Yoga entered my life a little over a year ago. Prior to opening my mind and heart to the possibility of creating inner balance and peace within myself, I thought yoga was only about stretching, chanting and wearing stretchy pants. Those stereo-typical views have completely evolved into views that understand that yoga is a way of life that encourages community, health and pure joy. Yoga is a mental escape, a tap into your inner pharmacy and a chance to use your athletic ability in ways you never imagined. The day I found out my paths would be crossing with the Africa Yoga Project in Nairobi, Kenya my yoga world changed forever.
Paige Elenson, co-founder of AYP, moved to Africa in 2007 to put her passion project into action. She saw an opportunity to pair her love for Kenya with her passion for yoga, and create a movement that has now affected thousands of lives across the globe. She started AYP with the goal of empowering the youth and women of Kenya to learn, contribute, and change their lives through the transformative power of yoga. Paige took a risk, took advantage of an opportunity and turned an ordinary dream into an extraordinary reality. AYP is housed in the Shine Center, which is a buzzing hub for yoga, dance, creative exploring, community and pure excitement for life. There is never a dull moment in the Shine Center, especially on Saturday mornings when 300+ yogis come together for a free community class followed by lunch and inspiring conversation.