A special outdoor yoga session is being held Monday, 16 July, at Camana Bay, to raise funds for the Africa Yoga Project.
Manuella Izaacs, a yoga instructor who has trained under power yoga master Baron Baptiste, will be guiding novices and experienced yogis alike through a power vinyasa flow class. “There are lots of modifications for beginners, so it is accessible to people of all levels,” Manuella says. There is no fee for attending the class but all donations will go toward the Africa Yoga Project, a grass roots nonprofit organisation in Kenya of which Manuella is an active supporter. She will be showing a short video following the yoga class, which will give a better idea of what this project involves.
“I learned about Africa Yoga Project when I went to my Level 1 training last year and knew at that moment that I wanted to get involved with the project. It is such amazing work that everyone does over there and I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” she says.
The Africa Yoga Project offers free yoga classes to more than 4,000 students per week in Africa, empowering them to transform their lives and their communities. The project is also involved in building schools, funding education and health services and provides job training, food stipends and temporary housing.
“It is just amazing that yoga can do so much for people and change their lives not just in western countries but also in third world war-torn places with so much poverty,” Manuella says. “It truly makes me believe that we are all one and I would love to spread the joy yoga brings to everyone. My hope for doing this is to bring our community together and be part of making a change in the lives of the teachers and students in Kenya that the donations will be going to. I want people to drop their expectations and to just come and enjoy and evening of yoga outside!”
The class begins at 5.45pm in Gardenia Court at Camana Bay.
“I really hope we have a good turnout so that I can continue to do donation classes for AYP in the future,” she adds.