Creating a sacred space in Burundi to practice and teach Kundalini Yoga for people to heal from trauma

  • Kundalini Beyond Borders


My name is Franck Inihazwe, I am 30 years old and I was born and raised in Bujumbura, Burundi, where I live today. I successfully completed the KRI Level One teacher training at Club du Lac Tanganyika in 2014 and I have been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 2015. The practice of Kundalini Yoga made me realize the inner potential in me and I overcame trauma caused family and life issues. Before this daily discipline, I had almost no hope and a lot more anxiety about my future. All this because of the misbehaving of my father who was a drunk and did not take care of the needs of my family. At a very early age I was obliged to work and contribute to the family needs.

When I started yoga, I found hope, peace and grace in everything I wanted to do. I was able also to bring joy and happiness in my family and my inner most circle. I started to impact more youth’s lives using this practice as way to overcome trauma and many more difficulties that they face on daily basis. My life has changed thanks to the Kundalini Yoga. That is why I vowed to myself to never be tired to reach those unserved and vulnerable young people who need this life changing lesson in order to brighten their life and help them to find hope. In Burundi there is more youth who suffer from trauma due to political conflict that continuously happen since 1993. Kundalini Yoga can contribute a lot in life of more than one. And this is something I devoted my time and energy. As for me, to live is to serve.

Burundi has been torn by years of various civil wars and there is no longer a place to learn or practice Kundalini Yoga in the city of Bujumbura. Worse, the traumas from the brutal wars have left many people in shock, suffering from shattered self-esteem to complete despair and with this added to poverty, mental illness is now rampant. I have been working with 2 fellow KY teachers and a psychologist to help heal these ailments and give people whose lives were shattered a chance to heal.

The project is to establish a Yoga Center for people seeking to heal, students, practitioners and teachers alike, to be a reference point for Kundalini Yoga. To create a cozy refuge where people come to practice and be healed by the technology of Kundalini Yoga.