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The African roots of the philosophy and practice of yoga have been lost, forgotten, ignored, or referred to as a prehistoric phenomenon. This entry focuses on what is called Kemetic yoga by its practitioners in North America. It is, in fact, regarded as an aspect of African cultural continuity. Kemet (or KMT) is the term that was used by ancient Nile Valley Africans to identify themselves and their land. Kemetic yoga is grounded in the history of ancient Kemetic civilization. This historical distinction is necessary in order to avoid confusing the cultural history of Kemet with the much more recent history of ancient Greece, which ruled Kemet (Egypt) for 3 centuries (323–330 BCE) following its conquest by Alexander the Great.

Yoga: Smai Tawi
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