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INTERVIEW


When people tell us how they’ve changed since doing yoga, and so do their families, we know we’re achieving what we set out to achieve


Is your focus mainly on individuals or the broader township community? At the beginning I saw individual benefits for people – a way of them coping with the social issues in townships. But then I started seeing the potential for yoga to change communities through a ripple effect: the positive effects filtering from individuals into neighbourhoods and then into broader communities. It was just an idea at the time – a belief that this could happen.


And has it? I’d rather not go into that right now, as the documentary is just being finalised. You’ll be able to see all the results for yourself soon! That said, we haven’t tried to quantify


results, although we are now running formal research across a couple of social areas. So far we’re continuing with the


project because people tell us how yoga is helping them change their lives for the better, or because we see small changes happening in communities. We’re not saying it’s directly


attributable to yoga, but when people tell us how they’ve changed since doing yoga, and so do their families, then we know we’re achieving what we set out to achieve with the project.


What are your plans for Township Yogi in the future? We’ll continue with the formula we have: identifying townships where social issues like poverty, crime, violence, unemployment, drug abuse and HIV/Aids are rife. And then we’ll find venues in these areas where we can roll out Township Yogi Project classes: set these up, hand them over to township teachers who qualify through the Township Yogi Project


teacher training, and then move on to the next venue. We’re also looking at establishing


a dedicated yoga centre in Inanda, for which we’ll need to raise funds for the building, ongoing maintenance and operation. But this is a long-term project and we need to reach a lot more provinces and townships before we get there. For now, we’re focused on setting up as many yoga classes as possible, because the demand and need is so great. We’re teaching at schools, in community and church halls, and even in the yards of township teachers. In fact, we’re in the process of setting


up an outdoor yoga studio in the front yard of one of our township teachers, and are fundraising to get the money needed to concrete the yard – it’s just dirt at the moment. He teaches yoga to all the kids in the neighbourhood, trying to keep them off the streets and away


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