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The Ubuntu Yoga Project

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The Ubuntu Yoga Project
The Ubuntu Yoga Project
The Ubuntu Yoga Project
The Ubuntu Yoga Project
The Ubuntu Yoga Project
The Ubuntu Yoga Project
The Ubuntu Yoga Project
The Ubuntu Yoga Project
UBUNTU Yoga comes to Canada!
UBUNTU Yoga comes to Canada!

In order to raise funds for the Ubuntu Yoga deck at Nourish Eco Village, we have set the target of some serious fundraising, to raise around R 100 000 to be able to start covering the costs of building the foundations, roof, storeroom and blinds.. and then start to kit out our commuity based studio with mats, straps, blocks and bolsters... 

At the same time, we are continuing to identify and train young women, nurturing the love of yoga and supporting the skills sharing process. This is happening slowly, but as we all know, Rome wasnt built in a day... and nor is Africa. Valencia is slowly working her way towards accreditation, coming to classes whenever she can and practicing by teaching her colleagues at the place she works. In the meantime we have indentified two other potential Yoga candidates and Jacquie is heading out in the next two weeks for their first Intro to Ubuntu Yoga class. So watch this space. 

In the meantime we have taken the first step towards our building, we have been collecting Eco Bricks ( plastic 2 L containers filled with unrecyclable scrap plastic) and storing them, ready to use them to build our buildings foundation. Also Jacquie has hosted two wonderful Ubuntu Yoga Classes in her home country of Canada. All proceeds from these classes and any sales come straight to the Ubuntu Yoga project, so we are super excited now that she is back, with funds in hand ( and thank you to those that donated via this GlobalGiving platform). 

 

We are ready to get going, so will set out the pegs next week and start digging the foundations, making our dream of a yoga space at the Nourish eco village a reality.. we are already putting together a Yoga Retreat in early September! 

 

Thank you to everyone for your support and for sharing our dream! 

 

Until next time, Namaste

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Our new UBUNTU logo
Our new UBUNTU logo

The Ubuntu yoga project has started off slow and steady... making connections and networking, and starting the necessary fundraising the get the Yoga Pavilion made. 

 

Valencia, a local African woman, is in yoga training at the moment ( on her off days and evenings, since she still has a day job) she is incredibly excited at the opportunity, and her love and passion for yoga are so evident! 

 

We have set up a beatiful logo, symbolic of the relationship between communities and conservation ( a key ethos of Nourish ) the link between poaching and poverty, the energy of body and soul, people and the planet, ubuntu and namaste... The connection and yet two unique identities coming together as one. And in the centre-- of it all-- GRATITUDE. 

 

On that note - thank you all, enjoy our new logo, and lets keep the positive energy and donations rolling in! 

Our reason--for when we forget. beauty & innocence
Our reason--for when we forget. beauty & innocence
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Young yogis in training
Young yogis in training

Despite a slow start to our fundraising campaign, we managed to host a Yoga and Music festival called the Spirit of UBUNTU, and this was really the start of us being able to get yoga grounded at Nourish, and get the funds to buy the first few mats. The festival was held at Nourish Eco Village, over World Peace day, World Rhino Day and Heritage day, and was a special weekend of yoga, meditation, music and cultural dancing, and a beatiful platform for social integration. Many young women from the village accessed yoga for the first time and enjoyed their first Vinyasa Flow yoga class by local teacher Cathrine Harper-Tee from Hoedspruits MarulaMala Yoga Studio. Proceeds from this festival allowed us to buy the first few foam mats we needed to get started, and to start offering the children who come to the Nourish library-- yoga as an afterschool activity. 

 

Last weeks yoga class took place on Friday, during their Sport period for aftercare. Many of these children are from vulnerable families, and come to the Nourish center as a place for a warm healthy meal, security and love and support. After lunch at our feeding scheme and an hour reading the mats were unfurnled, and Jacquie Gauthier - who is helping launch the Ubuntu Yoga Project spend the next hour working the children through a fun, and interactive yoga practice, from grounding poses, to calm breathing, and fun tall stretches... with movement and interpretation, yoga was unlocked for our learners, and what a special experience. 

 

we look forward to hosting weekly yoga classes, and having more space and equipment for these children to engage in the calming and strengthening practice of yoga. But for now, Namaste, and thank you!  

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Nourish

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

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