Her usual destinations are Switzerland and India, but she says there’s nothing more satisfying than teaching in local townships, where yoga’s still relatively unknown.
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The effect the practice has on residents in these areas, she says, is profound. “Seeing them open up to themselves and observing their light shine from within is priceless.” Her mission is to change the misconception in townships – based on what they see on TV – that yoga is a “white” practice.
Despite her absorption in tranquillity and silence, Banda’s also partial to the fun of big-city festivals, music and clubbing. To recharge her being, she says she taps into the power of dance, but it’s ultimately her yoga mat and meditation which help her relocate her centre. “Sometimes I don’t feel like sitting on my mat, but I find myself setting my alarm and sitting on it anyway. Yoga is always what happens,” she laughs.
She believes the notion of “finding yourself” is overrated and says too many people define themselves in terms of transitory experiences. People change all the time, she explains, so finding ourselves is a constant journey of discovery through the multiple layers we consist of and learning to be comfortable with who we are.
By Wendy Jasson da Costa