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Origins of Yoga

It is a little-known fact that Yoga first began in Africa,

specifically Kemet (ancient Egypt). Yoga, which means union, is for everybody. I would like to see people of African descent reclaim this ancient holistic practice for themselves and incorporate it into their modern lives.

The young Egyptians (Kamites) of Northeastern Africa were educated in a system of higher knowledge called the “Mystery System” by Egyptologists. They had to acquire a high level of competency in Yoga before they were  considered mentally and spiritually prepared to master the rigors of mathematics, engineering, medicine, astronomy, astrology, architecture, literature, religion, metaphysics, ethics and philosophy.

According to the book The Metu Neter by Ra UN Nefer Amen, these ancient Africans migrated to India and became what are now known as the Dravidian Indians. They passed on teachings and spiritual practices that later evolved into Hindu beliefs and yoga practices.

Yoga in the Modern World

Many of us are living with dis-ease, a fast track life that leaves little time for self-nurturing. People of color often have an especially hard time in modern society living up to expectations and illusions created by the mainstream media. The African-American community has high instances of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, anxiety and depression. Yoga is very soothing to the mind, body and emotions, which helps lower stress and blood pressure levels. It can also deliver a good cardiovascular workout that can help you lose weight while strengthening and toning your entire body. It can also help you sleep more soundly, leading to clearer thinking and awareness.

The following video clip shares a lecture by Yoga Master, Yirser Ra Hotep will explore the mind/body science of Yoga as a system of healing and transformation that was created by the people of Kemet (Ancient Egypt). Yirser who has over 30 years of experience as an instructor, researcher and innovator in the field of Yoga will shed light on the African origins of Yoga, it’s symbolic representation in ancient Egyptian spiritual iconography and how it can be applied today to heal, balance and energize our community.


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