The story behind the name “Red Ma’at” is our homage to Ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) mythology and symbolizes the intent of the collective. Pulling from two goddess who represent femininity, strength, balance, and a commitment to truth and justice.
Red stands for Sekhmet (Sakhmet) is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities. Her name is derived from the Egyptian word “Sekhem” (which means “power” or “might”) and is often translated as the “Powerful One” or “She who is Powerful”. She is depicted as a lion-headed woman, sometimes with the addition of a sun disc on her head. Her seated statues show her holding the ankh of life, but when she is shown striding or standing she usually holds a sceptre formed from papyrus (the symbol of northern or Lower Egypt) suggesting that she was associated primarily with the north. However, some scholars argue that the deity was introduced from Sudan (South of Egypt) where lions are more plentiful.
Ma’at or Maat, who is symbolized by an ostrich feather or shown with one in her hair, is both a goddess, the daughter of the sun god Ra (Re) and an abstract. To the ancient Egyptians, Ma’at, everlasting and powerful, bound everything together in order. Ma’at represented truth, right, justice, world order, stability, and continuity. Ma’at represents harmony and unending cycles, Nile flooding, and the king of Egypt.
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Tai Salih, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, came to Canada as a refugee in her youth. Today she is the Founder of the Red Ma’at Collective and is currently working towards her designation in Psychotherapy. Her dedicated passion to heal through her own traumas has guided her desire to do more for and within the community. Tai’s approach encompasses a compassionate and intersectional lens that is geared towards uplifting and empowering BI&WoC/gender-expansive folx. Tai is an intersectional feminist, who believes in uplift and empowering women/gender-expansive folx through intersectional wellness, therapeutic yoga, and education on trauma healing to build resiliency and autonomy.
Tai started her yoga teaching journey in 2012, and has expanded her teaching to studios, community centres, shelters, gyms, corporate settings, retreats, and festivals she has been able to work with a diverse clientele. In 2015, she began to manage a yoga studio though onsite learning of day-to-day operations and developed critical skills in small business ownership and management. By 2017, she co-owned a successful studio in Brampton, Ontario. To date, Tai has led almost 5,000 hours of yoga classes and 1,500 hours of workshops, severing several thousand participants of diverse backgrounds and needs.
During the early period of the COVID pandemic, she stepped away from ownership to pursue work with Red Cross Canada and to continue her education in psychotherapy. During this time she invested in additional training in trauma-informed yoga, anti-racism education, and facilitation. Along with her current part-time studies, she currently directs a yoga studio in Scarborough, is Canada’s first-ever chapter lead for Malikah Gender Justice Institute and continues to lead yoga classes, healing justice circles, wellness events and programming for the community.
- 500hr Hatha Yoga, Modo Yoga Inc.: Victoria, BC 2012
- Hands-on Adjustments YuMee Cheung: Brampton, Ont. 2012
- 100hr Ashtanga Flow and Pranayama, Kranti Yoga: Goa, India 2013
- Anti-oppression and Trauma Sensitivity Training, New Leaf Foundation: Toronto, Ont. 2015
- 100hr Vinyasa Flow, Modo Yoga Inc.: Toronto, Ont. 2015
- Post-Rehabilitation Specialist Diploma, Body Harmonics: Toronto, Ont. 2016
- Ayurveda Paras Moghtader: Caledon, Ont. 2015
- Kemetic Yoga Yirser Hotep.: Mississauga, Ont. 2018
- 100hr Strength Training Modo Fit, Modo Yoga Inc.: St.Catherines, Ont. 2019
- Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Trauma-Sensitive Yoga West: Canmore, AB, 2020
- Dismantling Racism Skills In Action- Michelle Johnson: Winston-Salem, NC 2020
- Restorative Justice Training Logistics MPLI: Minneapolis, MN 2021
- Race & Resilience Leadership Cohort Skills In Action- Michelle Johnson: Winston-Salem, NC 2021
- Anti Racism Course University of Colorado Boulder: Professor Jennifer Ho 2021
- Art of Facilitation Skills In Action- Michelle Johnson: Winston-Salem, NC 2022
- Additional workshops and training take in: Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, mindfulness, acro yoga, thai yoga massage, and Post-Natal with master instructors Sean Corne, Bernie Clarke, Frank Jude Boccio, Ted Grand, Jessica Robertson, Yirser Hotep and more.
- B.A. Psychology York University Toronto, Ont 2008
- Graduate Diploma Human Resources Conestoga College Waterloo, Ont. 2010
- Total Self Healing Transformational Arts College Toronto, Ont. 2019
- Social Service Worker courses George Brown College Toronto, Ont 2021
- Graduate Psychotherapy TCPCE Toronto, Ont current
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Check out her linktr account of active petitions and anti-oppression resources.