Sometimes life throws you signs which hit you with a ton of bricks and you just can’t ignore them (and can’t sleep at night because you are so excited.) For me all of the signs in my life recently have been pointing straight towards Africa Yoga Project in Kenya. I feel connected and passionate about this project for so many reasons.
I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya from 2005-2007, and was placed as an HIV/AIDS educator in a rural Deaf high school. In those 27 months, I experienced some of the highest highs & lowest lows of my life. I am truly grateful for being confronted with these issues since it is these difficulties that led me to begin my life-long journey into meditation & yoga that has been the single most transformative point in my life.
I am anxious to get back to Kenya as an ambassador for Africa Yoga Project so I can share my love for yoga and life. I want to give back to the country where I gained so much by sharing in a project that has ignited so many people’s passion and energy (including my own.)
I also feel a special connection with Africa Yoga Project because I have seen how AYP has helped inspire & change the life of one of my former Deaf Kenyan students, Jarvis Manya. He recently went through their yoga teacher training program and is planning to help spread yoga into the Deaf community in Kenya. His story is just one out of many in AYP and is truly inspirational!
The sustainability aspect of the Africa Yoga Project (AYP) shows the power and positive impact of the project. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, I really understand the importance of creating lasting and sustainable programs. AYP is not about going in, teaching yoga classes, and leaving. They are about educating, empowering, elevating and employing the youth from Africa using the transformational practice of yoga. Their vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness, become self-sustaining and leaders in their communities.
My goal as an Ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project is not only to fundraise $15,000, (95% of the funds raised go directly to support the AYP programs) but also to help share my experiences in life and yoga with the Africa Yoga Project teachers and learn from them. Through my fundraising, I also hope to expose people around the world to the power that yoga and meditation can have on one's life.
I don't want the ambassadorship to end after my time in Kenya. I hope to continue to keep AYP in my life and hopefully be able to volunteer, fundraise, inspire others, and help share ideas to expand the program and make a lasting impact.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to become an Ambassador for the Africa Yoga Project and for everyone’s support from around the world. No donation is too small, every dollar counts... and so does every breath!
With lots of love,