About YogaSkills Method™

Kemetic Yoga™ is incorporated into the YogaSkills Method™ of Yoga practice which emphasizes creating conditions through activating the parasympathetic nervous system whereby the body and mind can heal themselves.

What is Kemetic Yoga? Learn More

4 Key Principles of Kemetic YogaSkills

  • The Kemetic Yoga™ postures that are not known in Indian Yoga
  • The method of performing these postures emphasizes body alignment and geometric progression
  • The emphasis on breath control stimulates the autonomic nervous system in our daily lives; this helps to reduce stress and increase productivity and creativity
  • The symbols found in ancient Egypt represent Yogic concepts

Meet Your Instructor

Yirser Ra Hotep is a master instructor of Yoga and the creator of the YogaSkills Method™.

Master Yirser Ra Hotep

A master instructor of Yoga and the creator of the YogaSkills Method. He is the most senior instructor of Kemetic Yoga in the United States, with over 45 years of experience practicing and teaching.

Yirser was involved with the original research and documentation of Kemetic Yoga (Ancient Egyptian or African Yoga), along with master instructor Dr. Asar Ha-pi in the 1970s. He has trained and certified over 5000+ Kemetic Yoga instructors across the globe through his school, YogaSkills School of Kemetic Yoga, and conducts historical/cultural/spiritual tours of Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, and other parts of the African Diaspora.

Yirser holds Masters’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and in Inner City Studies from Northeastern Illinois University, a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has studied Anthropology on the graduate level.

He has operated Group Homes for abused and neglected youth, operated youth mentoring programs, and worked as an Administrator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. In addition to Yoga, Yirser is a practitioner of Tai Chi and Chi Gong. He has studied these arts with Jabulani Makalini, Wayne B. Chandler, Ike Olu, and others.

As a graduate student, he studied with, and was mentored by, Dr. Jaccb Carruthers, John G. Jackson, Anderson Thompson, Conrad Worrill, and Dr. Robert Starks. As a student leader at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the 1970s, he organized students to protest the Apartheid system in South Africa and was successful at defeating policies that would have drastically reduced Black and Latino enrollment and programs designed to support students to stay in college.

He was also effective in staging lectures series for Black student enlightenment that featured panel discussions on South Africa and lectures by Yosef Ben Jochannon, Alex Haley, and Dick Gregory.

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