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Amanda's Yogathon 2014

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I felt inspired and moved by the work that ERASE and Footprints have been doing to support orphanages in Africa and wanted to do something to help. I have a passion for yoga, so I thought a Yogathon would be a great and fun way of raising money for these charities. Please carry on reading to find out more about the orphanages and the day.

About the Orphanages

Fulakunda Orphanage is home to 45 boys. All of these children are alone, either because their parents have died or because they were abandoned. ERASE Foundation provides them with bedding, toys and monthly supplies of rice. Last year each child was given a care plan to ensure that they had the nutrition and medical care to help them to thrive and live healthy and happy lives.

So far, ERASE has put a roof on the orphanage and now they are building an annex, which will include 2 classrooms and 5 large rooms. The next stage of the building project is to build a wash room and toilets.

South Africa
Little Angels Children’s Home is an orphanage run by a 27 year old woman since the death of the founder, her mother, in 2006. There is very scarce social service in the community to assist orphans. Children are often forced to drop out of school to look after themselves and their siblings in child headed households. These children are either HIV/AIDS orphans or have been abandoned by their parents/relatives.  Little Angels offers these children shelter and food, and helps them access medication, counselling and other therapeutic services to help them to live healthy and meaningful lives.


The African Orphanage Yogathon 2014 Sunday 18 May 2014


197 Arch, Prebend Gardens, Chiswick, London W6 0XT
Nearest station:  Stamford Brook tube

Click here for the map and directions for the venue.

£20.00 minimum donation to register for the event

to benefit

Fulakunda Orphanage in Gambia & the Little Angels Orphanage in South Africa


Led by some of UK’s most innovative yoga teachers, Pablo Imani & Howard Napper, the African Orphanage Yogathon 2014 promises to be a treat for enthusiasts and beginners alike. The day will be filled with live African music, fun and laughter.  So, come along, do some yoga, have fun and raise money for a great cause all at the same time!

- Sessions will be 2 hours long and led by a different teacher.
- Stay for the whole day or pop in for a few hours and come back later on (£20.00 donation for re-entry).
- Free registration for participants that raise £100.00 or more through sponsorship
- Yoga mats and water will be provided

Talking of giving, how about bringing some vegetarian/vegan food to share with your fellow yogis on the day? Plates and cutlery will be provided.

The registration can be made here by clicking donate or by texting JALK89 to 70070 for the Fulakunda Orphanage in Gambia or TVEC82 to 70070 for Little Angels South Africa. It would be helpful if you gave your name when you register, so we have a rough idea of the numbers. Alternatively, you could drop in on the day and pay £20.00 at the door.

Getting Sponsored

Fancy more of a challenge? Why not get your friends, family or work colleagues to sponsor you? For people to sponsor you on the Just Giving website - you will need to have an active fundraising page to join the team, so if you don’t have one you’ll need to set that up first. Your page can then be listed on Yogathon team page and whatever you raise on your page will contribute towards the team’s target.

Once you've created your fundraising page, go to the team’s landing page, and click link to 'Join the team'. You'll be asked to confirm that you'd like to add your page to the team. 

For more information on joining a team, you can visit the Just Giving help area:

If you're having problems joining the team, please let the Just Giving team know the email address you used to create your fundraising page, as well as the link to the team page and they can join your page up for you.

If you wish to do it the traditional way, the sponsorship form can be downloaded by visiting:  to support the Fulakunda orphanage in Gambia or  for Little Angels in South Africa.

Schedule 18th May 2014 Yogathon

9.00am -9.30am – Meet and greet

9.30am – 10.00 am – Opening Ceremony

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Hatha Yoga with Howard  

12.15pm – 2.15pm – Afrikan Yoga with Pablo

2.15pm – 4.15pm – Meditative Yoga with Jagadamba

4.15pm – 6.15 - Afrikan Yoga with Lenea

6.15- 8.15pm –  Kundalini yoga with Kathryn

Closing Ceremony (8.30 – 9.00pm)


Pablo Menfesawe-Imani

Pablo Menfesawe-Imani is an author, yoga teacher, massage therapist, holistic health and wellbeing consultant and Balanced Health practitioner trained in Kinesiology.

Pablo is the founder of Afrikan Yoga, and his popular classes have helped people to promote inner harmony, flexibility and spiritual awareness.

Howard Napper

Howard Napper is a yoga teacher, author, broadcaster and lifestyle expert. Through his numerous books and television appearances he has shared his knowledge of yoga to help people to achieve physical and mental wellbeing.

Types of Yoga on offer:

Afrikan Yoga is a form of yoga known for its use of rhythmic movements, to the sounds of drums which aids in heating up the body. There is an emphasis of elemental body awareness and breath and the development of flexibility, mobility strength, and endurance through dance and postures. This fun and fluid form of yoga will bring you back to your core and reconnect you with the Source.

Hatha Yoga is perhaps the path of Yoga you are most familiar with since this is the most popular branch of Yoga in the West. This branch of Yoga uses physical poses or asana, breathing techniques or pranayama, and meditation to achieve better health, as well as spirituality. 

Kundalini yoga derives its name through a focus on awakening kundalini energy through regular practice of meditation, pranayama and yoga asana. Called by practitioners "the yoga of awareness", it aims "to cultivate the creative spiritual potential of a human to uphold values, speak truth, and focus on the compassion and consciousness needed to serve and heal others.

Meditative Yoga This is a form of yoga involves breathing practices and relaxation exercises. It focuses on the body, mind, and spirit and is used as a way of improving the emotional, psychological, and spiritual state. 

On the day, there will be live music, which will include the kora, djembe drumming and singing.  

***A big thank you to all those who have volunteered their time and talents to make the African Orphanage Yogathon possible and an extra big thank you to Jackie for donating the space at her dance studio (197 Arch) for free!!!***

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Team target: £800.00

Raised so far: £500.00

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Amanda Beckles

Footprints Foundation: Little Angels - South Africa

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Amanda Beckles

ERASE Foundation: Fulakunda Orphanage - Gambia

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