There is a local connection to the Africa Yoga Project, Sandy McNolty will be going to Africa. Just last weekend there was a fundraising and awareness raising class led by Pam Rader in support of this work and Sandy’s trip.
First what is the Africa Yoga Project?
This video is a beautiful explanation of what this is all about:
ABOUT AFRICA YOGA PROJECT From their website: africayogaproject.org
VISION & MISSION
Africa Yoga Project educates, empowers, elevates and employs youth from Africa using the transformational practice of yoga. Our vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness, become self-sustaining and leaders in their communities.
Hello my name is Sandy McNolty. If I could describe myself in two words they would be “free spirit”
I have always had a passion for traveling and connecting with people on a deep soul level and to learn and teach about self love and self Realization. I am so grateful to love what I do and do what I love!
I was blessed with abundant energy and a curious, carefree heart. I also have been blessed with being in the right place at the right time having many amazing opportunities come my way!
I have been in the Wellness/Fitness Industry for over 30 years and work as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Counsellor and Yoga/Meditation Teacher.
I have been practicing Yoga for over 30 years and teaching yoga for 7 years.
I know firsthand the healing and transformative power of Yoga. I was married to my soul mate Dan, for 20 years when he suddenly died in a work related accident. This was the most difficult and life altering experience I have
ever had to deal with. It was my deepest pain that propelled me to find the true meaning of life. Through my grief, I learned that when we accept what we can’t change and reach deep inside finding the courage to change the
things we can, life continues to love and support us so we can continue to love and support ourselves and others.
I have been invited by Jodi Komitor, founder of Next Generation Yoga, the world’s first ever kids yoga studio, to join her team of 18 yoga teachers as an Ambassador of the Africa Yoga Project.
The mission of the Africa Yoga Project is to “use the transformative power of yoga to empower communities and change lives.” Presently, the AYP has trained over 50 teachers (locals), between the ages of 16-30, who have studied with & been trained by the well-regarded master yoga teacher: Baron Baptiste. AYP Teachers teach over 200 free yoga classes per week in communities. They are reaching 5,000 + disadvantaged Kenyans in the slums of Nairobi. Amazingly, AYP Teachers now share their passion & purpose and earn an income teaching yoga because of fundraised money.
I am excited to be taking the NGY Kids Teacher Training and help to teach the AYP teachers and the kids this fun, creative and empowering yoga practice in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya which is one of the largest slums on the planet.
I believe that we all have a purpose and mine is to teach people, especially children the many benefits of yoga. Yoga brings not only flexibility, strength and balance to the physical, mental emotional self, but more than that it teaches kids in a fun and creative manner to know and love themselves.
It is my dream to connect kids here with kids everywhere by sharing our knowledge, resources and HEARTS, through the healing and empowering practice of Yoga…. UNION!
I know it is my destiny to go to Africa this June 2013 and share my energy, wisdom and love of yoga with the children and adults of Africa. I am blessed to be part of the process of bringing kids yoga into the schools, orphanages and community centers.
To donate or learn more about AYP Google Sandy McNolty Africa Yoga Project or firstname.lastname@example.org
Namaste, (There is a light in me, there is a light in you and together we are one)
As a Baptiste yoga teacher we are called upon to be of service, creating true connection and empowerment in our own lives , our communities and on the planet. Africa Yoga Project is an organization founded by Baron
Baptiste and Paige Ellenson that is bringing yoga to over 4000 people per week in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Yoga is being taught in prisons, community centers, schools , in the streets and anywhere that it is possible to do a down dog! Kenyans are exposed the power of peace, love and possibility through yoga. They are uplifted and inspired to share yoga from their hearts creating a shift in attitudes and consciousness and creating lasting change for future generations.
In the spirit of connection and community I invited several yoga teachers and fitness professionals in our community to raise both awareness and funds for this worthy cause by attending a Baptiste Master Class at my studio. It is my belief that we as teachers must stand together and share our gifts and talents in a way that puts less emphasis on studios and separateness and more emphasis on our connectedness and our higher purpose. I am so grateful to all of the amazing people who showed up and shared the spirit of community and generously donated to AYP! Thank You!!!!!
This class was a great way to share something that is very special and powerful and to create awareness of a project that is near to the hearts of local yogis.