Dance academy duo get yoga ‘positions’ in India
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
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YOLANDA Ntanyana of the Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy.