Namusoke Sharifa

I joined Africa Yoga Project (AYP) community in 2012. My interest and involvement was sparked after my brother introduced me to his friend  who was a yoga teacher. In 2013, I applied and was chosen for the AYP Teacher Training scholarship to become a teacher. The inspiration to teach yoga came after my first yoga class. I felt relaxed, calm and connected to each and every part of my body, and the reason to why I decide to join AYP was because of the love, unity, connection and the community that they gave me on my first day and that I continue to receive.

That April, I attended a two week intensive teacher training led by founder Paige Elenson and other facilitator from the United States I thank God that I managed to complete it. After the training, I chose to give back to my community through teaching yoga in children’s homes, adults in social halls, and assisting other teacher’s classes. It was a three month commitment of service and afterwards I was enrolled to join Africa Yoga Project.

I am now a 200hrs certified Baptiste yoga teacher, 200hrs certified yoga teacher with AYP, certified AYFit Acro Yoga teacher, and I work as a receptionist on weekend at Africa Yoga Project. I teach 5 classes a week in various locations around Nairobi. You can also find me working in the AYP studio where I teach every Saturday 4:30 PM, sub as studio manager and other teachers' yoga classes.

Yoga has made me a better person and it has helped me in many aspects of life. For instance; it has taught me the importance of being there for others, being patient, and also learning to let go of some things that don’t serve my life. My main influence as a teacher is to give back to my community and transform other youth through yoga.

I like making new friends and connecting with people from all corners of  world. 


Africa Yoga Project Educates, Empowers, Elevates and Expands Employability with youth in Africa using the transformational practice of yoga. Our vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness and become self-sustaining leaders in their communities.

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