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Bongi’s Story

[Bongikile came from South Africa to attend Summer Solstice 2018 as a guest of 3HO Foundaton.]

By Bongekile Nguza                                                           

The first time my grandmother saw me after Summer Solstice 2018, she exclaimed with a big smile on her face, “Nngibona ukukhanya kuwena!” This is Zulu for, “My daughter, I see a light in you.”

She was right. Ever since Summer Solstice my commitment to a yogic lifestyle has grown in so many ways. I am committed to being healthy, happy and holy.

During Solstice, what stood out for me was the word seva. As Yogi Bhajan said, “Serve those who need a hand.” Since my return in South Africa I have consciously been serving.

Before coming to Summer Solstice I had only taught a group of fifteen Grade 8 learners after school. On my return I recruited a group of Grade 10 and 11 learners and started weekly after school yoga classes for this new group. A very beautiful bond developed between myself and each one of the older students,

This yoga class was always full and I felt that the students started believing and trusting in me. They would come to me asking for meditations that they could practice on their own at home. They would then share how Kundalini Yoga was changing their lives.

One of my students shared that she had found herself in the state of stillness. Yogi Bhajan said, “Keep on giving and become a giver.”

All my Grade 8, 10, and 11 students had the opportunity to meet with the Dharma sisters who lead all the Aquarian Sadhana chants at the Spring Kundalini Yoga festival held in September 2018. During the festival we held different workshops with the youth and kiddies.

Rose and I brought everything that we learned at Summer Solstice to the youth. We led a woman’s workshop and this year in 2019 we are planning to do something for the girls. And share what we have learned from Pritpal Kaur.

I am excited that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of 3HO and plan to make it to Summer Solstice again.

I would like to thank 3HO CEO Pritpal Kaur and the 3H0 board members for inviting us to Summer Solstice 2018.

My name is Bongekile Nguza and I am 28 years old. I was born in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal. I came to Johannesburg in 2010 to pursue studies in Office Administration at Vaal Technikon and I graduated in 2012 with a Certificate in Office Administration. My cousin’s interest in yoga sparked my own, and we regularly attended classes at the 4Living Guesthouse run by Dr Marianne Felix. I moved back to KwaZulu Natal in 2014. However, my love for yoga stayed with me and I kept in touch with Yoga4Alex throughout my stay at home.

I returned to Johannesburg in 2015 and continued with my practice and started training to be a Kundalini Yoga teacher which I completed in March 2017. I completed training as a Kiddies Yoga instructor in 2017. Since 2016, I have been pursuing training in my first love, which is drama, at the Market Theatre Laboratory. Over and above that I have done the following courses to enhance my effectiveness as a Teacher:

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)/Tapping by Pritam Khalsa
Balance the Mind by Tatjana Hayward
Beyond Addiction by Itta Roussos
Transactional Analysis by Karin Pratt

I am currently teaching Kundalini Yoga at Alex High School in Alexandra five times a week. My classes have an average of 30 students per class. My favorite moto in life is the second sutra, which is: “There is a way through every block.”