I am a bit obsessed with East Africa. In college while studying Anthropology I took a semester on People’s of Africa. It opened my eyes up to an amazing world; I fell in love with the people, the history, & the land. Simultaneously I was taking African dance & fell in love with the earth bound movements & loved hearing the stories that the movements captured along with the Swahili language. It is no wonder that I am super attracted to the Africa Yoga Project.
The Africa Yoga Project is based in East Africa spreading yoga teachings throughout the communities promoting physical, mental & emotional well being. Baron Baptiste traveled to the area in 2009 holding the first teacher trainings certifying over 50 teachers! These teachings have multiplied & are now producing free yoga classes weekly in orphanages, community halls & schools. Some schools have incorporated this into their curriculum which is quite forward thinking!
Yogi is all about change & opening. Yogis too often separate themselves into one category of yoga. Yoga tends to get stuck into a format that is strict in its implementation & bounded by many limitations. In the beginnings of one’s yoga journey this is normal as a way to assert ownership over one’s practice & strong love for a transformative form of empowerment. As you grow in your practice you begin to open up to all forms of yoga as a means by which to help others explore & find power & peace within themselves. Yoga can be done anywhere; indoors, outdoors, on land, on water, on a train, on a plane – you only need your self & an open mind. The Africa Yoga Project is a wonderful example of how one form of yoga has transcended the confines of a classroom & has reached deep into the communities & the streets. Are you open to different forms of yoga? The more you explore the diversity the world has to offer the more knowledge you harness to share.
Photos from Africayogaproject.org