The Africa Yoga Project’s vision is to inspire and empower individuals through the restoring practice of yoga. The Kenyan organization’s 98 trained and dedicated yoga instructors hold 350 classes a week in prisons, schools, rural villages, HIV/AIDS support groups, special-accommodation centers and many other places.
The organization focuses on the diverse communities of East Africa, but its influence expands internationally. Besides yoga, AYP offers meditation, health education, relationship building, community activism, self-exploration, and empowerment through performing arts.
On its website, www.africayogaproject.org, AYP offers information on volunteer opportunities, attending classes, donating and fundraising. Further, the blog gives people an inside look at the organization and its longstanding impact.
The founder of the organization, Paige Elenson, is originally from New York, and she was inspired by a group of people she met in Kenya in 2007.
Designgood.com explained Elenson’s story: “Elenson went from Wall Street to Kenya and discovered that teaching downward dogs and warrior poses can unleash changes that go way beyond the yoga mat.”
With plans to expand the project to five other African countries, AYP would not only create more jobs but also empower communities on a larger scale. It also completed a U.S circuit called the Handstands, Hugs and Highways Tour, where the outfit raised money to travel to 16 cities and spread awareness and empowerment through yoga across the country.
“Our mission is to educate, empower, elevate and employ youth through the power of yoga.” Elenson said. “Our vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness and become self-sustaining leaders in their communities. I’m continuously reminded that yoga is the greatest service to give someone to find what is inside of them, to see what is possible and provide the tools to transform their own life.”
Check out the model below to understand the goals and purpose of the project. Also, enjoy the photos of people experiencing the power of yoga in their lives. Then, click here to visit AYP’s website to learn more and get involved.