ABOUT THE FILM
Township Yogi is a Green Shoot Films production. The documentary is filmed in KwaMashu and Inanda, KwaZulu Natal, townships riddled with crime and unemployment, and where many of the population are suffering from HIV and Aids, and where Whoonga is destroying communities and lives. Research has shown that the practice of yoga helps boost immune system activity, reduces stress, improves muscle tone, combats wasting and slows the progression of HIV/Aids. Because of controlled breathing and relaxation in yoga, it benefits TB patients, and it’s mind-body benefits assist young children in developing inner strength and self-knowledge, helping them make positive changes and decisions in their lives.
The documentary follows the setup of grassroots yoga studios in Inanda and KwaMashu, with the assistance of qualified yoga teachers from Durban.
It traces the establishment of yoga classes and the attitude/involvement of the community – in places where the majority of people have never heard of 'yoga’ -
The film focusses on six people from Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma townships, who are selected to participate in yoga teacher training courses, and follows them, as they use yoga to help them transform their lives. The documentary also explores what ripple effect this has in some of the poverty-stricken, HIV, Whoonga and crime-ridden communities in which they live.
Through footage and interviews we go into the lives of the six township residents, for who – as long as they can remember - life has been heartbreakingly hard. They share their fear of Whoonga crime and violence, the effects of high unemployment on the country, and of HIV/Aids in their own lives, and in their communities. Visuals will poignantly illustrate the stark poverty of townships, overcrowded cemeteries, and the effects of HIV/Aids and unemployment as they claim lives, jobs and hope. The changes in their lives will be highlighted as they embark on a journey of learning yoga – and learning to teach yoga – and we will uncover the effects that this has on them, their families and their wider township communities.