The Ancient Wisdom of Breath Online Workshop
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About the Event
“Perhaps the Western discovery of Eastern medicine has been preparation for our movement farther around the planetary circle until we arrive back to Mother Africa” - Bradford Keeney, The Bushman Way of Tracking God
Join Dr Ela Manga of Breathwork Africa and Rutendo Ngara from Ancient Wisdom Africa for a profound and embodied exploration of The 7 Principles of Breath and the Pneumanity ™ method as it is rooted in African Indigenous Wisdom.
Practicing breathwork in the Southern African context is humbling and heart opening, inviting us to listen and learn from the wisdom of the people and the energy of the land. It requires an approach that is adaptable, simple, safe, and most importantly, accessible to all people. Breathwork Africa believes it is time that the world benefit from the wealth of knowledge and indigenous wisdom of the continent – therefore we offer Pneumanity™ as part of everyone’s birthright.
Pneumanity™ is both a practical toolkit and a multidimensional approach to conscious breathing. It is grounded in science and is inspired by the ancient knowledge that is deeply rooted within the spirit of Africa. It is a system that draws on a vast range of styles and practices but that is manifest from the cradle of all humanity – Southern Africa. It is distinct to us and is uniquely African and yet is universally applicable and accessible to all.
Pneumanity™ is borne from the words ‘Pneuma’ and ‘Humanity’. N|om, Ntu, Umoya, Chi, Seiki, Prana, are all expressions of Pneuma, the ancient Greek word that describes spirit or breath, the universal life force. It is acknowledged in every tradition, religion, and indigenous knowledge system. The heart of Humanity is best described by ‘Ubuntu’, a Zulu word that encapsulates a way of being those honours and respects humanity, the interconnectedness of all of life and sense of belonging to each other, nature, and all of existence.
Dr Ela Manga is an integrative medical doctor with an ancient vision for the future. She is a specialist, author and speaker who uses Breathwork as a tool for self-empowerment, healing, and transformation. She is a co-founder of Breathwork Africa and the Pneumanity ™ method. Ela is an expert in the field of energy management and burnout. Her first book BREATHE: Strategising Energy in the Age of Burnout, is the go-to guide for managing energy and optimising physical and mental health.
Rutendo Ngara is an African Indigenous Knowledge Systems holder and transdisciplinary researcher whose professional interests have spanned from clinical engineering, healthcare technology management, socio-economic development, mathematics, leadership, and fashion design; to the interface between science, culture, cosmology, and healing. With a passion for integrating art, science and spirituality towards healing of the Collective and restoration of the Whole, she is a spiritual coach, shaman, priestess, counsellor, and facilitator of several modes of healing. Rutendo serves on several boards, including the Credo Mutwa Foundation (as Chairperson) and the South African Wushu Federation. She holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Medicine in Biomedical Engineering, and is pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy of Education.
Zoom link will be emailed a few days prior to the start of the event.