Sid Yoga featured in article by Julie Phillips Turner

On the morning of Sunday, September 9th, a ‘round the world yoga practice for the 2012 Yoga Aid World Challenge began in Sydney, Australia and spread like a wave around the world in a day, following the sun through Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, and ending in Los Angeles, California.

Baltimore, Maryland was on the map at the Sid Yoga Center in Towson which held donation-only classes throughout the day, and made donation bins available during each yoga class. 100% of the donations collected went to charity Africa Yoga Project (AYP), this year’s charity for the Yoga Aid World Challenge.

While Yoga Aid began in 2006, this year marked the first ever around the world yoga tour. The event challenged participants to raise $1 million for this year’s charity, the Africa Yoga Project (AYP), which is raising funds to build a Community Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

AYP empowers young people in Africa’s urban slums through Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, innovating a replicable model that creates jobs, improves health and develops leaders .Each year, AYP teaches over 200 free outreach classes weekly, reaching over 16,000 at risk youth per month in Africa.

On participating in the challenge and McNairy, stated,“It is up to each of us to create peace in the world. The Africa Yoga Project we concentrated on for the Yoga Aid World Challenge is doing great things, serving over 2,000 people a day with yoga. This is changing lives! We are about touching and changing lives at the Sid Yoga center. People can cause ripples, coming together in an ocean that is making a difference, creating peace in the world. Glad to have taken part in such a huge project.”

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