What is Kunga Yoga?
Kunga Yoga is for all people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and abilities.
Kunga Yoga Teacher Trainings, Kunga Yoga Classes, and Kunga Journeys service retreats are joyful opportunities to learn healthy living practices while raising funds and serving others!
Kunga Yoga Vision and Mission
“Kunga” is a Kenyerwandan word meaning “to serve or help”. The mission of all Kunga Yoga programs is to offer the teachings of yoga as a path of service to the planet, it’s people, and all beings.
The heart of all Kunga Yoga programs is to encourage, inspire, and support healthy living, community building, volunteering, and positive activism. We chose this word in honor of the first group of children that we had the honor of working with, the Mizero orphans of the Rwandan genocide. Our mission is supported by three primary models: Kunga Yoga Teacher Training School: 200 & 500 Hour programs, Kunga Journeys service-based yoga retreats, and Kunga Yoga public classes.
The vision of Kunga Yoga is to connect cultures by inspiring and training individuals to approach their yoga practice and lifestyle choices as an opportunity to serve others, to encourage healthy communities, and to inspire positive activism. Our vision is to connect volunteers, donors, yoga students, and yoga teachers with local and international communities in need.
Kunga Yoga Core Values
Our core values reflect what we believe in and these values are the underpinning of all that we do and create. We believe that these values are universal and that ultimately all people have the same desire to live a healthy life of contribution, service, and community. These values are the heart and soul of all Kunga Yoga programs.
1. We Value Community
2. We Value Having Fun!
3. We Value Movement
4. We Value the Healing and Performing Arts
5. We Value Kindness and Compassion
6. We Value optimal Health: of our Minds, Bodies and our Planet
7. We Value Integrity
8. We Value Non-Violent Communication
9. We Value Balance
10. We Value Commitment
Kunga Yoga Methodology
Kunga Yoga is a service-based methodology that approaches the practice of yoga as an opportunity for self-growth and inquiry into how our choices may affect our local and global communities. Unlike some schools of thought that primarily encourage an inner self-inquiry,Kunga Yoga encourages both inner work for the self and outer work as service for the community. Kunga Yoga increases awareness of community building, volunteering, and working together, while promoting healthy lifestyle choices for the individual through a diverse toolbox of modalities.
Kunga Yoga classes incorporate a monthly service theme, along with classical and dynamic asanas, namaskars, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Kunga Yoga encourages conscious awareness of our thoughts, words, and actions, and awareness of how these thoughts, words, and actions affect our community. Kunga Yoga also encourages positive activism through educational and fundraising campaigns, and all Kunga Yoga programs work to raise awareness for Kunga Journeys, volunteer service trips benefiting orphanages in developing countries.
Kunga Yoga School & Yoga Teacher Trainings
The Kunga Yoga School is a registered 500Hour Yoga Teacher Training School offering basic and advanced training at the highest level within Yoga Alliance. The purpose of the Kunga Yoga School is to train yoga students and teachers in leadership and positive activism, and to serve as a fundraising platform for various orphanages around the world. The Kunga Yoga School offers students and teacher trainees an opportunity to explore the practice of yoga as service through the teachings of self-care, community building, volunteering and fundraising.
Our Kunga trainees and graduates offer Kunga Yoga classes for under-served populations throughout their community, and volunteer overseas on our Kunga Journeys retreats. Kunga trainings offer eastern and western modalities and schools of thought, are non-dogmatic, empowering and fun! Kunga Yoga School programs offer yoga and the arts in a non-intimidating way that welcomes all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and abilities and encourages playful connection. Our yoga school was founded in 2003 and has trained hundreds of teachers over the years. Our teachers carry out our service mission by teaching Kunga Yoga classes with a monthly service theme, and donating 5% of the proceeds from their classes to the Kunga fund for underserved populations.