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24 Mar 2014


Margaret Njeri, 23, holding her daughter and chatting with her colleagues Catherine (left) and Winfred (right) in her apartment in Kariobangi, Nairobi.

Margaret Njeri was an acrobat before becoming a teacher. 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 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. At first, she thought Yoga was a religion. The likes Yoga because it is very physical and has a strong meditation part at the same time.