ALBANY — The Africa Yoga Project will be presented to Albany enthusiasts of the discipline Sunday live from Kenya, thanks to the magic of social media.

The Albany Yoga Project, at 311 Pine Ave., will host a Skype session on Sunday through which Millie Weke will lead a class from Nairobi, Kenya, after attendees have had the opportunity to preview her documentary. The session beings at 9 a.m., and yoga mats will be provided.

In addition to the physical activity, officials with the organization said the event is meant to celebrate the nonprofit status of Albany Yoga Project, along with its location in downtown Albany, which has the intention of bringing community yoga to the city’s Central Business District.

The event is being conducted as part of the Africa Yoga Project, which was started in 2006 when the project’s founder, Paige Elenson, was on a safari and saw Kenyan acrobats doing handstands before eventually finding herself teaching the acrobats some of her techniques.

Officials with Africa Yoga Project said that more than 6,000 people participate in more than 300 community yoga classes weekly in 80 locations across 13 different African countries. More than 200 young people there, trained as teachers, are earning a living by teaching yoga to people who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

Donations will be accepted at the event, and all ages are welcome. For more information, call (412) 719-2071. For additional information on the Africa Yoga Project, visit

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