Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Yirser Ra Hotep

A friend recently told me about this big event coming to the D.C. area soon. The Soul Yoga Fest will be held at the University of Maryland on May 25 - May 28.

Yirser Ra Hotep, a personal friend and founder and director of the Society of Kemetic Yoga, is one of the featured presenters. He will be speaking, conducting workshops, and you will get the chance of a lifetime - the chance to participate in one of his famously talked about yoga classes.

He is truly an amazing man. Yirser (Elvrid Lawrence) has taught Yoga for over 27 years. He is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the foremost masters and innovators of Kemetic Yoga (ancient Egyptian system of Yoga) in the world. He is the author of "Kemetic Yoga," a three volume set of Instructional Yoga tapes and "Journey to Amenta," an audio meditation and music CD. He has lectured and written extensively on the African origins of Yoga; stress management, health and wellness for African Americans; African American culture and health; Yoga therapy, meditation and spirituality.

Yirser has taught Yoga and lectured throughout the United States and in various countries around the world. He has recently been featured in such magazines and books as Yoga Journal, Yoga Chicago, Whole Life Health.Com, Houston Life, Chicago Parent, Healthy, Ebony Magazine, Chicago Tribune and Natural Living in Chicago and various TV and radio shows around the U.S. including ABC and WGN. He has been recognized nationally for his work with children with disabilities Easter Seals Headstart programs in Chicago.

For the past two years he has been a staff writer for Recovered Magazine in Chicago and is a professor of Stress Management and Wellness at DePaul University.
In 1979 he began a career in Social Work and counseling where he has used his knowledge of Yoga, Tai Chi and holistic health to develop innovative treatment programs for at risk youth, substance abusers, developmentally disabled persons, the elderly, AIDS patients, teen parents and many other populations.

In addition to his expertise in Yoga, Yirser is a Social Worker, has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

I'm so thrilled to have been invited and wouldn't miss it for the world. I'm so pumped up about it that I had to share it with you, and also give you the opportunity to come and share the experience with me. Click on the link for more information on The Soul Yoga Fest, or for more on where to register.


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