because they want to, and they’re continuing because they love the benefits they get from it.


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