I have been banging on an African drum for over 7 years - I don't know the REAL way to play it, I have never really learned the different strokes or notes or the terminology, but I have always felt the beat in my heart. I had no idea when I bought my djembe years ago at a musical festival that my connection to Africa would be WAY bigger than the beat of a drum.
Today I announce with wide open eyes and even more wide open heart, that I am an Ambassador for Africa Yoga Project.
Over the next 12 months I will be raising $10,000 to support AYP in its mission to Educate, Empower, Elevate and Expand Employability with youth in Africa using the transformational practice of yoga. AYP's vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness and become self-sustaining leaders in their communities.
My first look into the world of Africa Yoga Project was making friends with two teachers from Kenya, Patrick and Millie. I met them at my Baptiste Level 2 program and loved their bright smiles, amazing hugs, and overall authentic way of being.
Soon after Level 2, I became a Mentor with Africa Yoga Project and met Caroline.
Every month Caroline & I meet over Skype and create a vision, what it looks like for each of us to really BE UP TO SOMETHING.
We set goals (like getting on the mat 5 times a week!) and have discussions about important questions like
"what STOPS me in my tracks, what do I say to myself, when I decide not to do something I really do want to do?"
I am committed to supporting Patrick, Millie, Caroline, and so many others who will go through AYP's teacher training programs and come out not just as yoga teachers, but as GLOBAL WELLBEING LEADERS in an industry that is growing quickly in Africa.
Did you know... over 70% of young people in Nairobi are unemployed? It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you live amidst a statistic like that. Through AYP, over 250 young people, trained as teachers, are earning a living wage by teaching yoga to people who otherwise would not have the opportunity.
For me, yoga was the light. When I found it, it gave me a sense of purpose and passion. It lit up so many parts of me that I didn't even know existed. It has showed me COMMUNITY and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and HOPE. When life seems dim, for anyone, yoga can be the lighthouse. Because of AYP, over 6,000 people participate in more than 300 community yoga classes weekly in 80 locations across 13 different African countries.
Paige, the co-founder of AYP, said something that hits the nail right on the head for me every time. It sums up my WHY:
“Someone’s mindset, or how they see the world... the point of view in which they take in every experience... is the most powerful thing you can ever change. What I think is so unique and so powerful about Africa Yoga Project is it works from the inside out and leads people in how to approach life. And so, they go back to their own communities and have a different mindset in how they can transform their communities.”
- Paige Elenson
I am a YES for Yoga in Africa. I am a YES for jobs, income, professionalism and entrepeneurial sustainability for young people in Africa. I am a YES for bringing hope, knowledge, and skills to African communities in 13 countries who may otherwise not have access.
TOGETHER, we are STANDING for an organization that is up to very, very BIG things...
THANK YOU for your support!
$5000, $1,500, $125, $125, $10, $5.... it goes a long way. See the poster below!
The Ambassador Program is an opportunity to embody service in action. We invite individuals who are up for something BIG and ready to step into leadership as a catalyst for change in the global yoga community. Becoming a part of the Ambassador team is about embodying the mission of Africa Yoga Project, building connection, and being dedicated to raising significant funds to support the use of yoga to elevate individuals and empower communities.
Learn more and apply to become an Ambassador here
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