1. To promote the physical, spiritual, and mental well-being of African youth.
2. To create employment opportunities for young people through practicing and teaching yoga.
3. To develop a yoga project that will be self-sustainable and self-replicating.
Across the African continent, many people are forced to focus their efforts on the accumulation of wealth. With little time or resources to dedicate to living a healthy lifestyle, people’s bodies and minds are often out of shape. Gyms, tennis courts and spaces for physical recreation are not easily available for African communities to maintain a healthy mind through a healthy body.
AYPAD’s yoga project was created with the intention of helping young people maintain a positive mind set. Yoga classes began in the summer of 2010 after the donation of some mats, and the project has two main objectives. The first objective is to engage youth in peaceful activities that build skill and promote physical, spiritual, and mental well-being. The second is to extend yoga practice to both paying and non-paying members of the public. Each participant in our yoga classes will also be working towards becoming an instructor, so that they can spread the positivity of yoga to their own communities.