What's all the hype about yoga? An economist-turned-instructor lists the perks

A big, free yoga event has been planned for Cape Town to mark International Day of Yoga on Saturday 17 June.

Yoga instructor and event organiser Joelle Sleebos says 1 8000 participants are expected to gather at the CTICC to take part in mass yoga classes.

The sold-out event will be used to raise funds for two charities; Earthchild Project and Mothers2Mothers.

Sleebos, a former economist, says there are endless advantages to practicing yoga.

Yoga comes from a place that is much more than the physical... It's so much more subtle than throwing around your limbs.

Joelle Sleebos, Yoga instructor

Sleebos says yoga can boost confidence and concentration.

In addition, the physical benefits include:

  • improved posture
  • improved flexibility
  • mental balance and mindfulness
  • building muscle strength
  • improved breathing

She advises that there are different types of yoga which focus on the mind, body and spirit.

Sleebos instructs at five different studios across Cape Town and explains how to get involved in the yoga community.

Take a listen to her expert advice and the journey that led her to yoga:

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