Appreciate the Power of your Breath

ImageYoga in its wholeness draws upon and channels prana or life force energy; prana is harnessed and purified using breathing techniques and exercises called Pranayama, among others and yoga asana (postures) strengthens and detoxifies the body allowing space for the prana to flow freely.

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To start let’s take yoga out of the equation. Breathing is an essential part of life…agreed? It is proven that we can survive a few days without food or water but without breath life ceases in minutes.

Being that our breath is so essential to living, if we learn to regulate the breath we can enhance and maximise our health both physically and spiritually.

There is a strong link between the somatic (associated with the voluntary control of body movements) and autonomic (control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness-involuntary) nervous systems. Through our autonomic nervous system our brain is programmed to breathe throughout our life. We don’t have to remind ourselves to breathe every minute- thankfully! ImageHowever, the amazing thing is that we also have the ability to regulate and control our breath with our conscious mind. By doing this we create a bridge between the two nervous systems and therefore between the conscious and subconscious mind. The magic of it all is that with the regular practice of breath control we can improve our mental health and overall wellbeing.

A profound example is how effective breathing techniques are for pregnancy (specifically the delivery); by regulating the breath it calms the mind and allows the body to perform one of life’s biggest miracles.

With an inhale we invite universal energy (prana) into our system, clearing blockages and healing us on many levels. With an exhale we remove whatever toxins and impurities that are collected in us. We let go and allow the body to release and relax.

Our breath is the powerful link between body, mind, emotions and spirit.

  • IImagen order to move our bodies it is our mind that has the intention to move, and then we need to breathe to perform the physical task. By regulating the breath we can improve our movement, for example, our endurance and stamina while trekking or running.
  • Our emotions have an effect on our breathing, for example, notice the breath when you or a child cries or if angry or tired…. By controlling the breath we regulate the emotions. Calm and soothing breath = calm emotions and clear mind! Happy Body is a Happy Spirit!
  • Breathing is the most basic and simple form of meditation, unifying the spiritual and physical body, connecting with prana.


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So when you bring it back to yoga you see how the vinyasa is teaching us to harness prana. Vinyasa is the linking of the body movement with controlled breath.

Try it now – take a moment to sit, close the eyes and take a really nice, big deep breath in and then slowly, smoothly exhale – sit with this feeling. Appreciate the power of your breath!

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.

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.

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