In 2012, I had the opportunity to travel to Africa as a resident artist for Africa Yoga Project, an organization that educates, empowers, elevates, and employs youth from Africa using the transformational power of yoga. The vision of Africa Yoga Project is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness and become self-sustaining and leaders in their communities. The organization has trained more than 100 Kenyan yoga teachers and empowers more than 6,000 people a week through its 300 free outreach yoga classes.
The following is the remarkable journey of one man I had the honor of working with. Written by my friend Kelly Holzscheiter while we were working there in May 2012, it was already one of the most inspirational stories I've encountered in my career. David Maina, an Africa Yoga Project teacher, had been the face of my work for many years. Earlier this week, his life was tragically taken from him. I'm honored to have been trusted to tell his story. —Robert Sturman