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Yeyefini Efunbolade is the President and Founder of Yeyefini.com/Balanced Living Inc. and the International Institute of African Studies and Knowledge Inc. She continues to touch many lives through her gifts and abilities for over 45 years as a spiritual life coach, priestess, spiritual diviner, cultural consultant, author, lecturer, teacher and more.Iyalode Yeyefini Efunbolade is a priestess in the Yoruba faith for over 45 years. She ordains and trains priests and priestesses in both Ifa and Lukumi systems.
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A continuation of last weeks show to address these questions.1. Is Ego a huge barrier to romantic connection within the cultural community.2. What is the prototype for an African centered spiritual union?3. How to approach dating amongst men and women who are worshippers, practitioners, priests, babalawos?4. At what point should spiritual investigation be done on a potential partner?5. As there are so many women being told that they should marry Babalawo’s, please explain the role of Apetebi. Why is this so coveted?6. Many men in the culture are in relationships and looking to add a wife when their current wives aren’t in the culture. How should this be navigated?
Discussing relationships in the orisa community and introducing Osun Ibuaiye: What are the issues with having relationships in our community? Why do we see so many unhappily single spiritual practitioners?” Why are so many women who are seeking husbands without them? We’ll talk about all of this, including a dive into the archetypes of the mature masculine to discover what many of our men are missing and how to recover it.Our guests are priestesses: Iya Funlayo E. Wood, PhD is a scholar-priestess of Ifa-Orisa, intuitive tarot reader, traveler, and public speaker whose mantra is “scholarship, service, and spirit!” She earned her doctorate from Harvard University currently at the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A 10-year initiate of Obatala, Osun and Ifa, Iya Funlayo  is an avid defender of and advocate for the Ifa-Orisa tradition. She teaches and motivates via her online platform Ase Ire and produces conferences via the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association.Oyabunmi is an ordained Priestess in the Ifa tradition. As a child priestess she came of age with a unique perspective on practicing and navigating traditional religion and culture while living in North America. Her educational and professional background in Exercise Science/Kinesiotherapy , Yoga, and West African dance paved the way for her current work as a Wellness Advocate. She has travelled extensively in the world of professional sport while cultivating a family of elite performance athletes. This journey contributed to her passion around nutrition and the importance of whole food nutrition as it relates to performance. Sh.e is a certified Yoga Instructor and has studied, performed, and taught West African dance internationally
This episode our guests are:Natasha J. Thomas, MD.  She is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist educated at Spelman College, Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Training Program.  She treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar-spectrum illnesses and psychotic disorders as well.  Dr. Thomas maintains a psychiatric private practice at Fresh Start for the Mind in Suwanee, Georgia and cares for those ages 15 and up.  She is one of the most beloved psychiatrists in Metro Atlanta, known for creating a warm, nonjudgmental environment for patients, and infusing hope into all that she does.  She is Owner and CEO of Hope Grove Psychiatry, PC. Ms. Isis Bey, is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Consultant, Trainer, Professor, and Spiritual Advisor and has over 15 years of experience working with children and families. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the North Carolina Social Work Licensing Board and is a certified trauma specialist. Her experience in the clinical field includes but is not limited to Trauma, Domestic Violence, Crisis Intervention, Assessment, Individual, Group and Family Counseling. She also has practice experience using Mindfulness, Spiritual Social Work, African Drumming and Dance as a therapeutic tool. Additional social work experience includes advocacy, international social work, child welfare, parent education, gang intervention, human trafficking, and interpersonal violence. Ms. Bey provides clinical supervision, training, consultation, workshops and instruction on Social Work Topics such as Ethics, Domestic Violence, Implicit Bias, Mental Health 101, Trauma, Group Therapy and more.  She is the founder and owner of Harmony Health Therapeutic Services, a Mental Health agency in Charlotte, NC. She was named 2019 Clinician of the Year in Minority Mental Health.
Familial Soul - Healing from family pathology, trauma and self recoveryJ. Efunlayo Maxey, M. Ed, R.M, is an ordained Yoruba/Lukumi Priest/Shaman trained in traditional African rituals and ceremonies; she is also a Reiki Master healer certified in the Usui System of Natural Healing. Over the years, Efunlayo has trained, taught, mentored and supported a vast number of individuals who have come to respect her work. One of her many gifts are to assist individuals with bridging the gap between metaphysical principals and traditional western spirituality. Efunlayo has used journaling as one of her personal spiritual tools for over 35 years.Meditation for Children.  Introducing children to meditation and spirituality is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. It can set their future on a nourishing and creative course. Learning how to meditate will allow the child to have more focus for the things they desire to do, supports healthy self-esteem and general health. Meditation is a tool for managing emotions and stressful challenging situations. This show will offer parents and children recommendations on how to begin a meditation practice as well as deepening the experience for those who already meditate.
Yeyefini will be joined by 2 priests of Yemonja as they discuss their path, role, and destiny as healers, teachers, mediums, community workers and entrepreneurs. Yeyefini will be giving FREE SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE readings on the air as well
This show I share some of the solutions for assuring us that we have the tools necessary to protect ourselves and regain a sense of wholeness in our community. The rituals for Ancestors, Ogun and Ori have been given to us through divination.  Let's collectively make sense of the senseless murders that have brought much sadnesses, grief and disrespect to all of us as part of the human family. My question to you is "Are you going to Act or React" to what is going on? My intention of sharing this spiritual divination/forecast I conducted on January 1,2016, is to shed light on some of the things you can do to bring healing and wholeness
My guest on this episode is Chief Alaagba Babatunde Efunlanla Akinsegun. He is a Yoruba priest of Obatala since age eleven and a member of Egbe Egungun (group dedicated to the venerationon of our ancestors) since age 13. He received his title as chief Alaagba (chief of staff to the ancestor veneration society) in 2011. Since his office as Alaagba, Babatunde has taken the Egbe Egungun across the nation to many universities such as UM madison, City College NY, Ohio State Columbus, RISD Brown University RI and many more. Also many festivals like Hyde Park Street fest Chicago, Umoja and Spoleto Fest SC, natural hair festival Dallas, and reestablished a lead position for Oyotunji in the African Day Parade Harlem, Organized many final rights and Egungun masquerade for many great african leaders. He received his high school diploma from Oyotunji’s “Yoruba Royal Academy” and later received a double bachelor degree in visual arts at “South Carolina State
In this episode we are back by popular demand as we dig deeply again into the role of women in African Traditional Religion past and present. Our guests are priestessesWe will talk about some of the cultural traditions that can influence the role of women in polygamy, priesthood etc Iya Funlayo E. Wood, PhD is a scholar-priestess of Ifa-Orisa, intuitive tarot reader, traveler, and public speaker whose mantra is “scholarship, service, and spirit!” She earned her doctorate from Harvard University currently at the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A 10-year initiate of Obatala, Osun and Ifa, Iya Funlayo  is an avid defender of and advocate for the Ifa-Orisa tradition. She teaches and motivates via her online platform Ase Ire and produces conferences via the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association.Oyabunmi is an ordained Priestess in the Ifa tradition. As a child priestess she came of age with a unique perspective on practicing and navigating traditional religion and culture while living in North America. Her educational and professional background in Exercise Science/Kinesiotherapy , Yoga, and West African dance paved the way for her current work as a Wellness Advocate. She has travelled extensively in the world of professional sport while cultivating a family of elite performance athletes. This journey contributed to her passion around nutrition and the importance of whole food nutrition as it relates to performance. She is a certified Yoga Instructor and has studied, performed, and taught West African dance internationally?.Currently, Oyabunmi resides in NYC where she is an active priestess. She guides those ready to take a journey into power and transformation by offering spiritual guidance, health consulting, and access to whole healing and vitality.
Women in Orisa Tradition

Women in Orisa Tradition

2019-03-0402:00:03

In this episode we dive deeply into the role of women in African Traditional Religion past and present. Our guests are priestesses Iya Funlayo E. Wood, PhD is a scholar-priestess of Ifa-Orisa, intuitive tarot reader, traveler, and public speaker whose mantra is “scholarship, service, and spirit!” She earned her doctorate from Harvard University currently at the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A 10-year initiate of Obatala, Osun and Ifa, Iya Funlayo  is an avid defender of and advocate for the Ifa-Orisa tradition. She teaches and motivates via her online platform Ase Ire and produces conferences via the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association.Oyabunmi is an ordained Priestess in the Ifa tradition. As a child priestess she came of age with a unique perspective on practicing and navigating traditional religion and culture while living in North America. Her educational and professional background in Exercise Science/Kinesiotherapy , Yoga, and West African dance paved the way for her current work as a Wellness Advocate. She has travelled extensively in the world of professional sport while cultivating a family of elite performance athletes. This journey contributed to her passion around nutrition and the importance of whole food nutrition as it relates to performance. She is a certified Yoga Instructor and has studied, performed, and taught West African dance internationally?.Currently, Oyabunmi resides in NYC where she is an active priestess. She guides those ready to take a journey into power and transformation by offering spiritual guidance, health consulting, and access to whole healing and vitality.
I am giving you the opportunity to listen to this very important episode of my show. Feel free to schedule your personal readings on my website www.Yeyefini.com or just give me a call 888-419-5848Be blessed
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