Kemetic Yoga

What is Kemetic Yoga

Kemetic Yoga is the Ancient Egyptian system of Yoga enlightenment based upon the practices of physical movements combined with controlled deep breathing and meditation. The modern version of this ancient system was developed from primary research conducted by Dr. Asar Hapi and Master Yirser Ra Hotep (Elvrid Lawrene) of Chicago during the 1970s.

Kemetic Yoga is a healing and regenerative Yoga system that is characterized by a series of geometrically progressive postures that creates alignment of the spinal column and corrects defects in the skeletal muscular system in order to relieve stress, increase blood circulation, nutrient and oxygen supply to vital body systems, and to allow internal life force energy and cerebral spinal fluid to flow more efficiently and abundantly throughout the entire body.

Kemetic Yoga is part of the YogaSkills Method™ of Yoga practice that emphasizes creating conditions through activating the parasympathetic nervous system whereby the body and mind can heal themselves as opposed to extreme gymnastic and contortionist postures that often cause injury and result in useless competitive mindsets that plague the commercial Yoga industry today.

Kemetic Yoga emerges from the one of the oldest known civilizations, which is ancient Egypt properly called Kemet in Northeastern Africa and rivals the evolution of Yoga in India. Kemetic Yoga™ was developed by studying, translating and interpreting the commonly called hieroglyphic texts of Kemet (ancient Egypt) and the images of Yogic postures that are clearly pictured on the walls of the Kemetic temples.

Kemetic Yoga is both a philosophy and a practice based upon the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) systems of self-development that fueled the creation of the Kemetic civilization that spawned western science, philosophy and religion.


History of Kemetic Yoga

The ancient Kemetic people who built the pyramids and gave the world mathematics, architecture, astronomy, agriculture, chemistry, engineering, medicine and religion used symbols to express their scientific and philosophical ideas. Through modern eyes, what these ancient people meant by their symbolic drawings and carvings appear obscure and mysterious. Through the eyes of one enlightened to their world view – will easily understand their obvious and magnificent messages.

Carved on the back of a wooden chair found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen is the image of a man called Shu. Shu represents the concept of breath. His long curved beard indicates that the ancient Egyptians or Kemetic people viewed him as a Netcher or force of nature. In the ancient Kemetic Scientific System of Cosmology, Shu represents the concept of the breath we breath, which gives life to our physical bodies. It’s also the atmosphere that surrounds the Earth and one of the four elements of creation, i.e., earth, air, fire and water.

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Egyptologist who studied ancient Egyptian civilization have known about this carving for thousands of years, yet no one ever equated Shu with Yoga. When we do a casual examination of his position and the symbols carved on the chair which includes the sun disk at the top of his head and two Cobra snakes, the connection with Yoga becomes obvious. The sun disk on top of his head corresponds to the crown chakra or energy center related to higher intelligence and enlightenment. The cobras correspond to two of the three main Nadis which according to Yogic science are channels through which energy or life force moves, nourishes and animates the human body.

The position of Shu and all other myriad of Yoga positions we see represented in ancient Egyptian art and literature are not unique to that culture. You can find it in other parts of Africa and in the western hemisphere where Africans traveled thousands of years before Columbus.

The people of ancient Kemet practiced a unique style of Yoga that predates the Yoga of India, and the practice and philosophy of Yoga in India was informed by knowledge that came out of Africa. Fact is examples of Indian Yoga can be found in ancient Egypt, but examples of ancient Kemetic Yoga cannot be found in India. The conclusion one can draw from this is : the Yoga of Egypt is much older than that found in India.


Philosophy of Kemetic Yoga

The philosophic principals of Kemetic Yoga places emphasis the rejuvenation of the entire body and mind, and not just physical development of outer muscles and flexibility. Kemetic Yoga teaches you the skill to ease yourself into a posture as opposed to forcing yourself into it. Most importantly, Kemetic Yoga emphasizes control of the breath. The breath is the life force, and we use the breath to “flow” through the movements from one posture to the next.

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Each series of movements takes you into the posture in the correct order and brings you out the posture in the correct order. Nothing is left to chance or haphazard. This form of movement is in tune with the body’s natural anatomy. It systematically works through every joint and muscle group to develops alignment, correct body defects and energizes the organs.

While the Kemetic Yoga postures are unique in themselves, this style of movement can be applied to all yoga systems, whether it’s the various forms of Indian yoga or ancient Kemetic Yoga. This system is slower and more methodical than the traditional methods of Yoga. By slowing down the movements, we put more emphasis on developing the Yoga skills of patience and concentration.

Yoga works as therapy on various levels of human development. On one level it provides a total sense of well-being and personal empowerment that allows any individual the ability to become self-actualized. This means that one has the energy, mental clarity and discipline needed to direct their actions towards the goals they set for themselves. The word Yoga literally means control. When we do not have control over our thoughts and behaviors we become unhappy and out of balance. Lack of control over one’s thoughts is related to the definition of insanity. Once we incorporate the philosophic principals of Kemetic Yoga into our daily lives not, only do we learn how to control our thoughts and relaxation techniques, but we train our bodies not to respond to stress or stressful situations.

The key principles in Kemetic Yoga that makes it unique are:

Kemetic Yoga postures that are not known in India Yoga
The method of performing these postures emphasizes body alignment and geometric progression
The emphasis of breath control that stimulates the autonomic nervous system in our daily lives. This helps to reduce stress and increase productivity and creativity.
The symbols found in ancient Egypt represents Yogic concepts.

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