Jean Claude Djamba, a national from Benin, was born in Koumassi Ivory Coast. His family emigrated from Benin for economic reasons. His father passed away, when he was very young, which meant that he had to help support his family and was unable to finish school. Two of his brothers died from asthma. As is typical for many young people in Africa, Jean Claude was unemployed for many years. He tried his luck at soccer, and then worked as a DJ in a bar.
Four years ago, he was introduced to Yoga by Leila Hassan, founder of Lila Yoga in Abidjan. Practicing Yoga gave him hope and a motivation to live again. Yoga has given him inner peace and self-control. He started changing physically and transforming spiritually. After two years of practice, his asthma stopped. Thanks to becoming Leila Hassan’s apprentice and assistant, he is able to afford a modest home.
Jean-Claude has assisted and substituted classes for Leila Hassan at Lila Yoga and has taught classes to young dancers and musicians at Guirivoire, Rosemarie Guiraud’s Dance Company in Abidjan. He is being sponsored by AZAHAR Foundation and Lila Yoga to do the 300-hour Jivamukti Teacher Training in India.
His dream is to share the Yogic practices, inner peace and good health with young people in Africa, who are facing the same odds. He would like to contribute to his host-city, Abidjan, to find again a life that makes sense, a life of cooperation, sharing and love. He would like to heal the racial and religious divide and hate that have emerged in people because of so many civil wars.
Through Yoga, Jean Claude has claimed his life again. He recommends Yoga to everyone in order to change their lives for the better and for world peace to become a reality.