Giving back

Africa Yoga Project

I’m a passionate supporter of Africa Yoga Project, a non-profit sharing yoga to create jobs, healthcare, unity and peace throughout Africa. I’m still floating from my life-changing experiences in South Africa in March of 2015 on our Seva Safari, a yoga and service retreat. My heart is full and I’m inspired to go back and do even more, so stay tuned for new programs and dates coming soon. Join me and help train and shape the next generation of AYP teachers! Are you ready now? Go to www.africayogaproject.org and sign-up to serve.

The Vision + Mission

Africa Yoga Project Educates, Empowers, Elevates and Expands Employment with youth in Africa using the transformational practice of yoga. Our vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness, become self-sustaining and leaders in their communities.

The History of the Africa Yoga Project

The Africa Yoga Project organization began in 2007 with three questions:

  1. Could yoga positively transform lives across race, nationality, age, gender and economic status?
  2. Would yoga be valued when offered at no cost to the student?
    Can people who are struggling to survive, who live in an unstable environment, and who have little food to eat, utilize yoga to transform their perception of their lives and their sense of what is possible for the future?
  3. The experiment began in some of the poorest areas in Kenya, where we watched the effects of using yoga and the moving arts as tools for experiential learning and development.

The answer to each question was an unequivocal YES.

Participants received a wide range of benefits from the practice, including personal empowerment, emotional healing, and increased physical health and vitality. They quickly embraced the practice in their lives. Yoga also introduced an unprecedented forum for community support through open dialogue and the opportunity to envision and create new possibilities for the future. Participants began easily accessing their own strength and power, and were hungry for a consistent yoga practice. There was also a strong desire for a community based on the principles of possibility, personal responsibility, service and community action.

Our growth since 2007 has been extraordinary. Over 6,000 people participate in more than 300 community yoga classes weekly in 80 locations. More than 100 young people, trained as teachers, are earning a living wage by teaching yoga to people who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

And all over the world, people like you are getting involved, ready to lead the change in their own communities. Join us!

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YOGA AT THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

YOGA AT THE WHITE HOUSE

From 2009 through 2016 Yoga was a part of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. I am grateful and deeply honored to have organized the Yoga Garden, the incredible team of teachers, and to have been a part of this event to share yoga in “America’s Back Yard”.

Along with Yoga the White House has hosted numerous activities designed to encourage “America’s youth to lead healthy and active lives,” according to a White House press release. Other activities have included cooking classes, basketball, storytelling, dancing, tours through the White House garden, the traditional Easter Egg roll and much more. The White House Easter Egg Roll is the largest public event held at the White House since 1878

The Obama family gave the traditional event a twist, turning it into an active family oriented day and included Yoga as part of the celebration. An unprecedented 35,000 families experienced Yoga with each year since 2009.

 Click here for more information from the White House about the event.

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