To heal, inspire, and empower black, indigenous, and marginalized women and gender expansive folks through yoga, wellness, and community.
To facilitate healing and empowerment in inspirational spaces that provide consistent, reliable, high-quality programming and services in community .
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.
How we started
The Red Ma’at (pronounced ‘Muh-aht’) Collective started as an idea back in early 2015 to centre black, indigenous, and other marginalized women and gender-expansive folks in yoga and wellness settings in accessible ways and using a trauma-informed lens throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Many of the earlier sessions took place in multi-purpose rooms, outdoors, and in various settings organized in collaboration with the community. service centres and initiative. Programs varied in length and frequency based on budgets and organizational factors. This often left participants with inconsistent programming that wasn’t reliable, consistent, or that they could grow with.
The Red Ma’at Collective aims to provide the consistency and reliability that has in been missing within spaces that focuses on centring around yoga and wellness within these social locations. Additionally, The Red Ma’at Collective works out of spaces that uplift and inspire with the mindset that surrounding environments can facilitate ease and healing.
Meet the team
Founder Tai Salih
Tai Salih, E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, came to Canada as a refugee in her youth and 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 guided her desire to do more for and in the community.
Tai started her yoga teaching journey in 2012, from teaching in 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 learning the ins and outs of day-to-day operations, and in 2017 co-owned a successful studio in Brampton, Ontario and developed critical skills in small business ownership and management.
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. 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 Insitute 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
Jennifer started studying music at the age of four. Studying classical piano, there was never a doubt that music was her passion. After high school, she went on to study opera at The Boston Conservatory. She began her yoga journey at 16 years old. Studying different styles of yoga, she found home with Modo Yoga and completed her 500hr training in 2018. It was also around this time she discovered music/ sound therapy. After completing a sound healing certification, she decided to combine her two passions and created a sound healing yoga class. Featuring live music; singing and crystal quartz bowls and other musical therapeutic techniques, her classes will give you a new understanding to your body and mind.
I fell in love with yoga after taking my first Modo class in 2012. After five years of practice, I took the leap into teacher training in 2016- I’ve been teaching ever since and currently lead classes across the GTA. My aim with each class is to present students with sequences that focus on building foundation, strength, and confidence in the hopes of fostering a deeper connection to the body and mind.
Let’s make something together.
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