Madrassah-Tul-Badelieyah (MTB), a non-profit organisation (NPO) concluded Women’s Month with an important message. They celebrated women by launching yoga sessions at the MTB centre on Saturday 24 August.Based in Hanover Park, MTB is a community hub that runs various community upliftment programmes for the young and old. They say they do not discriminate against race or religion. The annual event was not only attended by women from Hanover Park but also by women as far as Bonteheuwel and Mitchell’s Plain.According to Adlija Holt, the NGO’s project manager, the event was all about celebrating women and the role they play in the community. She said women go through a great number of challenges and they need, now and then, to have their spirits lifted.“Today we are here to educate and uplift one another while having a fun and beautiful time. This is our time to encourage each other and also laugh,” she explained.Addressing the women briefly, she encouraged them to unite wherever they are.“Women should come together – united we stand, divided we fall,” she emphasised.Explaining the addition of yoga to benefit women in the centre, she said she experienced the benefits of it first hand. She added that it would be selfish of her not to introduce it to other women even if it is once or twice a week. It will be free of charge.“I experienced the benefits. I found it absolutely necessary to implement it in our lives. It assists us in our daily lives and business. “The breathing technique is very important and it helps,” she explained.She explained the NGO will formulate a partnership with a professional instructor who will conduct classes in the Madrassa.Joining in the event and socialising with other women were Mitchell’s Plain and Bonteheuwel residents, Gadija Bester and Faldielah Fredericks. Fredericks revealed she attends the event every year because it gives her time to be with women from other areas. “I brought other women from my community also because they have nowhere to go. They are always in Bonteheuwel. They never get out of the area,” she shared.She said the event is important because it appreciates women for the work they do in their families.For Bester, the part that excited her the most about the event was the yoga sessions. She is a self-proclaimed fitness enthusiast and said she uses her own fitness methods to keep healthy and fit.The Portland resident revealed she suffers from hypertension but said she is not dependant on medication. She does take it but does not always rush to swallow a pill every time she feels sick. She encouraged other women to always take walks, opt to get off a taxi from a distance and head to their destination by feet. She said as women they need to stand tall and enjoy life.“Women must not let their children stress them out. Have a positive attitude towards life. We must recognise our worth as women, we have a lot of strength,” she said. V For more information call 021 371 5327.