Posted by: Trudy Prevost | August 5, 2016

Styles of Yoga – Afrikan Yoga

Continuing our series of articles on The Styles of Yoga and Egyptian Kemetic African Yoga.

I have made it a point to study as many different styles of yoga as I can throughout my life. This has added to the depth of my teaching and my practice. My students love to discover a new style or pose with me and many go on to study a style of yoga I introduced them to. My practice is forever challenged with a new pose or variation of a pose.

I love to observe the ebb and flow of yoga as it morphs and transcends over 1000’s of years in the hands of 1000’s of teachers. The lineage of each Style of Yoga is fascinating.

We dedicate this blog post to Afrikan Yoga founded by Pablo Imani.

What is Afrikan Yoga ?

I like his fun flowing style and the explanations to the movements of everyday African life.

According to Pablo Imani‘s website: “Afrikan Yoga  a 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.”

He teaches all over the world – check out his website it seems he has classes in England regularly and he has Yoga Holidays.

Here are a few youtube links of his I love

 

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