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Vision: How Yoga is Transforming a Kenyan City

In Nairobi, the Africa Yoga Project is training HIV+, poor, and disabled citizens to be yoga instructors, creating jobs and changing lives.

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The Seva Safari taps into a popular model of service tourism, Elenson acknowledges, but with the leadership and partnership of local people, she hopes it is more culturally sensitive than many other initiatives. “Yes, of course we’re leveraging the fact that yoga has become so popular. But we’re still using yoga,” said Elenson.

They are. She is. But the Africa Yoga Project’s active responsiveness to its multi-layered communities—in Nairobi, in Kenya, in East Africa, in the wider world—presents a breathless and uncommon model for what yoga, as a practice of adaptability, can be.

Anna Clark's writing has appeared in The American Prospect , Utne Reader , Hobart, and Writers' Journal , among other publications. She is the editor of the literary and social justice Web site, Isak.

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