Africa Yoga Project has been quietly doing its work and building a reputation within the yoga community. A photo essay on yoga in Africa published on Aljazeera exposes AYP’s work to a larger audience.
The photo essay captures AYP trained teachers in action around Nairobi, Kenya.
Yoga teacher Margaret Njeri is one of the subjects of the photo essay. The young mother was an acrobat before starting the yoga-training program but earning a living as an acrobat wasn’t easy. Now she is paid $100 a month to teach five classes a week in prisons, schools and other parts of the city. Njeri also teaches private classes to round up her salary, so she can support herself and her one-year-old daughter.
Two American yoga teachers, Paige Elenson and Baron Baptiste, established the not-for-profit organisation in 2007 with the goal of creating job opportunities and empowering youth in impoverished areas of Nairobi. “The two teachers raised $10,000 to found the organisation and train 40 Kenyan yoga instructors,” Al Jazeera reports. “Today, 72 instructors are working in poor areas of Kenya, including at schools and prisons.”
Enjoy the photos below, and check out the full collection on aljazeera.com
All photos by Jacob Balzani Loov/Transterra Media.