Today is already the end of day 9 of the trip and I’m at the point where I don’t really want to leave. I miss my daughter, my family, my friends…but the passion here is just too infectious to let go of. The people have been more than welcoming and appreciative to our service here in the community. I had a small child run up to me this afternoon and give me a random hug in the street…it was quick, yet incredibly symbolic to me of the society in which we have been visiting.
This morning, like last Saturday from my previous blog, we went to the Africa Yoga Project community yoga class where we shared our breath with another 180 people. The special surprise today was that our fellow Seva Safari teachers tag-teamed the room with their instruction. Paige, Pauline, Luca, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Leigh, Monica, Wanda, Sarah, Kristen, Daniel, Lori-Anne, Meghan and Heather led us through two and a half hours of incredible yoga practice. The spirit was huge, the hand-stands were high, the wheels were powerful and the joy was all around us. I want to acknowledge all of the teachers today who reminded me of my first ever practice 13 months ago…where at the Clarkson Power Yoga Canada, I sat on a mat for the first time, being led by many of my community teachers joining together for that Sunday Valentine’s class.
What Paige and the rest of the Africa Yoga Project community have created is a generator for love and generosity here in Nairobi. Every teacher has been a joy to work with in Kibera, they have all been been so powerful in their teaching and assisting, and always enthusiastic to be involved in creating endless possibility for everyone around them. The AYP leaders here in Nairobi: Paige, Meghan, Pauline, Luca and Billy (“Take a Break”) have all given so much of themselves and I would like to acknowledge and congratulate them on putting together a wonderful service trip and an emotional journey of life design that I want to continue to live when I return to Canada.
Simply what is being created by AYP here in Nairobi is a wave of endless TRIUMPH…and its spreading quickly.