The first time Mpho Makgoba tried yoga, he didn’t like it much. It felt a bit silly, sitting on the floor with his schoolmates and trying very hard not to giggle. "The first time we did yoga I didn’t believe in it because I thought it is for white people, not for us blacks," he says. "But I started doing it and I started focusing better, especially when I was doing meditation. I got chance to think about the bad things and the good things and how to solve problems, and it helped me focus on my studies," he adds. Makgoba says his yoga lessons at Alexandra High School in Johannesburg reduced his stress levels and made him more mentally alert and physically stronger. It has also given him a gap-year job after he passed matric with no career plan. Yoga4Alex is paying him to run after-school maths and book clubs for younger pupils and to help them with their yoga. "I want to help them succeed in life like it’s helping me succeed in mine," he says. The organisation teaches Kundalini yoga,...

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