I am so excited to be getting involved in this amazing initiative, headed up by Producer Elle Matthews from Green Shoot Films, an eco-friendly film production company.
Township Yogi is a documentary about changing the lives of HIV Aids sufferers in KwaZulu-Natal through the power of yoga. Research shows that South Africa has the highest incidence of Aids in the world, and nearly 40% of the HIV Aids population live in townships in KwaZulu-Natal.
The documentary will be shot over 6 months and will follow the lives of five people living in Inanda township as they embark on a journey of transformation through the practice of yoga.
This will be the catalyst for establishing yoga studios within townships and to further train locals so that they can go out and teach yoga to the people suffering in their communities. This is exactly what we need here in SA!
Christine Withiel from the Jivananda Centre (featured in the trailer above) will be training the initial 5 students to be documented in the film. Also, we have already begun teaching weekly classes at community centres in Inanda township.
If you’d like to support this initiative, please take a look at the Township Yogi Indiegogo page.
“Township Yogi opens a window into the hopelessness and despair that comes with township living today, but also shines a light on the hope that can come from change through yoga.”