Why a Pyramid.
It all began in 1971 when Swami Gitananda told us students the Egyptians also knew a lot about yoga, pointing to the serpent (kundalini) and the little pyramid symbol imbedded in the first chakra mandala. I had never seen King Tut’s mask with the serpent at that time.
In the following years during the 70’s, I spent many winters living in Mexico (Yucatan) and Guatemala, seeing amazing pyramids from Teotihuacan to Tikal.
In 1975 I was introduced to “the Power of… Pyramids” by a native American Shaman called Yellow Bear, built my first 12 foot pyramid (metric had not swept the world then), and spent my first Canadian winter (since1968) practicing yogic meditation techniques in that space. Worth a try if you happen to have a pyramid.
In 1986 I finally made it to Egypt, with a strong intuitive desire to explore and discover. I spent five days and some nights around the Giza plateau at a time when there were no fences and no guards. With only a small bribe I arranged to spend half an hour in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid by myself, chanting Om. Highly recommended experience for all initiates.
When in Cairo, I heard about various other pyramids and temples further down the Nile. Luxor was one of the main areas of interest, a town which had previously called Thebes in more ancient times – and where many of the Greek scholars went to further their education. Now a tourist destination, I went anyway, taking a train there, and found a wealth of ancient Egyptian mysteries unfolding for me, during my second week in that country.
One of the most stunning discoveries was a large wall plaque in the Luxor Museum of “Queen Nefertiti and Her Dancers” as it was labelled. Immediately I recognized that the dancers were holding three very classical asanas. They were not dancing any more, being carved in stone, but the postures were very clearly embossed and beyond any doubt for anyone familiar with the asanas of yoga. There were only three dancers, and each one in a specific asana: trikonasana, chakrasana and paduttanasana. Nefertiti was standing watching them and perhaps giving instructions, while behind her were some musicians providing the rhythm.
The Chakra Yoga style taught at Pyramid Yoga Center incorporates the Egyptian . . .