OUR AFRICA YOGA TEACHERS

Margaret Njeri

I can really see a change in my students, since starting yoga they have really become strong. When they started they were weak and now they are healthy. They don’t have the fear that they’re going to die anymore, now they think about what is next in their life, they think about the future. Yoga has helped the mothers become better mothers to their children and the small kids are having fun. The slums are a dirty environment, but by bringing in yoga we have brought in health, peace, happiness, and freedom.

I work with women in prison who have killed people and I want to help them and teach them to let go of the stress of their situation. Relaxing your mind is possible anywhere, they can be who they want to be. For me, yoga has really helped me-you see me right now, I am shining and I am not shy anymore. Be yourself, do not be afraid or anything. In life do not give up-if you give up, then everything you worked for will disappear.

In one year I want my own studio and in that studio, it’s one of my students running it. I will be in another country spreading the word of what yoga can accomplish!

Jaspher Munguti

Before yoga I was an acrobat and my body was tight all the time. Somersaults and flips were what we did and yoga started stretching my body. When you practice yoga you start to feel really good-it gives you energy and brings you to the present moment. When doing yoga your brain becomes present with the body. I now know it is my career and I love it.

One change I noticed in my students is their ability to balance-before they were wobbling and would fall down, but now after practicing they can do balancing. Yoga is making things possible for them.

If I didn’t start practicing yoga, I would have been a thief, hustling people to get money. And now yoga is a job for me and everyday I am committed to yoga and acrobatics.

My parents passed away when I was in the 7th grade. I am the eldest of 5 and we are orphans. It was a challenge to be raised by my grandmother but I do not know where I would be without her. Africa Yoga project has given me the opportunity to support my family.

Antony Njoroge

Everybody should practice yoga because you become courageous,  fit, healthy more confident and fearless to face challenges. Yoga can prevent diseases like malaria and fevers.

I can really see a change in my students. Since starting yoga they can concentrate, they are more physically fit, and they can see hope ahead despite the fact that they don’t have parents. When we all come together to practice yoga it inspires me because I feel like I belong somewhere and I also feel like I want to be part of this good community that spreads the word of peace.

My students have lots of challenges in life, like losing their parents, but they keep coming to yoga because they feel love from the society and also they feel that someone really cares about them.

Yoga empowers me to spread the word of peace and to urge people to stop tribalism. Yoga has generated in me a new sense of being myself. Instead of having the “I can’t” status, now I have the “I can” mentality and it is up to me to stand up and try. Yoga has inspired me to serve
my community by reaching out to different tribes within Kenya and asking them to live together as one because we all need each other.

Yoga has given me the opportunity to see the world in a new way. Now I see the world that needs love and care. There are people seeking for hope everywhere and we can give it to them.

Kevin Owino

For me, yoga has made me a better person, now I am more flexible, tolerant, patient, and I am more fearless. Yoga has inspired me to be more open to people, be confident, and be more open to challenging life situations.

I can really see a change in my students. Since starting yoga they are more focused at work, more open to life, and can tackle life challenges on their own. As a yoga instructor I have learned more about who I am. Now I am an empowering personality who can bring joy to people’s lives.

My students have lots of challenges in life, like obesity, divorce, health issues, and family struggles, but they keep coming to yoga because they find some peace of mind and energy to move on. When people see me I want them to see a better person who can change the world.


Since starting Yoga I have developed more of a tolerance and I am much more focused. I have a forgiving nature and I get to interact with many new people with different backgrounds

Catherine Njeri 

The most interesting experience I have had teaching and practicing yoga is when I traveled to Mexico for Level 2 with Baron Baptiste. It is there that I realized that I want to focus my teaching on women in my community.

Everybody should practice yoga because it helps the body maintain fitness and relieve stress.

I came to yoga while I was practicing acrobatics and getting a lot of injuries in my body. Yoga was healing me instead of hurting me. There are other benefits also, as a yoga instructor I have learned more about who I am. Now I am able to stand in front of a crowd and teach. I am
much more confident, than even when I was performing in front of crowds.

The slums are financially tough, but by bringing in yoga we have brought in activity and unity. Various tribes have come together and are getting along.

I feel connected to everyone in the world who practices yoga. I feel we are all standing on the same ground.

Maurice Oduor 

Everybody should practice yoga because it helps manage the body cells which allows for control over lying, anger, jealousy, violence, and stealing.

My students have lots of challenges in life, like having children very young and completing their responsibilities, but they keep coming to yoga because it sharpens their performances, balances their lives at home, and it manages their body cells. I have learned more about tribalism and classes. People were divided and living in the same areas; there were people seen throwing stones at another tribe and it was just lots of violence. But they came together and forgot about the conflicts. They have realized that if they fight they all lose.

I feel connected to the Earth and everyone there. Most of the time we all wear shoes and that creates a space between us and the Earth, but with yoga we take off our shoes and really connect to the ground. Even though they live in the slums, my students practice yoga because it brings hope to their lives, supports equality, and gives them perseverance.

Ann Njeri (Anita)

For me, yoga has made me a better person, now I am courageous and proud of myself. I am a better person in general. Everybody should practice yoga to relax their minds and their bodies. It also teaches you to be proud of yourself. Yoga has inspired me to help the children and spread the message of what I get from my own practice. I am also inspired to help my community.

As a yoga instructor I have learned more about who I am. Now I am authentic and I am not shy. I am proud of myself. My students have lots of challenges in life, like not enough money to go to school, no clothes, and not enough food, but they keep coming to yoga because they like the teachings and they love yoga. When people see me I want them to see the real me and to see who I am. The breath of yoga has helped me remove the bad thoughts from my mind and reach out to my community.

Yoga makes me feel empowered to change the lives of children and to lead the change. The slums are tough and unsafe, but by bringing in yoga we have brought in peace, power, and relaxation. Yoga has given me the opportunity to see the world in a new way. Now I see who I am and that we are all equal.

Basilio M. Mwangi

This is the year I will complete my certification process and become a certified yoga teacher! I want to show the kids that that reaching their goals is possible. Most of the students I teach are between the ages 7 and 17, I like this age group because they are really ready to learn. 

My Mom has had a huge influence on my life, because she has never stopped believing in me this has made all the difference. I try to be a good son and let her know often how much she means to me and how much I love her, it’s just a little something I can return to her for all that she has given. 

When people see me I want them to see a role model, a leader in my community. Where I am from in the slums a lot of the kids need someone to look up to, and I am that person for them. I understand the challenges that they might be facing, but what I work to show them is that they can still choose the life that they want. Yoga has helped make this possible for me.

Bernard Gitonga

For me, yoga has made me a better person, now I am a teacher and able to speak in front of my classes to spread peace.

I can really see a change in my students. Since starting yoga they have become better listeners and have better behavior. My students have lots of challenges in life, like lack of space to train, but they keep coming to yoga because it gives them a lot of hope and health.

Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by transforming not only myself but other people around me. My life would have been the same way it was before yoga: hustling and stealing. Yoga has helped me a lot with things like supporting myself and my family.

When we all come together to practice yoga it inspires me because we are all sharing and spending time together. When people see me I want them to see a positive person. Yoga has taught me courage I am not shy anymore. I have improved a lot in my physical fitness as well.

Benta Atieno

For me, yoga has made me a better person, now I am transformed and transforming those around me. Now I know that it doesn’t matter what tribe you’re from because we are all one family.

Without my practice maybe I would be pregnant, with children, and not living a healthy life. Before I started yoga I had a very bad behavior, I would even steal money from my own mother and I was not true to my friends. That has changed, now I have a job and don’t steal. It is important for people in the slums to practice yoga because life in the slums is very unhealthy. Yoga brings health; there is no smoking, no drugs, and no alcohol during yoga.

When you go outside, the person who is misbehaving, share with them. Tell him/her your own stories and try and change their life. It is about sharing; we have to give what we receive. Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by teaching my classes every week and provide happiness and knowledge to the community and students. Through teaching Yoga, I love to empower students and make them feel better.

Billy Onyango

Everybody should practice yoga because it heals all the sick and makes people feel like a new born baby. As a yoga instructor I have learned more about who I am. Now I am myself instead of wearing a mask and acting like someone else.

Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by transforming my students and to lead the change. Even though they live in the slums, my students practice yoga because they have someone there to lead them and guide them through breathing and practices.

The breath of yoga has helped me to throw away my anger. Now when I’m angry I just breathe in and out and let go of the negative feelings.

Before, my father was rich, but when my father died people grabbed our things and took everything until we had nothing. So we had to start over and it forced me to drop out of school and become an acrobat. Now I am a yoga instructor and I feel connected to the people I love most.

The most important thing yoga has taught me is to be someone in my community who can spread the love. 

Brian Kangethe

My students have lots of challenges in life, like hunger, exhaustion, and lack of support, but they keep coming to yoga because it is where they feel comfortable and happy. Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by giving back without discriminating against background or status. I feel connected to everyone in the world who practices yoga. I feel we are all birds of a feather flying together. Before yoga, life was like hell-you know the ghetto life is not healthy. I engaged in things that were not right and not good for my community. Drinking and hanging out with the wrong people were my habits. At the school the parents of the kids I teach are appreciatingmy work because the children help out more at home now. I dropped out of school, but that’s not what they see because I have not lost hope in my life and I am focused on what is best for me. 
Before yoga I suffered from ulcers and I was told yoga heals but I was skeptical. I started practicing yoga and stopped drinking and the symptoms from my ulcers disappeared. I want my whole community to experience this kind of healing.

Bryant Mungai

I can really see a change in my students. Since starting yoga they keep making time for class and they also create space for love towards their friends and family. My students have lots of challenges in life, like hunger and not knowing where their next meal is coming from, but they keep coming to yoga because I have taught them about self-esteem and to believe in themselves.

Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by engaging myself in volunteer programs in my community. I volunteer with clean up events for the streets of the slums and also teach outreach yoga classes.

The slums are violent, brutal, and hard to live in, but by bringing in yoga we have brought in non-violence, love, possibility, and the idea of loving your neighbor and yourself.

I feel connected to everyone in the world who practices yoga. I feel we are all from one race and not living through stereotypes.

I have learned the world is like a circle-anything you do will come back to you. That is why I do good things because I know one day they will come back to me.

Eliam Wanjiku

For me, yoga has made me a better person, now I am leading the change by demonstrating the importance of yoga to women with HIV/ AIDS and encouraging former criminals to lead a more positive life.

The breath of yoga has helped me to ease my anger, I breath deeply three times and my anger reduces.

When we come together to practice yoga it inspires me because we share ideas and release all the stress in our life. After practice we go home and we all look like newborns with shining, smiling faces.

I see change in the students I teach. The women I teach are HIV positive and they say that yoga is really helping them breathe through everything. The women in the slums used to dwell on gossip. But now they mostly talk about yoga and discuss their lives with yoga. And my class for men is composed of men who have come through drug addictions and other problems. But since starting yoga they don’t do drugs because when they practice they don’t have time to do drugs.

Everybody should practice yoga because it helps in relaxing the body and mind, it helps to reduce toxins from medicines, and yoga is unity and with unity there is peace.

Evanson Ng'ang'a

I can really see a change in my students. Since starting yoga they are more calm and collected. They also have a quick positive power that I admire. I teach acrobats and I love teaching them. They keep yearning for more classes. They keep asking me to come and that is the change.

Yoga has inspired them to change their lives and it also helps them with their acrobatic skills. Sometimes they teach themselves and I just help them through it. Sometimes I feel so low and lonely but I have learned that the mind can make me happy or sad depending on how I control it. I am a dancer, and that is what I’ve been doing for the last 6 years.

Before yoga I was smoking and my life at home was not positive. Yoga has really helped me eliminate the negatives in my life and shape up my behavior. I think the biggest challenge I have faced is daring myself to change. It is in my mind, beating my negativity and deciding what is right for me.

Faith Njeri Mungai

Everybody should practice yoga because it is a physical practice which connects your body, mind and soul to the ground. I can really see a change in my students. Since starting yoga they have become generous, energetic and united.

My students have l ots of challenges in life, like poverty, but they keep coming to yoga because they feel free of their burdens when practicing.

As a yoga instructorI have learned more about who I am. Now I am audible and courageous. I can stand in front of a group of people and speak loudly and powerfullly. Yoga has generated in me a new sense of humanity and belonging to a community of my own.

In 1 year I see myself working with a gang movement that has terrorized Kenya. I want to reach these people and teach them yoga and bring them together.

Irena Auma

Everybody should practie yoga because it heals wounds and it is all about unity around the world. It also helps reduce stress and it's a job for jobless people. The breath of yoga has helped me concentrate, reduce stress, and open my lungs. Without my yoga practice I would not be able to support myself or my family.

The slums are empty and lacking potential, but by bringing in yoga we have brought in new possibilities for everyone. The most important thing yoga has tought me is integrity and to create space for myself.

Doing yoga together in the community gives me motivation. When we do yoga together I cannot give up! When I'm on my mat I feel connected to the fresh air, the world, and my community.

Irene Mueni

For me, yoga has made me a better person, now I am leading the change by demonstrating the importance of yoga to women with HIV/AIDS and encouraging former criminals to lead a more positive life.

Everybody should practice yoga because it help in relaxing the body and mind, it helps to reduce toxins from medicines, and yoga is unity and whith unity there is peace. Since starting yoga my students have changed and now love each other. Some of my students used to gossip, but now they don't gossip anymore.

When we come together to practice yoga it inspires me because we share ideas and release all the stress in our life. After practice we go home and we all look like newborns with shining smiling faces. As a yoga instructor I have learned more about who I am. Now I am a transformed person. I am more disciplined. I used to be rude but now I am polite since I have to be a role model to my daughter, students, and the entire community.

When people see me I want them to see possibility and love.

James Thairu

I get a lot from yoga, it inspires me to give back to the community I come from. My friends from the streets are still there and they are troubled. What I really feel in my heart is how can I help them. Yoga makes me strong and makes me talk to them to inspire them and that is my motivation.

I think yoga has taught me the greatest thing you can ever do is to give back. Not to get but to give back.
The biggest challenge in my life has been completing high school. School in Kenya is not free and the fees were too expensive; I could only go for 1 week in a month. I think this traumatized me; I wanted to go to school but I couldn’t and I cannot blame my mom because I understood her situation.

Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by getting involved in social activities like community clean-ups and fighting against drugs. Even though they live in the slums, my students practice yoga because it really brings them to the present moment and makes them forget their past.

John Maina

Bio coming soon

Leah Imbusi

As a yoga instructor I have learned more about who I am. Now I am giving back to my community. I am teaching girls in my community how to become confident and know themselves. I also have a passion for teaching women that are former or current sex workers and need to find a healthy relationship with their bodies.

Without my yoga practice I would be doing acrobatics but my life would have been out of control and I wouldn’t be able to support myself. I am a good role model to young mothers. They see me and they want to feel the same way, responsible and healthy.

Yoga has given me the opportunity to see the world in a new way. Now I see us as one; it does not matter what race, class, or country you are from, we all give and receive.
Yoga has taught me when I have something to share it with someone
else.

Magdaline Adhiambo

For me, yoga has made me a better person, now I am transformed and transforming those around me. Now I know that it doesn’t matter what tribe you’re from because we are all one family.

Without my practice maybe I would be pregnant, with children, and not living a healthy life. Before I started yoga I had a very bad behavior, I would even steal money from my own mother and I was not true to my friends. That has changed, now I have a job and don’t steal.
It is important for people in the slums to practice yoga because life in the slums is very unhealthy. Yoga brings health; there is no smoking, no drugs, and no alcohol during yoga. 
When you go outside, the person who is misbehaving, share with them. Tell him/her your own stories and try and change their life. It is about sharing; we have to give what we receive. Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by teaching my classes every week and provide happiness and knowledge to the community and students. Through teaching Yoga, I love to empower students and make them feel better.

Mike Wendo

My name is Mike Wendo and I am from Kakamega. I teach five classes a week and the type of students I teach are male and female. My hero is Jah. What makes me smile is seeing happy students after yoga. What inspires me is a loving and peaceful community. My goals are to connect around the world, inspire my community, and be a better person in life. My main influence as a teacher is to make my presence known. Yoga has made me a better person because I feel my students. The most interesting experience I’ve had while practicing yoga is feeling a connection. When people see me I want them to see a change. I believe sharing yoga with my community will change the way they see things. The most important thing yoga has done for me is connecting me with everyone in one love. Yoga makes me feel calm.

Moses Wekesa

Before I started yoga I faced many challenges every day that I did not know how to deal with. I was always around bad company, they would smoke, steal, and gamble, but after some time yoga changed my life... step by step and I have changed.

I can say there is a big picture for my life now. I am seeing what yoga can create in the future. From where we came from to where we are going. We can see the motivation it has inspired us to have.

Everyone should do yoga because yoga is a good practice. When you start it is hard but after some time, after you attend some classes, there is a difference. If you are stiff you become flexible. And in your mind, you know there are some masks that people wear, but they start to be removed after you start yoga. You stop pretending to be someone else and you start being yourself.

Having a relationship with other teachers you find it there is good company. I feel comfortable like I can open up my heart and open up my mind because I am in a safe place and a safe group.

I cannot say I am perfect but at least I can stand for myself and speak out.

Musa Mwamwenye

Yoga has inspired me to an extent that I don’t feel good if I miss a class.

As a yoga instructor I have learned more about who I am. Now I am able to teach to huge groups of yogis and I can stand before them instructing. I have also learned how to direct people to the breath. Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by being responsible to them and give back to them. Yoga has given me the opportunity to see the world in a new way. Now I see I am living my dreams. It is a long journey but through patience and commitment I see myself as a much better person than before.

Students use yoga as tool to practice concentration, now they really listen to what you have to say...before they were like bees and constantly talking and moving around.

Pamvillian Nelly

Yoga has inspired me to be courageous and give other people advice about the challenges we face in life. My students have lots of challenges in life, like lack of school fees, but they keep coming to yoga because the message inspires them and helps them forget their past.

Yoga makes me feel empowered to be courageous and able to face people. It has also empowered me to know what is right versus wrong and how to live my life without fear. It has generated a new sense of love and unity inside me.

I grew up in the slums of Nairobi, which are full of poor people, and yoga has inspired me to serve my community by helping them with hope and happiness.

Patrick Kiragu

For me, yoga has made me a better person, now I am responsible. I have become serious in my life and I have learned to take responsibility for my actions. Without my yoga practice I would be hustling in the streets of Nairobi.

I can really see a change in my students. Since starting yoga they are flexible. They have gained more concentration in their work. They take care of their bodies more; they get more sleep and have changed their
eating habits. When we all come together to practice yoga it inspires me because it brings a sense of unity and it breaks down barriers created by society.

They have changed physically. Most of my students are woman and they do a lot of housework and some of they have improved their backs and their bodies. Also, now they say they can focus a lot easier. I feel connected to everyone in the world who practices yoga. I feel we are all leading the change in the world.

Patrick Musembi

Everybody should practice yoga because it helps a lot in our health. It activates our body and gives us power to make things easier.

Yoga has inspired me to do new things. It has also shown me that I can work with my community through the peace and love that yoga generates. Yoga has inspired me to serve my community by teaching and showing them a new way to live, a new way to create a job, and a new way to survive.

The slums are dirty and the people who live there have a bad image, but by bringing in yoga we have brought in a change that shows people they should love one another and create unity. I see some students teaching their moms and dads and then they say ‘my teacher Patrick taught us to be strong.’ And then the next time their moms and dads will come and this makes me feel good.

Sadick Kachisa

Let us do this together! Because yoga is it: about one love, one unity, one connection for everybody.

Before doing yoga I was a drunk, a gambler, and I was a very violent person. I was not a very good man. But when I started yoga I changed life.

Through yoga I have been able to meet a lot of new people and start to understand where different people come from. I want people to think positively now, I don’t want people to dwell on the negative.

I feel everyone is the same when I do yoga. I feel connected to everyone on the same level as me. For me I want to teach abroad-and I want to improve my skills for teaching yoga. I want to know the European type of yoga and the Asian type. I want to know all types of yoga.

Susan Njeri

Through yoga I have found my path, it wasnt until yoga that I realized what I am supposed to do with my life and now I know. It’s with yoga that I have been able to see that I can create whatever I want to in my life.
 
For 20 years I lived in one of Kenya’s biggest slums. I decided that I wanted to move my family into a nicer area and a bigger home and through working hard I have been able to do that. My son Paul is much happier in our new home, and this makes me so proud as a mother.
 
When people see me I know that they see hope because this is how I feel. I have the hope that I can continue to create opportunities. My yoga students inspire me so much, I love teaching kids the most, they will try anything. I love the feeling I have while teaching and watching the kids just go for it with big smiles on their faces. This inspires me to never stop trying and to always be looking for ways to share even more.

Walter Mugwe 

Yoga has inspired me to face life courageously and not to hide. It has inspired me to live happily with whatever I have and be really authentic.

When we all come together to practice yoga it inspires me because many different types of people come together in the class. Kids, youths, teenagers, both male and female adults but they are all really connected to each other just flowing the energy of the class. It is amazing, and the other thing is people opening up and sharing problems and trying to help each other. At the end of the day we are equal no matter what race or color or where we are from.

Yoga has transformed my life because when I look 3 years ago, I could not even support myself. It has transformed me so much. I have moved into a new life and it is much more truthful and authentic; I am not in the slum getting in trouble anymore. I have the freedom now, I can do anything and I can walk anywhere.

 

Loies Kagendo

My name is Loies Kagendo Njoka and I am from Nairobi, Kenya. I assist two classes a week and the type of students I teach are orphans. My hero is Tyra Banks. What makes me smile is seeing a new day and what inspires me is when my goals get accomplished. My main influence as a teacher is giving back to the community and discovering my dreams. Yoga has made me a better person because it has made me more patient calm and tolerant. The most interesting experience I have had while practicing yoga is when I could do Crow Pose without help from an assistant. When people see me I want them to see a successful person. Yoga makes me happy, flexible. I believe sharing yoga with my community will empower my students and make them better leaders for tomorrow. The most important thing yoga has done for me is helping me lose weight and healing my allergies.

 

Joyce Murugi

My name is Joyce Murugi. I assist five classes a week and the type of students I teach are kids, dancers, and football players. My mum is my hero. Everything peaceful makes me smile. Catherin Njeri inspires me. My goals are to step up to my teaching and to be a great leader. My main influence as a teacher is to have good communication with my students and fellow teachers. Yoga has made me a better person because it has taught me good manners. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is teaching my community. When people see me I want them to see a teacher and a leader. I believe sharing yoga with my community will bring us together. The most important thing yoga has done for me is that it has made me lose weight and become more flexible. Yoga makes me feel happy and connected.

 

Zablon Ingosi

My name is Zablon Ingosi and I am from Nairobi. I assist four classes a week and the type of students I teach are adults and kids. My heros are Mahatma Gandhi and my parents. What makes me smile is when things work for me and what inspires me is when students are happy after class. My goals are to build a new house, get certified as a yoga teacher by Baptiste Institute and to grow as a teacher. My main influence as a teacher is to discover I am a leader. Yoga has made me a better person because I am able to see things clearly now. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is being more open. When people see me I want them to see change and transformation. I believe sharing yoga in my community will leave everyone feeling great. The most important thing yoga has done for me is create a new beginning. Yoga makes me feel empowered.

 

Nixon Gitau

My name is Nixon Muratha Gitau and I am from Nairobi. I teach 10 classes a week and the type of students teach are kids and adults. My hero is Mohammed Ali. What makes me smile is my community and what inspires me is kids. My goals are to be a powerful teacher, to teach more outreach classes and private classes, and to open my own children’s home where I can feed my community. My main influence as a teacher is being more passionate. Yoga has made me a better person because it has changed my life from being violent to peaceful and it has made me focus my life and know people from different places. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is how I could not do poses at first and now I can do all poses; it also helps me improve my boxing exercise. When people see me I want them to see a change and a leader in my community. I believe sharing yoga in my community will make them know good things about yoga and grow their goals and achievements. The most important thing yoga has done for me is change my life to more positive and being there for others. Yoga makes me feel flexible and happy.

 

Sophia Njoki

My name is Sophia Njoki and I am from Nairobi. I teach five to eight classes a week and the type of students I teach are kids and adults. My heroes are Catherine and Patrick Kiragu. What makes me smile is when my daughter smiles. What inspires me is when I see young children teaching yoga. My goals are saving, having my own house, and taking my daughter to a good school. My main influence as a teacher is to change my community from being violent to loving one another. Yoga has made me a better person because it helped me to stop taking drugs. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is that it has made me peaceful and happy. When people see me I want them to see change, love and possibility. I believe sharing yoga with my community will make them live in peace and harmony. The most important thing yoga has done for me is employed me. Yoga makes me feel connected.

 

Faith Kwamboka

My name is Faith Kwamboka and I am from Nairobi. I teach three to ten classes a week and the types of students I teach are both regular and special needs. My hero is my mother. What makes me smile is justice and freedom. What inspires me is unity. My goals are to give deaf students each hearing classes, start blind yoga in blind schools, be able to write and read braille, and teach chair yoga to physically impaired people. My main influences as a teacher are to practice and teach peace, love, and sharing. Yoga has made me a better person because I am now social and stand for the special needs community. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is there are no boundaries. All blind, crippled, deaf, albino and other people are one. When people see me I want them to see possibility. Yoga makes me feel fresh, free, and keeps me on my toes. I believe sharing yoga with my community will create peace, love, and togetherness. The most important thing yoga has done for me is given me the opportunity to bridge the gap between special needs and regular people.

 

Simon Adem

My name is Simon Adem and I am from Nairobi, Kenya. I teach five classes a week and I teach adults and children. My heroes are Daniel and Baptiste mentors. Making new friends make me smile. My goals are to lecture, empower my community, and cultivate my talents and skills. My main influence as a teacher is outreach classes. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is teaching yoga to my deaf community. When people see me I want them to see abilities. Yoga makes me feel healthy and energized. I believe sharing yoga to my community will give more connection and love. The most important thing yoga has done for me is giving me growth up for change in my life.

 

Samson Muhalia

My name is Samson Muhalia and I am from Kangemi. I teach nine classes a week and the type of students I teach are kids in school. My hero is Nelson Mandela. What makes me smile is to be connected to people. What inspires me is when people do things with passion. My goals are to educate my family to higher education, open more outreaches, and empower my community. My main influence as a teacher is to be good at everything I do. Yoga has made me a better person because I am healthy and flexible. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is that it has healed the back problems I had for 16 years. When people see me I want them to see a yes and a person who is committed. I believe sharing yoga to my community will make good connections to them and empower them. The most important thing yoga has done for me is healing my body. Yoga makes me feel strong and empowered.

 

assistants

    Connex Teresa Ambuche

    My names is Connex Teresa Ambuche and I am from Nairobi, Kenya. I assist four classes a week for Africa Yoga Project and the students I teach are school children. My hero is my mum and what makes me smile is my day-to-day life and how I have changed. My goals are to be a YES, to be present, and be always ready for anything. I would like to influence my students by empowering them. I believe yoga has made me a better person because I am here to empower my fellow youth, as well as my entire community. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is knowing my inner soul and being authentic with others and myself. I would like people to see change and possibility when they see me. The most important thing yoga has done for me is changed me spiritually, mentally, and physically. Yoga makes me feel good and I AM A YES!

    David Ndirangu

    My name is David Ndirangu. I assist three classes a week and the students I teach are primary school children. I am from Gikomba, Nairobi. My heroes are my parents. Anyone who participates in practice inspires me. My goals are to be a teacher, to take my practice to another level, and to teach a community class. Yoga makes me smile and I love to share my passion with my students! Yoga made me realize my body and be there for the physical practice. It has given me a sense of love, unity, and community. I would like people to see a teacher, a sharer of ideas and a social person when they look at me. I believe yoga will change and unite my community. The most important thing yoga has done for me is enable me to realize myself and connect with others from an open-minded place. Yoga makes me feel relaxed.

    James Njunga

    My name is James Njuguna. I assist four classes a week and I teach kids and adult football players. I am from Kangemi, Nairobi. My mother is my hero. Seeing happy faces in my community makes me smile, as well as my practice. Seeing others practice inspires me. My goals are to be a leader, to commit myself full to my practice, and keep time in everything and be responsible. I would like to build a strong foundation and set a good image in the society to bring a better life to others. I believe that yoga has made it easier for me to cope with my challenges and more able to support others and bring change to my community. Yoga makes me smile and has taught me to drop everything I know. I want people to see peace and love when they see me. Yoga makes me feel relaxed and free to not think about my problems. I believe that sharing yoga in my community will help me grow spiritually and mentally strong and will also help others in my community to reform. The most important thing yoga has done for me is heal and reform me.

    Claire Wmaitha

    My name is Claire Wamaitha. I assist three to four classes a week and the type of students I teach are school kids. I am from Nairobi and my hero is Evans Ng’ang’a. What makes me smile is happiness and what inspires me is the community that I teach yoga to. My goals are to be a teacher leader, to be a good role model and to be a goo mother. My main influence as a teacher is to bring people together and share what I have as a way of being of service. For me, yoga has made me a better person because I am more exposed to listening for others and supporting my fellow teachers. The most interesting experience I have had while practicing yoga is having freedom and being at peace with myself. When people see me I want them to see love, power, and freedom. I believe sharing yoga with my community will make them love each other and stop violence. The most important thing yoga has done for me is it has made me know myself better. Yoga makes me feel encouraged, wanted and loved.

    Victor Lloo

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    Sharifa Namusoke

    My name is Sharifa Namusoke. I assist three classes a week and I teach children. I am from Uganda, but now life in Kenya. My hero is my mother. What makes me smile is completing things for myself, even through struggles. What inspires me is sharing with others and making new friends. My goals are to go to school, to learn and know more about yoga and assisting, and to learn more about my body through anatomy courses. I would like to learn more and make sure that I transfer what I know to other communities. Yoga has made me a better person because it has helped me grow and it has allowed me to learn more by sharing with others. What yoga has taught me is that I am strong and I can do anything I put my mind to. I would like people to see a very powerful yoga teacher when they look at me. I believe sharing yoga in my community will help people grow up and know that they can make peace through sharing with one another. The most important thing yoga has done for me is it helped me become a better person. Yoga makes me feel confident.

    Jarvis Manyasi

    My name is Jarvis Fanuel. I assist three classes a week and I teach both deaf and non-deaf students. I am from Mwiki, Thika. My hero is Jamie Foxx. Enjoying yoga with many different people makes me smile and Faith and Anthony inspire me. My goals are to focus more on my assisting skills, to be on time for the assistant program, and make room for more learning in my life. I believe that yoga has reduced my stress and I LOVE wheel pose! What I want people to see when they look at me is possibility! I believe that sharing yoga in my community will change the attitudes of people in it. Yoga makes me feel great and gives me more socialization skills.

    Priscah Waithera

    My name is Priscah Waitheria. I assist three classes a week and the students I teach are deaf. I am from Pumwani, Nairobi. My hero is Joy. My family makes me smile and Faith inspires me. My goals are to become the best teacher I can be, create more goals that best fit my life, and encourage other deaf people. My main influence as a teacher is Irene Auma. For me, yoga has made me a better person by making me healthy, strong, and able to assist for my students. It inspires me that practicing yoga has improved my skills and made me more flexible. I would like people to see a yoga teacher and leader when they see me. I believe that sharing yoga in her community will help change other deaf people’s lives. The most important thing yoga has done for me is giving me a job. Yoga makes me feel good, happy, and positive.

    Winifred Kariuki

    My name is Winifred Kariuki. I assist three classes a week and the students that I teach are children. I am from Huruma, Nairobi. My hero is my mother. What makes me smile is doing what I want to without being forced and what inspires me is sharing what I know with others. My goals are to go back to school, learning and knowing how to assist and teach yoga, and being on time for everything I do. I would like to influence my students by being open with them, helping them to learn and know more about yoga, and by helping them to come out of hidden trauma. I believe yoga has made me a better person by helping me grow and has taught me how to be courageous. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is learning to do the poses and experiencing teaching. I would like others to see a role model and a great teacher when they see me. I believe that sharing yoga in my community will help the people in my community learn about themselves and grow from that experience. The most important thing yoga has done for me is it has taught me growth and to have the courage to share with my community. Yoga makes me feel courageous.

    Peter Muasya

    My name is Peter Musya. I am from Nairobi. I teach 3 classes a week and the type of students I teach are children. My heroes are my mother and my younger brother. What makes me smile is a blessed day, which is everyday. What inspires me is when everyone is happy. My goals are to find the love of my life, encourage people, and settle for a father. MY main influence as a teacher is to be strong like a lion. Yoga has made me a better person because my life has changed so much from love. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is feeling free in everything, which is a challenge in my life. When people see me I want them to see a project leader and I want them to trust my practice. Yoga makes me feel young and makes me flexible. I believe sharing yoga with my community will make me an icon to the young and old. The most important thing yoga has done for me is help me respect everyone.

    Fredrick Ongo'r

    My name is Fredrick Ongo’r. I assist three hours a week and teach children, 10-14 years old. My mother is my hero and making other people smile makes me happy. Practicing yoga daily inspires me. My goals are to be a good teacher, to take my practice to the next level, and to be to address a larger audience. I would like to bring positive change to the youth in my community. Yoga has taught me to think positively and also healed my knee, made me patient, and encourages me to always think of possibilities. When people look at me I would like them to possibility. I believe that sharing yoga in my community will make a difference with the youth. The most important thing yoga has done for me is allowed me to accept myself the way I am and has taught me to always be authentic. Yoga makes me feel good about myself.

    Samual Kitali

    My name is Samuel Kitali. I assist four classes a week and I teach orphans. I am from Kasarani-Sunton, Nairobi. My hero is my mother. What makes me smile is when others are happy and what inspires me is hard work. My goals are to be and Africa Yoga Project teacher, to own my own studio, and be successful in everything that I work hard for. Being a teacher has taught me to be responsible and to be a leader, not only to myself, but also to others. Yoga has made me a better person because I have learned to be peaceful and social. I believe that we are all one family and that is a good and strong foundation because nothing can shake us. I would like people to see a leader with a purpose when they look at me. I believe sharing yoga in my community will make a change, especially with the youth who could be a threat to the community. The most important thing yoga has done for me is it gave me a chance to connect and share what I have at home and in the outside world. Yoga makes me feel united with others and LOVE.

      Jois teachers

      Amos Ngarura

      My name is Amos Ngarura. I assist seven classes a week and the students I teach are deaf and non-deaf students. I am from Kiambu and my hero is Nelson Mandela. What makes me smile is positive talk, like feedback. It makes my heart happy. What inspires me is empowerment, strength, responsibility and fearlessness. My goals are to do a handstand and be a professional yoga instructor. My main influence as a teacher is to do community outreach classes. Yoga has made me a better person because it helps me to be strong and be there for my community. Teaching and sharing yoga with my fellow deaf community is amazing for me. When people see me I would like them to see a deaf person who is capable of everything. I believe that sharing yoga in my community will change their lives as a people. The most important thing yoga has done for me is empower me and give me possibility. Yoga makes me feel good, confident possibility.

      Carolyne Otieno

      My name is Carolyne Otieno. I assist 5 classes a week and the type of students I teach are people with special needs and kids. I am from Nairobi. My hero is my mum. What makes me smile is when I achieve what I want and what inspires me is when I see my community living in peace. My goals are to add five more special needs yoga classes, to learn to teach prenatal yoga, and to go back to school and study sign language. I love practicing and teaching yoga and I love to share it with others. For me, yoga has made me a better person because I let go and am ready to share and move on. Practicing while pregnant is a very interesting experience. When people see me I want them to see peace. I believe sharing yoga in my community will being peace and connection. The most important thing yoga has done for me is it has improved my health. Yoga makes me feel at peace with myself.

      Dickson Juma

      My name is Dickson Juma Rawino. I assist seven classes a week and the students I teach are both deaf and non-deaf students. I am from Mwiki and my hero is Man Unit. Dancing makes me smile and what inspires me is empowerment. My goals are to do a handstand and to have a community class. My main influence as a teacher is reaching out for more yoga classes. For me, yoga has made me a better person because I feel strong and very peaceful. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is teaching yoga to my deaf community. When people see me I want them to see a leader. I believe sharing yoga with my community will connect the deaf and non-deaf students together as one. The most important thing yoga has done for me is making me a peaceful and loving teacher. Yoga makes me feel great, possible, and strength.

      Keneddy Omondi

      My name is Kennedy Omondi and I am from Nairobi. I assist five classes a week and the type of students I teach are youths and mothers living with HIV/AIDS, kids in a rehabilitation center, and kids with special needs. My heroes are my parents. What makes me smile is seeing my students leave class in bliss. What inspires me is seeing people work together and be at peace. My goals are to be a strong teacher, to have 10 classes a week, and improve and learn about teaching from others. My main influences as a teacher are to always have a desire to see others at peace, I love working in the community, and to see change. Yoga has made me a better person because I come from a point of stillness while handling my day-to-day issues. The most interesting experience I’ve hade while practicing yoga is that I am more aware of what is happening around me. When people see me I want them to see a mirror where change happens. I believe sharing yoga in my community will change youth’s perspectives of things, improve student’s flexibility, and give students power to handle day-to-day living. The most important thing yoga has done for me is allowing me to be always at peace and ease. Yoga makes me feel relaxed, aware, and confident.

      Nicole Akoth

      My name is Nicole Akoth and I am from Nairobi. I assist five classes a week and the type of students I teach are kids. My hero is Paige Elenson. What makes me smile is seeing kids practice yoga. What inspires me is to see people change and be better people. My goals are to become the best yoga teacher, having more than six outreach classes, and going to Level 3. My main influence as a teacher is to change my own community. Yoga has made me a better person because I always want to inspire others. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is going to Level 2 with Baron Baptiste. When people see me I want them to see a leader. I believe sharing yoga with my community will change the way the community thinks and make them want to inspire others. The most important thing yoga has done for me is trained me to be a better person. Yoga makes me feel relaxed.

      Richard Kitosh

      My name is Richard Kitoshi and I am from Mathare North. I teach five classes a week and the type of people I teach are female offenders as a girl’s rehabilitation center. My hero is my father. What makes me smile is the thought that I am loved and what inspires me is good health and a sound mind for everyone. My goals are to be a great teacher, to reach more children and adults, and to host private classes. My main influence as a teacher is my Ashtanga teacher Sharon Moon. Yoga has made me a better person because I am calm at heart and I view life differently now than I did before yoga. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is I can feel its magic flowing through me. When people see me I want them so see me as a source of love and peace. Yoga makes me feel calm and collected. I believe sharing yoga in my community will bring unity amongst ourselves. The most important thing yoga has done for me is made me view life with love and not hate. I believe sharing yoga to my community will bring unity amongst ourselves.

      Rufus Ngugi

      My name is Rufus Ngugi Kibi and I am from Kiambu. I teach 5 classes a week and the type of students I teach are adults and children. My hero is Michael Jackson. What makes me smile is fun, exercise, and yoga. What inspires me is courage. My goals are to be an Ashtanga and Baptiste certified teacher, buy land, and be a powerful yoga teacher. My main influences as a teacher are to discover my true potential and share with my students. Yoga has made me a better person because it has made me hardworking and strong. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is connection. When people see me I wan them to see change. Yoga makes me feel more possibility and empowered. I believe sharing yoga with my community will encourage and change everyone to love each other. The most important thing yoga has done for me is enlightened my love for everyone.

      Stanley Wangewa

      My name is Stanley Wangewa and I am from Nairobi. I teach seven classes a week and the type of students I teach are special needs kids and street kids. My hero is Bob Marley. What makes me smile is when I see my students participating. What inspires me is when the special kids train and focus. My goals are to find more private clients, find special schools, and improve my teaching. My main influence as a teacher is watching other teachers teach. Yoga has made me a better person because I am now patient with myself. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is becoming strong and flexible. When people see me I want them to see a leader who will change the community. Yoga makes me feel relaxed and focused, strong and flexible. I believe sharing yoga with my community will change lives of people in my community. The most important thing yoga has done for me is self-realization.

      Winnie Murugi

      My name is Winnie Murugi and I am from Embu. I teach five classes a week and I teach all ages. My hero is my mum. She has this cool and calm that radiates from her. She is so forgiving, focused, loving and openhearted. What makes me smile is life. There is so much that makes me want to smile and laugh. What inspires me is nature. I get so much inspiration in observing how stars, plants, animals, my body, the wind and all of nature function. My goals are to challenge my character, my beliefs and my being, to teach 10 classes a week, and to fully equip my house. My main influence as a teacher is my personal practice; It makes me a powerful teacher. Yoga has made me a better person because I am in touch with me, my feelings, my being, my weaknesses and strengths. I am fully aware, hence I feel more empowered. The most interesting experience I have had practicing yoga is during my Level 1 teacher training, I literally went into tears every time we did handstands. It brought alive my fears in a lot of other areas of my life. When people see me I want them to see a full expression of my being and life. I believe sharing yoga with my community will heal a lot of our suffering as humans and make us all enjoy life for what it is. The most important thing yoga has done for me is connected my body, mind, and spirit. Yoga makes me feel blissful, peaceful, compassionate and alive