What does mentorship mean to an Africa Yoga Project Scholar?
"Immediately after the teacher’s training in 2014 I began teaching free outreach classes in my community as a volunteer to be able to officially be a part of the Africa Yoga Project’s teacher community. I completed everything early and was the first to gain a mentor! I was matched with Laura, who lives in Austin, TX. During the first month, everything sounded awkward, she emailed me to introduce herself but I didn’t even respond because I wasn’t used to emails -- it was even the first time I skyped with anyone! By the second month, I had learned a lot about being with a mentor and from then things really changed, and now we talk everyday! Speaking with her is like speaking to a sister.
Through our interactions, Laura noticed that I was an introvert even before I mentioned it, and she was able to take this shyness out of me. She gave me homework like journaling about my day, my life, and making goals which she then makes sure I take measurable steps to achieve. I told her her how nervous I was to speak in front of people, especially when teaching and she gave me advice and tools to help boost my confidence and grow into a stronger teacher and individual. Without finding Laura, I would not be confident in the same way that I am now and I wouldn’t have pursued the Lululemon #HereToBe film and tour, a huge opportunity for my future and career. On this tour, I was able to meet and stay with Laura and her husband! She introduced me to everyone at her studio, showed me around Austin, and we were able to co-teach a class! I love the way she teaches, so socially, inviting and welcoming.
Laura is my best friend. I hope one day she will come to Kenya to experience AYP’s Shine Center and community. I know she will fit in seamlessly with her high energy, personable, and kind-hearted nature."
Millie Weke, Africa Yoga Project Teacher speaks about her mentor