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Two figures walk on the Table View beach while the morning sun gently warms their backs.
Way beyond the breakers, faded outlines of ships disappear and reappear in the white mist. Table Mountain rises from the mist, creating the impression that it is floating above the City Bowl.
The waves wash over their weary feet until they are at peace.
Yoga master Laurence Milner (53) looks at the TygerBurger journalist and affirms people are stressed out and in need of some release.
We stop and look back along the beach from where we came. Hundreds of people are preparing themselves for the annual Free Yoga on the Beach, an initiative of the Chaitanya School of Yoga.
The journalist notices his and Laurence’s winding footprints have been washed away by the persistent waves.
“Yoga is not about perfection. It is not about putting your right foot around your left ear. It is about doing what you can, in your time, in your space,” says Laurence.
“Yoga doesn’t work from without, it works from within. It isn’t about touching your toes, it is about what you learn on your way down,” he continues serenely.
Laurence has learnt a lot in the ten years he’s been a yoga student. When he was first introduced he was suffering from addiction, but he has since discovered a new way of living.
His first impression of yoga reflects the perceptions of many.
“A lot of people think it is very soft, weak and gentle, and primarily for older people. This perception is changing in a big way. Most people leave their first introduction to yoga with the thought that they should have started years ago.”
Laurence looks at the powerful dynamic of the breaking waves and adds: “Yoga can be very strong and physical.”
As we walk back to the large gathering of centred individuals and those who long to find themselves, Laurence declares that this is the fourth year the school of yoga has hosted the free 75 minute session on the beach.
Every year the turnout is bigger, and today (Saturday), about 260 people became one with themselves and with nature.
“Being around moving water is very healthy for your body, and the soft, sandy surface works the muscles, ligaments and joints on a slightly deeper level. Ultimately, what better way to do yoga than to come together on a beautiful morning, listen to the ocean and practice it in absolute nature?”
After the two part company, the journalist walks past the keen students and notices something each one has in common.
They have all come to a complete standstill.
Behind them the buildings tower, the traffic races, and the mad rush of the world endures.
***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND PHOTO WERE PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. NEITHER MAY BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***
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