Yoga is more than an exercise. Yoga is a lifestyle with practical principles for living life to the fullest. For most, Yoga is a means to reduce weight or strengthen their bodies and thus considered to be just an exercise but it goes a lot deeper than that. If one is willing to explore Yoga, they will find out that it gives one inner peace and insight.
Before I came to Uganda, I lived and taught in London at major gyms and studios such as Fitness First Kilburn and Tottenham, Brixton Recreation Centre, Oasis Covent Garden, Alchemy Centre Camden.
When I came to Uganda I found the country magnificently beautiful and coupled with my growing knowledge of the practice and its history, I felt in sync so decided to open my Yoga Teaching practice, AfriKan Yoga in Kampala.
However, I still conduct international master classes and workshops, run day and weeklong yoga retreats with Geo lodges Africa and retreats with the Uganda Buddhist Centre for those who wish to focus on meditation.
Kampala can be highly stressful for those who work and especially drive in the city and Yoga is a great pit stop to distress and unwind.
People all around the world are getting the sense that yoga is the cure for many of the ills of urban living so its awareness is growing and Uganda is no exception to this.
Besides teaching yoga at the Afrikan Yoga Centre in Kololo and In Movement Arts For Social Change in Kansanga, I also teach young people in Uganda as a part of the Afrikan Yoga Literacy Project which encourages reading amongst young people as well as healthy living; a movement I hope will be taken on globally.
I also work with various groups such as Children Peoples Concern Project, Break Dance Uganda, In Movement Art for Social Change and local schools.
More so, I am planning a World tour (Europe, America and Africa) to raise awareness of this style of yoga and to encourage more people to come to Africa, be involved in a yoga experience in its natural home for themselves.
Pablo is a Holistic Health & Wellness Consultant, Iconographic artist, International AfriKan Yoga Instructor.
The name Pablo Imani is synonymous with Afrikan Yoga a brand of yoga originating from Africa.
Afrikan Yoga utilises drums, rhythmic movements, dance and Afrikan tai-chi.
Its origin is in ancient Egypt which covered most of East and Central Africa. The Ancient Egyptians claimed their ancestors came from between the Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains and the source of the Nile). Its focus is on cleansing the emotional bodies, through the exploration of the elements (earth, fire, water and air); giving the practitioner a greater awareness of their inner and outer body.
I was introduced to Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago but it’s been 15 years since I realised I was practicing a yogic system for most of my entire life. I’ve been teaching the Afrikan Yoga for about 10 years. My main inspiration has been the speed of my recovery from back problems using Afrikan Yoga and what keeps me going is what I witness on a day to day basis; I have been witness to the healing power of yoga in my classes from injuries and illnesses.