PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Mike Green
 
Comments: 11
Article views: 874
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Mike Green's badges.
 

The rise of yoga in South Africa

16 July 2014, 08:41

The yoga craze has slowly spread all over the world, and South Africa is certainly no exception. From its humble beginnings in the 1940’s with Swami Sivananda, to the dozens of yoga centers in Cape Town today, South Africa has truly embraced yoga as a part of its regular lifestyle. In fact, yoga is becoming so popular globally it has spurred the rise of international yoga fashion , and even http://www.news24.com/Technology/News/App-finds-yoga-classes-wherever-you-are-20130415">apps for your smartphone.

We all know yoga as the ancient physical and mental practice that has taken the western world by storm.  Historically, South Africa saw a rise in yoga teachers during the 1960s. Many people also left the country in order to learn more about the art. The last five decades have brought both native and foreign gurus into South Africa who have now formed their own yoga schools and organizations.

Even the Dalai Lama has visited and taught about the principles of yoga in Durban, where the rise of yoga started more than seven decades ago. Yoga has already been deeply rooted into the modern South African tradition, and many locals are now realizing the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of the tradition.

There’s no shortage of locations to practice yoga - many centers can be found in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Aside from the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southern Africa, you may also find the South African School of Yoga which practices the Satyananda Yoga tradition, the ever popular bikram yoga, or hot yoga, and its many variations.

Yoga in South Africa is not only about the actual practice, however, as many schools also try and influence their followers through its philosophy. Some institutions even encourage charity work as well as pilgrimages to India for personal growth. Other volunteer yogis have used the exercise as a rehabilitation technique, visiting the Pollsmoor Correctional Facility to conduct yoga sessions for the inmates – often resulting in dramatic improvement.

 Each school has a different method of teaching, so those who are interested in experiencing yoga might need to do a little research before enrolling or committing to one type of practice.

With many yoga masters accepting South Africa as their home, locals can expect their influence to rise throughout the years. Yoga in South Africa, at this point, can no longer be considered as a trend, but as a solid part of the country’s culture and as an adopted lifestyle.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Fired up
Leftist-Liberalism often the anti...

It’s difficult to fathom ivory-tower academic Wilmot James’s objections to the Democratic Alliance’s value charter with its emphasis on values in context of the family.  Read more...

2 comments 37 views
Submitted by
DesertGirl
Namibia must prepare for loadshed...

Namibians will have to prepare for the country's first ever possible load shedding, the boss of that national power utility, Paulinus Shilamba has announced.  Read more...

3 comments 469 views
Submitted by
PeterTracey
Captain’s log: Windhoek

Fortuitously I found myself in Windhoek, Namibia for a few days this week. Read more...

5 comments 712 views
Submitted by
Anton Dekker
What a great compasionate nation ...

We are so caring, it brings a tear to my eye! Read more...

19 comments 465 views
Submitted by
Thamsanqa D. Malinga
It's absolute cow dung sir

I don’t follow Minister Fikile Mbalula on any social media platform nor do I support his party.  Read more...

5 comments 579 views
Submitted by
Peter Currie983
How could they?

After watching a progam on DSTV (Carte Blanche) about elderly abuse I was shocked for two reasons. Read more...

9 comments 529 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.