Shakti Yoga Therapy Centre Fundraiser November 2019
Nov 2, 2019 @ 12:30 am – 2:30 pm
Shakti Yoga Therapy Centre Fundraising Yin Yoga Event
Raising funds for three young Yogis to complete their 300 level Hatha teacher training qualification. The fundraiser is in collaboration with:
DJ Fikile “Fix” Moeti
Kylie Coleman, owner of The Breathe Easy
Wellness in Motion
One of my Aerial and Yin Teacher Training students from the UK, Anna told me about a project she had been involved in with through a charity called OASIS and asked if I could possibly help out. She was returning to the UK at the end of June 2019 after working with them for almost a year and wanted the work she had started at Cosmo City to continue.
I suggested that rather than relying on another volunteer to come in, to let us equip the Peer Educators to teach themselves and their OASIS colleagues yoga. This would ensure that the yoga program continued indefinitely and could become more accessible to the township residents. I asked Anna to identify two possible candidates who would be able to complete the teacher training course before her return to the UK and she suggested that Loveness and Thelma attend the 300 level training which started in July 2019. I also met Sibongile, a school teacher in Cosmo City, who was asking for help with her large group of primary school kids and suggested she complete the kids yoga teacher training in December.
Their backstories are truly heartbreaking and it is my sincere wish that they find healing for their past traumas and inner strength through the process of becoming a yoga teacher. Below is a bit more information about the organisation that the three woman I mentioned above work for:
Oasis in South Africa is movement of change Agents – small, diverse groups of people who are committed to the health of our communities, our own growth and one another. We inspire, equip and sustain, to lives of love and hope, while creating opportunities for others to join us.
Oasis South Africa is a nation-wide organisation consisting of locally-based groups each committed to empowering and serving the wider community in which it is based. Rather than being a ‘development’ NGO, Oasis sees itself as a membership-driven organisation, with members in each location mobilising to overcome the challenges they face through mutual support and by building on existing community assets.
Oasis South Africa’s NGO activities are centred around the upliftment of young people through youth-led programmes. We firmly believe that young people have the agency, recourses and capacity to take charge of transformation, within their own lives and the lives of those they encounter. Our model recognises the assets young people have and provides access to responsibilities serving as catalysts for empowerment, built on dignity and increased agency. All Oasis change-agents within schools, on the sports field and in our community structures, are led, coordinated and operated by young people from the community. The strategy to engage young men and women is built on a value-based approach that is inclusive, longitudinal, asset-based and integrated. Globally Oasis has Anti-Human trafficking initiatives. After research done in SA, we decided to focus on the sex-work industry itself. Greenlight is an initiative that builds relationships with commercial sex-workers in order to create awareness of their Sexual Health and Human Rights. It also offers 20 Sex-workers an opportunity to become part of the Oasis team as Peer Educators.
BABY BRIDGE THE GAP
This program was designed and led by teachers from MTAT. It’s a learning centre in Cosmo City for undocumented migrant children, who are excluded from formal education. Learning at the centre includes numeracy, literacy, life skills and basic computer training.