We are featuring personal stories from guests, teachers and volunteers who attended the fourth Lamu Yoga Festival March 8–12, 2017. Send us your story, too! By Adrian Kibai The fast dash of the plane on the runway can be unsettling if you are not used to it. The lift-off of the small commuter jet that transports passengers between Nairobi and Lamu might make … Read More
The Fourth Lamu Yoga Festival Is Finally Here
What a day! We’ve kicked off the fourth Lamu Yoga Festival with a bang. Our volunteers did a wonderful job welcoming hundreds of guests at the Shela Bazaar, with fresh coconuts in hand. We had our first round of yoga classes in four different venues around the village. In the evening, we had a introduction from the festival’s chairlady Monika Fauth, drumming by kids from Anidan, … Read More
Are You Doing These 5 Poses Wrong?
Yoga instructor Ashley Newsome sees clients make mistakes in five common yoga moves — and this can lead to injury, she says. In a story from Well and Good, Newsome demonstrates and explains what you may be doing wrong, and how to fix it. Are you doing these poses right or wrong? Check out the story here.
3 Yoga Poses to Boost Digestion
Yogis say the practice can stimulate organs and improve their function. So why not help your body digest that heavy meal you just enjoyed? NDTV author Priya Deesh has compiled three asanas that can help boost your digestion: gomukhasana, vajraasana and ardha chandraasana. Check out the article for detailed instructions!
Yoga Mom: ‘deeper mind-body connection’ during pregnancy
American woman Randi Greene is a yoga teacher who refused to roll up her mat when she became pregnant, Daily Mail reports in this sweet story. The “new mother who was still performing headstands the day before she gave birth says yoga was behind her speedy 10-minute labour.” It also helped her create a “deeper mind-body connection” during pregnancy. Check out … Read More
American Study: Serious Yoga-Related Injuries Up
A new U.S. study finds that while serious yoga injuries are rare, they are on the rise. Here’s an excerpt from HealthDay Reporter, published on WebMD: It’s a small number compared to how many people practice yoga, researchers said, and the odds of a serious injury are low. However, the study found that the rate of ER-treated injuries increased over time: from … Read More
The Perfect Yawn: Coordinating Breath and Movement
“Long before you took your first yoga class, your body already knew something about co-ordinating breath and movement, thanks to the mechanism of yawning. We humans start practising this nascent form of yoga in utero, yet we are taught from an early age to suppress our yawns for fear of causing offence,” writes YuMee Chung, a self-described recovering lawyer who teaches yoga in … Read More
Yoga For All
Did you know we sponsor free community yoga classes? Africa Yoga Project teacher Paska Atim John teaches yoga to local adults and children in Lamu Town and Shela every week. Check out all the initiatives we sponsor to support our beautiful community here, and join us if you can.
The Fascinating Story of Yoga in Cuba
Take a trip to the tiny Caribbean island with a lot of soul by reading this piece on “the grandfather of Cuban yoga.” Excerpt: “The conditions are minimalist—students rest in Savasana on a small area of tiled floor space, surrounded by empty walls with peeling paint and views of lush, fertile jungle outside. [Eduardo] Pimentel dreams of one day selling his … Read More
Ever Hear of Yin Yoga?
Cool essay in Vogue about The Hardest Yoga You’ve Never Tried, a style that focuses more on stillness than movement. But don’t let the pace fool you, the writer says, it can be “excruciating and elating.” And it might help with chronic symptoms. Here’s an excerpt: Yin is the underdog of the yoga world, likely because its quiet, inward-focused nature means … Read More
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