Energy Healing

ImageHaving completed a wonderful Seichem Workshop at the weekend I feel like writing about hands on healing or energy work. Many people have heard of Reiki an ancient Japanese (Dr Mikao Usui) form of healing the body’s energy field or aura by channelling the universal energy through one’s hands. It rebalances energy, strengthening the body’s own energy and cleanses the body’s chakras, the mind, emotions and physical body too. Reiki heals areas that need treating and is used to compliment many conventional therapies world wide.  

Guidelines to live by, a poem for today:

Just for today, do not worry.

Just for today, do not anger.

Honor your parents, teachers and elders.

Earn your living honestly.

Show gratitude to everything.

–Dr. Mikao Usui
 

Reiki calms the mind reduces stress, worry or anxiety. It also boosts the immune system and supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It unblocks our creativity helping us reach our true potential, promoting self confidence and aiding us to develop healthy relationships. 

ImageSeichem is another form of energy healing, an add on to Reiki really. It is a combination of Reiki along with the three other elements fire, water and air. Used together combining the earth element of Reiki, Seichem is considered a powerful form of energy healing used to aid and give healing to acute problems, injuries and chronic illness. Reiki and Seichem, energy work is channeled through a practitioner by placing their hands on or over the body in positions corresponding to chakras and organs. A typical session lasts an hour, but can be done in as short a time as 15 mins or distance healing. 

ImageThere are many more forms of healing for example Acupuncture, Angel Healing, Body Work Massage, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Colour Therapy, EFT, Theta Healing etc. The bottom line is that they all come from a good intention to raise the client from one state to a better one, aiding relief and peace. The client does not need to believe or do a course in the therapy to receive a treatment – there comes a time when you are happy to surrender to a higher good and allow healing to take place.

I am a Reiki & Seichem  practitioner – I offer Energy Healing, a combination of my background and training – Colour Therapy, Chakra Healing, Reiki and Seichem and Yoga Therapy & Meditation.

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Goal Setting

Goals!


Lent! It has arrived – time to give up something we love too much, like chocolate (Eek!) or to quit a bad habit, like cursing (S*1t!) or even to take up a positive habit, like walking to work or thinking positively. January has passed and perhaps the New Year’s resolutions have slipped. Use this chance to start over – this time make BIG goals, set life goals rather than giving things up and hoping to last til next week!

By making goals you allow yourself to strive for something important to you. There is a finish line that you are racing to achieve, there is a positive outcome when you have achieved that goal – you feel pretty chuffed when you accomplish a goal that you have set your mind to!

Vision Board

It may be easier to firstly project yourself into the future.   

Create your vision: imagine yourself in ten years from now. Basically ramble on about your perfect life in 10 years. But write in the present. Be as descriptive as you can, describing the look and style of your home, your fitness and health level, your location in the world, your dream job – everything! Just make it sound as real as if you are describing what is around you right now!

You can even collect images of your vision and make a collage of scrap pictures, magazine cut outs, photos and drawings and pop them on your wall or in your wardrobe if you want it just to yourself. Looking at a visual of your dream future will help you create a daily affirmation of what you have and what is coming to you. This is much more beneficial than looking at the negative and of what you can’t have… just dream it up and believe that you have it!

I had great goal coaches in a former dream job at lululemon athletica Mosman Sydney – there they helped me to think big, set goals and work towards something. You can find loads of useful tips and advice on their website too.

So get started:

  • Dream up your Ten Year Vision
  • Set categories: personal goals, relationship, career, travel and health goals.
  • Work backwards setting goals for each phase in your life. Break down each goal by year -10 year goal, 5 year goal and 1 year goal – you now have a structure to follow.
  • Make the Goal S.M.A.R.T Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely
  • Write easy to recite affirmations
  • Set positive goals in the present tense
  • Print it off – place it where you see it regularly (bathroom, wardrobe, car, wallet…. Some other creative ideas from lululemon athletica Stick to it – share your goals so others can keep you accountable!
  • Relish in the glory of achieving your goals!

Goal setting can be great fun and you can easily get carried away with the dreaming of it all – use these guidelines when you write your goals to keep yourself on track. Remember to keep your goals short, one liners so you can list them all off quickly. The easier it is to say the goal the more you can repeat it and use it as an affirmation.

Chakras – What are Chakras?

Most people are aware of our physical, emotional and mental bodies that exist within us…. but are we in touch with our spiritual or energetic body? As a whole we have these four bodies and they are inter-linked. The energetic body comprises of the Aura – an energetic field that radiates around us and the chakras, which are the connection points between our aura and our physical, mental and emotional bodies.

Firstly, the definition of Chakra is a swirling vortex of energy permeating from points in the physical body found in the subtle/energetic body.

The word chakra, found in yogic texts, derives from the Sanskrit word for wheel or sometimes referred to as padmas which means lotus. Chakras are not normally seen – unless clairvoyant (a person with the gift to see energy, an extra sensory perception), but if we were able to see the chakras they are described as colourful spinning wheels or lotus flowers. The spinning wheel concept indicates that they are moving, active, vibrating energy points found in living beings. The lotus flower represents that, like a plant it is something that grows with development, so in us some of our energy centres have not fully bloomed.

Clairvoyants perceive the chakras as colourful energy centres. Each chakra represents a colour of the spectrum, or rainbow. Root: Red, Sacral:Orange, Solar Plexus: Yellow, Heart: Green/Pink, Throat: Light Blue, Third Eye: Indigo, Crown: Violet/White.

In the western world we concentrate on the seven main chakras, located vertically from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Studies have shown that the location of the chakras correlate to western anatomy and physiology, each of the seven main chakras are linked to the major glands or nerve plexus within the body. For example the Manipura (Third Chakra) is the solar plexus chakra located at the solar nerve plexus. An interesting point to make is that the location of each of these nerve plexus or glands corresponds to where some of the common psychosomatic illnesses manifest. Hence, there is a link to the health of our energy levels and our physical wellbeing.

Each chakra represents different aspects in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body. They each have a colour, crystal, essential oil, angel and yoga pose that can aid healing, balance and activation. The size, brightness, and movement are individual depending on everyone’s development, physical condition, energy level, dis-ease or stress.

Chakras can be visualised, using meditation and imagining the chakras you can activate and balance your own energy centres. A simple visualization for each chakra is to imagine a ball of coloured light (the colour that represents the desired chakra) located at the specific chakra and imagine with every breath the coloured ball of light grows.

Using colour is an easy way to elevate your energy levels – applying the principles of colour theory; each colour can have a different effect on your system. For example, light blue is generally tranquil – calming the mind and allowing thoughts to be perceived more clearly. Or yellow has a bright uplifting effect, instilling vitality, self-esteem and spontaneity.

If the chakras are not balanced or energy is blocked it can have a knock-on effect on your physical, emotional or mental body – well, in fact it is the emotional or mental block that generally causes an energy blockage. Most of us have one or more of our chakras out of balance at any given point in time. These subtle differences may be the very reason for each of our individual personalities. However, more obvious imbalances or blockages can have a huge effect on both our physical and mental well-being.

The body gives us clues to the state of our wellbeing. Unbalanced chakras can leave one feeling tired, listless or just not right. At chakrahealing.com they give a great example: a sore throat can be an indication that the 5th (Throat) chakra needs balancing; headaches can hint that we need to work on our 6th (Third Eye) chakra; constipation may nudge us into looking at our base chakra. Alternatively, you can draw from your behaviour. Are you often fearful, lacking in confidence and self-esteem? Work with your 3rd (solar plexus) chakra. Do you find you have sexual relationships but can’t connect on an emotional level? You may well need to focus on both the 1st (base) and 4th (heart) chakras. If you’re feeling too spacey and drifting away from the “real world” you may need to ground yourself with your 1st (base) chakra. www.chakrahealing.com

A balance allows the chakras or individual energy points to be open to the universal energy flow. So by cultivating an inner awareness we can keep check on our state of being. Yoga is one practice that promotes this inner awareness, connecting to the power of the breath, moving the body and stilling the mind. As the physical body is a great indicator as to how we are doing energetically therefore by aligning the body and relieving discomfort we are automatically balancing the energetic body. Just like many people go to a chiropractor or kinesiologist to align their body, a yoga asana (posture) practice will have a similar effect. As the term chakra was first mentioned in yogic texts, it is the fundamental reason for practicing yoga to balance and activate the chakras, to align the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies – to become one. The true purpose of yoga is to sit comfortable in Padmasana (lotus pose, seated pose) and meditate, which allows you to access and harness your energetic field and use the chakras as a path leading from the material physical world to the world of universal intelligence, intuition and inspiration.

Information sourced from my teacher Paul Dallaghan at Yoga Thailand, Chakra Yoga by Alan Finger, The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier & www.chakrahealing.com

Strike a Pose! Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Svanasana

(AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna)

Adho = downward
Mukha = face
Svana = dog

Asana = pose

One of the most popular yoga poses today, mainly for its name –down dog. Even if you’ve never attended a yoga class, you most likely have heard of this one. This is a very important pose, used throughout the sequence, mainly in the Sun Salutation but also as a transitional pose. This is also a great pose done by its self then followed by resting in Child’s Pose.

How to do Downward Facing Dog:

The pose resembles that of an upside down letter V.

  • Let’s start with the hands: they should be shoulder width apart and your wrist line (joint) should be parallel to the front edge of your mat. There should be equal space between each of your fingers and in general, your middle finger will point straight ahead. It is very important that you ground your entire hand fully (especially knuckles of your index finger and thumb) into the ground at all times to avoid excess strain on your wrist joint.
  • Your feet are hip width apart and they are to remain parallel to each other. Find the range for placement of the feet, not too close but not too far apart, well supported from both legs and arms. Grounding with hands and feet.
  • Shoulder blades working down along the spine, space between the shoulders and ears – no tension in the neck. Lengthen the back, soften the front
  • Raise the heels to find extension of the spine, the sit bones pointed to the ceiling, gradually lower heels to mat. Not essential to have heels on the mat – main point of pose is to straighten the back – no rounding or arching in the back, supported equally by your upper and lower body, elongating the neck and spine.
  • Beginners and those with tight hamstrings will start with bent knees.

 

 

Benefits of Downward Facing Dog:

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Energizes the body, Increases full-body circulation – feel the flow of energy running in around the body
  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches and hands
  • Strengthens the arms and legs
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain and fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis

 

  • Downward facing dog elongates and lengthens the back. For the office worker who spends their day hunched over a computer or desk this pose would have great benefit by stretching out the body.
  • Additionally, downward facing dog is a mild inversion since the head is lower than the hips, and inversions are great for increasing blood flow to the brain and eyes. And because it stimulates the nervous system, it also helps with memory and concentration.

There are a few instances where you should avoid this pose entirely: If you have a history of carpal tunnel syndrome, if you are in the late stages of pregnancy and if you experience sharp pains while performing the pose.

 

Reminder: Yoga is a moving meditation, not a fitness class!

In today’s fast pace world everyone is looking for a quick fix. Why not put in a bit of time to learn a practice that will over time give great benefit. Yoga claims to have many benefits and from each school of yoga there are many great things that come from a regular practice, such as mental and physical steadiness, strength, flexibility and it can detoxify the muscles and organs. The underlying message is that Yoga brings balance to your system, eliminating restlessness in the body so you can find a comfortable place within you!

Yoga is a moving meditation; pushing or forcing yourself into a pose will be of no benefit. Holding yourself in tension is not the meaning of yoga either but using the practice to learn skills to help you in all personal avenues off the mat will be of great benefit!

Use the breath to guide you: Inhale – gain space, Exhale – allows you to relax, or go deeper. Steady and even inhale and exhale through the nose. Listen to the sound and rhythm of the breath. Try to stay in tune with your breathing – vinyasa is the linking of movement and breath. Cultivate an inner awareness, know your limits, listen to your body, and work on your breath not your ego!

Over time, with a regular practice, your body will open up. Be patient; enjoy all stages of the practice. There should be no ego in yoga, this competitive attitude will cause injury and prevent the real benefit coming to you. Everyone has a different body type so trying to be like your neighbour is preventing you from seeing the beauty of your own body and posture.

A moving meditation allows you to check in with the physical body, the emotions, the mind and the spiritual body. Becoming aware of the breath on the mat allows you to take these skills off the mat. Regulating the breath will become easier and, at difficult or stressful times, it will bring a sense of calmness. The first time you find yourself using the skills from your yoga class in an everyday situation you will then understand the reasons and benefit of yoga.

Namaste

Such a Poser: Warrior 1

Warrior I

Virabhadrasana I

(veer-uhb-huh-DRAAH-suh-nuh)
Virabhadra is the name of a powerful mythological warrior. There are three main variations of Warrior. It may seem strange to name a yoga pose after a warrior; after all, aren’t yogis known for their non-violent ways and promoting peace and unity? But remember that one of the most revered of all the yoga texts, the Bhagavad-Gita, is the dialog between two famous and feared warriors, Krishna and Arjuna, set on a battlefield between two great armies spoiling for a fight. What’s really being commemorated in this pose’s name and held up as an ideal for all practitioners, is the “spiritual warrior,” who bravely does battle with the universal enemy, self-ignorance (avidya), the ultimate source of all our suffering. http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/1708

How to do Warrior 1:

  • From Downward Facing Dog
  • Pivot on the ball of the left foot and drop the left heel on to the floor with the toes turned out about 45 degrees from the heel
  • Bring the right foot forward next to the right hand
  • Bend the right knee directly over the right ankle, so that your thigh is parallel to the floor
  • Draw the right hip back and the left hip forward, so that the hips are squared to the front
  • Bring the arms out to the side and up
  • Bring your palms to touch and gaze up toward the thumbs, lift the chest
  • Slide the shoulder blades down the back
  • Stretch your tailbone towards the floor while at the same time lifting your torso
  • As you exhale, sink your hips. As you inhale, lift the chest a little higher.
  • Repeat on the left side
  • Beginners: Step the left foot out toward the left side of the mat a bit to allow more room for the hips to square. Place your hands on your hip bones, so you can feel whether they are squared forward. Draw the right hip back and the left hip forward. When you bring your arms up, keep them shoulder distance apart if that is more comfortable
  • Advanced: Make sure the right knee stays directly over the right ankle. Line up the right heel with the center of the left arch. Ground down the outer edge of the left foot while lifting the inner arch of that foot. Really engage the quadriceps. Hold the pose for 5 breaths (inhale & exhale through nose =1 breath)

 

Benefits of Warrior 1:

  • Strengthens the legs
  • Opens the chest and shoulders
  • Strengthens the shoulders and arms and the muscles of the back
  • Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves and ankles

 

Caution:

  • Students with shoulder problems should keep their raised arms parallel (or slightly wider than parallel) to each other.
  • Students with neck problems should keep their head in a neutral position and not look up at the hands.

 

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