Boois, whose yoga journey began five years ago, received a scholarship from the Africa Yoga Project to complete a Yoga Teacher Training in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then, she has established her own yoga business, ‘Yoga By Beauty’ which offers group, private and corporate yoga classes as well as hosts yoga events and partakes in community outreach.
Check out Beauty’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she describes her yoga journey as well as shares her thoughts on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
What are the benefits of practicing yoga?
Because yoga is a multifaceted practice which encompasses ethics, meditation, breathing exercises, physical postures and concentration amongst other, the benefits reach not only the physical body but also the mind and behavior of human beings. With a regular and disciplined yoga practice comes an increased awareness of self, healthier diet, better lifestyle choices, more balance, increased strength, mindfulness, more flexibility, open-mindedness and relaxation.
How has yoga positively impacted your life?
I’ve largely used yoga as a form of therapy, by expressing myself through the different poses, by sharing my practice with others, by becoming a more compassionate, tolerant and calm person through meditation and learning to let go of things that do not serve me and using every set back to grow and transform into the person that I want to be.
What are your thoughts on women’s empowerment?
Women’s empowerment is all about having women in control of their own lives and factors that influence their health, safety, economic stance and political freedom. I think that all women should be empowered to take the steering wheel (literally and figuratively) to direct and transform their lives and their journey in the direction that they wish to be.
I think it’s pretty ridiculous to try to disempower women, it just doesn’t make any sense; not socially, not historically, not economically, not in any way, shape or form. We are all as a society put at a disadvantage when we try to discriminate against, silence and disempower women, because the moment we engage is such degrading tactics we increase our unemployment rate, we lose out on innovative ideas from female entrepreneurs and there is simply a lack of balance in society and we all know that without balance, there is chaos.
How can yoga promote gender equality?
When one establishes a regular yoga practice it leads to a greater sense of non-judgement and open-mindedness, we become more compassionate and understand the importance of balance and wellness for all those around us. Yoga allows us to realize that we are all connected, that when I harm others I am also harming myself and in this way yoga creates a platform for gender equality. Yoga channels both masculine and feminine energies, bring out both the strong and soft sides that exist within each of us, which allows for more equality as our minds and hearts become more flexible and open.
What is your advice to young girls following their dreams?
The only person who can stop you from achieving any dream that you may have is you. Learn your personal power, cultivate your inner strength and show the world what you are made of every single day! Do not allow others to shame or disgrace you and always move with an unfaltering belief in yourself as a woman. We can do all the things that men can do even whilst carrying a baby on our back!
What is your motto in life?
“Cultivate balance, be happy and live life with arms and heart wide open”