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TRAINING AFRICA’S YOGA TEACHERS

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October 2016

Natural Awakenings of Bux Mont

Read full story Life in bustling Nairobi, Kenya, can be stressful—and for poor youth and those from marginalized communities, making a living isn’t easy. When a person is putting every ounce of time and energy into getting by, health and wellness just can’t...

ABOUT TIME YOU MET: THE AFRICA YOGA PROJECT

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October 2016

About Time Magazine

Read full story Paige Elenson is the lady behind Africa Yoga Project, a new initiative that helps educate, empower, elevate and expand employability with youth in Africa using the transformational practice of yoga. Their vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their...

Disability in Africa: Nairobi's Yoga classes

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August 2016

BBC

Watch full story 'Disability is not inability' is the mantra of a Kenyan NGO which runs yoga sessions

Yogis Changing the World: Meet the 2016 Good Karma Award Winners

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July 2016

Yoga Journal

Read full story For our second annual Good Karma Awards—which honor men and women who are living the practice of yoga out loud—we asked our advisory council (below) to nominate people who embody what 
it means to be a yogi: selflessly giving back to communities...

Faith Ituru, Kenyan and visually impaired who teaches Yoga

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July 2016

Gama TV

Read full story Through a mutual friend, we met Faith. She’s visually impaired and lives in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. Passionate about sports, two years ago she started yoga classes for people with and without disabilities. Though the Project África Yoga Project, she...

African Voices

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June 2016

CNN

Read full story Yoga mat in hand, James Njuguna walks around the neighborhood he grew up in: "When I wanted to go buy drugs, I'd go to one of these houses behind here and get... like anything I need", he reveals.

'When we were doing yoga, they forgot their differences'

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December 2015

PRI

Read full story I had been in Nairobi for 24 hours when I found myself in a middle-class apartment, the air conditioning turned off, getting run through the paces by Catherine Njeri, a power yoga instructor here.

When He Says Yoga Saved His Life, He's Not Exaggerating

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August 2015

NPR

Read full story In 2007, Paige Elenson came to town. A businesswoman and yoga teacher, she co-founded the Africa Yoga Project and began offering free classes in poor neighborhoods in Nairobi to ease tensions after election-related violence and give people a way to "positively...

11 Voluntourism Opportunities To Make Your African Travel Count

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July 2014

Travel Start Blog

Read full story Seva’ is the Sanskrit word for “selfless service”, and ‘safari’ is the Swahili word for “journey or trip”.  On a Seva Safari trip with Africa Yoga Project, that is exactly what you will be getting – a selfless service journey, and one...

Yoga in the Wild

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June 2014

Dujour 

Read full story Few things in life get the adrenaline pumping more than an angry elephant charging your way. Few things are more fun than watching a herd of hippos wading in the river. And if you’re lucky enough to witness a real-life kill—the Safari equivalent...

Inspiring Change from Africa

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February/March 2014

Sweat Equity Magazine

Read full story When Robert Sturman set off to Kenya with his camera and yoga mat, he had a bigger purpose than just seeing a new country. As a passionate yogi and talented photographer, he decided he wanted to work with the Africa Yoga...

Social Entrepreneur Paige Elenson Wins Prestigious Ashoka Fellowship

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December 2013

Ashoka

Read full story NAIROBI, KENYA - Paige Elenson has been selected by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public as a member of its global fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs.

Africa Yoga Project: Building Economic Empowerment For Kenyans

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October 2013

The Network Journal

Read full story The Africa Yoga Project (AYP) aims to empower, educate, elevate and employ people in East Africa and globally through the practice of yoga. AYP, which is a nonprofit in the U.S. and registered non-profit organization in Canada, uses yoga to support...

Enlightenment in Silence: What I Learned From A Deaf Yoga Instructor

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October 2013

Elephant Journal

Read full story “Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself…”~ Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

MEET: Paige Elenson, Cofounder Africa Yoga Project

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July 2013

Catalyst

Read full story Africa Yoga Project is CATALYST's NGO of the Week, and MISSION talks with the organization's founder Paige Elenson about how this amazing organization came to be and who would be the ideal volunteers to travel with them on their journeys.

From savannah to slums, Kenyan yoga strikes a pose

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September 2013

CNN International

Read full story There he stands, Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, striking a pose on a purple mat, bathed in the light of dawn. Breathing. Stretching. Opening up his mind -- a group of young children following and copying his every move.

African Yoga Project - Rewind, Recap: What We've Been Up To

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August 2013

Dia For Life

Read full story The process of stretching one’s body is similar to that of stretching boundaries. Both take patience and determination, an open heart and practice. Africa Yoga Project (AYP) has been up to some big things that we’d love to share.

Yoga gets a community face

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July 2013

Business Daily Africa

Read full story The Africa yoga project is a community based organisation that has been working with people across the country to uplift their living and has trained over 70 yoga teacher, to enable them to earn a living. Started in 2007, the Africa...

Community Yoga centre opens in Nairobi

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July 2013

Capital Lifestyle

Read full story The Africa Yoga Project has launched a community Yoga Centre dubbed “Shine Centre” at Nairobi’s Diamond Plaza in a bid to not only provide tools of empowerment and health but also to make yoga accessible to people from all walks of life.

Yoga Goes to Africa

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May 2013

The Active Times

Read full story My name is Paige Elenson, and I am the Executive Director of a charity I co-founded with Baron Baptiste called Africa Yoga Project.  It sounds like such an important title, when really I am just a girl, now mom, who fell in love...

Kenya prison introduces yoga to help prisoners

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May 2013

BBC

Read full story Yoga classes in Langata Women's Prison in Nairobi, Kenya, are inspiring both inmates and teacher.The non-profit organization Africa Yoga Project has trained over 100 instructors who also offer free classes in community centres, slums and orphanages across the country.

Yoga in Africa

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May 2013

New York Times

Read full story The language of yoga is universal. That is the message of Robert Sturman, an artist from Santa Monica, Calif., who has traveled across the United States to capture the tranquillity and beauty of yoga. A month...

Is this the world’s gentlest prison?

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Read original story here. At Kenya's only maximum-security prison for women, conditions are so benign that inmates do yoga with their guards.

Yoga instuctor Anita Njeri, wearing white, leads a class for inmates at Kenya's Lang'ata prison for women.

Inmate Josephine Mwangi, centre, massages a...

The Touching Story of an African Boy Burned in a Fire. For All of Us Who Feel Shame.

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MAY 28, 2013 in POSITIVELY POSITIVE

Photos by ROBERT STURMAN

Read full article Recently, I had the opportunity of traveling to Africa as a resident artist for Africa Yoga Project, an organization that educates, empowers, elevates, and employs youth from Africa using the transformational power of...

Yoga being used for social change in Kenya

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April 12, 2013

CBS NEWS

Read article During the first week that Sara Ishaq began offering free yoga classes in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, only four women showed up. By the end of the week the room overflowed with more...

Yoga Project Changes Lives In Nairobi's Slums

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April 2013 NPR

Listen The slums in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, are among the biggest in Africa. There is crushing poverty, high unemployment, poor sanitation and rampant crime. It is not the kind of place where you'd expect a burgeoning yoga scene to take root, but that's...

Kenyan yoga boom creates jobs and breaks down barriers

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March 25 2013 The Guardian

Read With ambient music playing in the background, a dedicated group of yogis breathe in unison, concentrating intently on the finer details of the downward dog. Sweat drips from their faces as the teacher guides them through a series of intricate asanas, correcting...

Kenyan inmates find solace in yoga

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Watch here. Women in a Kenyan jail are discovering the relaxing effects of Yoga. The inmates, many of whom are HIV positive, say it has...

Kenyans bond through practice of yoga

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Watch here how a group of instructors is using yoga to counter tribalism and encourage peace-building in Kenya.

The activity is reportedly helping people who have suffered violence and trauma in their lives.

Kevin Mwachiro reports from Nairobi. 

The Beauty (and Charity) of Travel Coincidence

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Nov 17, 2011

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I was spending a rainy week in Santa Monica when I decided to take a yoga class one afternoon at a studio called Yogi’s Anonymous that was recommended to me by friends. Yogi’s is...

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