Using Yoga to Empower Children in Rural Africa

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Using Yoga to Empower Children in Rural Africa
Using Yoga to Empower Children in Rural Africa
Using Yoga to Empower Children in Rural Africa
Using Yoga to Empower Children in Rural Africa
Using Yoga to Empower Children in Rural Africa
Using Yoga to Empower Children in Rural Africa


Children growing up in rural village contexts often lack support in their physical spiritual and emotional growth. They are challenged with regards to body connection and image, and high stress due to poverty education and social contexts. We aim to use Yoga, and the practice of Yoga as a tool to Empower Children in these communities, to develop strong bodies and minds and to use the yogic practices to access an inner happiness which will have a profound impact in their larger home life.

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Children growing up in rural impoverished areas in South Africa often have tough lives, are raised by grandparents or single homes, suffer with HIV, or live on the breadline. Giving children a way to cope with their lives, and socio-economic challenges, and find a way to develop calm, concentration, and connect to their bodies in a safe peaceful space is an important tool. Yoga offers a way for children to exercise, develop, and connect to an inner calm developing happier lives.


Yoga utilises movements, and breathing to connect to your body, be self empowered to take charge of your own body, and access an inner calm. Yoga helps a child develop body awareness, builds muscle and hand eye coordination, but also teaches children to access a sense of calm and peace that they can use when their lives are difficult, or during exams, or high stress social issues.

Long-Term Impact

The long term impact of engaging Rural Children in Yoga practice is to give children and the larger community of Sigagule village and surroudings the skills and tools they need to connect to their bodies, minds and spirits. Develop body confidence, and a sense of confidence in their own being, it instills an importance of health and wellness,& the ripples of acting and thinking in their yogic practice will have a ripple effect on the fabric of this rural community society & its many challenges.



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Location: Hoedspruit - South Africa
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Twitter: @Nourishnpo
Project Leader:
Sarah Bergs
Hoedspruit, South Africa
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