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Hotpod Yoga reaches the Jacaranda City

WILLIAM ALDRIDGE 

Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical discipline that originated in India and is practised by many South Africans. A new type of yoga has reached the capital city after widespread success throughout the world. Hotpod yoga promises to sculpt the body, work the mind, enhance performance of the body, relax and sooth tight and injured muscles, and detoxify the body. Perdeby spoke to Mischa Els, the SA representative of Hotpod Yoga to find out more.

What is the concept behind Hotpod Yoga?
Accessibility on all fronts is our mission. The cocoon-like pods [used in the classes] are portable, so that logistical accessibility can never be an excuse. Hotpod Yoga made sure it’s affordable so that money’s not too much of an issue. Even the most ardent sceptic can be guaranteed at the very least a good workout. Beginners [need not worry as] this is the perfect place for [them] to move [their bodies]. I promise you don't need to be able to touch your toes.

What makes Hotpod Yoga different from a normal yoga class?
The yoga takes place inside a cocoon-like pod, [which] looks like a giant jumping castle from the outside. The dim lighting makes for a great, calm atmosphere, [and an] encouraging one to concentrate on your own practice. You would hardly notice the person next to you. It’s hot [and] it’s filled with lots of energy, sweat and laughter.

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UP students excel in Warrior Race

CARLI-ANN FURNO

The Hakahana Trails in Hartbeespoort recently hosted the fourth Jeep Warrior Race of the year. On Sunday 3 May, a question that is asked before the start of each race was shouted over the speakers to the crowd at the starting line: “Where are my soldiers at?” Perdeby is pleased to report that many of them are UP students.

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The Jeep Warrior Race: be brave

JOANÈ OLIVIER

On 28 February, more than 6000 people came together at the Riversands farm in Fourways to take part in the second Jeep Warrior Race of 2015. The Warrior Race is an obstacle course racing event in which participants crawl through mud, flip tires, and clamber over other fun and creative obstacles. This two-day event, which occurs eight times a year with a change of scenery every time, has grown in popularity since its start in 2013.

Jonathan Hart, course designer and Tuks graduate with a BA degree in human movement science, explained the basics of the event. “There are three categories in this race: Rookie (5km), Commando (10km) and Black Ops (15km). Rookie is a race for people of all fitness levels (as long as you have your basic health) and includes a lot of fun obstacles. Commando is for your average person who likes a challenge and Black Ops is for the people who really want to test themselves with the most difficult obstacles,” he said.

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Tuks win inaugural Multichoice Diski Challenge

DANIËL BASSON

The Tuks u/19 team beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the final of the Multichoice Diski Challenge on 28 February at the Nike Football Stadium in Soweto. With both sides peaking at the right time, there was no clear cut favourite which lead to the match being highly anticipated.

As predicted, the final was a tense showdown with Tuks scoring early as both sides set out in an attacking fashion to grab the first goal. Sundowns equalised minutes later, which settled the game down for the rest of the match. The match played out with both teams attempting to keep possession, as well as nervous finishing preventing more goals from being scored. The 1-1 score after full-time saw the teams go to extra time.

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AmaTuks u/19 impress in the Multichoice Diski Challenge

DANIËL BASSON

The capitulation of Bafana Bafana over the past decade left South African football in disarray. The once top-ranked African football team has slipped down the Fifa world rankings, failed to qualify for two of the last three World Cups, and struggled to qualify for the African Cup of Nations on numerous occasions. After ten barren years the answer has been found, and the South African Football Association came to the conclusion that the lack of youth development in soccer is the main reason for the lack of results in the senior sides.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Multichoice teamed up to create the Multichoice Diski Challenge, which is a reserve league for the teams that play in the PSL. The 16 reserve teams are split into two groups and the top four finishers qualify for the knockout stage. All squads have to consist of u/19 players, with the exception of three players who can be over the age of 20, because the challenge aims to create another platform for young players to showcase their skills and gain the necessary exposure and guidance for each player to reach fulfil their potential.

Tuks got the tournament off to a winning start, but consecutive poor performances threatened to be the undoing of the youngsters. A couple of wins and a draw in their last rounds of the group stage gave the boys from UP a glimmer of hope as elimination after only the first round seemed to be inevitable.

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