The Egyptian Yoga, the yoga of the Pharaohs

Egypt is the source of many aspects of Western civilization: medicine, physical therapy, mathematics, architecture. And philosophy, which is inspired in great part of the heritage of Egypt and takes place in Greece. A form of yoga was also known in the land of the Pharaohs, according to Babacar Khane.


The investigations carried out by Babacar Khane (pictured above) in Egypt in the company of his wife, Genevieve, they are allowed to bring to light the presence in Egypt of a form of yoga that is very close to the Hatha Yoga of the India.

Found in the tomb of Ptahhotep and Akhtihotep, at Saqqarah, a representation of the Lotus position (towards - 2600 BC). Also found in other places other representations of many traditional Hatha Yoga postures: for example, the position of the Cobra Real, in the tomb of Zenet and Antekofer (necropolis of Abbeville, towards - 1950 b.c.), and the the plough posture in a chapel of the Temple of Denderah (time tolomeica). These indices of presence of yoga in ancient Egypt testify to the universal scope of this discipline.

To Babacar Khane, the whole earth met yoga, and the origin of this coincides with the origins of animal life, as indicated by the legend of the avatars of Vishnu.

According to y. b Khane, attitudes of standing or sitting of the Pharaonic colossi are full-fledged yogic attitudes, by the body control and the intense concentration that you represent. The typical posture of Egyptian art, the trunk, face, head, arms and legs of profile is to Babacar Khane posture of torque which can bring to torque as Matsyendrasana Indian positions.

In his book The Yoga of the Pharaohs, Y. b Khane and G. Khane highlight also that ancient Egypt was imbued, as India, of the concept of dualism and the affirmation of the need of overcome this dualism. Do not forget that the word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root YUG and that etymologically means "union": union of HAS and THA, where it has the lunar, passive energy symbolizes solar, active, and THA.

The word Yoga It has its synonymous in ancient Egyptian in the term SEMA, "" that means "union". Completely notable fact, Word SEMA He is written by a hieroglyph representing the trachea and lungs. For those who know the importance of the Yogis granted to the observation and control of breathing, This use of the image of the respiratory system to mention the idea of union could not be mere coincidence.

The hieroglyph SEMA It is the centerpiece of one of the great pharaonic symbolic reasons: the SEMA-tauy, the term referred to the meeting under the power of the Pharaoh of the two lands, i.e., the two kingdoms of upper and lower Egypt. For g. and y. b Khane, this reason has, beyond the historical and geographical aspect one spiritual dimension. According to them, the ancient Egypt symbolized through the person of Pharaoh, the man who manages to harmonize the two poles of power, represented in mythology and Egyptian symbols by multiple pairs of opposites: the two enemy brothers, two sisters, the two kingdoms, two snakes, two lungs, two sceptres, two crowns , etc.

The Egyptian Yoga technique

Vertical attitudes of Pharaonic yoga are easily accessible, and the proposed dynamic sequences by Yogi Khane paintings and bas-reliefs of the Egyptian temples have been particularly adapted to modern-day Western. They do not require a special flexibility and they can be advantageously used in the preparation of certain postures of Hatha Yoga.

The Yoga of the ancient pharaonic Egypt It can be practiced at any age: children especially enjoy in their dynamics. It helps to be aware of their bodies and better coordinate their movements; Les teaches how to channel his energy. Adolescents found that this discipline improves your concentration skills and helps them in their school work: after an Egyptian Yoga session, say that they are working faster and more efficiently. It is easier to focus and remember their lessons.

In the elderly, the Pharaonic yoga practice allows:

  • Renewal of vitality.
  • Improve postural rehabilitation and even the recovery of locomotion.
  • Improve brain functions: concentration, memory, alertness.

Women are particularly sensitive to the aesthetic dimension of Egyptian Yoga. Men appreciate its dynamic appearance, precision and rigor.

Many therapists incorporate Egyptian Yoga practice sessions of rehabilitation offered to their patients, since this discipline helps to rehabilitate the muscle-skeletal system.

The Egyptian Yoga does not require any special equipment, it can be practiced in the attitudes of everyday life: standing, sitting in a Chair, bench or stool, as well as a carpet.

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Teacher training in Integral Yoga and Egyptian

The training is based on two important pillars:

1) participation in seminars of formation directed by Babacar Khane (The Escorial in spring and autumn and in Andorra in July or August).

(2) the monthly attendance at the delegation of the Institute in Madrid (9 lessons per course with a duration of 5 hours one Saturday per month)

International Diploma of Yoga

The diploma which is awarded at the end of the training is accredited by l'Institut International de Yoga, Member Agency of the Alliance European Yoga (EYA), recognized in turn by the international Yoga Federation (IYF)

The diploma proves professionalism in Integral Yoga, Egyptian Yoga and Kung Fu (internal styles).

Start of the course: The course will start on September 27, 2014 in the Yoga Center Anahata c / Bravo Murillo 160 (pasaje-local 11-A). Metro Estrecho/Alvarado.

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