Hi! Welcome to my first blog post. Naturally, I’m going to start with the story of what matters to me the most, The Yoga Community of Uganda.
When I moved to Uganda in 2013, I was struggling with a lot of things. Change of place, a new partner, no job and many more. I moved with a very few things from my past, a suitcase full of clothes, a couple of books and a life long yoga practice. As soon as I arrived, I was on a mission to find the yoga community and be a part of it. I was lucky enough to meet a couple of cool yogis and also surprised how small the yoga community here was. Small but loving. Within a couple of months, I started to teach some of my friends from home. I thought that was a good way to practice as pass time till I get a job again. Very soon, the group of students increased from 2 to 5 and I moved the practice to my rooftop. I had very slowly, stopped looking for a job.
3 years down the line, we have a community of over fifty yoga teachers in all of Uganda, each and every teacher bringing a beautiful practice to students. Most teachers in East Africa practice with a much deeper message, often teaching at prisons, teaching at community centres and just spreading the message of love and joy everywhere. The most striking thing about Yoga in Uganda is the absence of dedicated yoga studios! We practice EVERYWHERE. The lack of gorgeous studio spaces has not stopped teachers or students from practicing. Every teacher encourages and empowers the other teachers (especially newer teachers) around them. Teachers very often refer their own students to other teachers. We have a gorgeous Kampala Community Yoga project that offers Yoga to everyone who wishes to practice. Some amazing leaders and teachers use yoga as a tool to bring mindfulness in prisons, in mental health institutes and for various causes such as women’s safety and LGBTQ community. I am very very proud to realise that we have a very loving and harmonious yoga community here that is just growing by the day.