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Pilot Project

In 2014 a pilot project was implemented to research the impact of Integral Yoga on children and their families.

This took place at Village Tods Educare, an Independent NPO (Non Profit Organisation), in Maitland Garden Village, Cape Town, South Africa. The study included the Educare Principal, teachers, parents and 30 children.

Between 2014 – 2016 research was conducted on the successful pilot project by the University of the Western Cape.

About Village Tods

Village Tods Educare opened in November 1985. Residents of Maitland Garden Village played a pivotal role in starting the conversation to establish a Pre-school in the Maitland area of Cape Town.

Background to the Project

A strategic planning session was held in October 2013 with the view to invite individuals from relevant organisations to contribute towards the plan of realising the establishment of the Children of Light Educare. 

Individuals from the following organisations participated in the discussion:

  • Western Cape Department of Education
  • Montessori Schools
  • Montessori Training Programme
  • Representatives of the community of Maitland
  • Yoga teachers
  • Principal of Village Tods Educare
  • Academics from the University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town

Task Team

The outcome of the discussion was the formation of a task team to establish a Pilot Project at Village Tods Educare in Maitland Garden Village.

Composition of the task team:

  • Marchelle Whitebread – Task Team Coordinator
  • Hilary Harker – Yoga Teacher
  • Estelle Raymond – Yoga Teacher
  • Caroline Booysen – Principal of Village Tods Educare
  • Triveni Fredericks
  • Mala Makan
  • Amit Makan

The objectives of the Task Team were xyz tbc

The task team engaged the following xyz…

  • Consultations with the Community and School Governing Body in Maitland Garden Village
  • Consultations and engagement with Parents and Teachers at Village Tods Educare
  • Implementation of the Life is Yoga Programme with children and teachers
  • Development of the Business Plan with budget
  • Management and co-ordination of a Research Programme, develop the Terms of Reference. The aim is to assess the impact of Integral Yoga on the children and their families
  • Raise awareness by developing a Yoga Brochure – insert yoga brochure   Yoga in Educare Flyer 4 (1)


A community consultation and school governing body meeting took place on the 4th February 2014. A Parent and Teacher meeting was held on the 11th February 2014, which was chaired by the principal, Ms Caroline Booysen. The philosophy of the Life is Yoga programme was shared with the participants.

The key message shared to all was that the programme promotes universal teachings of values and is not faith based.

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