Claire M. Burnett
The Yoga You've Never Heard Of
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
Return to Kemet: The Resurrection of an African Legacy
What is Kemetic Yoga?
Kemetic Yoga is African Yoga. It was practiced by the ancient Kamites for physical, mental and spiritual development. Kemetic yoga acknowledges the Ancient/Kemetic/Kushite origins of yoga and seeks to make a link between Ancient Egypt, the Indus/Kush civilization prior to the Aryan invasion and traditional African traditions of knowledge and spirituality such as the Yoruba.
We Started It
The geometric positions and postures seen in the hieroglyphs and temple walls of ancient Egypt are some of the earliest manifestations of yoga.
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DNA studies show conclusively that the original modern human beings emerged out of Africa over 3.5 million years ago.
The people of India, who were originally an all-Black people called Dravidians, had DNA that originated in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is part of the African region called “Kush” that included ancient Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, all of which comprises a large chunk of Africa. In the book “Opening to Spirit”, author and Yoga master, Shola Arewa draws the connection between ancient Indian stories of the origin of humans on Mount Meru, with East Africa, where the actual mountain of Meru stands at over 15,000 feet in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
emerges from the one of the oldest known civilizations which is ancient Egypt (Greek Term), 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 systems of self-development that fueled the creation of the Kemetic civilization that spawned western science, philosophy and religion.
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, as well as 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.
The philosophic principals of Kemetic Yoga places emphasis on the rejuvenation of the entire body and mind, and not just the 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.
Each series of movements takes you into the posture in the correct order and brings you out of the posture in the correct order. Nothing is left to chance or is haphazard. This form of movement is in tune with the body’s natural anatomy. It systematically works through every joint and muscle group to develop alignment, corrects body defects and energize 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.
Come Return to Kemet with me.
Love & Light,