Journey to Kemet
by Maticia Sudah
other forms of yoga for two decades before discovering
Kemetic Yoga. After I completed my first Kemetic Yoga
class, I knew I had to become certified to teach my
community. The experience practicing Kemetic Yoga was
that strong. Prior to Kemetic Yoga, I was unaware yoga
has African roots. Having this ancestral connection to
this healing practice brought me closer to it and to
teaching the day after I arrived from being certified in
Jamaica, July 2015. I held my first Kemetic Yoga class
in a park where more than 20 members of my community
showed up. I've been teaching ever since. I started at
the West Las Vegas Cultural Arts Center at the request
of Dr. Marcia Robinson. I've been building a yoga
community there with the wonderful men, women and
practice grew deeper, I began seeking advice of my
Master Teacher. I held a workshop featuring him last
year at the West Las Vegas Cultural Arts Center which
proved successful for Black History Month.
Teacher subsequently asked me to teach in Chicago at the
annual Soul Yoga Fest, the largest free festival for
yogis of color, which will also be held in Las Vegas
seniors, children and a Level 2 class at Soul Yoga
Fest. After that, he asked me to assistant teach beside
him for the premier Teacher Training Certification in
Cairo, Egypt. I accepted.
traveled internationally many times, but this trip to
Kemet (Egypt) truly changed my life as an African woman
and as a Kemetic Yoga instructor. Seeing what the
ancient ancestors left us on the walls of the Neb Ankhs
(tombs) is fascinating, literal instructions on how to
live life and be in the natural state of Ma'at (balance,
harmony, reciprocity). The energy that is still present
in those structures is overwhelming. It brought a lot of
us to our knees in reverence.
Ancestors were powerful people whose brilliance is
undiminished. Being told about their genius is one
thing, but seeing it is another experience altogether,
which is indescribable. Keep in mind, what is currently
standing is in ruins, but the beauty of it is still
blinding! What it must have looked like in its original
state of excellence is mind-boggling.
I traveled with Jabari Osaze, who is a Kemetic priest,
based in New York City; he is also a Kemetic
scholar/historian. He translated the hieroglyphs, so we
could understand, and related it back to African
visit Kemet now, you see a lot of white Arabs who do not
want to link ancient Egyptian history back to
dark-skinned Africans, but they know. When you visit the
Cairo museum and see other depictions inside of the Neb
Ankhs, you can clearly see the skin tone and features of
the ancient people. They were broad nosed,
thick-lipped, high cheek boned, kinky haired black
people. This is extremely important for African people
to know on a global scale.
So much of
our history has been dismissed or whitewashed. Visiting
Kemet and seeing the magnificence of the ancestors has
made me look at myself and my practice on a deeper
level. Mediocrity is not in our DNA. Our ancient
ancestors did everything beyond the average person's
comprehension with ease.
return to Kemet to continue my studies next year along
with visiting other places internationally that have
African roots uncovering hidden secrets about my people.
It is my mission to heal my community through Kemetic
Yoga, plant-based food and filling their heads and
hearts with the stories of our ancient ancestors.
In an ideal
world, I'd love to see as many of us travel back
together to witness the instructions and messages left
for us. When you see it, it's undeniable who you are and
where you come from.
Sudah is a Certified Kemetic Yoga Instructor and owner
of Sacred Geometry Kemetic Yoga & Wellness in Las Vegas,
NV. Maticia was a yoga practitioner for 20 years prior
to becoming certified in Negril, Jamaica in 2015. She
was certified under the direction of Master Yirser Ra
Hotep, Founder of YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga.
Sacred Geometry also offers Egyptian Belly dance, Twerk
N Tone and Martial Arts taught by instructors in the
community dedicated to teaching African movement. The
studio is located at 515 Rose Street.