Sid Yoga Center, a Baptiste Inspired Studio, is making a difference in the world by being an active fundraising for African Yoga Project (AYP). AYP’s goal is to raise at least $150,000 USD to open Kenya’s first Community Health, Yoga and Wellness Center. Imagine an 8,000 square foot wellness center in Nairobi that promotes the health and therapeutic benefits of yoga while creating economic stability for individuals living in the developing world. This will be huge in an area that often lacks safe space for community gathering.
Africa Yoga Project uses the transformative power of BaptisteYoga to empower communities and change lives in East Africa and globally. Through yoga practice, Africa Yoga Project programs foster peaceand non-violence, improve self-sufficiency, create economicstability and encourage new opportunities for personal andcollective growth. The majority of our communities we serve are between the agesof 16 and 30 from the slums of Kenya.
- One of the slum areas we serve has 1 million peopleliving in an area equal to the size of central park. Most live off $1 to $2 a day.
- With the support of the Baptiste community, Paige Elenson and Baron Baptiste facilitated the first yoga teacher training in Kenya in 2009!
- Africa Yoga Project currently employs 52 teachers and assistantspaying them a living wage of $120 per month. This wage allowsthem to support 6 to 8 family members.
- Today, over 5,000 people participate in more than 250 freecommunity yoga classes weekly in 80 locations, which includecommunity centers, prisons and schools throughout Nairobi and in theMasai village of Amboseli, one of Kenya’s national park.
Each year, SYC creates and hosts a weekend event, dedicated to raising funds for this program. September is National Yoga Month, where the worldwide program, Yoga Aid, is completed all around the world to supports yoga projects and raise money for them.
The percentage of those funds that would be donated: 100%goes toward AYP to fund the programs, train teachers and thebuild out of the first Community, Health and Wellness Center inNairobi.
Yoga Aid September 2013: TBD!
HOW CAN YOU HELP
Donate today : Yoga Aid/Africa Yoga Project fundraiser
This is a great opportunity to spread the arms of our community across to another country! You can make a donation by clicking the link above, in which 100% of your support will go towards AYP to fund the programs, train teachers and the build out of the first Community, Health and Wellness Center in Nairobi. Yoga Aid is run by two volunteers, which allows them to pass along all funds raised. We’re very grateful for this!
Sid Yoga Center
Community Outreach Director, Sid Yoga