My favorite place in the world is right where the ocean meets the sand. I could stand there forever feeling the water rush under my feet, reminded as I stare out across the enormous mass of ocean how small I am in this big world. Simultaneously remembering, with every crashing wave, that the powerful force behind that water started as just a tiny ripple.
Being an ambassador with the Africa Yoga Project (AYP) allows me to experience a very similar feeling in a new way. Traveling to Kenya for the first time and leaving a little piece of my heart in Nairobi will be the ripple that evolves into a much bigger wave thanks to the inspiring work of the AYP and its students.
AYP practices and teaches yoga with a deep conviction that the potential to change the world lives in each of us and that our bodies and minds must be connected in order to create lasting change. The healing power of yoga brings a sense of peace and empowerment to individuals faced with challenges that many of us cannot imagine. AYP’s goal is to deliver tools to bring wellbeing to the world, one body at a time.
Since their start in 2007, AYP’s growth has been extraordinary. Today they can boast that:
• Over 6,000 people participate in more than 300 community yoga classes weekly in 80 locations.
• More than 200 young people, trained as teachers, are earning a living wage by teaching yoga—these young people would otherwise be struggling for resources in communities ridden with violence and crime.
• Every week up to 360 people from all walks of life in Nairobi gather at their community center to practice yoga for 2 hours together as a community.
AYP trains global wellbeing leaders in and from Africa. By participating in their program, youth become employable civic leaders, active in building the wellbeing value chain.
The ripple that started in 2007 has grown into an ocean, involving people like me from all over the world. Now I’m asking for your help to make my own small wave. My goal is to raise $10,000. This money will give 10 new teachers the training they need to bring 5 outreach classes each week into their communities.
Your donation matters … to me and, more importantly, to the young people in Kenya who are determined to make lives for themselves focused on wellness and free from danger and crime. I pledge to send our ripple forward and return to these shores with stories of the hearts your donation touched.
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
|Nicole Bussard||02/26/2018||$6.00||Group Donation||02/24/2018||$200.00||Brigadero cash donations <3||Group Donation||02/24/2018||$310.00||Zia's and PlantBar Self-Love Donations <3||Kate Mullan||02/13/2018||$80.00||Luiza Jovetic||02/12/2018||$20.00||Ashley. Wishing you good luck on your trip.||Roxann Daniels||02/12/2018||$100.00||All the best to you Ashley. You are doing a wonderful thing.||Despina Nieten||02/12/2018||$50.00||I’m wishing you all the best and hoping this is all you want and much more beautiful sister!||Danielle Cosgrove||02/11/2018||$20.00||Brigaderos!!!! You go Ash!!! <3 I'm rooting for you!!||Amy Johnson||02/11/2018||$20.00||Happy <3 Day xo||Cymantha Governs||02/10/2018||$85.00||Thank you for doing this! I'll email you the delivery details.||Peggy Martin||02/10/2018||$100.00||Thanks Ashley! You are AMAZING!!||Emily Ryder||02/08/2018||$100.00||Lots of love from Em & Ryder B||Megan O’Hanlon||01/15/2018||$54.00||Good luck, Ashley! Namaste!||Cathy Stanfield||12/21/2017||$30.00||Merry Christmas Posse!!!! xoxoxo||Jessalyn Klein||11/17/2017||$50.00||Overflowing love!||Paula Moore||11/03/2017||$50.00||What a wonderful venture!!!||Jacalyn Barnett||09/23/2017||$516.00||Congratulations Paige Elenson on the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship for your incredible work||Meghan Lunetta||09/14/2017||$50.00||AYP is so lucky to have you be a part of it!||Soraia Angiuoli||09/08/2017||$100.00||I'm very happy with this initiative and I'm here to support you! :)||Craig Hankin||09/03/2017||$100.00||So happy to support you in this worthy project!||The Tittertons||08/31/2017||$500.00||From Roger/Lizzie/Sarah/Katie/Patrick||Anonymous Friend||08/23/2017||$1,000.00||Laura Rehbein||08/23/2017||$100.00||May you find peace and happiness throughout this journey!||Jonathan Brick||08/22/2017||$20.00||Best of luck reaching your goal!!||Veronica Rider||08/18/2017||$10.00||I cannot wait to hear all about your amazing adventures!! You go, girl :)||Amy Johnson||08/17/2017||$100.00|