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24 Mar 2014

Nairobi

Benta Atieno (19) and her assistant Susan Njeri (23), giving a yoga class in a school of Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa.

Benta decided to become a yoga teacher with Africa Yoga Project in 2009 after graduating from a school where she learned how to make dresses. Before starting yoga, Benta says she was very lazy and lacked self confidence, even when making dresses. Benta was feeling heavy and had difficulties walking even short distances. "I was also very shy. A my first class, I was even too shy to say my name. I covered my eyes".

In the schools are practiced a selection of standing poses, stretching and games. The excercises are easier because children are often malnourished.