A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Nelson, a friendly Sydney-side yogi who I quickly discovered was a man on a mission. His cause? Raising money to build a classroom in the Masai village of Aboseli, Africa, as part of the Africa Yoga Project .
Before Eric sets off to Africa this July, he aims to raise $5,000 through yoga events and online…. I’m so happy to spread the word here on Cohabitaire and hope you’ll consider getting behind the cause, and hopefully I’ll see you at one of the classes to show your support!
I first heard of the Africa Yoga Project (AYP) through a local charity called YogaAid. YogaAid raises money for charities around the world through putting on yoga events. A couple good friends that work with YogaAid visited Nairobi and first hand what an amazing NGO the AYP is.
What I loved about AYP was their very hands on approach to the volunteer work. I love getting involved with the people at a grassroots level. AYP started the ‘Seva Safari’ program a couple years ago (Seva – sanskrit for selfless service & Safari – Swahili for journey) –and I knew this would be the perfect way to make a difference in the lives disadvantaged Africans, share my love of yoga and discover a new country I had always wanted to visit.
I’m big into goal setting! In the vision of my life, I have written that I spend time working with other in developing countries every two years. I realized at the end of May that it had been over two years since I been on my last volunteer trip to India! So, I set a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) that I would raise $10,000 for the AYP by 2013. I decided that I couldn’t wait another year, so I applied online for the trip that was coming up in July; the commitment for the Seva Safari is $5,000 so I upped the anti a bit, a huge financial challenge, but I am definitely up for it!
It’s incredible that 20 like-minded people from around the world are creating fundraising projects, bringing their communities together to raise funds because of their love of yoga and wanting to make a difference in the lives of others.
For those of us that practice yoga, we know its power to transform lives. It brings clarity of mind, builds courage and strength, pushes us to places we never knew were possible, helps us deal with the $hit we don’t want to deal with…the list goes on. In Kenya, a country with over 50% youth there is the opportunity to change lives by introducing and making yoga available to these youth. Allowing the benefits of yoga to move through a country laden with corruption, social tension and widespread violence.
Come to my ‘Yoga Safari Series’ classes and spread the word!
I have collaborated with three of my favourite yoga studios in Sydney to put on a group of three fundraising classes, running on three consecutive Sundays starting on June 24th, providing the Sydney yoga community with an opportunity to come together for a great cause and practice different styles of yoga in three great studios!:
If you would like to contribute to this great cause but can’t make any of these events – visit my Africa Yoga Project fundraising page to make a donation. All funds raised go directly to the Africa Yoga Project and all funds raised before July 4th go towards the school that I am helping to build in the Masai village of Aboseli.
For those readers on Facebook, just search Yoga Safari Series and the there separate events pop up each with their own times and locations.