The Africa Yoga Project uses the transformative power of yoga to empower communities and change lives. By inspiring the global yoga community into active service, AYP delivers effective and innovative programs that foster peace, improve physical, emotion and mental well-being, facilitate self-sufficiency and create opportunities to learn and contribute across the communities of East Africa.
In 2010, Baron Baptiste and a team traveled to Kenya to deliver the first Level 1 Teacher Training, Journey into Power, in Kenya to 58 young people. It was a tremendous success! Since then over 40 Kenyan teachers are now employed by AYP, earning a living wage by establishing places to teach and expanding the student body. They are now delivering more than 100 classes weekly to over 2,000 people in prisons, women’s centers, primary schools, hospitals, and slums throughout Nairobi.
AYP actively supports the wider community by providing workshops on hygiene, health, computer and other necessary skills. Through the Bead for Change program, Masai women are employed and two schools have been built in their village. The list of accomplishments goes on and on!
Michelle Johnson has been selected as an AYP Ambassador. She will be traveling to Kenya in January of 2013 for her second visit to AYP to work with teenage girls using her clinical social work skills and yoga teacher skills to provide education about post traumatic stress disorder.