Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Yoga Under the Trees - come along THIS sunday morning!

Hoorah for Autumn! The sun is still out (but not so hot anymore) and it’s just the perfect time for some outdoor yoga : ) So please come and join me for a Yoga under the Trees class this Sunday morning at 8am. TIME: 8am – 9:15am LOCATION: Hyde Park, City (meet at the Archibald Water Fountain, opposite the Sydney Cathedral on College Street) http://www.whereis.com/#session=MjE= COST: Entry to the class is by donation (a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated). All money raised goes to the AFRICA YOGA PROJECT – a project that has been operating since 2007 (see below for details). BRING: your own mat (unless you wish to practice right on the earth and grass!) & pls come prepared with your sunblock : ) It’s forecast to be a sunny morning! RSVP: You can just show up on the day but so I get an idea of numbers, pls rsvp to shinyyoga@gmail.com Namaste x Stella
The Africa Yoga Project has introduced hundreds of students in Kenya to the practice of yoga, as well as providing educational scholarships, job training, food stipends, temporary housing and health services. It empowers the youth, builds a global community and increases well-being in East Africa. The core group of students taught are from impoverished backgrounds in Narobi, Kenya, are between 16-30 years old and live on under $2 per day. Many are personally affected by HIV/AIDS and are living/have once lived on the streets. The Africa Yoga Project programs include: - providing yoga workshops and classes free of charge to diverse communities in Africa - Creating and Sustaining Amani Circus” - “Amani” is the Kiswahili word for Peace. Amani Circus was created in 2008 in response to a two month period of electoral violence in Kenya that cost over 1000 lives and left 300,000 Kenyans homeless. The circus created is built on the themes of Chaos and Stillness and the peace that can be found between. This peace circus travels to the areas affected by violence and is a platform for youth leadership & non-violence. - Constructing a center where youth can learn yoga, as well as other movement arts such as yoga, acrobatics and dance. The center will be a safe place to spend time, helping them to keep away from the glue- sniffing, stealing and begging that is so often the norm for those living on the streets. They will also learn skills that they can use to earn money by performing, and will receive the physical and mental stimulation that these children so often crave. - Facilitating international exchanges where yogis and movement teachers from abroad experience Kenya through the eyes of a teacher. Volunteers will be accepted to teach/as teach at the Africa Yoga Centre. - Hosting a 2009 teacher training of young adults that hail from similar backgrounds so that they can become yoga teachers. These young adults have otherwise limited means of earning a living due to limited access to education during their own childhood. By training them to become teachers they will not only be supported by working with the street children that are part of the Africa Yoga Project, but will also be able to teach in their own time to the wealthier community in Nairobi. Yoga reveals our authentic selves, perfect and flawed, uncovers our limitless potential to embrace change and to take action. The practice of yoga does not only work for upper class westerners, but for Kenyans too. Yoga transforms limitations into power. Yoga revolutionizes our body, our emotions, our relationships and our ability to serve the greater good. UNITY * POSSIBILITY * NON-VIOLENCE

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