Londolozi Life is integral to our philosophy of facilitating a deep engagement with nature and creating personal journeys of exploration. The Londolozi Life concept is unique, drawing inspiration from ancient healing methods and marrying the philosophies of East and West within an African context. Bejay Watson, Londolozi’s own yoga instructor is at the heart of this belief and in her own time decided to spread it. Spending a few days at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre, she shared her vision with the students and in no time had them in ‘Downward Dog’ and breathing to their own rhythm.
Londolozi and the Good Work Foundation believe that, to be the best versions of ourselves, we need to approach health holistically. We are on a mission to revolutionise education in rural Africa. And to do that we believe our educators, facilitators and leaders need to be neurologically charged. Energy, drive and innovation have to fill our space, have to fuel our vision and our purpose. And that approach needs to ripple down to those we are educating and inspiring.
The problem – in rural spaces around the world – is that messages related to long-term health are slow to make inroads. The understanding of “cause and effect” is there, but the mindful practice of health for longevity is missing. And the problem is a lack of access to education and to knowledge.
How do you start looking after your body more effectively? What will the rewards be? How does attaining optimal health support the mind and the spirit?
Bejay introduced some of these concepts to the GWF team, when she presented a “Yoga class for beginners” recently. Yoga means ‘union’ in Sanskrit referring to the bringing together of mind, body and spirit. Bejay focused on breathing, but, in doing so, gently introduced the notion that the body is more than just a vessel. It carries our mind and our spirit. Too often we take the physical body for granted, neglecting to listen to what it’s telling us, neglecting to nurture it so that it may support our creative energy, our ability to be the best versions of ourselves.
Under the tree, as a team, we are making inroads. Into education, into health, into an investment in ourselves. We believe, one step, one stretch, one more student at a time, we can improve the future and change the lives of an entire generation.