MICHELLE JOHNSON AND JEFF HERRICK
We are grateful to our amazing community for supporting us in support of a project that is close to our hearts, the Africa Yoga Project.
As many of you know once we set foot in Kenya in January of 2012 we were so inspired we made a long-term commitment to raise a total of $100,000 over several years to donate to the project. We've already raised over $34,000. We've traveled to Kenya as ambassadors three times now and we are deepening our involvement with the Africa Yoga Project by leading a Seva Safari in August of 2015. Seva means service in sanskrit and we have the privilege of taking a group of yogis from North Carolina and beyond with us to do an outreach in a community that the Africa Yoga Project serves.
The Africa Yoga Project is amazing and inspiring. We experienced the best yoga we've ever had in our lives. We experienced the true sense and intention of yoga as unity. Our lives are forever changed and we would love your support in reaching our goal to return to Kenya again and again to continue this awesome work with AYP.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” -Desmond Tutu
I am a yoga teacher and love teaching and practicing yoga. I believe that people can make change individually and collectively and that they aren't bound to the circumstance in which they live or come from. Yoga is about union, breath, compassion, letting go, connecting to what you want, and living, and I experienced this first hand in each outreach I attended with the Africa Yoga Project. For two years I have provided a safe space for the teachers to process traumas they experienced related to the election violence of 2007. I offer workshops on mental health and balance focusing on emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual coping skills. Through my offering of training focused on skills to respond to traumatic stressors the teachers have been able to both change their relationship to their individual trauma, change their narrative about their collective trauma as a people, and offer these skills in their outreaches. Jeff works with the beloved children at Gracious School. Gracious school is made up of a group of dedicated staff and packed classrooms of students who come from the slums around the school. Jeff teaches the students how to make musical instruments from found objects and taught musical games using a technique called sound painting. He engages the students in leadership activities through the medium of music. We've line danced to the cupid shuffle, jammed to a sweet rendition of When the Saints go Marching In, playfully sung the hokey pokey, and introduced the chicken dance to the children.
Our intention is to continue to stay invested in the work of the Africa Yoga Project. We will do this by continuing to fundraise until we reach our goal of $100,000 and we will come to visit year after year helping support the community by offering our unique teachings and skills.
We dream big and we believe that anything is possible.
Thanks to all of you who have supported and donated in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 helping us raise over $34,000. Help us reach our long-term goal by giving now. Every little bit makes a big difference.
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