Introducing Yoga to rural children

HOEDSPRUIT - Children at Nourish educational centre are benefitting from free weekly yoga classes. Two yoga teachers – Berny Spencer and Helen Skea - have taken on the challenge to bring the practice to local children. Helen says that yoga is a ‘life coping skill’ that has multiple benefits for children including increased brain function.

It also has proven benefits for children on the Autism spectrum. Anyone wishing to learn more about the benefits of yoga for children, can read the article: http://www.yogajournal.com/article/family/yoga-kids/ ‘The children of Nourish have taken to the practice with heart-warming enthusiasm,’ says Berny. They run to greet us when we arrive on Friday afternoons, and they practice with eagerness.

Every week our numbers are growing. The problem is that the children do not have mats to practice on. The floor is hard and uneven, and towels and sheets greatly increase their chances of slipping and injuring themselves. ‘If anyone is willing to donate exercise mats that they are no longer using, please drop them off at Greer Sports & JoburgOnLine in the Fort Copieba Shopping Centre.

We ask that they must please complete the tag supplied in store with a name and email address and tie it around their mat so that we can thank them. ‘If people want to donate money for a mat or just a portion thereof: please deposit it in: Nourish NPO, FNB 62321718324,Hoedspruit. (The reference: YOGA MAT.) Future plans include a workshop for a few of the little ones at the shala (Yoga space) on the Skea farm during the coming July holidays.

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