Painting and Playing

By jimbo Graves
Posted in Africa Yoga Project Blog, on April 08, 2013


Each day of our teacher training program, we wake up to a theme that is thread throughout the day's activities. Yesterday, Sunday, we woke up to 'being of service' and we were willing and ready.

We were ready to make the Gracious Kideo Primary school a beautiful, bright place to spend the day learning. We had orange paint for the walls, brown paint for the trim, blackboard paint for the chalkboards, sandpaper and varnish for the desks and little brushes for decorating the walls. 


It was an incredible sight to see see over 150 people working together on 1 project, which was much simpler than all the painting, the sanding, the moving and cutting. It was simply being of service to each other in the moment, willing to show up with love and acceptance in our hearts. 

Being of service can ignite big feelings in us, and Marybeth Donahoe, a Seva Safari participant from Boston, shares her feelings on the day...

"Today was an emotional roller coaster for me. I felt anger, guilt, sympathy, selfishness and undeserving when we first arrived at the primary school for our Seva Safari project. It wasn't until later in the evening at our group meeting, when I heard the story of Billy's life that I realized the happiness and joy I had received. We went to a school for the deaf where one of the Africa Yoga Project staff teaches deaf children yoga. 

We participated in a yoga class with them and had so much fun allowing the children to crawl underneath our downward dogs. I would grab at their legs and make them laugh. It was so amazing to just look into their eyes and smile with them. Even though we had a language barrier, it made me so extatic to know that we were providing happiness without any use of words. Just by being there, experiencing the moment was enough to erase any disconnection. We are all just people trying to be happy."


Great Project !!! If you ever think of expanding to Ghana please contact me. I would be more than happy to help. Peace !!

Sara Anahory on April 09, 2013

I can feel the love through this email. Seeing the happiness on the little boys face,the old saying “it is better to give than to receive” how true. Keep up the great work and I will continue to follow your Seva Safari through the postings. !!

ann coates on April 09, 2013

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