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Kemetic Yoga: The Resurrection of Healing Practices from Ancient Egypt

By Becci Stockman


Channel the Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt with Kemetic yoga.


You probably already know of the yogic traditions from Ancient India. But did you know that the Ancient Egyptian cultures also practiced yoga?



Similar to yoga from India, Kemetic yoga, or Smai Tawi, combines postures with meditation and breathing exercises. Using the life force of breath opens the energy centres in the body to attain a divine state of spiritual enlightenment with the Gods and Goddesses— An oasis of tranquility where we can access the field of silence and harmonize the mind and body in sweet serenity.


Kemetic Yoga Roots


You know those wall engravings, paintings and murals seen on the tombs and temples of Ancient Egypt?


Long ago, civilizations told stories by etching walls with paintings and hieroglyphs, Ancient Egypt's writing system. These scriptures hold some of the earliest illustrations of yoga which show various sacred geometric positions and postures.


Historians estimate that yoga originates from the Indus Valley around 3300 BCE. Most likely, the yogic traditions you have practiced, like Hatha or Vinyasa, indeed come from India. Evidence of yoga from the Nile Valley civilizations of upper Kemet and lower Kemet in Ancient Egypt may actually predate practices from India.


Archaeologists found representations of the falcon-headed God of the sky, Horus, and the powerful, crocodile-like Sobek tying rope to symbols of the lungs and spine. This would indicate a divine practice that creates a mind-body connection to consciousness similar to yoga, according to research published in The SAGE Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America.


From these wall paintings, we discover Kemetic yoga postures practiced thousands of years ago in the Nile Valley. This yoga system from Ancient Egypt, then known as Kemet, is believed to be one of the first establishments of its kind.


Ancient Egyptian Mythology


During Kemetic yoga, the practitioner channels powerful energies of the Gods and Goddesses worshiped by the Ancient Egyptians.



The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egyptian mythology symbolize the cosmic forces of mother nature and the human mind. By embodying these deity archetypes through yoga, we can grasp a deeper understanding of divine energy.


Similar to Hindu cultures, many people still harness the power of divine energy by worshipping deities. You don’t have to believe in the deities to benefit from their power. Visualizing a powerful God or Goddess helps tap into the energy that they represent.


Close your eyes during your practice and picture these divine entities. You will feel inspired to embody those qualities that they represent, such as:


  • Isis: Goddess of Fertility, Motherhood, Protection, and Magic

  • Sekhmet: Lioness Goddess of healing to ward off illness

  • Horus: Falcon-headed God of power and healing. The “Eye of Horus” wards off evil

  • Osiris: The green-skinned God ruling over vegetation, healing, and fertility

  • Anubis: The wolf-headed God of the underworld, the dead, and the afterlife

  • Serket: The scorpion Goddess of healing, nature, animals, medicine, and magic


Kemetic Yoga Poses


An exploration of our highest selves guides us towards true enlightenment. By voyaging through a series of these postures, you can unleash your inner God or Goddess. Dive deep into the qualities of each pose to complement your journey intentions with every practice—A dance of cosmic wisdom flowing to you and through you.


With each pose, you can embody a different layer of divine energy while exploring elements of your consciousness. Igniting the light within and inviting us to radiate beams of loving, healing energy around our beings.


1. Pose of Isis


Stand upright with hands in prayer at your heart centre. Lift the right foot up and extend it forward. As you place your weight on the right foot, extend the left leg back, with the back foot pointed. (Pictured below)



Slowly lower to a seated position. Sit with weight on the back left foot. Extend the upper chest as you slowly twist to the left side. Place the right elbow on the inside of the right new. Don’t forget to breathe! (Pictured below)




Rotate the palms down, as you remain in a seated twist. (Pictured below)



On the inhale, raise the arms should heighten. Gaze forward and channel your inner Goddess. Exhale and gaze behind you. Hold the pose as desired. Then repeat on the opposite side. (Pictured below)




2. Pose of Ausar

This twisting pose releases tension in the upper back. To enter the pose, stand upright. Place the right palm in the center of the chest. Take the left palm and place it over the left hand. Open and engage the upper chest as you twist to the right from the thoracic (upper) spine. Repeat on the opposite side. (Pictured below)




3. Pyramid Pose

Look familiar? You may know this pose as “downward-facing dog”. In Kemetic yoga, the pyramid pose resembles the impressive tombs of the Pharaohs. Enjoy a full body stretch, deep in the spine and along the shoulders. (Pictured below)



4. Pose of Selkhet

Harness the power of Selkhet, the scorpion Goddess of medicine and healing. Stand upright with arms by your side. Engage shoulders to the back. Lift arms with palms upright, to receive guidance and healing. (Pictured below)




5. Pose of Ka

Connect to your divine spirit, your Ka. Stand upright. Bring arms upward into a cactus like position. Tilt the head back while lengthening the chest and upper body. Gently return the head upright, facing forward. Repeat. (Pictured below)


An exploration of our highest selves guides us towards true enlightenment. By voyaging through a series of these postures, you can unleash your inner God or Goddess. Dive deep into the qualities of each pose to complement your journey intentions with every practice—A dance of cosmic wisdom flowing to you and through you.



Wellness Benefits of Kemetic Yoga


As a collective, we are all undergoing a huge transition, gravitating towards a new way of living. We are shifting out of old paradigms and moving into a new earth. With great change, comes great challenges that can often leave us feeling ungrounded, fearful and anxious.


Remember that every crisis presents an opportunity to evolve, moving one step closer towards our highest self. Now more than ever, people seek an inner sense of calm, seeking balance, whilst we experience universal chaos. While the changes feel new, ancient practices can help to remain calm and balanced from within. One element that can ignite that feeling of inner bliss is Kemetic Yoga.


Ancestral Wisdom


As time moves on, we as humans have lost touch with this divine energy. The egotistical mind has taken over, dominated by desires from the outside world. Instead of living in a state of universal unity, we have become separated from the blissful sense of oneness. Kemetic Yoga allows us to return to our roots and connect with our spirit by harmonizing the mind, body, and soul in sweet serenity.


Ancient Egyptian practices hold ancestral wisdom close to their hearts. Spiritual practices allow devotees to connect with their ancestors through meditation, prayer and sacred rituals - the core elements of Kemetic Yoga. Each practice has an intention to access innate intelligence, by transcending through the outside materialistic world into the unknown, our soul where our deepest wisdom resides.


Kemetic Yoga for Mind-Body Healing


As the world becomes more consciously aware of the health benefits of cultivating peace through movement, people have begun to explore all elements of yoga - physically, mentally, and emotionally.


Whilst many Yogi’s today embody the beautiful physical practice of Vinyasa or Hatha, Kemetic yoga takes a more holistic approach. Through a combination of Asanas (physical postures), Pranayama (breathwork) and Dhyana (meditation) your practice can create energetic shifts within leading you to a state of bliss.


Flowing with each breath transforms your entire being, mindset and energy from the inside out. You step into your power and embrace a new way of living, more mindfully.


Finding a Kemetic Yoga practice that complements your intentions can be extremely healing for your overall well being. Besides cultivating a sense of inner peace, love and harmony, these Egyptian yoga techniques can also:


  • Create skeletal alignment

  • Promote healthy breathing

  • Support muscle stretching

  • Relieve stress

  • Improve blood flow

  • Ignite prana to flow abundantly throughout the body


Why not try it out for yourself? Acknowledge how you feel before, during and after your practice to witness the feelings and emotions that arise during your flow. Absorb the benefits and bask in the purity of this Ancient Egyptian yoga practice.





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