Kenyan yoga boom creates jobs and breaks down barriers

Bernard Gitonga leads his students in Eastleigh during a yoga class. Photograph: Jason Patinkin for the Guardian
Bernard Gitonga leads his students in Eastleigh during a yoga class. Photograph: Jason Patinkin for the Guardian

With ambient music playing in the background, a dedicated group of yogis breathed in unison, concentrating intently on the finer details of the downward dog. Sweat dripped from their faces as the teacher guided them through a series of intricate asanas – body positions – correcting stray limbs and encouraging complete focus. But rather than a plush yoga studio with soft mats and air conditioning, the group of teenagers were working out in the concrete courtyard of a Nairobi orphanage, under the tuition of a dreadlocked instructor, Bernard Gitonga.  Read more…

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