In April 2017, four members of our team visited Nairobi, Kenya for a 200-hour Baptiste Yoga teacher training and observation of Africa Yoga Project‘s Shine Center. Through this cultural exchange opportunity, we learned about the tools used in the slums of Nairobi that could transfer to our own communities in Chicago. Our Co-Executive Director, Quentin, shares his reflections on the experience:

What did you learn about yoga, healing, and economic empowerment during this training?

That no matter what obstacles we as people will face in this life. there will be times where we have to empower ourselves so that those individuals who will come after us can get a sense who what empowerment feels like.

What was your favorite part of the trip to Kenya?

C.U.L.T.U.R.E. We are all in this together. Even if you feel as if you don’t belong at times there’s always something that will remind you of why everyone always will belong.

How did this experience impact your own life?

I’m still processing lots of what I experienced on my trip. But it definitely was eye-opening and also the experience of a lifetime.

How will you apply what you learned to your work in the Englewood community?

Use it as Motivation!

What is your hope for the future of I Grow Chicago and Africa Yoga Project’s partnership?

That we can potentially, Wait let me rephrase that we will build peace campuses all across the globe? Striving for greatness. Equal opportunity and equality for all.