Sunday, August 23, 2009


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.

Yoga Flava promotes a style that includes soulful grooves and healing moves.

Breathing deeply, combined with movement, helps to naturally relax, de-stress, re-energize, and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. What are you waiting for?

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