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Finding Freedom Inside Prison With Yoga

I knew I was going to cover Yoga as a topic this week, however, I had no idea I would be blessed with the opportunity to speak to SevaUnite about the Prison Freedom Project at Pollsmoor Maximum Facility in Cape Town.

Yoga and Meditation assist in the relief of suffering and rehabilitates the mind, body and soul. It brings a state of acceptance. This can alleviate the pain of prisoners who have wronged others, or sustained severe trauma.

Men are getting up at 5am to find some space and quiet to practice yoga.

SevaUnite began in 2010, conducting a series of Yoga rehabilitative classes at Pollsmoor Maximum Facility in Cape Town to the admissions centre, male juvenile section and the women’s unit. There is a Mindfulness Correspondence Course also available for volunteers and following this, there’s a Teachers Training Course that they can enrol in, should a passion begin to blossom.

Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside
By Lee-Ann Olwage
Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside
By Lee-Ann Olwage

A SevaUnite Volunteer, Shale Tinkler, shares some insight into his journey with the organisation and his own experiences with yoga/meditation.

What role do you play in SevaUnite and how long have you been involved?

I have been volunteering with Seva Unite since mid-2016, teaching yoga to offenders at Pollsmoor.

How can we as the public get involved with SevaUnite?

To get involved as an instructor or by making a contribution towards expenses, contact Seva Unite via their Facebook page or email leela@sevaunite.org. donations of any unused yoga mats are also welcome.

Describe some of your most memorable experiences whilst working with the organisation.

My most memorable experiences mostly involve seeing the powerful impact yoga has had on those practising. Over a 90 minute session of postures, breathwork and relaxation, tense, guarded facial expressions and body language visibly soften and become lighter, more gentle and open.

Some practising have reported that yoga helps them feel more calm & peaceful and deal with anger and stress in a positive way. Others mentioned how they were able to gain deep insight into themselves and their past and gain hope and a more positive outlook for the future.

My very best though, was once, after a deep relaxation at the end of a class when I asked how everyone was feeling. One responded with “I feel like I’m not in prison anymore”. I think this illustrates yoga’s potential, even in physical confinement, to bring about a powerful sense of inner freedom.

Lee-Ann Olwage Photography - Finding Freedom Inside
By Lee-Ann Olwage

What inspired you to start Yoga/Meditation? 

I was introduced to yoga by someone close to me, thinking that it would be a good form of exercise. While it definitely has been hugely beneficial for my body, what really keeps me coming back to my mat are the profound benefits I feel in my mind and spirit. When I practice consistently I feel more peaceful, more cheerful and more connected to those around me and to life itself. Yoga has helped me learn self-discipline and continues to help me learn to know and love myself.

SevaUnite also helps collect unused/unwanted clothing, toys and household items and allocates it to those that are in need.

All photography was done by Lee-Ann Olwagehttp://www.leeannolwage.com/

Check out more info on SevaUnite at http://www.sevaunite.org/

For some YOGA on Insta checkout my personal page: yoga_for_days

I hope you enjoyed this read and have a wonderful weekend! 😀

Surfs Up, It’s Spring Tide!

All swimmers and surfers in Cape Town were warned about the Full Moons Spring Tide on Monday the 30th April and its powerful rip current. As a content creator, I grasped this opportunity and started capturing the tide.

For those of you who don’t know, Spring Tide has nothing to do with the season Spring, it is the alignment of the sun and the moon with the earth. The ocean is pulled back and forth by a gravitational force. This creates the tides.

Spring Tide Cape Town Tarryn Hardwicke

Upon my mission to capture some waves, I came across some incredible surfers taking full advantage of the moment.

LOCATION: Long Beach

Longbeach was warm and vibey and cars were pulling up by the minute! For these photos the following items were needed:

  • Canon 1200D
  • Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
  • Canon 100-400 4-5.6 L

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

 

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

LOCATION: Inner Kommetjie

Inner Kom was the next stop but first, it was VITAL to grab some snacks for the sunset.  For these photos the following items were needed:

  • Canon 1200D
  • Salt Lays and Cadbury Marvelous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Slab
  • Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L IS
  • Canon 50mm 1.8

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape TownSurfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town

I couldn’t have chosen a better way to spend my Monday. The talent out there is real. Who knew the Spring Tide would bring such magic.

Big thanks to my partner in crime James Van Hinsbergen for joining me on that mission and to all of you in the water.

Surfs Up Spring Tide Cape Town sunset

 

 

What it really means to be an ARCHITECT

A R C H I T E C T

Ambitious

Reliable

Compassionate

Hardworking

Innovative

Talented

Experimental

Clever

Technical

Architects are dreamers. They have wild imaginations and unique minds. What makes a successful architect is one that has drive, passion and isn’t afraid to be different.  It takes a certain type of person to pursue this occupation and heres why:

Ambitious people are the ones that have a better chance of succeeding. Having drive and determination fuels your path to success. To be reliable shows that you respect your clients. Having compassion when conversing with clients is vital as you are turning their dream into a reality. An architect works hard to achieve their goals. Architects are innovative and come up with fresh and new ideas while exerting creativity and uniqueness. An architect has exceptional talent and grows more each and every day. To be experimental is to attempt the unknown and learn from mistakes. Architects are clever and extremely technical.

One needs to have optimism, realism or even better – both. Believe in your ability, attempt the unknown, while being prepared for anything. Turning wild ideas into reality while effectively conquering functionality at the same time is talent. When it comes to design, its either in your blood or it’s not, everybody was born with their purpose. One needs to be flexible and have the ability to juggle multiple projects at a time.

Most importantly, LOVE what you do.

Written by Tarryn Hardwicke