“You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ― Brené Brown
I had the privilege of assisting at one of the Township Yogi classes held in Inanda last Saturday, and WOW what a humbling, inspiring experience.
There were about 30 students ranging from 5 to 65 years old, mostly men and teenagers.
I was blown away by the level of dedication from the budding new yogis and the degree of focus held throughout the class.
It was beautiful to watch how as the class unfolded the students softened and the divide between us (the teachers) and them seemed to fade. It felt as if as they relied on us for guidance and assistance, they became more open and vulnerable, creating space for a little light to shine through.
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”
― Brené Brown
This reminded me of Brené Brown’s inspiring insights on vulnerability (watch her Ted Talk here) and how ““Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” And maybe that’s exactly what we need here in South Africa… to really show up for each other, let ourselves be seen and start relying on each other a little more.
I can’t wait to see how the process unfolds as Elle (Green Shoot Films) and her team follow the lives of some of the students and their transformation through the practice of yoga over the coming months.
Thank you yoga for being the birthplace of creativity and change. Let’s bridge the gap and rebuild the connection, one asana at a time.