4 rooms and an agora, dedicated to non-violence.
Imizamo Yethu is a township of approximately 35,000 inhabitants in Hout Bay, south of Cape Town. Interpersonal violence is pervasive in a community with high levels of unemployment.
Ahim’SA House is the pilot project that we are focused on, to acquire land and build a purpose-built facility within Imizamo Yethu. A centre to teach young children and teenagers new values based on yogic and environmental principles, whilst promoting non-violence as the top priority. Here the community will also be able to join the free yoga classes offered for:
- Pre-natal yoga
- Yoga teacher training
To bring non-violence and peace to the community we are offering free yoga classes and certified yoga teacher training, all provided by volunteer yoga teachers. Education is the key to evolution – by providing a centre where young people can go (close to their homes, in periphery of the township) before or after school, during holidays, or if their parents are not present in their lives.
Here the children will learn techniques that require introspection, centering, harmonising and balancing with physical values. As well as improvement of mental qualities for living-togetherness. It is also a place for adults, not only children, although there is a focus on youth as prevention and early exposure is best.
Ahim’SA House will include and provide: A room for free instruction of techniques of nonviolence and related philosophy, as well as workshops or gatherings directed toward social cohesion An emergency reception unit to assist those affected by violence.
A base where professionals can provide health, social or psychological assistance in addition to the practice of yoga. An arena for public awareness and training on the protection of nature and human nature. Construction is slated for 2019.