In South African townships oppressed because of unemployment, crime, drugs and violence, and where many of the population are suffering from HIV and Aids, this inspiring feature-length documentary follows the journey of six people who transform themselves through yoga, and documents the impact that yoga has on their families, and communities.
This an award-winning documentary was filmed in KwaMashu and Inanda, KwaZulu Natal, South African townships riddled with crime and unemployment, where many of the population are suffering from HIV and Aids, and where a drug called Whoonga is destroying communities and lives.
The documentary follows the setup of grassroots yoga studios in townships of South Africa, with the assistance of qualified yoga teachers. It traces the establishment of yoga classes and the involvement of the community – in places where the majority of people have never heard of yoga before. The film's focus is on six unemployed people from the Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma townships, who are selected to participate in yoga teacher training courses. The documentary follows them, as their lives are transformed through the power of yoga, and explores what ripple effect this has in the poverty-stricken, HIV, Whoonga and crime-ridden communities in which they live.
Township Yogi documents and explores whether people living in townships can harness the power of yoga to transform their lives. Most significantly, it explores whether yoga can be used as a tool to change the health and lifestyles of those struggling in the turmoil of communities where Whoonga has destroyed their lives, as well as those suffering from TB and HIV/Aids. The film exposes the damaging effects of many social problems on the lives of individual people in these townships, and the potential that yoga has to change lives and bring about transformation and hope.
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Official Selection at the London International Motion Picture Awards