Please note reduced classes at Harlem Plaza for the rest of June and even mores in July and August. Lots to come in September!
“Every morning I get up and I don’t think about what I’m going to do tomorrow, or today, or what I did yesterday,” she said. “I think it’s going to be the best day of my life.” ~ Tao Porchon – Lynch; New York Post
Tao Porchon-Lynch has inspired me for years now – she has been recognized as The World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher since 2012 by The Guiness Book of World Records and every time she hits the news I am filled with joy to see her achieve another dream ….. in her 90’s!
I absolutely love how she immerses herself in each activity because she enjoys them and then lets it flow – in this case to win a famous dance contest.
“I am not interested in knowing about what I cannot do only what I can.” ~ Tao Porchon – Lynch; TED Talks
She does not give up – she continued practicing and teaching yoga after a hip replacement and a rod in her leg; double hip replacement in her 80’s; a broken wrist and now she is dancing and on her 3rd hip replacement!
Just recently she wowed the judges and the audience with her dancing skills – they gave her standing ovation on America’s Got Talent 2015.
Her life reads as a fairy tale; born in India; marched with Ghandi; modelled in France; befriended by Marilyn Monroe in Hollywood; works with the Dali Lama …..
Her yoga bio is just as impressive: Started practicing yoga at 8 years old on the beach in India! Practiced yoga for 70 years! Teaching yoga for 56 years! Studied with BKS Iyengar and K Pattabhi Jois! At 96 she can balance her weight on her hands!
Pablo Imani – one of my favourite Egyptian Yoga teachers and the founder of Afrikan Yoga.
What keeps yoga alive for me is diving into the different cultures and styles of yoga.
I practiced yoga for over 10 years and never heard anything about African Yoga. Then in the 1970’s I went to visit a museum display on the Egyptian Kings particularly King Tut. As I gazed at the drawings and paintings the first yoga pose I saw was the plow.
That startled me into looking more intensely and I saw yoga poses in other artefacts too. The Wheel; The Lotus and an interesting Kneeling Twist I never saw anywhere before. To this date in all my research I have never saw that pose in another style.
As with Indian Yoga and Tibetan Yoga there are many different styles of Egyptian Yoga and some are religious based and some are not.
Most styles of Egyptian Yoga are based on concepts outlined in an ancient Egyptian text called The Book of Emerging into the Light (originally translated as The Egyptian Book of the Dead. The similarities of the lifestyle described in this ancient text to the lifestyle described by The Yoga Sutras is fascinating.
This book was often commissioned by wealthy families and they had some control over the contents so there are many different variations.
Very interestingly the Egyptian word for ‘Yoga’ ‘Smai Twa’ means union – similar to the Sanskrit word ‘Yoga’ which is considered to mean union.
According to Pablo Imani of Afrikan Yoga one of the most famous Egyptian Yoga teachers from Uganda Africa.
“This form of 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.
Afrikan Yoga is characterized by its attention to rhythmic movements and precise focus on breath. 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.”
Egyptian Yoga Pose, Ka (Spirit)
- Begin with feet together, hands at your sides. Step forward on left foot.
- Lift arms to sides; bend elbows at right angles, palms forward.
- Inhale, then exhale while turning toward left. Keep feet in place, the head centered between your arms. Release in the left hip.
- Inhale, then exhale while turning head to the right. Inhale head back to center, exhale to the left, inhale to center.
- Lower arms. Bring feet back together.
- Step forward with right foot and repeat on the other side.
Model: Yirser Ra’
Dr. Musta Ashby is another early promoter of Egyptian Yoga in the US. He is teaching a ‘vinyasa’ from Egyptian Yoga – The Journey of Ra/The Sun Salutation.
A few of my favourite Egyptian Yoga clips on youtube.
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Kemetic Yoga for All
Want to spend some quality time in the incredible natural environments of Dominica?
Dominica abounds with Nature Adventures but if you want to try something besides hiking; grappling or diving?
Try Yoga in the Isle of Nature… find the mind body breath nature connection.
Silk Asara; Yoga Teacher; Musician; Health and Wellness Entrepreneur; Member of Rainbow Yoga Health and Wellness – developer of Roots Yoga – practice with Silk at The Rainbow Yoga Health and Wellness Studio Harlem Plaza. Find yourself from within……
The physical benefits of yoga are absolutely amazing but after we get a little deeper into our practice we start to see a whole range of benefits we really did not see when we started our practice.
After we find the right and left side of the body; after we realize no one is looking at us; after we stop holding our breath and breathe normally – we start to free up.
We start to accept our bodies and mood; observe them without judging – we adapt our practice to what is right for our bodies and our state of mind at the moment.
We become aware of healthy and unhealthy patterns of movement and living = we begin to strive towards balanced mindful patterns of being.
We start to know our bodies from within; this body awareness allows us to achieve optimum functional fitness without injury – we become more ‘Body Honest’.
We begin to truly find our breath and this heightened awareness of the breath allows us to start moving the body with the breath – we become more mindful.
Our attention and presence start to be maintained by the continuous moment by moment awareness of the fusion of our mind body and breath – we become more mindful.
Our awareness of internal changes is enhanced and we begin to prevent Repetitive Stress Injury from our day to day living by acknowledging tightness in the muscles – we start to practice ‘Self Care’.
We start to improve muscle strength through our focus and the fine tuning of our movements and we suddenly can practice stronger and stronger positions – without pain we gain.
We begin to accept the flexibility of our muscles and allow our bodies to go only to that delicious level of stretch and suddenly we realize we are a little more flexible our muscles have increased in resting length – without pain we gain.
We learn to look within finding our edge and increasing it without strain; our ability to self monitor tells us whether to soften or engage; ease off or deepen – without pain we gain.
We realize we actually have control over muscles with our mind and we learn to release our muscles consciously – we find the external stillness our bodies can have.
We realize we actually can control the chatter of our mind, we find the quiet place in our mind – we find the internal stillness our minds can have.
We become aware of the subtle energy flows within our bodies gaining an energetic intimacy with ourselves and the environment.
Regular practice of yoga can:
Improve energy levels.
Lower heart rate and blood pressure.
Improve blood cholesterol.
Maintain optimal body weight or body fat.
Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints.
Relieve depression and anxiety.
Enhance feelings of well-being and self esteem.
Improve cardiovascular and/or cardiorespiratory function.
Decrease blood triglycerides.
Improve glucose tolerance and reduce insulin resistance.
Increase muscle, tendon and ligament strength.
Strengthen immune system.
Shrink fat cells.
Stimulate brain activity.
Relax the mind and body.
Build core strength.
Improve flexibility and range of motion.
Prevent or alleviate headaches.
Prevent or alleviate back challenges.
Improve focus and concentration.
Fight the effects of aging.
Lower chances of some cancers including breast, colon and prostrate.
Lessen chances of getting diabetes by 40%.
Prevent and reverse heart disease.
Reverse Prostrate Cancer
Reverse Heart Disease
Assist with Recovery
Lower health care costs.
In Gratitude for our 2 new studios and our 3 new teachers we would like to offer one week of free yoga classes!
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A new review published in a peer reviewed medial journal has shown that yoga could be as good for the heart as cycling or brisk walking, and easier to tolerate for older people and those with health challenges, according to a new review of existing research.
Researchers focused on yoga’s effects on cardiovascular disease, as well as risk factors including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess abdominal fat and abnormal cholesterol levels that make up a profile – known as metabolic syndrome – that often leads to heart disease and diabetes.
37 randomized, controlled trials were analysed involving 2,768 people – those who did yoga had significant improvements in a range of risk factors. Yoga lowered blood pressure, lowered LDL cholesterol, increased HDL cholesterol; lowered heart rate and other cardiovascular risk factors such as weight loss in increments comparable to those seen with aerobic exercise.
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