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Africa Yoga Project

Help provide yoga and employment opportunities to communities across Africa!

Africa Yoga Project is coming to Knoxville for 3 unique & inspiring events! Let's give our new friends a warm welcome!

August 15th, 6pm-7pm
@ Blue Ridge Yoga
$30 minimum donation

Join us for an African Yoga Dance class led by Isaac and John from Africa Yoga Project! This is an intention practice designed in an African context that combines yoga with African dance. The rhythmic nature of the class blends movement, coordination, and balance to the sounds of African instruments. This class will deepen your fluidity & motion in yoga poses, create awareness of the breath, and increase flexibility, strength & endurance. Join us for drinks and conversation after class!

Can't make it? Purchase an Africa Yoga Project shirt to help support AYP! T-shirts and tank tops available at Blue Ridge for $30+tax!

What your donation provides...

— $30 to sponsor one yoga class for a group of marginalized youth
— $44 to provide 20 yoga mats for one of the APY free outreach yoga classes
— $75 to provide one yoga class and lunch for 30 prisoners
— $125 to fund the monthly salary of one AYP teacher to empower others through yoga
— $330 to provide free lunch to 300 people at AYP community classes


August 14th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
@ Real Hot Yoga (West Hills Location)
$30 minimum donation

Drumming yoga is a yoga flow with the sound of African drum beats in the background to set the rhythm. This class, taught by John and Isaac, is so much more than a yoga class - it's an insight into their Kenyan culture, a chance to get to know them and their story of how yoga changed their lives, and how they are changing others lives in Kenya. Afterwards you'll have a chance to talk to and get to know our new Kenyan friends as we serve drinks. 


August 13th, 9am-12pm
Mouse Creek Falls

Free to attend -- please join us!

We are so excited to welcome back the Africa Yoga Project to Knoxville! Get to know the teachers from Kenya better by joining us on a hike and picnic!

When: Meet at Mouse Creek Falls at 9am. Please carpool as parking is limited.

Bring: A picnic! We will eat our lunch on the hike before we head back into town.

Cost: There is no cost to join us; however, please try to make it to their donation class at Blue Ridge Yoga on July 15th or Real Hot Yoga on July 14th. Issac and John are raising money to help support the youth growing up in the slums of Kenya.


John Guchua
Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor, 200hr AYP Yoga Instructor, Alliance and Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and AYFit Instructor

John found yoga in 2009 after following a friend to class. After more than a decade of contemporary dance training, he was looking for a different type of practice and adventure and was instantly inspired by the positively therapeutic vibrations brought through the practice of yoga as well as the connection it generated between both body and mind.

John strives to make his classes enjoyable through thoughtful arrangement melding artistic and therapeutic methods, tempos and pacing guided by the flows of Baptiste power vinyasa yoga. He hopes to intentionally provide an open space for students to quiet the mind and strengthen the body, to cultivate a transformative experience. 

In addition to teaching yoga, John is an art therapist, art consultant, and the founder of Creative Yoga Millennium and YogArtec company.

 John found yoga in 2009 after following a friend to class. After more than a decade of contemporary dance training, he was looking for a different type of practice and adventure and was instantly inspired by the positively therapeutic vibrations brought through the practice of yoga as well as the connection it generated between both body and mind.  John strives to make his classes enjoyable through thoughtful arrangement melding artistic and therapeutic methods, tempos and pacing guided by the flows of Baptiste power vinyasa yoga. He hopes to intentionally provide an open space for students to quiet the mind and strengthen the body, to cultivate a transformative experience.   In addition to yoga John is an art therapist, art consultant, and the founder of Creative Yoga Millennium and Yogartec company.

Isaac Mukwaya
Certified 200hr AYP Yoga Instructor, Completed Baptiste Level II Teacher Training, AYFit Instructor, Certified within AYP Art of Assisting

After taking his first class, he felt the change within; everything moving, becoming lighter, and more empowered. He began his yoga journey by attending Saturday community classes at the Shine Center. Each class, taught by a different teacher, resounded and awoke within me new ways of being. It ignited the spark to stand up in leadership positions for my community.

He currently teaches 5 outreach classes in Huruma as well as several private Baptiste power yoga and Yin classes weekly. Eventually Isaac hopes to open an ‘Empowerment Center’ for youth for them to learn various skills (yoga, acrobatics, martial arts, music, beadwork, etc.) to show them that they can find purpose and potential within their future.

 

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