Lani Rosen-Gallagher, Team Next Generation Yoga

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From the moment I decided to become a teacher 16 years ago, I knew I wanted to serve those who were less fortunate. My career began in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, where I taught first grade to kids who faced immense obstacles and societal challenges, nothing compared to what I grew up with. Seeing how difficult it was for those kids to focus, I decided to combine my passion for yoga and my love for children and take the Next Generation Yoga teacher training with Jodi Komitor. My life's path was forever changed. 

I have now been teaching yoga to children with my business Full of Joy Yoga since 2003 as well as training adults to teach yoga to kids since 2006, and I have loved every challenging minute of it.

Over the years, I’ve stayed connected to Jodi for mentoring, instructing, and inspiration, so when she said she was looking for people to assist her in the Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training in the slums of Nairobi, I said "yes!" without hesitation. I knew this was the perfect time and opportunity for me to do what I love, in a place that desperately needs it. I want to be a part of the change that Jodi has initiated in Nairobi and help this new generation of children to grow up knowing peace, love, and yoga.

Team Next Generation Yoga is committed to working with the Africa Yoga Project. The mission of the Africa Yoga Project is to “use the transformative power of yoga to empower communities and change lives.” Presently, they have over 50 teachers, between the ages of 16-30, who have studied with and been trained by the well-regarded master yoga teacher: Baron Baptiste. AYP Teachers teach over 200 free yoga classes per week in communities, and reach 5,000+ disadvantaged Kenyans in the slums of Nairobi. Amazingly, AYP Teachers now share their passion and purpose and earn an income teaching yoga because of fundraised money.

AYP Teachers presently share yoga with the children of the slums, orphanages, and schools, yet they have no formal training for how to teach yoga to kids. This is where I will help Jodi lead the change. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of Team Next Generation Yoga for the Africa Yoga Project.

I am asking you to please support me in this journey, which will take place in June 2013. I pledge to raise $6,000 to cover my accommodation, food, training expenses, and documentation of our work in Africa, as well as funding for Next Generation Yoga classes in the community of Nairobi.