Businesses around the world are getting smarter by offering Yoga wellness programs to their employees. As an employee benefit and preventative health measure, this proven stress reliever is a great low cost perk for your employees.
This is the reason Sandy Cuneo and Catalina Tredwell would like to offer you a package to heal, energize and keep your employees happy and healthy.
We guarantee you and your employees will leave each and every class feeling refreshed and restored and better able to deal with the pressures of today’s workplace.
YOGA IS A SOLUTION TO THE TOP THREE REASONS WHY EMPLOYEES MISS WORK!
- Yoga calms the busy mind, promotes clear decision making and restful sleep.
- Reaction to stressful situations is improved through breath awareness and meditation techniques.
- Yoga develops feelings of well being and positive thoughts.
LIFE STYLE ILLNESSES
Cardiovascular - Diabetes - Obesity
Yoga increases the heart rate, improves circulation and reduces high blood pressure.
Yoga increases metabolism, burns fat and builds a strong body from head to toe.
Yoga reduces stress which may make blood glucose levels more manageable.
MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN
-Yoga improves balance, strength, and coordination.
- Yoga lengthens muscles and increases range of motion
- Yoga keeps your joints flexible and healthy
- Yoga reduces back pain and improves posture.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Reduced absenteeism - Improved work performance - Decreased Health insurance premiums. Employers who promote yoga as part of their wellness initiatives are providing preventative health alternatives and the payoff is huge! Yoga is a holistic approach to a healthy body and healthy mind it directly improves stress levels and numerous health risk in the work place.
WELLNESS DAY - FULL DAY -MAX 20 PEOPLE.
-1 1/2 hr Yoga practice that incorporates all aspects of Yoga; breath work, gentle physical postures, including team building postures, and a guided relaxation.
- Delicious lunch by the Yatch Club.
- 15 min head and shoulder massage.
- The afternoon is dedicated to a Restorative yoga practice that is known to bring a even deeper state of relaxation and healing throughout the entire body. Tea and coffee are also available during the day. The day is sealed by a group circle at around 4pm.
$225 per person all inclusive plus a complementary Yoga mat to take home!
WELLNESS DAY- HALF DAY- MAX 20 PEOPLE
-Morning or afternoon sessions of your choice.
- 1 1/2 hr Yoga Practice that incorporates all aspects of Yoga, breath work, gentle physical postures including team building postures, and a guided relaxation.
-Morning sessions starts at 8:30am followed by light refreshments, Finish time 12 midday.
-Afternoon sessions at 2pm followed by afternoon tea. Finish time 5:30pm.
$150 per person all inclusive plus a complementary Yoga mat to take home!
All meals are provided and booked thorough RQYS (menu available upon request). Please let us know the needs of your staff and together we can create a memorable day for your employees.
We look forward to having you and your team on board!
No Previous knowledge or experience is necessary to practice Yoga. Classes are designed for all levels & abilities.
Working at your own pace, your practice is supervised and led by an experienced instructor who is inspired to provide a unique personal experience for every student and every group.
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We all love reading about life hacks, but a lot of lifestyle advice is hard for many people to try without the initial perception that a serious sense of commitment or endless free time is needed in order to stick to new habits that can transform and empower life significantly.
When I began my home practice, more than 10 years ago, I had very little knowledge of what to do, or how my practice should be. In fact, all I remember is sneaking out of my babies room, to used his nap time, to roll down a towel to lay down on the floor and stretch my ever tired back and neck muscles that were almost crunched up in a knot by what it seem to be an eternal down gaze during breastfeeding and baby holding, all of this while listening to a recording of a guided yoga practice a friend of mine gave me once....Oh! those were the days!
Yup! that is right, it was back then, with very little time in my hands, where my home practice was born, and a whole chain reaction of events that changed my life forever!
Practicing on your own has incredible benefits, even if you are not always sure where to begin.
Creating a ritual is something you can do in your own home, Perhaps you have a morning ritual as simple (and profound) as drinking your coffee or tea out of a favorite mug in silence. Or maybe you take 10 minutes to write or take a walk during your lunch break at work.
Without a doubt your home practice is already a ritual, but thinking of your practice this way can make it a little more special. If you’re someone who’s struggled to maintain a consistent home practice, taking steps to turn your practice into a ritual can help to strengthen your excitement and desire to get on your mat more often.
Rituals are unique precisely because they are not part of the everyday life. It’s something special, distinguished from mundane tasks like washing the dishes and scanning through emails on autopilot. Ritual is infused with focus, intention and specificity. Viewing your practice as a ritual with a clear intention on space, mood and timing, can strengthen your ability to show up consistently for a regular and meaningful at home yoga practice.
HERE ARE MY TIPS ON HOW TO CREATE YOUR HOME SANCTUARY
1.CONSIDER YOUR SPACE
Choosing a dedicated area in your home to practice can also help you to create room in your psyche for the practice to take root. Choose or create a quiet, uncluttered space in your home for your practice, and stock it with the essential basic yoga props — mat, strap, blocks, blanket, bolster, etc. The space doesn’t have to be large, but it should be quiet, clean, open, and sacred. Even though it's more of a nonspace, all those practices have imbued it with a feeling that is really attractive to us. Even when we are dragging our feet, the aura of our regular practice site will make you more likely to visit it. When we are on our special spot, we will be fully immerse in our practice after only two breaths!
2. SET THE MOOD
Lighting a candle, burning oils or a stick of incense, playing soft music, and hanging art in your practice area are all wonderful ways to set the mood and remind yourself that you are partaking in something special and sacred. What scents set you at ease? If you’re not sure, stop by a local natural market and peruse the aromatherapy aisle to find an spray or oil you find invigorating and comforting. What sounds or music might help you center during your practice? Sometimes the smallest touches can make a big difference.
3. CARVE OUT SPACE FOR IT
Perhaps, the biggest challenge most of us encounter is finding time. However, in order for many of us to keep our practice, we must not allow ourselves to be swayed by the anxiety that nearly always pops up when we can't afford to take any time away from getting things done. Taking even a little bit of time to practice, grounds us and inspires us, so that when we return to the to-do list, we are more focused and productive.
Another effective way to separate your at-home yoga ritual from the rest of your day is to have a clear start and end to your practice. If you only have a specific time to practice, consider setting a timer so you don’t have to watch the clock while you’re on the mat. Think about chanting a single “Om” at the beginning and end to mark the opening and close of your practice. Perhaps you ring a bell, or take a few moments of seated meditation to complete your asana sequence. In other words, you don’t want to jump out of a warrior pose to check on dinner and never make it back to the mat. A firm starting and ending point will help to make that time separate and special from your daily routine.
4.LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
One of the best parts of a home yoga practice is that you can do whatever feels best to you. Instead of feeling pressured to stick with the rest of the class at a studio, if a pose doesn’t feel good, you can skip it. If your hips are feeling really tight, you can focus on hip openers. Your home yoga practice will really deepen your appreciation of yoga because you’ll start to learn how to make it fit your needs.
At home, it’s often easier to drop your ego. You don’t feel pressured to get into a pose just because all of the people around you are attempting it. You can find the pose that feels right to you in your body, letting go of what you think the pose should look like. You’ll start to focus more internally and less externally.
5. LET GOJust like at a yoga studio, the ultimate goal of your home yoga practice should be practicing living in the present moment. Sometimes being at home can remind us of all of the things we feel that we need to get done. Work to let go of those thoughts and worries. If you’re just letting your mind race around, you’re missing the point of your yoga practice.
Make it a point to keep your mental focus, no matter how many times you have to re-focus. Don’t feel bad about getting distracted. Instead, just bring your attention back to the present, to your breath and your body. Let your thoughts melt away so you can find true mindfulness, and so you can reap all of the mental benefits of your home yoga practice.
WHANT TO KNOW MORE?
How about joining us on Retreat, we will have three nights on stunning North Stradbroke Island, overlooking the sea, as we explore the fundamental principles of creating space, movement and meditation techniques. On this retreat you will learn all the tools to start (or extend!) your own personal practice. Practicing on your own has incredible benefits - sometimes we just need the permission to begin! You will leave this retreat with everything you need to establish your own 20min practice at home without the aid of a teacher or classes.
When? Thursday 24th to 27th of October 2019.
Where? The stunning Stradbroke Island.
Together we will enjoy the healing properties of nature, practice and develop tools and strategies tailored to help you to develop your own home practice and send you home feeling refreshed, re-energized and better able to deal with the everyday challenges of life!
"Your Soul will dance, your heart will laugh and your body will be in balance after 3 days of integral yoga and meditation practice!".
There are numerous things I've learnt through the practice of Yoga and meditation. But there is this number one thing that I consider the most beneficial of them all... I have learnt how to release my critical inner chatter, and tune into my deeper loving wisdom of my soul. Through meditation I leant acceptance, forgiveness and unconditional self-love. I have come to love who I am, and my story, the body I have been given, my flaws, my weaknesses, and everything that makes me uniquely me.
A deep sense of being alive, savouring all the moments, all the up's and down's in life, this awareness of experiencing life from a whole new perspective.
I learnt that the yogic path is an opportunity to realise more our- self than ever before, we invent the absurd possibility that getting in touch with our very own Self will turn us into someone else! As long as we do not know the Self, Yoga advises us, we are suffering from the most miserable affliction ever visited humankind.
The Ignorance of the True Nature of our own being and the nature of everything around us. Self- realisation makes the perceiving consciousness within us become completely unveiled. The pure light of Consciousness projected by such being is powerful enough to pierce all the veils of creation, penetrating right through the essence of everything. If it's really growth what we are looking for, spiritual science advises us to forget all our " self-improvement" courses and start meditating.
The Self cannot be improved; it is already perfect, all we have to do is go inside and find it!
Mother Nature has the power to inspire us, re-energise us and teach us things that can not be heard in the sometimes noisy and over cluttered world.
Here I would like to share a few mindfulness practices that you can take on board to connect to your inner power, a world of new possibilities.
1-)Pay attention to your needs: check in with yourself regularly and ask “How am I feeling?” or “What do I need right now?” or “What do I really want?”. Find out what it is and then love yourself enough to give it to yourself.
Do you ignore what you need, dismiss that niggling feeling in your belly, or sideline your dreams? Instead, begin paying attention to what you want and need in every moment.
2-)Practice some conscious breathing exercises: Your breath can help anchor you into your body and draw you deeper into yourself. You can do this anywhere, anytime. Just bring your awareness to your breath and follow it with your attention. Feel it moving into your nose and follow your inhale, all the way down to your belly and then follow it all the way up and out. Take 5 minutes to practise this as often as you can.
3) Create Sacred Morning Time: Even if all you can find is 5 minutes, make time in the mornings before you begin your day to sit and tune into what you want to experience and create. Visualise your day unfolding how you would love it to. Set some key intentions about how you want to feel, how you want to take care of yourself or what you want to achieve. Even this small practise will help your day unfold more consciously and deliberately.
4-)Spent time in Nature and don't just be in nature, but fully feel nature. Take your shoes off and get your toes amongst grass or sand. Get in the water. Run in the rain. Use all your senses to touch the plants and trees around you. Get completely lost in a sunset. Do it all in silence and pay attention to how you feel. Immerse yourself in the full experience of what surrounds you and breathe it all in.
5-) Listen (Lovingly) to your discomfort: Connecting with yourself is not just about listening to your desires, but also listening your discomfort. Your uncomfortable emotions have messages for you. Listen to them. Find the courage to dive into uncomfortable feelings, face your fears and uncover you murky bits. When hurt arises, feel it. Let tears flow and use your breath to support you to move through whatever arises.
6-) Get In touch with your Body: A beautiful way to begin this is to practise doing daily body scans. Close your eyes and begin at your feet, placing all your attention there. Then, move your awareness up through your legs, hips, belly, chest, shoulders, arms, head etc.. Don’t rush this. Eat each point, stop and place all your attention on that part of your body. Ask “How does this part of my body feel today?” “It is tight or relaxed, heavy or light, free or constricted, at ease or uncomfortable?” This simple practise will bring you into much deeper connection with your body and yourself.
7-)Nourish Yourself with the Good Stuff: When we feel nourished, supported and physically vibrant we naturally feel more calm and supported. Simple things like a good night’s sleep, lots of fresh air, several litres of water and lots of leafy greens can work wonders in shifting you out of a negative funk and clearing your head. See these practices as a form of self-love and show a deep respect for your body as being the sacred home that is carrying you through this lifetime.
8-) Create a Meditation practice: I began meditating by listening to guided meditations while my babies were having their naps. I remember setting the timer for 5 minutes and that was all! Learning how to meditate will be your most powerful self-connection practice. Now I can sit for an hour. You don’t have to sit in silence, In fact you don't even need to sit, you can lay down and practice some form of relaxation, if you want some guidance and music to accompany you can always be a great starting point.
10) Explore The Depths Of You: Begin a journaling practise where each day you write about your thoughts and feelings and explore the inner depths of yourself. You may begin this practise each day just writing about what is going on in your mind. This practise can also be used to explore what you feel is holding you back, your fears, your limiting beliefs, or the challenges you are facing. You may also want to explore your dreams, desires, hopes, wishes and what you truly want for yourself. Perhaps you want to go even deeper by ponder big life questions like “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose?” and seeing what answers flow onto the page.
11-) Tune Your Eyes To Your Beauty: Each time you look in the mirror see if you can find one thing about yourself that you love or can appreciate as being something that makes you unique, special and beautiful. Make it your practise to acknowledge your beauty and compliment something about yourself each time you look in a mirror. When that negative voice arises, stop it in it’s tracks and replace it with something loving.
12-) Treat And Pamper Yourself:
What makes you feel super special and totally pampered? Be attentive to yourself and focus in on the small details. Get a manicure, give yourself a coconut oil massage, or book in for a facial. Buy yourself something beautiful, or expensive. Treat yourself to something you really love. Put fresh flowers in your home and light your favourite smelling candle. Whatever makes you feel luxurious, decadent and pampered is a way of showing love to yourself.
Retreats are powerful settings for profound healing, deep relaxation and transformation, where one can experience themselves away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life stresses.
13-) Unplug from the every day routine:
Retreats take us away from the usual distractions such as cell phones, computers, work and family. Letting go of distractions, gives us a whole new perspective where we may reflect on how we are living our lives and what is truly our heart’s desires.
Since you are the focus of your retreat, it is a great opportunity for you to strengthen the relationship with your body, mind, spirit.
A retreat gives you time to harmonize and balance all the aspects of your whole human being.
You can enjoy different activities, and there are many different type of retreats for all different type of people. Many offer gentle yoga classes, relaxation and meditation techniques.
You get to nurture yourself in which ever way feels right for you. There is no obligation or expectation from anyone, except yourself that is. Sometimes we feel guilty or ashamed if we take time out to pamper ourselves because it takes time away from our loved ones. A retreat is a great way to practice self- care, self-love and self-nurturing.
There are many places with powerful settings for profound healing, deep relaxation and transformation, where one can experience themselves away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life stresses. Sitting, walking and hiking in nature all bring about a sacred opportunity for one to rekindle our inner connection. Swimming at the base of a natural waterfall and river bring us back to our truest nature and flow.
The different activities, places and people you will interact with during your retreat will all expose you to a new way of being you. This experience will leave you feeling calmer, more present and connected to who you are.
I highly recommend you join us for our upcoming Soulful winter Getaway a weekend away in July - 26th to 28th at Uluramaya Retreat Cabins. This retreat includes healthy and delicious meals daily, daily yoga and meditation class, and transformational workshop all designed to teach you how to attract more peace, abundance, and balance in your everyday life.
Are you feeling stressed, rundown, overworked? Feeling like you need some R&R? This may be the perfect opportunity for you to relax and restore. How about an all inclusive yoga retreat for two nights, a delightful combination of gentle yoga classes, sound healing sessions, breath and movement workshop, meditation practices, time in nature and various other activities that are sure to leave you relax and rejuvenated.
Join us at Uluramaya Retreat Cabins, only 45 minutes from Brisbane near the beautiful Glass House Mountains. Beautiful accomodation, chef prepared meals, serene mountain views, the perfect place to blend yoga and relaxation.
No yoga experience is necessary, all equipment and props are also supplied.
Click on the link to find out more. There are only 12 places on retreat to ensure a boutique yoga retreat experience with a loving and personal touch.
We look forward to having you with us on this special weekend away!
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We can all agree that one of the most enjoyable (and most important!) parts of a yoga class comes at the end when we rest in Shavasana, also known as, corpse pose. A posture that invites us to "have a small death every day" as Pattabhi Join puts it, a moment to relinquish all control over the body, a moment that offer us, full permission to deflate, relax, die and reborn afresh.
After, having moved the body, stretch everywhere, lengthening here and there...then after, there is stillness and relaxation.In Shavasana we realize deep serenity, a sense of effortless joy, and a glimpse into our true nature as unqualified presence.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric yoga path that leads to inner freedom, a deep relaxation for relief from day-to-day stress. The development of one-pointedness a key to spiritual awakening healing from painful emotions, such as fear, grief, and anger. More effective and energizing sleep, and much more suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners, but new to most Westerners. Yoga Nidra provides an unmatched way to experience the culmination of the art of yoga, and the deeper physical, emotional, and spiritual rewards that are its promise.
Yoga nidra as a state of conscious deep sleep. One appears to be sleeping but the unconscious mind is functioning at a deeper level: it is sleep with a trace of deep awareness. In normal sleep we lose track of our self but in yoga nidra, while consciousness of the world is dim and relaxation is deep, there remains an inward lucidity and experiences may be absorbed to be recalled later. Since yoga nidra involves an aimless and effortless relaxation it is often held to be best practised with an experienced yoga teacher who verbally delivers instructions.
This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light pratyahara with four of his or her senses internalised, that is, withdrawn, and only the hearing still connects to the instructions. The yogic goal of both paths, deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and meditation are the same, a state called Samadhi.
Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
The practice of guided relaxation in Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well.
The major modern development of yoga was facilitated by Dr. Richard Miller and his I Rest system or “Integrative Rest” yoga nidra. In the last 10 to 15 years Dr. Richard Miller’s work has been hugely influential in bringing yoga nidra to even more people in the West.
There are different structures to nidra depending on the above three schools. The practice can last anything from 10 to 40 minutes. It typically begins by settling and making the body comfortable. Sometimes an intention for the practice, or Sankalpa, as it is known is set. We then embark on a journey around the body relaxing various parts known as body sensing or the rotation of consciousness.
Next we turn to the breath and the subtle and inward observation of the body breathing. After that we may work with suggestions of opposites – feelings, emotions or simply just sensations. The practice can then move into visualizations or just resting in awareness. In all approaches there is a proper closure and integration from the nidra into present state.
GENERAL HEALTH BENEFITS
As well as obvious beneffits such as reducing stress and tension, yoga nidra can also help with chronic fatigue. For those requiring long-term convalescence in hospital yoga nidra has proved very helpful. By encouraging balance within the body yoga nidra supports and nourishes the immune system. Working by shifting the body from the sympathetic state – “Fight or Flight” – to the parasympathetic state – “rest and digest “– the practice brings about a range of physiological and neurological benefits.
The practice of yoga nidra is richly restful but don’t just take my word for it! Many scientific studies have shown that regular practice can cause brainwave activity to change from a beta state to an alpha state. Put simply this means that we shift from the usual alert, awake and stressed state of beta activity to the more relaxed alpha state. Increased dominance of alpha waves in the brain is beneficial as it is conducive to mental resourcefulness, creativity, problem solving, eficiency and relaxation.
SANKALPA AND BEYOND:
As with all yoga there is also a deeper spiritual and emotional dimension to yoga nidra. The ancient yogis devised this practice to return to the source of themselves and their inner being. And so there can be a focus in the nidra on setting an intention or Sankalpa within your life’s purpose or dharma as it is known. And within Richard Miller’s I Rest system there have been huge successes in treating PTSD among soldiers, those with addictions and other mental illnesses.
* Swami Satyananda Saraswati (founder Bihar School of Yoga) Wikipedia- Yoga Nidra.
*Yoga Nidra by Dr Richard Miller 2010.
It is a fundamental premise that the world that we perceive through our limited 5 senses, is only a minute slice of a much larger reality and that there are many more subtle planes of existence, that now modern science are beginning to discover and analyse. The first discovered Hatha texts (more than 5000 years ago) speculated on a subtle physiology made of finer substance or energy that the physical body. The Sanskrit word for this fine subtle energy is PRANA, that best translates as “Life Force Energy”.
In Oriental medicine and in martial arts, the terms refers to cosmos energy believed to come from the sun and connecting the elements of the Universe. This Energy is the universal principle observed in all nature, responsible for the body’s life, heat and maintenance, prana is the sum to total of all energy that is manifested in the universe.
Through their exploration of the body and breath, the ancient yogis discovered that prana (life force energy) could be further subdivided into energetic components they called Vayus (winds).
The five Vayus of prana all have very subtle yet distinct energetic qualities, including specific functions and directions of flow. The yogis were able to control and cultivate these Vayus by simply bringing their focus and awareness to them. Through this conscious control and cultivation they were not only able to create optimal health and well-being, but were able to activate the primordial Kundalini energy to obtain states of enlightened Samadhi.
Complete mastery over the Vayus is not necessary to benefit from using them to improve our inward focus and the ability to feel the subtleties within the body. Cultivating a basic awareness of one or more of the Vayus will help us deepen our awareness of body and breath to enrich our yoga practice.The two most important Vayus are Prana-Vayu and Apana-Vayu.
Prana–Vayu is situated in the head, centered in the third-eye, and its energy pervades the chest region. The flow of Prana-Vayu is inwards and upward. It nourishes the brain and the eyes and governs reception of all things: food, air, senses, and thoughts. This Vayu is the fundamental energy in the body and directs and feeds into the four other Vayus. To experience Prana-Vayu: Close your eyes, sit or stand with a long spine and relaxed body, and as you inhale feel an energy flowing up the torso from the belly to the third-eye.
Apana–Vayu is situated in the pelvic floor and its energy pervades the lower abdomen. The flow of Apana-Vayu is downwards and out and its energy nourishes the organs of digestion, reproduction and elimination. Apana-Vayu governs the elimination of all substances from the body: carbon monoxide, urine, stool, etc. To experience Apana-Vayu: Close your eyes, sit or stand with a long spine and relaxed body, and as you exhale feel an energy flowing down the torso from the top of the head to the tailbone.
Vyana–Vayu is situated in the heart and lungs and flows throughout the entire body. The flow of Vyana-Vayu moves from the center of the body to the periphery. It governs circulation of all substances throughout the body, and assists the other Vayus with their functions. To experience Vyana-Vayu: Close your eyes, sit or stand with a long spine and relaxed body, and as you inhale feel the breath radiating outward from the navel to the arms and legs.
Udana–Vayu is situated in the throat and it has a circular flow around the neck and head. It functions to “hold us up” and governs speech, self-expression and growth. To experience Udana-Vayu: Close your eyes, sit or stand with a long spine and relaxed body, and as you inhale and exhale feel the breath circulating around and through the head and neck.
Samana–Vayu is situated in the abdomen with its energy centered in the navel. The flow of Samana-Vayu moves from the periphery of the body to the center. It governs the digestion and assimilation of all substances: food, air, experiences, emotions and thoughts. To experience Samana-Vayu: Close your eyes, sit or stand with a long spine and relaxed body, and as you inhale and exhale feel the breath rising and falling in the front, sides and back of the torso.
Awareness of one or more Vayu has several applications in yoga, and is most easily illustrated within a yoga posture. The awareness of Prana-Vayu creates a focus to lift, lengthen and open the upper body. The awareness of Apana-Vayu creates a focus to ground and stabilize the lower body. The awareness of Vyana-Vayu creates a focus of strength and fluid movement body. The awareness of Udana-Vayu creates a focus to maintain a long spine and a correct posture. The awareness of Samana-Vayu creates a focus to open and relax the body.
Each human being is an expression of the one Cosmic Energy which is the power which creates, sustains and moves this universe in which we all exist and evolve. Our real nature is this energy.
Our physical body and mind are simply instruments through which this energy expresses itself on the the Earth plane. There is a tremendous divine power within each one of us which is waiting for recognition, development and empowerment in our daily lives.
We can use this energy creatively and positively in various ways. We can express its positive, constructive, with loving thoughts which vibrate out into the surroundings creating loving, peaceful healing atmosphere in which people, animals and plants will find themselves relaxing and becoming more and more their natural, beautiful, divine selves. We can express this energy through kind, supporting, loving, peaceful words which encourage others and help them to feel better about themselves and their lives. We can express this divine energy through actions of service and help others so as to help them overcome obstacles and re-extablish their health, happiness and harmony.
All these forms of expression are actually healing vibrations of various densities and frequencies which are healing and recreating harmony for ourselves and our environment. We are either supporting our environment and the people around us through our positive thoughts, words and actions, or we are adding to the unhappiness and illness around us through negative, fearful, egotistical thoughts, words and actions.
Thus we are all spiritual healers in the sense that we are all transformers of this universal undifferentiated energy into positive or negative thoughts, words or actions. Those who have negative thoughts, words or actions miss out on the harmonious flow of this energy. When this energy is lacking or not flowing freely we become ill physically or mentally, or the quality of life is considerably lessened.
This same energy is also the destructive power of the universe which destroys old forms so that new ones can come to birth and have space to grow so that evolution can take place. This process of destruction, creation and evolution applies to plants, animals, people, cultures, religions and political systems. It may work through illness, through fire or earthquakes or revolution or various other seemingly negative manifestations, but in reality it is an unavoidable and important part of the evolutionary process.
This same energy becomes the vehicle for the soul as it is leaving the physical body to function on its own, either during sleep or in astral travel or after the death of the physical body when the soul departs for other levels of consciousness.
The Secret of inviting happiness through many blessings, the spiritual medicine for all ills.
For today only:
Do not anger
Do not worry
Be honest in your work
Be compassionate to yourself and others.
Join your palms together in Gasshô or Anjali Mudra every morning and evening, keep your mind and recite. Improve your mind and body.
I - Just for today, I will not be angry.
Anger at others or oneself or at the whole world, creates serious blockages in one's energy. It is the most complex inner enemy.
Anger tends to arise out of a feeling that we have lost control of a person or a situation. When we become angry with another person, we feel that we are regaining that control., This is, of course, a false perception. We are actually loosing control over ourselves.
As you observe your anger as it arises, you will see that it reflects something about ourselves that needs attention, rather than a defect in the person you are angry with. Other people we draw into our lives are our mirrors, so look carefully at those who annoy you the most as they reflect aspects of yourself you would rather not see. Become an observant of you anger before its express it, the you will realise that there is nothing to be angry about.
Reiki is an excellent tool to remove anger blockages which have accumulated in the body over years, but it cannot remove the residue of current anger which occurs daily.
Letting go of anger. brings Piece into the Mind.
II - Just for today, I will not worry.
While anger deals with past and present events, worry deals with future ones. Although worry is not always a negative phenomena, endless worries may fill one's head, and each one bores a small hole in one's body and soul. While anger requires a focused Reiki treatment to remove obstacles, worry requires the energy to be spread throughout the entire body.
Worry is everywhere. Everybody seems to be worried about something, and some of us are champions worriers...seeing only dark clouds overhead no mater how brightly the sun is shining. Worry causes unnecessary stress. Worry is the manifestation of inner fears. Worry robs us from peace of mind, and is a waste of our time and energy.
When we worry we have lost faith, we are no longer able to "see the big picture" or trust what is happening to us.
Mostly we worry because we don't believe that the world is full of abundance and we feel we will have to fight for everything we want. Choose something that is worry you, and just for TODAY don't worry about it. Ask the Universe for help instead, and have faith that when you ask you will be answered. Don't waste time worrying.
Letting go of worry, brings healing into the Body.
III - Just for today, I will be grateful.
To be humble doesn't mean to indulge in false modesty, or force yourself into self-effacing behaviour. This is a form of egotism. Instead, consider gratitude to be the essence of being humble. When you wake up every morning, before open your eyes say "thank you" for your life and everything in it, no matter what, and the opportunity to experience yet another day. Gratitud to the Universe for both the good and the bad aspects of your life, and other people, brings you peace and abundance. Accepting the truth of your inner-self and living that truth.
Being thankful brings Joy into the Spirit.
IV - Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
When looking for the meaning of this principle, ask what qualities associated with honesty are most important to you?
You may consider in speech and actions crucial regardless of how this affects other people. Be honest with yourself, don't cheat yourself by denying admiring qualities of yourself as well as accepting what we feel and change if we need to.
Support yourself and your family respectably, without harming others. Earn a respectable living, live a life of honor.
Working Honestly brings Abundance into the Soul.
V- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. Be compassionate to yourself and others. Note that first we are instructed to be show compassion to ourselves. When we show ourselves love, we are more able to give love to others- but it's often difficult to love ourselves because there is so much we don't like. Acceptance and forgiveness of all that we find less than perfect in our lives is at the core of being compassionate.
Valuing the contribution that all other people make to our lives enables us to show them compassion. This includes those you perceive as causing problems, those who make you angry to are the source of worries. Meditating in the Divine purpose of pain as well as joy in life will enable you to become compassionate, and to be ONE with everything.
Being Kind brings Love into the Will.
*Reiki Bible by Eleanor MacKenzie. 2009
*Principles of Reiki by Kajsa Krishna.
"Atha Yoga Anushasanam" - Now the practice of Yoga. A beautiful invitation to enter the Sanctuary of our practice.
In this first sutra, Patanjali tells us that it is possible for any of us to experience yoga and realize the truth, because this truth is available all around us; if we are willing to look deeply into things, we would be able to realize it. Everything is more than it seems. There is always something hidden underneath the surface of a person or a thing, but to discover it you have to be willing to look deeply.
Atha is a most auspicious word. It means "now." It calls our attention to the fact that a teaching of great importance is about to be given — right now — not "once upon a time" in the past, or some time in the future — but now in the present moment. This is so encouraging, because when anyone is present when these words are pronounced, automatically yoga has relevance to that person; it's about them — it has implications to the life they are living right at that moment. Atha makes yoga a living teaching, not something archaic that was studied by ancients at some point in history, but an invitation to Be Here Now.
With this very first sutra, Patanjali reminds us to be present, to wake up to reality. The words can be translated as follows.
Yoga is discipline. It is an effort of our parts to discover ourselves. This very moment can change our dimension, our direction of being. Now means not moving into the future, not moving toward the past, then we start moving within ourselves, because our beings are here and now, we are present here and now and we can enter this reality. Yoga is intelligent effort that encompasses different techniques such as breathing excercises, chanting, service, and specially contemplation and meditation that bring about this union. The inner Self is our deepest nature, the core, and the source of our mind. The quest for the experience of the Self is given the name of Yoga, an intelligent effort, the essence of meditation, stilling the thought waves of the mind, when the mind is still, the Self shines forth, this awakening is an up-welling of energy, joy and wisdom.