About Us-Who We Are
Temple of Shetaut Neter
The Sema Institute was founded in 1995 by Dr. Ashby. The term “Sma” (Sema, Sama) is a derivative of the term “Smai Tawi” meaning union of the Higher and lower Self, i.e. Yoga. Thus, The Sema Institute of Yoga, Temple of Aset, founded by Dr. Muata Ashby, Sebai Maa (“Sebai” is a Kamitan term that means spiritual preceptor and “Maa” relates to “vision” and is an abbreviation of the word “Maat”) has as its sublime goal the dissemination of the Ancient Kamitan Teachings for the upliftment of humanity through the practice and attainment of Smai Taui (Divine Union). Its primary goals are: Firstly to provide the wisdom of ancient spiritual teachings in books, courses and other forms of communication. Secondly, to provide expert instruction and training in the various SEMA -yogic disciplines including SHETAUT NETER -Kamitan (Ancient Egyptian) Religion and Mystical Philosophy.
The Sema Institute of Yoga, Religious and Transpersonal Psychology Studies, Inc. Tax ID 65-0696697 is approved by the USA Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. As such all donations to the Sema Institute are tax deductible as per the applicable regulations.
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Dr. Muata Ashby began studies in the area of religion and philosophy and achieved a doctorate degree in these areas while at the same time he began to collect his research into what would later become several books on the subject of the African History, religion and ethics, world mythology, origins of Yoga Philosophy and practice in ancient Africa (Ancient Egypt/Nubia) and also the origins of Christianity in Ancient Egypt. This was the catalyst for a successful book series on the subject called “Egyptian Yoga” begun in 1994. He has extensively studied mystical religious traditions from around the world and is an accomplished lecturer, musician, artist, poet, painter, screenwriter, playwright and author of over 60 books on yoga philosophy, religious philosophy and social philosophy based on ancient African principles. A leading advocate of the concept of the existence of advanced social and religious philosophy in ancient Africa comparable to the Eastern traditions such as Vedanta, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, he has lectured and written extensively on the correlations of these with ancient African religion and philosophy.
Muata Abhaya Ashby holds a Doctor of Divinity Degree from the American Institute of Holistic Theology and a Masters degree in Liberal Arts and Religious Studies from Thomas Edison State College. He has performed extensive researched Ancient Egyptian philosophy and social order as well as Maat philosophy, the ethical foundation of Ancient Egyptian society. In recent years he has researched the world economy in the last 300 years, focusing on the United States of America and western culture in general. He is also a Teacher of Yoga Philosophy and Discipline. Dr. Ashby is an adjunct professor at the American Institute of Holistic Theology and worked as an adjunct professor at the Florida International University.
Dr. Ashby has been an independent researcher and practitioner of Egyptian Yoga, Indian Yoga, Chinese Yoga, Buddhism and mystical psychology as well as Christian Mysticism. Dr. Ashby has engaged in Post Graduate research in advanced Jnana, Bhakti and Kundalini Yogas at the Yoga Research Foundation.
Since 1999 he has researched Ancient Egyptian musical theory and created a series of musical compositions which explore this unique area of music from ancient Africa and its connection to world music. Dr. Ashby has lectured around the United States of America, Europe and Africa.
Through his studies of the teachings of the great philosophers of the world and meeting with and studying under spiritual masters and having practiced advanced meditative disciplines, Dr. Ashby began to function in the capacity of Sebai or Spiritual Preceptor of Shetaut Neter, Ancient Egyptian Religion and also as Ethics Philosopher and Religious Studies instructor. Thus his title is Sebai and the acronym of his Kemetic and western names is MAA. He believes that it is important to understand all religious teachings in the context of human historical, cultural and social development in order to promote greater understanding and the advancement of humanity.
Seba Dja Teaching
Dr. Dja Ashby, also called Seba Dja was born in Guyana, South America, as Karen Clarke. She was born to a heritage including African, Native American and European cultures. In 1974 her family moved to the United States.
Dr. Dja Ashby is the co-founder of the Sema Institute of Yoga which is a non-profit organization established by her and her spiritual partner, Dr. Muata Ashby, author of over 60 books on the subject of the origins of Yoga Philosophy and practice in ancient Africa (Kamit – Ancient Egypt) and also the origins of Christian Mysticism in Ancient Egypt.
The Sema Institute is dedicated to spreading the wisdom of Ancient African Kamitan Yoga and the Ancient Egyptian mystical traditions through their books, seminars, online classes, and distance learning courses.
Dr. Dja Ashby and Dr. Muata Ashby have been married for 30 years.
Dr. Dja Ashby is also director of C.M. Book Publishing, a branch of the Sema Institute, which publishes the Egyptian Yoga Book series, and editor of the Egyptian Yoga Book Series.
Dr. Dja Ashby is the author of “De-stressing 101: Tools For Living A Stress Free Life”, which teaches how to understand stress and to prevent, stop and counter the effects of stress.
She is also co-author of “Tjef Neteru, Movement of the Gods and Goddesses, The Egyptian Yoga Exercise Workout Book” which details the physical postures and exercises practiced thousands of years ago in Ancient Egypt which are today known as Hatha Yoga in the West. This work is based on the pictures and teachings from the Creation story of Ra, The Osirian Resurrection Myth and the carvings and reliefs from various Temples in Ancient Egypt.
She is also contributing author on “Kemetic Diet, Ancient African Wisdom for Health of Body, Mind and Spirit – The Real “Soul” Food” which presents the concepts and teachings based on the Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) philosophy of total health of the entire person, that is, health not just of the body, but also health of the mind and soul as well, which gets to the root cause of the dis-ease and eradicates it.
Dr. Dja Ashby is also an independent researcher, practitioner and teacher of Yoga, a Doctor in the Sciences (veterinarian) and a Pastoral Counselor, and has engaged in post-graduate research in advanced Indian Yoga, specifically Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Raja and Kundalini Yogas
She is a certified Yoga Exercise instructor both in the Kemetic Tjef Neteru Sema Paut (Kamitan Yoga Exercise system) and Indian traditions, and a teacher of health and stress management uses of Yoga for modern society.
Dr. Dja Ashby is a certified and Indian Hatha Yoga Exercise instructor, the Coordinator and Instructor for the Level 1 Teacher Certification Tjef Neteru Sema Training programs, and a teacher of health and stress management applications of the Yoga / Sema Tawi systems for modern society, based on the Kamitan and/or Indian yogic principles.