Chicago, IL, September 28, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Local business Eb & flow Yoga Studio in Bucktown/Wicker Park will hold a fundraising event to support Africa Yoga Project (www.africayogaproject.org) next Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013. The global not-for-profit organization recently launched its Handstands Hugs & Highways tour of the eastern United States, September 21st-October 23rd. Eb & flow is one of the tour’s three stops in Chicago.
Africa Yoga Project began its work in 2007. The organization’s founders, Paige Elenson and Baron Baptiste, believed that yoga could be used as a tool for helping people in the poorest areas of Kenya to transform their lives. They began training members of these communities to be yoga instructors and offering free classes for area youth and adults. Participants quickly embraced the practice, which many say instills in them a sense of personal empowerment, emotional healing, and improved physical health and conditioning.
Since then, Africa Yoga Project has trained more than 70 young people and gainfully employed them as yoga instructors throughout Kenya. The organization now provides more than 300 free classes in over 80 locations each week, reaching more than 5000 people who otherwise would not have an opportunity to learn and practice yoga.
The fundraising event at Eb & flow welcomes Irene Auma and Rufus Ngugi from Africa Yoga Project, who will teach a class at the Bucktown/Wicker Park studio. Irene and Rufus teach free classes in their own communities in Nairobi, Kenya because they believe in the power of yoga to connect people to each other and the world.
“I had the honor to train with Irene at Level 2 and she was just recently certified as a Baptiste teacher,” Eboni (Eb) Howard, co-owner of Eb & flow reveals. “I feel so blessed that she will be in Chicago and that we can introduce her and Rufus to our teachers and all of our students.”
Peggy Moore, Eboni’s mother and business partner, adds, “We believe that yoga is for everyone and can serve as a catalyst for positive change and empowerment, no matter your life situation. We are so pleased to support the work of the Africa Yoga Project.”
The event begins at 6:30 pm Wednesday, October 2nd with a special class featuring Africa Yoga Project instructors Irene and Rufus, followed by a social hour with light refreshments and beverages. Suggested donation is $15 per person. All proceeds will benefit Africa Yoga Project.
Eb & flow Yoga Studio offers both heated and non-heated, gentle and challenging classes in the styles of Baptiste Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Fusion styles, and Yin Yoga in two beautiful, spacious practice rooms. The Studio is located in Bucktown/Wicker Park at 1834 W. North Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60622. Visit our website at www.ebandflowyoga.com.