Real Hot Yoga is honored to welcome the Africa Yoga Project to Knoxville.

TWO unique and inspiring fundraising events to choose from... attend one or both!

Just added... a community hiking event to get to know our African teachers BEOFRE attending their classes!



Drumming Yoga


Tuesday August 14th from 6:30-7:30pm

at our WEST HILLS (original) location


Drumming yoga is a yoga flow with the sound of African drum beats in the background to set the rhythm. This class, taught by John and Isaac, is so much more than a yoga class - it's an insight into their Kenyan culture, a chance to get to know them and their story of how yoga changed their lives, how they are changing others lives in Kenya. This will likely be the most inspiring yoga class you will ever attend. Minimum donation to attend up is $30 but larger donations are always welcome. Afterwards you'll have a chance to talk to and get to know our new Kenyan friends as we serve drinks. 

Register Here


Hiking with the African Yoga Project

Monday August 13, 9am - 12nn

** LOCATION CHANGED to Mouse Creek Falls in the Smoky Mountains



We are so excited to welcome back the Africa Yoga Project to Knoxville! Get to know the teachers from Kenya better by joining us on a hike and picnic!


When: Meet at Mouse Creek Falls at 9am. Please carpool as parking is limited.

Bring: A picnic! We will eat our lunch on the hike before we head back into town.

Cost: There is no cost to join us; however, please try to make it to their donation class at Real Hot Yoga on July 14th or Blue Ridge Yoga on July 15th. Issac and John are raising money to help support the youth growing up in the slums of Kenya.


RSVP and let us know if you can join us


Can't attend but would like to donate?

100% of your donations go directly to AYP


$30 Donation ONLY (class not included)


$50 Donation ONLY (class not included)


$75 Donation ONLY (class not included)


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Wonder what your donations buy?

A little bit goes a LONG way in Kenya!

  • $30 to sponsors a yoga class for a group of marginalized youth
  • $44 to provide 20 yoga mats for one of the free community outreach classes
  • $75 to provide one yoga class and lunch for 30 prisoners
  • $125 to fund the monthly salary of one AYP yoga teacher to empower others through yoga
  • $330 to provide lunch for 300 people at an AYP community class

Learn more about the African Yoga Project


African Yoga Dance


Wednesday August 15 6:00-7:00pm

at Blue Ridge Yoga in Farragut


This is an intention practice in an African context that weaves yoga and African dance to the soounds of African instruments. A $30 minimum donation is required to attend this event.


Register Here

Meet our AYP Yoga Teachers

John Guchua & Isaac Mukwaya

John      Isaac 

John Guchua 

Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor, 200hr AYP Yoga Instructor, Alliance and Kundalini Yoga Teacher, and AYFit Instructor.

John found yoga in 2009 after following a friend to class. After more than a decade of contemporary dance training, he was looking for a different type of practice and adventure and was instantly inspired by the positively therapeutic vibrations brought through the practice of yoga as well as the connection it generated between both body and mind.

John strives to make his classes enjoyable through thoughtful arrangement melding artistic and therapeutic methods, tempos and pacing guided by the flows of Baptiste power vinyasa yoga. He hopes to intentionally provide an open space for students to quiet the mind and strengthen the body, to cultivate a transformative experience. 

In addition to yoga John is an art therapist, art consultant, and the founder of Creative Yoga Millennium and Yogartec company.


Isaac Mukwaya
Certified 200hr AYP Yoga Instructor, Completed Baptiste Level II Teacher Training, AYFit Instructor, Certified within AYP Art of Assisting.

After taking his first class, he felt the change within; everything moving, becoming lighter, and more empowered. He began his yoga journey by attending Saturday community classes at the Shine Center. Each class, taught by a different teacher, resounded and awoke within me new ways of being. It ignited the spark to stand up in leadership positions for my community.

He currently teaches 5 outreach classes in Huruma as well as several private Baptiste power yoga and Yin classes weekly. Eventually Isaac hopes to open an ‘Empowerment Center’ for youth for them to learn various skills (yoga, acrobatics, martial arts, music, beadwork, etc) to show them that they can find purpose and potential within their future.