fitness for the mind, body and soul

Coptic Yogi

Your mind will always believe everything you tell it.
Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love.

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13 March 2019
God, are you still there?
Answers from Zera Yacob & Patanjali

27 March 2019
The Art of Holding a Pose
 and the Legend of Saint Tekle Haimanot


26 February 2019
Celebrating Each Victory
Remembering Empress Taytu Betu

 15 February 2019
 Black Faces in India


24 January 2019
Ayurveda Africa
Secrets of Africa’s East

07 february 2019
Ethiopian diet vs. Mediterranean


Yoga in Ancient Egypt

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"From my research writing The Ethnodramatics of Ancient Egypt, I came across a term, kinaidoi, meaning literally wag tails,that described a troupe of actors performing ritualistic plays as they travel the Nile river. Based on poses such as wheel or  plow, heiroplyphic wall art from Pyramid Tombs depict Ancient Egyptians in Yoga poses. The Kinaidoi also depicted on ancient walls were often accompanied by large palms used as stage props as well as musical instruments such as a harp like instrument and what looks like a guitar. Through dance, these troups reenacted scenes from ancient papyrus preserving the narrative of Egyptian deity. This Ancient Dance was to me the first Vinyasa, a flow of poses. Yet, the yoga of Ancient Egypt wouldn't be practiced as today for fitness and wellness. I believe it was practiced for the purpose of propaganda, selling the ideas of religious sytems native to Ancient Egypt. "
A fresh look at Yoga's newest addition, Egyptian or Kemetic Yoga. This groundbreaking work examines the contributions of Ancient Egyptians to the practice of Yoga. It includes an original play, highlighting a Third Eye Vinyasa that is imagined to replicate the function of Yoga within Ancient Egyptian rituals. A comparison of Hindu and Egyptian deity, spiritual texts and images aid in this objective examining the origins of Yoga.

Available on Kindle and Amazon. 

Eboni Pearson

Trivia: Why were actors or performers called wagtails?
              Answer:  When a dog is excited, he wags his tail. When a dog is sad, he tucks it under. The reason why actors were called wagtails is because like the tail of a dog, they used movement to portray emotion.

Read Cultic Theatres and Ritual Drama by Inge Nielsen for more on the term "kinaidoi." 

Yoga History

Find research on the origins of yoga, the evolution of its practice and biographies of its pioneers.

"Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men."
                                                                                                                             Marcus Garvey

Forest of Peace

 Sacciananda (Holy Trinity)

An ashram in India bearing the Cross
Cosmic Revelation
Convert Bhavani Charan Banerjee, also known as Brahmabandhab Upadhyaya (friend of God) fathered the Indian Christian Ashram Movement. This school of thought revolutionized traditions with at least fifty ashrams throughout Nepal, India and Srilanka today remaining. The Catholic Ashrams documents how the birthing of this movement was received; a collection of letters exchanges between Friar Bede and Swami Devananda
Friar Bede, founder of The Sacciananda (Holy Trinity) Ashram also named “forest of peace,” was a monk who spent most of his monastic life in India writing liturgies in Sanskrit, building neighboring ashrams and lecturing from his writings entitled, “The Cosmic Revelation,” key sources of his development of Indian Christian Theology. The legacy of Bede (1960-1993) remains today found on a website dedicated to his memory as follows. 
Founded in 1938,  the Sacciananda Ashram is located on the River Kavia in Central India. 
Pictured to the right are 
Jules Monchanin, Henri le Saux, and Bede Griffith, founders of Indian Christian Theology
Eboni Pearson
Prayer Wheels
 In the classic film The Golden Child, Eddie Murphy spins the wheel...
Spinning or Prayer wheels can be found at the entrances of Buddhist temples or strung along Tibetan pathways by which people with the touch of a finger orchestrate a melodious chorus. The sound of the cylindular instrument reverberates, believed to amplify the petitions projected towards the universe. Without utterance, the sound of the wheel is interpreted as mimicking the sounds of creation.

Om mani padme hum is often a  mantra inscribed on its medal surface. Similar to the seven deadly sins, pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth the mantra's sylables are believed to ward off pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath and ignorance, the six realms of existence in suffering. Between both lists, Ignorance and gluttony are its minimal discrepancies; however I would imagine the mantra to ward off the seven deadly sins would be from Romans 6:18. You have been set free from sin and have become  slaves of righteousness. 

From a biblical perspective, spinning wheels brings to mind 1 Corinithians 13:1. "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging symbol." In other words, I can chant a million mantras, but if I don't have love, my efforts are in vain, my spinning turned to clanging. In an old negro spiritual the lyrics read, my Lord is the wheel in the middle of the wheel and those songs were sung in love enduring through the most hostile of times. Love gains presidence over the most sincere attempts to spirutally progress.

Reggae Yoga

The name is self-explanatory; Reggae Yoga is the practice of yoga set to reggae music,  emphasizing the spirituality that both reggae and yoga share.  Jungle Yoga, a school of reggae enthusiasts describes the practice as, “a deep investment in peace, harmony, meditation, connection, good life, good food, and good thoughts.” Reggae music is soulful, based on the rhythmic drum percussion used as a call to war, the Nyabinghi beat for example, played to trigger warriors into action, throughout the African diaspora. It’s the bite of the beat that evens the melodic pulse of a guitar or keyboard, producing a yin and yang affect, that of balance in musical harmony.

Reggae includes a variety of subgenres, such as Dancehall, Ska or Roots. Many of its instrumentalists such as Augustus Pablo are identified as Roots reggae; as such constituting Roots the base of reggae yoga. Dub reggae also primarily instrumental, except for echoed clips of speech lends itself well to practicing yoga with reggae, in which case a DJ engineers the spiritual accompaniment to a practice. Whether live or by recording, the mix of classic reggae songs and the manner in which they’re played creates an atmosphere conducive to a soulful practice.

Eboni Pearson

The Sutras of Patanjali

​ A collection of writings written by, Patanjali, a pioneer of Yoga, the sutras are divided into four books. Book 1 defines yoga, Book 2 outlines the 8 limbs of yoga (Ashtonga), Book 3 illustrates the benefits of Yoga and Book 4 encourages humililty recognizing the never ending journey of learning. 
In the field of medicine, a sutra is what is used to staple tissue or muscle together in order for the healing process to begin. Just as a sutra binds together what's been damaged or broken apart, so does the sutra in the yoga world bring together all that's beneficial,  binding in words of wisdom for our emotional and spiritual healing. When dissected the term "sutra"means "Su" or Good and "Tra" meaning Tool. Altogether a sutra is a good tool also known as tool to weave.

There are 196 of Patanjali's sutras. I've chosen 6 that speak to the yogi spiritually, that are God centered and endorses living by faith.

God Centered Sutras




Refer to God in a way, most appropriate to the qualities of God. 
Reverence to God promotes the ability to completely undertand any object of choice. 
God knows everything there is to be known.




God is eternal. In fact, he is the ultimate teacher. He is the source of guidance for all teachers: past, present, and future. 
God is the Supreme Being whose actions are never based on misapprehension.
Unlimited by time, God is the teacher of all previous teachers.

Suggested Reading List

  • The Bible (The Living Word Translation)
  • Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers
  • ​Destined To Reign by Joseph Prince
  • ​The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Yoga Anatomy by Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff
  • How We Love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich
  • Stillness Speaks by Eckart Tolle
  • Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  • A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  • Recapture the Wonder by Ravi Zacharias
  • Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner
  • Pedagogy of the Opressed by Paolo Freire
  • Woman Thou Art Loose by T.D. Jakes

Spiritual Food

There are 31,173 verses in the Bible. Here are six. To meditate on his Word, this is the content of mediation.

Ezekiel 36:26

Zechariah 4:6

1Corinthians 1:27

I will give you a new heart and a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a tender heart. 
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith The Lord of Hosts.
...but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame that which is strong.

John 15:16

Psalm 94:18-19

Haggai 2:8-9

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last. 
When I said, "my foot is slipping," your love, O Lord supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
The silver is mine the gold is mine declares The Lord Almight. The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house, says The Lord Almight. And in this place I will grant peace, declares The Lord Almighty.

A Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
The ABC's of Yoga minus names of  poses. For poses go to the "body" page. 
Acharya- A conduit funneling connectivity
Arda- Half
Asana- Pose
Asmita- Ego
Atman- A person in ther purest state, their unchanging essence
Avyasa- The doing of the practice
Bandhas- An inner valve used to redirect energy
Bhakti Yoga- A branch of Yoga that uses expresses art from an aesthetic of beauty
Bhramari-Bumble Bee Breath
Caroona-Sadness, loneliness and disconnection
Chakra- A Wheel of Energy
Chandra- Moon
Chipta- Field of the mind
Cikitsa- Treatment or Therapy
Dao-The line between the yin and yang symbol
Darshan- A lens or perspective
Drishti- Focal Point
Fasha- covers the body along with muscular and skeletal systems
Ganglia-Small collection of nerves
Granthis- Knots, physical, psychological and emotional
Gurus- meaning heavy or encompassing light a title given.
Hatha- The physical branch of yoga utilizing breath and poses
Ishvara- The teacher of teachers speaking in a whisper
Jhana Yoga- A branch of yoga focusing on knowledge and wisdom
Joppa-Circular movment of energy in a group
Kanda- The energetic home of the Nadis
Katanjali- Teacher
Kumbhaka- The pause between and inhale and exhale.
Kundalini- A life force flowing through the center of the body
Mantras- repeated words or sound for someone praying or meditating
Manas-senses, the way we bring in information
Maya-The illusion
Namaste- The God in me honors the God in you
Namaskar- A habitual action
Nerotaha-Putting aside things for clarity
Nidras- Branches throughout the body that carry energy like rivers.
Om- sound that represents the three states of consciousness
Patanjali- Father of Yoga, author of Yoga Sutras
Pranayama- using breath to set the body free.
Pratyahara-Redirecting of the senses, repurposing of the mind
Raga- Attachment to pleasure.
Raja- Royal
Rishis- Priest of the Vedas
Samadhi-a space of balance absent of earthly distractions
Sanga- Tribe or community
Santosha- Being satisfied
Sattva- Balance
Shanti- Peace
Sitow- A place of joy
Supine- Poses lying on the floor
Surya- Sun
Tantra- braiding together in the effort to expand
Ujjayi Breath- a breathing technique that engages the throat 
Vrittis- Distractions, obstacles in the path
Yamas- Guiding principals
Yoga- Fitness for the body, soul and mind

Apps for meditation

Meditation is a powerful; soothing to the soul, it's a mental exercise that prepares us for as Joyce Meyers states, the "Battlefield of the mind", when negative thoughts divert our attention drawing us from the love of God and his intention and purpose for our lives. Learning how to meditate may seem intimidating at first, but here are some tools to start the journey. A great source for apps that can be downloaded. Enjoy!

"Examine yourself to be sure You're in the faith."​​

Prayer Journals

- I sleep on my side of the room. The light shines so that it doesn't shine on my roommate’s bed but shines on mine. We're bunking together for a Women's Retreat. She asks me if I want to turn the light off. I tell her, "no." I like to sleep with the light on. In fact, I always sleep with the light on. At home, I let the cracked light from my bathroom shine,  just in case I have to see what's going on. But this night for some reason, the light bothered me. I said to myself, "I want to turn the light off but it's  probably too far away to reach." But then the light shined so bright it almost began to give me a headache, so I got up to find the switch which ended up being right in front of me. So, I turned the light off. The next day, the women gathered to hear a message from Rev. Dr. Marquita Carmichael. As if she had read my mind she says, “You don't have to sleep with the light on, there is a God who will keep you safe.” I sat there stunned, wondering how on earth would she know? Was God speaking to me? If God can notice the simplest thing about me, then what is it that he can’t mend, heal or restore?

Do you sleep with the light on?

This is an excerpt from my prayer journal. Prayer journals are personalized canons, testimonial books of prayer like an autobiography of a person's spiritual aspect of life. Attending a Women's Retreat, I was blessed to learn about prayer journals and to assemble my own. 
Meditation and Prayer are as much a part of Yoga as the poses. Taking time to write in a prayer journal can be a source of inspiration when setting your intentions for your practice. It's a way to personalize the sequence of movement to compliment spiritual discoveries recorded in a journal. 
Eboni Pearson

 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.

2 Corinthians 13:5
3 Assesssments of our Innermost Qualities

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Gary Chapman

5 Love Languages

If you havene't taken Chapman's Love Language quiz, you don't know what you're missing; It's a great tool for understanding yourself and others around you. Love is a language and with every new dialect comes a new message.

 Can you identify your love languages?

And the Languages of others closest to you?
Another useful tool...


Are You a Lion, an Otter, a Beaver or Golden Retriever?

Another interesting test to take to better identify yourself and your relationships with others, a fun way to self reflect and to test someone else.