Dance academy duo get yoga ‘po­si­tions’ in In­dia

Cape Times - - METRO - STAFF WRITER

THIRD-year trainee Yolanda Ntanyana of the In­doni Dance, Arts and Lead­er­ship Academy and com­pany dancer Lusindiso Di­bela have been awarded hard-earned yoga teach­ing in­tern­ships in In­dia.

As part of a pi­lot project to train yoga teach­ers, Mer­itx­ell Mar­torell, founder-di­rec­tor of Yoga Sin­fron­teras in Barcelona, had part­nered with the academy.

In Jan­uary, af­ter hav­ing com­pleted a gru­elling month-long course of 200 train­ing hours, as well as many more spent study­ing, Ntanyana, from Kraai­fontein, and Di­bela, from Khayelit­sha, each gained an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited yoga teacher train­ing cer­tifi­cate.

“Hav­ing mas­tered the re­quire­ments of this in­ten­sive train­ing course, or­gan­is­ers were im­pressed with their tremen­dous progress and of­fered to ex­tend their train­ing with a three-month in­tern­ship at the Sam­poorna yoga teacher train­ing school in Goa, In­dia.

“Lusindiso and Yolanda were over­whelmed to learn of their in­tern­ship in In­dia, which they de­scribed as ‘a life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’.

“Upon their re­turn home, the duo plan to take their train­ing into their own en­vi­ron­ments to heal con­flict and trauma in their own com­mu­ni­ties, torn apart by vi­o­lence,” their teach­ers said.

With­out the means to cover the costs of their own flights, the In­doni Dance Arts and Lead­er­ship Academy has cre­ated a cam­paign on do­na­tions­based crowd­fund­ing plat­form Back­aBuddy to ap­peal to the public to sup­port the hard-work­ing grad­u­ates in re­al­is­ing their dream.

The cam­paign went live yes­ter­day, and has so far raised R4 705.64 to­wards its es­tab­lished fundrais­ing tar­get of R30 000.

To help the duo visit https://www. back­abuddy.co.za/yoli-and-lusi-toin­dia

RHODES Univer­sity vice-chan­cel­lor Sizwe Mabizela wel­comed stu­dent, Michael Willemse, 67, to the in­sti­tu­tion.

YOLANDA Ntanyana of the In­doni Dance, Arts and Lead­er­ship Academy.

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