Yoga benefits kids

2019-05-21 06:00
Children in under-resourced communities are taught to practice yoga to achieve peace and mindfulness.

Children in under-resourced communities are taught to practice yoga to achieve peace and mindfulness.

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With yoga becoming a worldwide phenomenon, much of the world will be celebrating International Day of Yoga (IDY) on 21 June, and the Earthchild Project will have even more of a reason to celebrate.

Earthchild Project, which works in Lavender Hill and Khayelitsha, has been identified as the beneficiary to receive a portion of the money raised by Joelle Sleebos and The Dharma Project’s yoga day efforts.

The collaborators celebrated a successful yoga day event last year, so much so that they were able to organise another one this year, which will take place at 14 Hope Street in Gardens.“We are honoured to be chosen as the beneficiaries for IDY once again and are deeply grateful for all of the support that Joelle Sleebos and Dharma Project give to our organisation,” said Carly Appleby communications and marketing manager at the project.

“We are so proud to be a part of an event that celebrates yoga and brings it to the Cape Town community in an affordable and accessible way, educating people about yoga and holistic living.”

Sleebos, the well-known international yoga instructor, shares the same views as Earthchild and The Dharma Project, with regards to yoga, and chose the initiative as the beneficiary as a result of being a longstanding representative for Earthchild and supporting its aims.

According to Appleby, the practice of yoga is beneficial for the children in the communities they serve. “Many of the children whom we work come from challenging home environments where they are at risk of abuse, neglect, gangsterism and violence.

“Through yoga, mindfulness and meditation, we offer an inner refuge from these challenges, equipping children with practical life-skills and knowledge in how to be healthy, confident and resilient.”

In an effort to raise as much money as possible for the project, which teaches yoga and life lessons, organisers have decided to celebrate the yoga day on Saturday 22 June and host two four-and-a-half hour sessions. The sessions will run from 08:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 18:30 where the public will have access to the mega yoga class, yoga workshops, a yoga market and a raffle with many great prizes to be won.

Reiterating the beneficial effects of the practice, Appleby said that anyone who has practiced yoga before will know the peace and calm that it can bring into their lives, and encourages all to attend the event.

V To secure a spot at the International Day of Yoga, visit https://www.joellesleebos.com or buy a “ticket for a friend”, which will be given to people that do not have the means to buy a ticket. You can choose to donate to Earthchild Project (http://earthchildproject.org) by selecting the donation that you prefer, from R50 to R1000.

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