Yoga and Reiki

“Nothing is more revealing than movement.” –Martha Graham
Have you ever gone into a deep stretch and cried (or almost) from the simultaneous feeling of sheer discomfort and powerful release? It’s amazing what our body continues to remember and hold deep within the tissues of our being that the mind may have forgotten. What we experience in our lives, our muscles remember. Think about riding a bike, handwriting, typing on a keyboard are all things that are possible because of muscle memory. The physical body remembers the experience of the mind and vice versa so that the body does not have to relearn our daily experiences.

The same concept also applies to emotional trauma affecting our nervous system. The body remembers as a protective reaction for future threats. The problem occurs when this function no longer serves us and we are left with reactions of jumping when touched in a certain area, tightness in our muscles from hyper-vigilance, exhaustion caused by over functioning of the sympathetic system—fight or flight response, persistent anxiety.
What’s more, if we are experiencing something in our environment—feelings and emotions—and we choose not to interact with them or speak what we are experiencing, we end up storing these in our body, causing discomfort, tightness, and other physical symptoms.

The practice of yoga utilizes movement to allow for bringing into awareness, shifting, and/or removing that which does not serve us in order to make space for growth and vitality. The addition or stand alone application of yoga work can provide you with a unique experiential healing and understanding that may not be present in traditional talk therapy.

Much research has shown Yoga to be beneficial for persons in learning to cope with physical ailments, stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Research has also shown yoga to be beneficial in increasing sexual satisfaction by relaxation training, body awareness, and physical fitness. There exists many types of yoga that you and I can explore and decide what will be the best fit for you and your presenting intention. I have experience working with persons ranging from those who are completely new to those who are experienced and/or advanced in their practice. Along with the physical asana work, study and application of yoga philosophy and principals will also be included.

Couple
Increase intimacy and energetic, spiritual bond with your partner through the couple specific partner’s yoga.

Groups or classes
I do offer group sessions and classes. Group sessions can occur in 1 and 2 hour increments depending on the needs of your group. We can discuss the details that would be most convenient and pertinent to your group. If you’re in the Orange County or Los Angeles Area you can come check out my classes at Ra Yoga Studio in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach every Monday Check out Rayoga.com for the up-to-date schedule.

“Reiki is love, Love is wholeness, Wholeness is balance, Balance is well being, Well being is free from disease.” –Dr. Mikao Usui

Reiki is the Japanese practice of energy, usually translated as “universal life energy.” Reiki is based on the notion that life force energy flows through us and all physical matter and causes us to be in existence. For us, when this energy is low, we tend to get sick or stressed or depressed. When this energy is high, we are more capable of feeling happiness and health.

This technique is administered by a laying on of hands or hovering of the hands and is based on the notion that this life force energy is moved through the practitioner and into the body area specified in order to balance out the energy throughout the body, making it more susceptible for healing and optimal functioning. Reiki can be seen used in conjunction with medical and therapeutic treatments to relieve side effects and promote healing.

Reiki treats the entirety of the person, including body, mind, spirit, and emotions. Often times people report feelings of relaxation and heaviness during and after the session; however, each person is unique to their own experience.

My work with reiki includes reading of dispersion of energy in your body and discussing with you what may be contributing to under or over functioning in your body and life.

We will also discuss and identify specific actions you can take to maintain the balance and feeling of peace. Reiki can be a stand alone or complimenting addition to therapy or yoga work.