Some of The Reiki Healing Health Benefits:
Reiki continues to grow in popularity. As stated by Doctor Oz, in January 2010, "Reiki is ultimately the most important alternative medical treatment of all and will be much more prevalent in the next few years."
Reiki Healing Health Benefits:
· Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension
· It accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities
· Aids better sleep
· Reduces blood pressure
· Can help with acute (injuries), chronic problems (asthma, eczema, headaches, etc.), and aides the breaking of addictions
· Helps relieve pain
· Removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony
· Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins
· Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy
· Supports the immune system
· Increases vitality and postpones the aging process
· Raises the vibrational frequency of the body
· Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing
"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease." –Hippocrates
JUST BREATHE is more than cheap advice; this simple, vital act is a panacea for the wound-up, stressed-out, and energy-depleted.
It is common to store stress and emotional baggage in the belly causing the abdomen to tense up and close itself off. This leads to quick, shallow chest breathing, which can trigger fatigue, anxiety, and a loss of carbon dioxide, constricting arteries and blood vessels. Breathe more fully with your belly and you'll ease mind and muscle tension as well as lower your blood pressure.
Start by paying attention to your breath--don't try to alter it, just assess it: Does it stop at your chest or fill your belly? Where do you feel constricted?
It is important to note that modern medicine has finally acknowledged what the yogis have known for thousands of years, that the breath is intimately connected to the autonomic nervous system and the mind. Even some hospitals and medical establishments are now willing to train people in breath regulation and diaphragmatic breathing.
Next, train yourself to belly breathe using the technique below. If you practice regularly, your breath will begin to spontaneously deepen, and you'll routinely recruit your belly. That's when you can begin to enjoy the calm and focused energy that's available to you with every single breath.
A) As you breath in though your nose, expand your belly to drop your diaphram.
B) As the lower lungs fill with breath, move the breath into the mid lung, then slowly into the collarbones.
C) Exhale through the nose and squeeze the belly in as you exhale, to eliminate all air from the lungs.
D) Continue breathing this way for 15 minutes, feeling belly begin to rise and fall with every breath: Your abdomen will expand with each inhalation and contract with each exhalation.
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Winter is a time of deep stillness and inner reflection. We can use winter’s introspective energy to gain clarity and insight for the spring cycle of growth and expansion. Willpower and determination is required to look deep into the darkness of this season to face our deepest fears, our hidden realms, and our unconscious minds. In Traditional Chinese Medicine winter is the time when the water element is dominant and the energy in the kidneys and bladder channels becomes the strongest. If the energy of the kidneys are weak than excess fear may arise or feeling of depression may occur, but if the kidneys are strong than we can access abundant willpower, courage and determination to survive and flourish in this season of darkness. Below are yoga poses that help strengthen the kidneys. This helps to give us personal power during the long dark days of winter.
From downward facing dog, assume an easy pigeon pose, letting the right knee come behind the right hand, the right foot by the left hip. The left leg extends behind you. Inhale and lengthen the spine, lifting the heart skywards. Press through the hands, roll the shoulder blades together and down the back as you attempt to square the hips to the front of your mat and root the pelvic floor towards the earth. The hips may float above the mat and you may find that coming up onto the fingertips is more comfortable. What is important to focus on is the bend in the lower back, increasing blood and energy flow in this area by engaging the muscles.
Forward Folds and Seated Positions
Assume pigeon pose as above, lengthening the spine and lifting the heart with the inhalation. As you exhale, walk the hands forward and let the torso round over the right leg. Release completely into the pose, letting the hips fall where they may. Focus on breathing into the back body. This pose is a Yin Yoga pose and should be done in a relaxed manner without force or muscular energy. Repeat on the other side.
Inner Thigh Stretches
This is simply a wide-legged seated forward bend. This is often an intense posture for many students, but this is a key area of the body where the emotion of fear is held, which often blocks the second chakra energy. Encouraging fluidity in the hips and pelvis can create a graceful and flowing energy in the body that translates to everything from better organ function to more relaxed mannerisms.
We have entered the time of year of great celebrating. IT is also a time of increased stressors and sickness. So, Tis the season to warm our bellies and souls, while boosting our immune systems! Below you will find a favorite recipe of mine, Yogi Tea, passed down from my Kundalini Yoga teacher's teacher Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D.
Yogi Tea is a combination of foods. It acts as a tonic to the nervous system. It can help to balance your system when you are feeling out of balance. It has been used often as a remedy and preventative measure for colds, flu and diseases of the mucous membranes. Black pepper is a blood purifier. Cardamom is for the colon. Together they support the brain cells. Cloves help support the nervous system. Cinnamon is good for the bones. Ginger helps strengthen the nervous system and is very good if you have a cold, flu, physical weakness. It can help women when they are experiencing menstrual discomfort, such as cramps or PMS symptoms. You can try making Yogi Tea with extra ginger when you are feeling a cold or the flu coming on. Make at least 4 cups of Yogi Tea at a time. It's a good idea to make large batches at a time, and store it in the refrigerator without milk; then add the milk of your choice when you want to drink it. It can stay fresh in the refrigerator for about a week.
For ONE cup, the measurements are:
10 oz. water
3 whole cloves
4 whole green cardamom pods (cracked open is best)4 whole black peppercorns
1/2 stick cinnamon
1 slice ginger root
1/4 tsp. black tea (optional)
1/4 cup milk
Boil the spices for 10-15 minutes, with the top on the pot(just leave it open a crack to let a little of the steam out). Add black tea and steep for 2 minutes. Add milk of your choice, then bring to a boil. Remove immediately from the stove, and strain. Add honey or agave nectar to taste.
For 2 quarts use:
20 cardamom pods
5 or more slices of ginger root
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbs. black tea
Boil at least 30 minutes.
Add 1 qt of milk of your choice.
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