Personal development, of myself and others, has always played a role in my work. I discovered yoga in 2006 as part of my self exploration and decided to delve deeper into it through a teacher training course in 2010. As much as I teach, I continue to be a dedicated yoga practitioner.
My primary efforts at the moment revolve around the yoga eco-system and diverse communities that make up the industry. My work involves supporting the professionalization of the yoga industry, as a part of the broader health and wellness sectors, in order to preserve the integrity of teaching the practice. I currently focus on producing and contributing to programmes and projects that offer yoga in underrepresented spaces, with people who wouldn’t ordinarily have access.
This year (2020), I have contributed to the Yoga Alliance Foundation’s (YA) Emergency Relief Fund Advisory Committee to provide emergency relief funds to the global yoga community (particularly teachers and studios) negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. I have also been an active voice and amplifier in the new Building International Relationships (BIR) initiative, developed by the organisation to enhance the connection between YA and its international members.
We are currently raising US$500,000 to establish an endowment fund to train youth from under-served communities in Africa to become yoga teachers with formidable enterprising skills.
I worked with industry professional body Yoga Alliance (YA) as an Advisor on the community-led Standards Review Project (SRP) to ensure that credentials awarded to members support and uphold yoga principles in the rapidly changing world and evolving practice. I contributed to two working groups, Integrity and Inclusion, as the sole representative of the yoga community in Africa.
I served on a Task Force YA established as a result of the SRP, where the organisation invested in developing content for a new online course on equity in yoga for members to continue their professional education. With this course, YA aims to introduce its members to the issue of inequity in yoga, so that the community can begin to address the root causes that have resulted in many people feeling excluded and under-represented in the practice.
YOGAFRICA serves yoga teachers as recognised professionals of the broader wellness industry, through offering tools to build their knowledge base, their businesses and client community; for commercial growth and sustainability. Through this platform my team and I are working to change the understanding and face of yoga in Africa by joining forces with teachers to take the practice to under-represented spaces with people who wouldn’t ordinarily have access.
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The first step to personal freedom is awareness. We need to be aware that we not free in order to be free. We need to be aware of what the problem is in order to solve the problem. Awareness is always the first step, because if you are not aware, then there is nothing you can change.