Afrikan Yoga

Tamare Smai Taui

What is Tamare Smai Taui Afrikan Yoga?

Afrikan Yoga Tamare Smai Taui founded by Pablo M Imani Khonsu Sekhem Ptah is a form of yoga known for its use of rhythmic movements to the sounds of drums that aid in heating up the body in order to perform Sanuyaat/Postures. Adequate natural body heat and energy generation minimises the risks of injury or strain when doing static postures.

There is an emphasis on elemental body awareness and breath. The development of flexibility, mobility, strength and endurance is emphasized through dance and postures. Afrikan Yoga is firmly based on the movements of the Neters/Neteru as found on the temple walls at The Temple of Luxor, The Temple of Horus at Edfu and in the scientific methods as mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, Edwin Smith Papyrus, Rhind Papyrus - the oldest books in the world known as The Pyramid Texts.

The Philosophy

Egyptian Philosophy of Maat as expounded by the Egyptian Book of the Dead known as the 42 Precepts or commonly referred to as the ‘Negative confessions’, or ‘Declarations of Innocence' and the 'Ten Virtues of the Initiates’, the wisdom texts include:

· Truth

· Non-violence (Philosophy of Imhotep and Akhenaton)

· Right action

· Self control

· Right speech

· Right worship

· Selfless service

· Balance of mind: right thinking, right reasoning

· Not stealing

· Sex sublimination

· Maat offering

These are comparable with the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhist Dharma, the teachings of Amennakht, Ptah Hotep, Kagemini, Tehuti/ Hermes Trismegistus and Seti I as found in the Tomb of Seti I (1350 B.C.E) predating the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (200 B.C.E).

The yoga sutras yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana and samadhi are integral within the teachings of Seti I and so are established within the disciplines of Afrikan Yoga.

Afrikan Yoga has 9 main disciplines:

1. Smai - science of the breath

2. Proper exercise

3. Nutrition

4. Restraint

5. Relaxation

6. Steadying of the mind or meditation

7. Hika Mantra

8. Visualisation

9. Transformation

Postures Forms and Sequences

This form of Ancient Egyptian Yoga, focuses on energy development and emotional cleansing of the physical and emotional body through the development of movement and postures.

Through the practice of a system of Sayunaats/Postures commonly called Asanas, its use of Hanu movements Raagus African Dance and Hudu African Tai chi aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well-being. This discipline is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being.

Key focus points of the physical practise

This form of Ancient Egyptian Yoga focuses on energy development and emotional cleansing of the physical and emotional body through the development of movement and postures.

Through the practice of a system of Sanuyaat/Postures commonly called Asanas, its use of Hanu (movements), Raagus (African Dance) and Hudu (African Tai chi) aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well-being. This discipline is considered a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being.

Key focus points of the physical practice

Afrikan Yoga is characterized by its attention to rhythmic movements and precise focus on breath. Founder Menfesawe-Imani pioneered the use of affirmations, drums, stretch-bands, sticks, crystals and stones held in the hands, and the elements Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether which function as aids for combining body and psycho-spiritual awareness allowing beginners to experience movement and postures more easily and fully than might otherwise be possible without several years of practice.

An emphasis of co-ordinating movement, dance and awareness of muscles, internal organs and emotional effects of movements are emphasized in Afrikan Yoga. They are said to release emotional blockages, increase vitality, improve circulation, libido, coordination and balance, ensuring a strong foundation for meditational poses.

Unlike the Western and Indian approaches, where students are fixated to static movements of the body and suppressed emotions, an Afrikan Yoga class is verbal and lively with precise instructions and corrections to movements and postures. A typical class encourages freedom of movement in the hips, torso, arms and legs.

Yoga Philosophy Course is based on the belief that mental and physical health are interrelated, and should be conditioned together.

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