No matter where you live in the world, you’ve heard of this ancient Indian practice created around breath, balance, and strength.
If you’ve never tried a yoga session, you don’t know what you’re missing. Before you write it off as merely an hour of breathing and deep stretching, know that yoga fits well into any workout routine. Whether you’re a hard-core CrossFit buff or an occasional neighbourhood walker, you need to remember to take care of your body so that it can continue to perform well for you.
First up, a restorative yoga class in the Kisementi area of town taught by a sweet Indian woman named JayJay. I don’t know about you guys, but the Kampala I live in can be incredibly hectic. Long boda rides work permanent knots in your back and the daily inefficiencies of handling simple tasks can drive an expat crazy! If those symptoms sound familiar, you need to de-stress and take a restorative yoga class from my new friend, JayJay.
She has been teaching yoga for over 40 years, trained at the Bihar School of Yoga in India. Her class focuses on breathing patterns, a series of sun salutations, and leaves a little time at the end for yoga nidra, the practice of yoga relaxation where your body enters a meditative, sleep-like state helping rid the body of tension and anxiety.
JayJay teaches classes at her home in the Kisementi Shopping Center above The Crocodile Café on Saturday mornings from 10.30 am till midday. The top floor of her apartment is a large, open-air patio that allows you to practice yoga with continual fresh breeze while fixing your gaze during balance poses on the surrounding palm trees. Not too shabby!
Classes are 20,000 UGX for a 90-minute class. Because she teaches as more of a hobby and lifestyle, all proceeds from her classes go towards individual efforts to improve and support girl child education in Uganda and cancer patinets. Yoga for a good cause? Why, yes, please!
I really enjoyed JayJay’s Yoga session. If you want a sweaty, intense workout—this is not the class for you. However, I highly recommend trying out her class with the purpose of relieving stress, regaining balance and focus in your life, and a nice, deep stretch. Afterwards, I felt completely relaxed, refocused, and unwound and let me tell you this: I. Slept. Like. A. BABY! Ja