The Kamili Collective: Student Community
Kamili Yoga™ - A Modern Pan-African System for Black Holistic Wellness
What Is Kamili Yoga™?
Kamili Yoga™ is a modern and holistic African-American system of Yoga. From the Swahili word for “complete” and the Sanskrit word for “union,” Kamili Yoga™ is a modern Afrocentric system of Yoga born of the need for more forms of Yoga that specifically center and celebrate the cultures, traditions, and histories of the African continent and diaspora. This is done through the simple yet significant methods of incorporating East African Swahili terms and West African Adinkra symbols, upholding community through South African Ubuntu and North African Ma’at philosophies, encouraging Self development through Black psychology frameworks, learning about historical Pan-African ancestors and events, and engaging in physical Yoga practice as a sacred ritual.
Kamili Yoga™ is a Spirit-led manifestation by Eternity Philops, certified Yoga teacher and founder of Soul Liberation Wellness. A bodaciously Black and unapologetically queer conscious being, Eternity works to educate and serve marginalized communities of Black folks and BlaQue (Black+Queer) folx in Yoga wellness and sacred Self care.
Eternity began teaching Yoga professionally in 2017, and has taught hundreds of students through community classes, university courses, private sessions, and wellness retreats. Addressing the limited options for Afrocentric forms of Yoga, Kamili Yoga™ is Eternity's answer to the need for more culturally diverse Yoga systems, more Yoga systems that de-center Whiteness, and more Yoga systems that recognize the beautiful depths of Black and African being.
The Kamili Collective
This online membership platform is for practitioners to engage in the self-paced study of the core tenets of Kamili Yoga™ and expand their Pan-African knowledge. Lessons include in-depth teachings on the Nguzo Tatu (the "Three Pillars"), thorough guidance on Ibada Kamili ("The Complete Ritual"), detailed instruction on the Yoga poses of the Central Sequence, honoring historical ancestors, exploration of Pan-African Elimu na Hekima---"Education and Wisdom"---and more.
The Three Tenets of Kamili Yoga™
Like all true systems of Yoga, Kamili Yoga™ seeks union. Specifically, we work toward union with Self, union with others, and union with Spirit. These three pillars, the Nguzo Tatu, make up the first tenet of Kamili Yoga™.
This second tenet is the core ritual of Kamili Yoga™. It is a structured practice that focuses your inward attention and energy through outward actions and movement. Ibada Kamili means “the complete ritual” and it honors every aspect of our being—physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and universal.
Elimu Na Hekima
The translation for "education and wisdom," the third tenet prioritizes the re-learning of lost Pan-African knowledge in order to reclaim our personal and collective power through the intentional study of our Black legacies and African heritages.