The Africa Yoga project (AYP) is an organization that brings yoga to East Africa through leadership development, community building, and yoga instruction. The organization is targeted to the population that dwells in the slums of Kenya, but it is open to all citizens. Since the Culturs Multicultural Global Magazine team and I were already in Nairobi, we arranged a video shoot at the AYP studio called the Shine Center. For the shoot, I was responsible for getting video footage of a yoga class and setting up a few cameras for some video interviews.
Going in to the assignment, I didn’t know much about yoga, and I didn’t know what to expect from the classes. My knowledge of yoga was limited to what a friend (who was a yoga instructor) told me about it and what I have seen on television. I figured this would be an ordinary assignment, and I would simply get a few shots of people from interesting camera angles. Despite my naivety, my time with the AYP was a tremendous experience.
The studio we visited was located several floors up a large commercial building. After navigating several hallways we came to a dark corner that was tucked away from the majority of the other businesses. On one side of the corner was a restaurant, and on the other was a door with “Africa Yoga Project” labeled above it. As soon as we walked through the door, we entered the lobby of the AYP and I noticed the space was huge and very open. From the lobby, you could look up and across the room and see into the main studio on the second floor. Below the main studio, was another large open area that served as an overflow, if the main studio filled up. Behind the overflow studio was a large kitchen and dining area that offered panoramic views of the city. Continue reading >>