- Actress Khabonina is big on yoga and she is on a mission to get everyone involved
- She recently went to Hong Kong and introduced her Afro Yoga to yoga fanatics over there
- Khabonia is trying to change the mindset that people have on the art of yoga with the #KhaboYoga
Through #KhaboYoga, Khabonina Qubeka is here to help change the mind set of many South Africans about yoga. The perception of most people, is that yoga is an extreme sport. However, Khabonina disagrees.
We wanted to find out by picking her brain, what yoga is all about.
Qubeka has recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong where she introduced yoga fanatics to Afro Yoga. The specific type of yoga is infused with Africanism and African inspired moves. An exciting and different take on yoga.
"The problem is they have 'white painted' yoga. Yoga has become something reserved for the slim or the white or a certain exclusive group but that is not how it should be. Black people should happily do yoga, it is also for them and in fact there are traces of the origins of yoga in Egypt, Africa."
Agreed, but its seems yoga looks like a trap waiting to get you killed
Khabonina says there is no need to be intimidated by the poses. Even though some poses look complicated, they really are not. Yoga is an exercise that caters for the mind, body and soul.
The Isidingo actress explained why she felt oppressors need to strip black people of the necessary knowledge around it. Yoga is very powerful for those participating.
"We were made to believe that we don't belong there. 'Black people doing yoga, well that just won't do,' many of them say. But I am doing research and the more I learn about yoga, the art and the origin, the more I realise they did so because they knew how much power they would be leaving in our hands. Because yoga forces you to introspect and to question a lot of things."
As Trevor Noah once said, ‘apartheid was our extreme sport’. Doing yoga, or we not trying to break our necks?
Khabonina admitted there are so many South Africans that hesitate to participate due to some of the poses coming across as dangerous.
In order for the perception to change, she is now in the business and will help teach South Africans the basics.
Doing yoga has changed Khabonina’s life for the better. She wants wholeheartedly to share the life-changing experience with Mzansi. Her wish is to help people better understand what exactly yoga entails.
"If we can help clear the misconception or misunderstanding around yoga, then teaching it will be a breeze. Because once the body experiences yoga it will let you know of the benefits there. It's truly amazing."
Khabonina would love to go all over Africa including Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and other countries. She will start in schools in SA in July as part of her #MandelaMonth plan.
Because of the present misconception of yoga, the task that lies ahead of Khabo is huge. She is ready to take on this undertaking and promised to start teaching people the basics.
Well Khabo, if you ready, so are we.
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