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  • lYfe

    The 1st Lamu Yoga Festival in 2014 was a huge success with 108 yogis from around the world coming to Lamu, for 4 days of yoga, connection and joy. From 12 - 16 March 2015 we are organizing the 2nd Lamu Yoga Festival. Our goal is to empower, strengthen and support the community by encouraging harmony in mind and body through the practice of yoga.

    A variety of yoga classes and meditations will be available in and around the beaches of Shella, Lamu and Manda. Highlights include a dhow sail, workshops, fun competitions, and a grand finale beach party with Lamu drummers and acrobats.

    About

    Lamu, with its tropical climate, excellent variety in accommodation, miles of empty beaches and absence of cars, makes an ideal destination to leave behind the stresses of a fast-paced modern life. The ready availability of fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits further contributes to Lamu’s suitability as the Health and Wellbeing destination of Kenya.

    Register for this amazing festival online and be part of the 2nd annual Lamu Yoga Festival!

  • Amazing Lamu

    Immersed in culture, tradition and natural beauty Lamu is one of the oldest towns in Kenya.

    Lamu, with its tropical climate, excellent variety in accommodation, miles of empty beaches and no cars, makes an ideal destination to leave behind the stresses of a fast-paced modern life. The ready availability of fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits further contribute to its suitability as the Health and Wellbeing destination of Kenya.

    Lamu is easy to get to from Europe and Nairobi. There are 4 daily flights to Lamu from Nairobi and 1 daily flight from Malindi: Fly540, Airkenya SafariLink

    Alternatively you can ride the bus from Nairobi to Mombasa and Mombasa to Lamu. Your accommodation will organize airport transfers.

    Yoga Venues

    Banana House, Fatuma’s Tower, Diamond Beach, Jannatan Hotel, Msafini Hotel, Lamu Town, Beach

  • Teachers

    Meet the teachers at the Lamu Yoga Festival.

    Alexandra portrait

    Alexandra Spyratos

    Registered with Fitness Australia and with Yoga Alliance International certified, Alexandra blends years of experience as a fitness instructor and her yoga teaching into YOGACORE(tm), a fluid yoga workout focusing on core strength yoga combinations, guaranteed to challenge and develop strong and toned abdominals. Suits all levels. Come get the Lamu six-pack!

    Alexandra also presents a fun Zumba class- a dance fitness party that will spark your inner dance moves, tone and oxygenate the body. A sure way to have fun and a wonderful way to loosen the spine allowing increased flexibility for yoga.

    Angela portrait

    Angela Inglish

    Angela Inglish is originally from Oklahoma, USA but has been living in East Africa for the past 8 years. She currently resides in Kampala, Uganda where she teaches yoga as well as runs her own social enterprise that recycles glass while providing fair wage jobs to Ugandans www.GoodGlassUg.com

    With training in Ashtanga, Power and Vinyasa Flow yoga styles, Angela teaches a mix of the three. Her classes are designed to accommodate students who are beginners as well as those that are more advanced. Angela loves inversions and arm balances, as well as long holds in hip openers, but alwaysbrings a range of poses into her classes, inventing new flows and variations. She also likes to add pranayama and short meditations at the beginning or end of class.

    Anita portrait

    Ann Njeri

    Ann Njeri(Anita), from Nairobi, has been practicing and teaching yoga since 2009. She has completed Level 1 and 2 Baptiste yoga teacher training, 200 Hours and Kids yoga Teacher training with Next Generation. Ann is an Africa Yoga project certified and Baptiste certified yoga teacher. She loves sharing this great practice and says it has changed her whole life.

    "The love, peace, togetherness and unity this practice has brought into my life is great. I love teaching yoga and creating leaders".

    Ashley portrait

    Ashley Onyango

    Ashley Onyango has been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years now and became a Certified Yoga Instructor with Core Power Yoga in the US. She teaches an invigorating style of Power Vinyasa Yoga and is continuing her yoga training in Power Yoga for Sports. Ashley's classes focus on the trifecta of toning, increasing flexibility and building strength. She loves to see the change that yoga brings to her students, both physically and mentally. Ashley is Founder and Director of Acacia Studios, a dedicated Power Yoga studio, located in Westlands.

    Chelloti portrait

    Chelloti Ken

    Chelloti takes a personal and individualized approach to teach Acro-yoga, influenced by his own experience as an African acrobat and practitioner of Baron inspired Power vinyasa flow yoga. Acro-yoga brings together the wisdom of yoga the power of acrobatics and the loving kindness of Thai massage. The three create base of a practice that builds on trust, connection and fun. Having come from a Greek root akros – high – and the sankrit word yoga – union. Many amazing physical shapes can be formed and emotional and spiritual transformation can occur.

    The base of his classes is to bring individuals to a state of oneness with themselves, with each other, and with the supreme. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realized, celebrated and shared for the benefit of trust, connection, playfulness, community, teamwork, communication, mutual support, truthfulness, compassion and loving kindness. Genuine partnership empowers us to stay true to our own selves, while at the same time acknowledge that we are more powerful together than when alone. Acro-yoga is about the balance of the mind, body and also has a direct application in the things we do and how we live our lives. The sequence and intensity of the class will vary in accordance with the students experience, energy and prowess. Chellotis classes are accessible to beginners, while also challenging for the intermediate students.

    Chelloti is a certified 2nd level Baptiste power vinyasa yoga instructor and an Africa Yoga Project teacher.

    Christel portrait

    Christel Flowers

    Movement always has been my passion and in my search to balance the physical challenges of dance I found Yoga. Having practised Yoga for 25 years I have been a qualified Yoga teacher for the last 14. In my classes I combine elements of different styles into a unique blend where movement, flowing sequences, precision work in asanas or a sequence of Kundalini kriyas take the focus of a class. I work with all age groups and levels, teaching classes as well as individuals.

    Christel was born in Germany, but has been a resident of Kenya since 1988. She’s a Yoga teacher (Yoga Vidya, Flow Yoga), Practitioner for Reiki, Reflexology and Bio-resonances therapy, Focus Trainer and Waldorf Teacher. Presently she has her own classes in Langata and Karen, teaches at Hillcrest Secondary School and offer workshops in Nairobi or at the coast.

    Contact: christel.flowers@yahoo.com

    Eric portrait

    Eric Ouko

    Eric Ouko from Nairobi has been practicing yoga for nearly 5 years. He became a certified yoga instructor both by Yoga Alliance International certified and Jois Foundation with Africa Yoga Project here in Kenya. He teaches basic and advanced Ashtanga yoga and Baptiste Vinyasa flow.

    "A powerful student is a powerful teacher. Yoga has made me to be who I am today. I am still in learning with an open mind and open heart".

    Eric has attended many yoga workshops e.g: Yin yoga, Acroyoga, Dance yoga, Art of living, Pranayama, Kids yoga, Yoga anatomy, Thai massage and more. He loves to see how his students are transformed by yoga both physically and mentally, on and off the mat.

    Kelly portrait

    Kelly Alomba

    Born in 1963 in Western Kenya, Kelly Alomba has made quite the name for himself as a talented yoga instructor and trainer to International supermodel Naomi Campbell.

    Kelly trained and qualified as a Power vinyasa flow yoga teacher with the Africa Yoga Project and has been teaching yoga for 2 years now. In his practice as a yoga teacher, Kelly has been able to meet, interact and socialized with people from all walks of life. Kelly is currently the vice chairperson of Lamu Yoga Festival, a three day event held in Lamu every year bringing together enthusiasts from all over the world.

    "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change".

    Lisa portrait

    Lisa D’Onofrio

    Of English origin and now based in Paris, Lisa has been a practitioner for 15 years and a teacher for 5. She's certified with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 instructor. She also teaches regular classes in Paris and organise and give courses at yoga retreats in Africa.

    Lisa is originally qualified as a nutritionist, and began practising yoga during pregnancy with her first child. Yoga became, and remains, an important source of strength for her, both physically and mentally.

    "The skills yoga brings to me, the feeling when I sit on my yoga mat and begin to focus on my breathing is the resource that I use to stay positive and centred".

    Lisa's style has developed towards Vinyasa incorporating the exactness of Iyengar, coupled with the dynamism of Ashtanga. She finds giving gentle adjustment fulfilling because it allows each student to explore their potential by understanding the keys to each asana. Her philosophy is that the awareness and practice of the breath is paramount in order to allow the body to achieve asanas with grace, to explore the link between asanas and pranayama to achieve clarity of the mind and thus allow ourselves to follow our path. For Lisa, teaching yoga is an exchange of energies between student and teacher creating a sense of quiet strength and mental stability for all involved, and an opportunity to give students a moment of release from the pressures of everyday life.

    Monika Portrait

    Monika Fauth

    When Monika, Dutch, came to Lamu for the first time 17 years ago during her world travel, she immediately fell in love with the beauty of Lamu Island and announced that Lamu was THE place for yoga and destressing.

    She started teaching yoga on the beach in 1999 and developed her own style, inspired by yoga teachers whom she invited to give Yoga Retreats in Lamu.

    In 2003 she became a follower of the Art of Living organisation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and since than has deepend her yoga, meditation and pranayama. In 2007 she opened her own studio at Banana House and became Art of Living teacher and Sri Sri Yoga instructor. Monika, always been active promoting yoga, is initiator of the Lamu Yoga Festival and will teach yoga with a smile!

    Oriane portrait

    Oriane Torode

    Originally from France, Oriane is now living in Nairobi Kenya where she teaches Yoga, organises Well-Being Safaris and runs Yoga Retreats around East Africa and Europe.

    She studied Yoga asanas, philosophy and Anatomy, is a qualified Yoga Instructor since 2004, has been teaching for the last 10 years and is certified by the YOGA ALLIANCE and the Centered Yoga Institute. She has been practising a variety of yoga styles for the past 15 years.

    Oriane coaches yoga novices and advanced practitioners, and guides through Yoga Therapy to help with a variety of mind and body related issues Over the years she has developed a refined style and a great passion for teaching.

    Her approach to yoga is compassionate and rooted in the core traditions of classical yoga, Hatha and Ashtanga. She teaches an intuitive yoga style emerging directly from her feelings and the one of the students. She likes to let feel the postures and let the practice flow, learn to let go and surrender.

    For more info visit www.vinyasayoga.co.ke
    Or write to oriane.torode@gmail.com or info@vinyasayoga.co.ke

    Paul portrait

    Paul Krystall

    Paul teaches Dru Yoga and Dru Meditation at Watamu Treehouse on the Kenya Coast - www.treehouse.co.ke or Watamu Treehouse on Facebook.

    Dru is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on soft flowing movements, directed breathing and visualization. With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit—improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, removing energy blockages, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being.

    Dru sessions include asanas done in a flowing style, sequences, affirmations and pranayama (breathing designed to shift energy), mediation and always a long guided relaxation! The sessions can be done by people of all ages, fitness levels and experience. People call Dru the 'yoga of the heart' - come and open your heart in a Dru Yoga session.

    Stacia portrait

    Stacia Soyal

    Since 2001 Stacia has been sharing yoga tradition all over the globe. For 14 years she resided in Tanzania offering retreats and hosting teachers. Now she resides in the US and annually runs retreats on Lamu Island. She is always enthusiastic to share her knowledge of Eastern traditional training attained from Masters, Rinpoche’s and Swami’s. Her teachers include a mix of both Eastern and Western masters including Rinpoche Abbay, Tsewang Gyalsten, Sri Patraji, Dr Mohan, Padmashree Siddhyog Peeth, Master Hwashin, as well as Louise Ellis and Danny Paradise.creating core stability, removing energy blockages, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being.

  • Accommodation

    There are many wonderful types of accommodation in Shela, Lamu and Manda to suit all budgets.

    Our accommodation partner SleepOut.com has a variety of options to help you book.

    Sponsor hotels include: Banana House, Fatuma’s Tower, Diamond Beach, Lamu House, Msafini Hotel

    Flight packages will also be organized with individual Hotels in Shela Village, Manda Beach and Lamu Town.

  • Sponsors

    The Festival is creating a community of like-minded companies and organizations through positive partnership and sponsorship programs.
    The opportunity exist for sponsors to become involved in this wonderful gathering of like minded, health conscious people.
    We are committed to delivering valuable benefits and a positive partnership experience to each festival sponsor.

  • Register Now

    TICKET A: Ksh 9,000
    All day Yoga Classes, T-Shirt, Swahili Dinner, Sunset Dhow Meditation, Fun Competition, Final Beach Party

    TICKET B: Kph 6,000
    All day Yoga Classes and T-Shirt

    The total amount can be transferred via Mpesa, Paypal or Bank transfer. Click here to register or Email info@lamuyoga.org for further information. Download last year’s program and teacher schedule. The 2015 program will be ready by December 2014.

  • Get In Touch

    Lamu Island
    Kenya

    E-mail:

    info@lamuyoga.org

    Media

    Schedule

    Download last year’s program and teacher schedule.

    Downloads

    The poster

    The postcard [high res pdf] [low res jpg]

    The logo [high res ai] [web png]

    Press [ndege news]

    The Festival

    For more information please contact us on info@lamuyoga.org and we will get back to you.

    Photos for the festival are uploaded to Flickr. Watch the video from lYFE 2014.