Karma Ayiti Yoga was founded by Haitian native and New York-based yoga instructor Valerie Anne Verdier.
Contact Val at BONJOUkay@KARMAAYITI.ORG
Born and Raised in Port-au-Prince Haiti, Valerie was nineteen when she left to study abroad. During her freshman year at university she discovered yoga and all the benefits this practice has to offer.
When I am practicing or teaching I feel at home, in my heart and my body. I want to bring that feeling to the children that need it at home in Haiti”
The KAY project is Valerie's way to give back and to be of service by bringing yoga to disenfranchised communities in Haiti. Reluctant at first as she wasn’t sure that yoga would make a difference in the lives of these kids, but she was convinced by their smiles the first class she taught. Now KAY has grown beyond the after school program, to create job opportunities and continuing education with dreams to do more.
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In Haitian Creole Ayiti means Haiti, while kay means home.
KAY is a volunteer run initiative which means 100% of our funding supports our programming. We currently operate with an annual budget of $2,000 USD. As of 2018 we will increase it to $3,000 USD in order support the english classes for the instructors.
KAY was born out of the Modo Yoga NYC & Moksha Yoga MTL studios where we use our creativity and sense of community to support others. Our funding is provided primarily through weekly karma classes where all proceeds go to educational, community oriented and environmental charities like KAY.