23 Mar 2014 22:00
In Kenya, yoga is the new trend. The practice of yoga is increasingly popular among the poorest parts of the capital Nairobi, thanks to Paige Elenson and her partner Baron Baptiste, two famous American yoga teachers who decided to create the not-for-profit organization Africa Yoga Project in 2007. Their goal was to create job opportunities and empower youth in impoverished areas of Nairobi.
The two teachers raised $10,000 to found the organization and train 40 Kenyan yoga instructors. Today, 72 instructors are working in impoverished areas of Kenya such as schools and prisons.
Margaret Njeri is one of the teachers. She was an acrobat before starting the yoga-training program. The young mother says earning a living as an acrobat was not easy. She sometimes even had to turn to small crimes to survive. She is now paid $100 a month to teach five classes a week in prisons, schools and other destitute parts of the city. The rest of the time, Margaret teaches private classes to round up her salary. Thanks to yoga, she is now able to support herself and her one year-old daughter.
53 year-old instructor Samson Muhalia says yoga has a positive impact on people. “What I really like in yoga is that it brings people together and teaches them how live together. It makes people share and discuss”.
Photos By: Jacob Banzani