Yogis and Doctors Under the Tree

To be the best versions of ourselves, we need to approach health holistically. We’re not just saying that. 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?

Yoga instructor, Bejay Watson, introduced some of these concepts to our team, when she presented a “Yoga class for beginners” recently. 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.

A week later, Dr. Rav Kahlon asked our team if they knew how many teaspoons of sugar were in an average can of soda. No-one could answer. She asked if we knew what MSG was or if we understood the ingredients that are listed on the back of most packaged, processed foods. We were born into this culture of “food off the shelf” and “fast food”. Most of us have never been taught to be critical of that which is not “fresh” and most of us have seldom contemplated the implications of processed foods to our health.

Based on her talk, Dr. Rav introduced a thought: three cups of coffee with two sugars in each equates to six spoons of sugar per day. That’s 42 per week and 168 per month, excluding sodas and “hidden” sugars in other foods. Are we willing to cut down? Can we, over a period of time, turn Good Work Foundation into a “no sugar zone”? Are we willing to invest thought into our health?

Doc. Rav Kahlon talks to the team at HDLC about lifestyle choices. We're on a mission to become a "no sugar" zone! Who's joining us?

Doc. Rav Kahlon talks to the team at HDLC about lifestyle choices. We’re on a mission to become a “no sugar” zone! Who’s joining us?

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 less sugar, one more student at a time, we can improve the future and change the lives of an entire generation.