Meet my Earthchild, Shirley, who is 11 years old. She’s from Cape Town, South Africa and loves yoga.
As part of the ‘Eat, Play, Yoga’ journey I’m currently on in Bali; I am sponsoring Shirley’s weekly yoga for a year through the Earthchild Project.
This morning, after a sunrise meditation on the deck overlooking the ocean, we each did 108 Sun Salutes and I dedicated mine to Shirley. I hope that your year of yoga brings you strength, hope and peace.
Sun salutes are not the most relaxing or easy yoga sequences to do as you do two variations in each rep i.e. one rep includes both right and left sequences.
We did them in sets of 10 and used shells, pebbles and coral to count each set.
The 108 sun salutes were easier than I thought it would be and I feel refreshed after completing them. It was one of those bucket list experiences and it’s definitely one for the travel memory bank.
So what is the Earthchild Project all about?
Yoga connects us to ourselves, others and the environment, cultivates mindfulness, and inspires us to lead others.
Earthchild Project works with 8 schools in Khayelitsha and Lavender Hill, South Africa, providing yoga, mindfulness and healthy living classes to over 2000 children each week. For many, this is a much needed nurturing, safe and supportive space.
We are inspired by how the children embrace the knowledge and practice – many start doing yoga at home, they use meditation when they feel sad or angry, they teach their peers and families. Yoga empowers vulnerable children to transform their lives and communities.
In addition to yoga, Earthchild Project also teaches environmental education through worm farming and gardening, hiking clubs and environmental outings. Take a look at the work they do.
Share the love of yoga with little yogis in South Africa. R200 / $20 / €14 sponsors one child’s weekly yoga classes for a year.
If you’d like to share the yoga love, donate here.