A key element of the Africa Yoga Project program is our outreach yoga classes where our instructors both give back to the community and hone their skills as a yoga instructor. Africa Yoga Project teachers are reaching over 6000 people a week in the 300 free community classes. We are in over 80 locations throughout the informal settlements of Nairobi which includes schools, orphanages, deaf centers, special needs schools, prisons, and HIV/AIDs treatment centers. We also have teachers in the Masai villages of Amboselli. Each of our teachers is committed to sharing yoga with 5 outreach classes per week. We empower them to find the outreach classes themselves within their own communities which creates connection and community.
Our teachers in Kenya, currently provide classes in the following locations among others: Kariobangi, Kibera, Kasarani, Kangemi, Dandora, Thika, Machakos, Kiambu, Kayole, Buru Buru, Mathare, Uthiru among others.
What is it like to give back to the community?
"I like teaching young adults because they're stepping up to responsibility and they need a lot of focus compared to the kids. They're more creative and curious... they want to explore. So they will try drugs, alcohol, and early relationships which aren't healthy outlets. I'm using my own experience because although I didn't go to school, its like I am an educated person in front of them. I like reading, writing and I respect education. I want to inspire them to like learning too. Although opportunities for education after primary might not be available to them, learning shouldn't stop."
-Kevin Ogutu, AYP Teacher from his free outreach yoga class in Lunga Lunga, Nairobi