“We believe that it takes a strong back and a soft front to face the world.” Roshi Joan Halifax
Are you being called to serve? Do you have a passion to help your loved ones who may be living with terminal illness? Do you want to work with persons undergoing cancer treatment and be able to offer them comfort? You may have heard me mention Urban Zen here. Urban Zen is the calm in the chaos. Urban Zen Integrative Therapy is a very powerful yet simple way to help people that are dealing with pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation and exhaustion. Let’s face it, all of us at one point or another have suffered from one of these issues. Urban Zen is being offered in hospitals, outpatient centers, rehab and hospice centers, universities, schools as well as, corporations and in other countries. Urban Zen Integrative Therapy is meant to serve as a compliment to modern medicine and it really works. For example, I have worked with patients suffering from nausea and pain at a level 8 on a scale of 1-10 and after 15 minutes of using the Urban Zen modalities, these levels dropped to a 4. The modalities used in Urban Zen are, gentle movements, Reiki, Essential oils, Body scan meditation, Breath awareness and simple breath practices and, Restorative yoga poses. I feel so blessed to have gone through this training and to be doing this work! UZ has changed my life in so many profound ways! I can nurture myself, my family and friends when they are not well. I have developed the ability to be present and, let’s face it, being present for others, to really listen and see someone, is a missing piece in our health care system and in our world. I’m so excited to share this with you as there will be an Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training this year offered in Columbus, Ohio through Yoga on High. Here is the link to there site and more information about the training. There is an informational conference call on June 3.
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<Reiki is "spiritually guided life force energy".
To be honest I have had my doubts in the power of Reiki and if this “laying on hands”, really works! I received my Level 1 Attunement in Reiki several years ago and have done Reiki on myself and my children. My daughter says that it feels good. I have practiced Reiki on students in Restorative Workshops and havep>According to the International Center for Reiki Training, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Reiki is made up of two Japanese words, Rei-“God’s wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki- ‘life force energy” Therefore had some of them comment to me that it helped them to feel better. Sometimes I think touch is what we all long for and maybe, that the touch along with the compassion I am offering them is what they are feeling and is helping them to feel better.
During a recent class I offered Reiki to everyone. I am always setting the intention to allow energy to flow through me from God, or the Higher Power to the receiver. At the conclusion of this class a student who, was one of the last to receive the Reiki, commented that when I started she could feel the energy in the room come to a calm, restful state. I’ve had others comment that they have felt an amazing feeling come over there body and that afterwards they feel wonderful.
I will continue to practice Reiki with my family and my students even if I have some slight doubts for the pure joy of offering loving kindness to others and maybe there is some wonderful God or Higher Power Energy flowing.
I was very inspired by a training I went to this weekend talking about the importance of building a sense of community in our classes as yoga teachers. During my MS Yoga class I was filled with joy because, this class has a very strong sense of community. These folks, get to class even though they are exhausted, some not able to walk, arriving in wheelchairs and others have to rely on family or public transportation to get to class. They come early and chat with one another, never really complaining, but sharing how things are going. At this particular class I had a dear friend and fellow yoga teacher assisting me who loves to sing and got the group singing and laughing. We did our practice with our usual moments of pause and laughter. Many of the students are dealing with exacerbations due to the change in weather and temperatures, therefore, I planned to do a restorative pose before our Savasana. My 2 wonderful dedicated assistants and I went around and offered reiki which is a hands on energy healing practice. As we were doing this I got this wave of joy because this was such a beautiful thing, unconditional loving human touch, something that often is missing in our hectic lives. When the class came to a close there was more laughter and the students glowed and were able to stand a little taller than when they arrived. This class is evidence that yoga is not just asanas, but it is a practice for the mind, body and soul.
“Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.” Rumi
These are Hearts of Love made by my dear friend Gail Spirit Sky. Students rest them in their palms to add a sense of weight for deeper relaxation as well as comfort.