May 22, 2013

Yoga in an african prison - photos+story

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” ~ Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

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Location: Langata Women’s Prison ~ Nairobi, Kenya.

Recently, I had the opportunity of traveling to Africa as a resident artist for Africa Yoga Project, an organization that seeks to empower individuals and strengthen communities on the African continent, through the practice of Yoga, meditation, health education (HIV/AIDS) and social activism.

One of the places I visited, a Kenyan prison for women, brought me unexpected joy, when the inmates, many of whom are HIV positive, shared that yoga has become a rare source of happiness in their daily lives.

In the following images, I tried to capture this joy and the relaxing effects that this practice is bringing into their current reality.

An art class after the yoga session

Yoga in an african prison

Yoga in an african prison

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