小编摘要：Paige Elenson 已经学习瑜伽 15 年了。她曾是华尔街的瑜伽顾问， 2007 年来到肯尼亚居住，并在首都内罗毕的Kibera 贫民区义务教授瑜伽。
Paige Elenson has been teaching Yoga for 15 years. The former Wall Street consultant came to Kenya in 2007 to live and volunteer in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.
She cofounded the Africa Yoga Project.
“It was actually a huge opportunity to start the Project right around the post-election violence. It was time when people were feeling really separate from each other while different tribes were starting to fight just because of their tribe. And to introduce a practice that’ s around peace and unity, where you don’t have to talk, that you just do and you physically are united. People started to really come together in a way that exceeded their tribe.”
For 26 year old Yoga instructor Joyce Murugi who experienced the violence in the Nairobi slum of Mathare first hand, Yoga provides an outlet for dealing with the trauma.
“It was just now like when I go and train Yoga, it’s me and my mat. I only train, no stress. When I get outside the mat, it's like I've been like reborn from the way I entered the class not the way that I've left the class.”
They make additional income by teaching private classes at gyms, SPAs, hotels and even the United Nations.
“Yoga is something that typically in the west we see as for the upper class. Here in Kenya, we reversed it. We’ve put all the Yoga pretty much in the slums. And it’s now the people from the slums are teaching the upper class. And this is great way to really reverse how we thing of people and who what Yoga is.”
Thanks to the free classes, 40 year old Alice Njathi can temporarily escape from the stresses of life in the slums.
“It's just like a medicine. After you have done it, you'll feel different. You feel different from your body and mind because you relax and concentrate. You relax, so you feel that is now different. I’m feeling it. It’s helping me.”
Although a new concept for many Kenyans living in the slums, Elenson says the Yoga is universal.
“What impresses me is that, you know, someone who takes class in New York City can go to a place that looks completely different, like you could be in Kibera, and in the middle of the slum and get on your Yoga mat and all of a sudden, you're just on your yoga mat.
So in Kenya, it appears that Yoga is here to Namaste.