Lisa Coldwell O'Brien
Welcome to my fundraising page for Africa Yoga Project!
Africa Yoga Project (AYP) is a Not-for-Profit Organization that empowers individuals to create a transformation within themselves and within their community through the power of yoga. I was drawn to serve as an Ambassador because of a deep calling to share ways to feel good and do good: to be engaged, present and powerful for yourself and others.
My husband and I live in upstate New York with our six children and dog Bodhi. We hope that we model the adage that one of the surest ways to happiness is through service.
Embodying the mission of Africa Yoga Project, building connection, and raising significant funds ($10,000) to support the use of yoga to elevate individuals and empower communities is my service in action. All of the funds I raise go directly to the work being done in Kenya through AYP.
I believe in AYP’s approach of sharing yoga’s spiritual, physical, and practical (replicable) ways to empower generations of young people. I believe in the ripple effect that it creates throughout Africa and the world. And in the connection between Kenya’s suffering and our suffering, their joy and ours, and their goodness and ours.
Upon reaching my fundraising pledge, I'm invited to join the team in Kenya where I’ll spend 14 days working directly with Africa Yoga Project teachers and the communities they empower. The theme of the first week is receiving. I’ll attend, observe, and assist in various outreach settings such as informal settlements, prisons and schools.
For the second week, giving is the theme and I'll share my strengths and skills with the Africa Yoga Project teachers in a workshop format. The workshop topic is determined with the help of the AYP team and I'll develop the curriculum prior to leaving for Kenya.
This work is elevating the sense of possibility and peace not only in Kenya, but throughout the world.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about this project. Please consider a donation. Every bit counts toward cultivating peace and goodwill...for all of us.
“We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been - a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.” ― Starhawk