Help us bring two deserving Kundalini Yoga teachers from South Africa to New Mexico for Summer Solstice & International Women's Camp!
Yoga4Alex is a non-profit that brings Kundalini Yoga to over 3,000 at-risk youth in a township (known as "Alex" by the locals) of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The students helped by Yoga4Alex receive Kundalini Yoga training to help them overcome the stresses of their lives, and the foundation also trains their teachers, giving local men and women the opportunity to become Kundalini Yoga teachers, deepen their own practice, and give back to the children in need in their community.
3H0 Foundation would like to support Yoga4Alex by bringing 2 of their teachers to participate in Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration and International Women's Camp so that they can immerse themselves in the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and return to their students filled with inspiration and new teachings.
Bongekile and Rose, the two teachers the organization has chosen for their dedication and passion, would not otherwise ever have this opportunity and our community will be greatly enriched by their presence.
Your donations will go to their travel and attendance costs, and will ensure that they have all the camping gear they need. Please help us give them the experience of a lifetime!
Help 3HO Foundation International support these two incredible women...and share our campaign far and wide with your Kundalini Yoga friends!
About Summer Solstice & International Women's Camp
3HO Foundation, the home of Kundalini Yoga, hosts Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration and International Women's Camp each year in Espanola, New Mexico.
A Message from Bongekile:
"My name is Bongekile Nguza but I like people calling me Sia. My mother passed away when I was very young and I never knew my father. Yoga4Alex has been a wonderfully supportive community that has shown me the power of Kundalini yoga. Regular practice has dissolved my loneliness and depression and I am much happier, healthier and holy. In 2015 I started the journey of becoming a Kundalini yoga teacher and I graduated in June 2017. Since 2015 I have given yoga classes to students in the high schools in Alexandra a poor, densely populated suburb in Johannesburg, South Africa. I love seeing school students transform in positive ways as a result of the weekly yoga classes.
In 2017, 2,000 11 and 12 Graders attended our Kundalini yoga and meditation classes as they felt yoga helped them focus, study better and they remain calm during the exams.
Children growing up in Alexandra experience daily challenges that preoccupy them during school and make it difficult for them to focus on their schoolwork. Among the 50 students in the each class there are class bullies who are disruptive and intimidating. Very little learning happens in the first year of high school, which has serious repercussions in later years. In Alexandra two thirds of students drop out of school before 12 Grade. These youngsters struggle to find employment and many turn to crime, alcohol and drugs. Yoga4Alex feels this is a crime against humanity and wants to help Grade 8 students succeed so that they get to 12 Grade.
The other two Yoga4Alex teachers and I give three Kundalini yoga classes each day to Grade 8 and Grade 12 students. This means we give 15 classes a week. Because there are 50 students in a class and no hall to do yoga in, we do chair yoga and focus on meditations. The students say the breathing, mantras and arm asanas help them focus and become calm. One afternoon a week we clear a classroom of desks and give a 90-minute yoga class on the mat.
At one school Yoga4Alex is offering afterschool activities to create healthy alternatives to watching TV or hanging around the streets of Alex. I am passionate about drama. The drama club is very popular with on average 20 Grade 8 students participating each day.
I know how beneficial time on the mat is. Teaching is not the same as participating in a class. So the gift of numerous classes during summer solstice and during women’s camp is very precious. I have not experienced white tantric so I am really excited about doing it for three days. This will be my first time in an airplane and my first time in the USA. I know this journey will expand my understanding of the universe, deepen my faith and make me happy, gentle and strong. I will return to Alexandra ready to hold young students as they complete their school year. I will return radiant and energised to confidently inspire young people to have dreams."
A Message from Rose:
"I have three names. My spiritual name is Varan Daya, my given name is Lindokhule Dhlamini but a lot of people call me Rose. I’m 20 years old and live in Soweto which is the biggest township in South Africa. Growing up I experienced a lot of trauma due to the circumstances in our family which showed in me as insecurity, anger and depression. I was introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 2015 at Yoga4Soweto and began practicing regularly, and started to see a difference in the way I was coping with my life. In 2016 I had the privilege to study with Balprem Kaur and Sahib Kaur and became a qualified Sat Nam Kids Kundalini Yoga teacher. This process connected me with my inner child, that I didn’t even remember was there.This was a very big turning point for me and opened my eyes to see things in a very different way, and also made me realise that I have natural talent for teaching kids. I first started teaching from my house and it grew very quickly, because the kids loved it, and their parents could see the value in what I was doing. This gave me confidence, and now I also teach kids at Snake Park Community Centre, Soweto Backpackers, Mofolo Park, Ekhaya Park and Bubblegum Club. In April this year I did a 5 Day HIV Training with Ranjit Singh and this helped me have a deeper understanding of what it means to be HIV Positive. In my community a lot of children and adults are HIV Positive, and they’re discriminated against and criticized. So now I bring compassion and a way to accept themselves into my teaching. I’ve already completed 2 modules of Level One Teacher Training and will complete the other modules by March 2019. Being given the opportunity to go to Summer Solstice and Women’s Camp is something that I’ve never even dared to dream of because it is beyond what I’ve ever been exposed to. I haven’t even been on an airplane. This whole experience will be a transformation for me. I’m looking forward to my first White Tantric Yoga (I’ve been told a lot about it) and being surrounded by the support of the women in Women’s Camp. I think that I would come back to my community and Yoga4Soweto with more confidence and belief in myself. One of my dreams is to run Women’s workshops and this could help realize that dream."
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