why we love Africa Yoga Project…and AcroYoga.
i first heard about Africa Yoga Project at a three-day Basic Training Bootcamp in Park City, UT in 2008. i was there with my mom and during one of the sessions, this beautiful woman with an amazing smile and infectious enthusiasm got up on stage to talk about a project she had started in Kenya. she showed this video.
(click on that link, then click “photos”, then press play…oh, and get a kleenex.)
i was awestruck…filled with respect and enthusiasm not just for the program itself, but for the creativity and courage it represents. it left me with that kind of smile that turns to tears that turns back into a smile with tears still running down your face…with a side order of the kind of chills that happen when you listen to MLK’s “i have a dream” speech or hear the intro to RENT.
her presentation and way of being made it clear that AYP was something that i wanted to support and be involved with…their mission to provide free, community power yoga is changing the lives of young, urban Kenyans, many of whom live on less than $2 and are living/have lived on the streets.
the presenter’s name was Paige Elenson. she’s the director of AYP, which now has 38 teachers serving thousands of students each week. since that day, i’ve had the sincere pleasure of getting to know her better through workshops and the AYP mentorship program. her passion, enthusiasm and love of yoga continue to inspire me. she walks the walk.
AYP continues to make huge changes in the everyday lives of individuals living in the largest slum in the world. we are so thrilled that three dog is able to be part of this incredible work through AYP’s mentorship program (we Skype monthly with Francis, an AYP teacher, and i’m learning more than i ever could have imagined) and our karma projects like this weekend’s AcroYoga extravaganza.
AcroYoga is a super cool style of yoga…AYP uses it in their program “as a way to cultivate trust, connection, and playfulness in our community”…we hope you’ll join us this weekend to try it out. it doesn’t require you to be an acrobat…but you will leave with some mad acrobatic skills, for sure
i first experienced AcroYoga at a teacher training bootcamp. we were waiting for a practice session to start and the girl on the mat next to me asked me if i wanted to “fly”…ummmmm, what? sure why not…
it was way easier than i thought it would be, and SO fun. it was one of the (many) high points of that week for me and i’ll never forget it. now, i’m super-thrilled that we’re able to offer it as a way to connect not only with our own community, but with the global AYP community, too.
this weekend, Brian Lam, a certified AcroYoga and Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher will be with us for three great workshops you won’t want to miss. we are donating 100% of the proceeds from all of these classes to the Africa Yoga Project, so please come out and help us make a difference. call or email to sign up!
acroyoga weekend schedule.
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
introduction to acrobatics
**there will be no 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. classes on Saturday**
therapeutic flying and thai massage
**there will be no 4 p.m. class on Sunday**