FREE YOGA CLASSES TO THE TOWNSHIPS
TEACHER TRAINING FOR THE UNEMPLOYED
The Township Yogi Project offers free yoga classes to people living in townships in South Africa. We set up grassroots yoga studios, or find venues in the heart of township communities, and with the help of volunteer yoga teachers, we are able to provide free and regular yoga classes to those living in townships who need it most - including children and the elderly, HIV/Aids and TB sufferers, and those who are victims of crime, violence and unemployment.
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 and helps TB sufferers recover quicker.
Through the practice of yoga, people also learn to care for their bodies and focus on their health, and another aim of the project is to give the children living in townships a sense of purpose and self-awareness, and keep them away from Whoonga and other drugs. Classes are offered to any age group, from young children to elderly people.
In addition to offering free yoga classes, township inhabitants are selected to participate in yoga teacher training courses, offering them skills and a chance at employment. They undergo the standard 200-hour Yoga Teaching Training course, and qualify as accredited yoga teachers.
Some of our township yoga teachers have been blessed by being sponsored by Jim Harrington to go on and do their 500-hour teaching course, with one of their modules taking place in India.
For most of our township teachers, being able to qualify as yoga teachers, and being given the chance to teach yoga and earn an income from doing something valuable for their communities, it's like being given a second chance at life.
Renowned American Actor/Director Blair Underwood is ambassador for the Township Yogi Project.