Earthseeds: Space of the Living
Kemetic Yoga On The Toronto Waterfront
What the series is all about
These sessions are filmed along the central Toronto waterfront at the Westin Harbour Castle as a way to showcase locations in the city that offer a connection to healing energy. The view of the water offers serenity and showcases a literal and figurative bridge that links neighbourhoods of people together. The goal of the Earthseeds Kemetic Yoga Series is to help you carve out spaces of respite so that you may pause, clear out the noise that is causing a buildup of weariness, fatigue or annoyance in your body, and restore your mental calm.
The Kemetic Yoga series features 5 sessions meant to inspire mindfulness and reflection during a time of mental upheaval and uncertainty. Along with encouraging a state of calm and a way to connect to our bodies and the environment around us, this series will also include introspective journaling activities and giveaways for participants!
Vonnette Forde from Higher Love Yoga is the facilitator for this journey. Vonnette is a certified Kemetic Yoga and Reiki Practitioner. She is known for her Mind, Body, and Spirit Upliftment style of teaching.
What is Kemetic Yoga?
Kemetic Yoga is found on the writing of the temple walls in Ancient Egypt. This writing commonly known as hieroglyphs, is referred to as “MDR NTR” (Me-du Ne-ter) which translates to the words of God. These instructions and postures are a fundamental aspect of ancient Egyptian spiritual science, which is identical across Africa, and serves as a way to connect with the spirits of our ancestors through meditation, prayer and ritual.
Kemetic Yoga places much emphasis on breath aligned with movement, your autonomic nervous system is activated which places your mind and body into a flow state. In this state your brain emits more alpha waves. Alpha waves as opposed to beta waves are associated with deep states of relaxation, concentration and mental balance.
What it means
This Month’s Session: Water
We would like to first start this session by acknowledging the territory that we live and come together on.
BSAM CANADA recognizes and is aware of the privilege it is to exist on these lands and the importance to honour the historic Indigenous Earthseeds and stewards of these territories.
Toronto is the anglicized version of the Seneca word tkaronto which has been translated to “the meeting place of the narrows and streams” but has been also translated as “where trees grow in shallow water” from the Seneca people also referred to as the Mohawk.
BSAM Canada acknowledges that the region is the unceded territories under the stewardship of the Anishinabewaki people, Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Haudenosaunee nation, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River
About The Water Session:
Water is accorded cleansing power. It is symbolic of dreaming, healing, flowing, fluidity, purification, regeneration, stability, strength, change, fertility, devotion, receiving, and unconditional love. It symbolizes death as well as rebirth. It is life giving, but can also be destructive. Fresh water stands for life and good health, while polluted/stagnant water is symbolic of bad health. Water is associated with the Autumn season and the West direction. An inverted triangle is the symbolic representation of the Water element.
What You’ll Learn:
In this session, Vonnette will first introduce some techniques to ready you for a yoga flow sequence. The majority of the human body is water, the study of water is a deeply personal one. The same is said of the percentage of water covering the earth’s surface, in which the study of water becomes an interconnected one. We will delve deeper into this through movement. This session will facilitate a deeper connection to water as a wellness element that can help with one’s well being in many ways from emotional, spiritual, physical and more.
Don't Forget to Journal!
Once you’ve finished your Kemetic Yoga session, take some time to reflect on how you feel, the state of your mind and the energy in your body. Write down your thoughts in the Kemetic Yoga Journal. Click the image to download.
Earthseeds: Space of the Living – Kemetic Yoga lululemon water bottle to help you stay hydrated after releasing toxic energy and reconnecting to the depth of wisdom available within your sacred body
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Take a look at some of the previous Kemetic Yoga sessions.
This session focus on breath, the foundation of yoga and life. It will introduce you to the basics of Kemetic Yoga and the 4 Rules of Breath.
This session will teach you Fire Breath Breathing, a rapid breathing technique to ground you and 4 poses that focus on the solar plexus chakra.
This session features a full body experience, aligning you to Spirit to unlock your full potential through through the Maat Ka sequence.