Reiki1
Nov 27th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese name and is pronounced "Ray-kee". It is a type of hands on healing, in which "universal life energy" is passed from the practitioner to the recipient and in doing so heals him or her of her affliction. Practitioners of Reiki believe that Reiki is not just a system of spiritual healing, but more a profound spiritual path.

Reiki was developed by a doctor by the name of Mikao Usui in Japan in the early 1900's.

Anyone can receive Reiki treatment and there is no religion or belief system attached to it. The only thing that is required is that the recipient have a desire to be healed.

The treatment itself consists of no tools or implements (such as needles in Acupuncture). All this is required is for the person undergoing Reiki treatment to lie down on a couch, fully clothed (or maybe even sitting, whatever you prefer). The Reiki practitiioner then moves his/her hands up and down the body, there is no pressure exerted on the body by the practitioner's hands, which makes it ideal for treating the very young and elderly. The energy flows to those places at which it is needed and the usual sensation is of a warm and tingly feeling in the body.

It has tremendous benefits as a relaxing and stress relieving therapy and can greatly help in calming and harmonizing the mind, body and spirit. It can be used for things such as stomach upsets, PMT, headaches, back problems, asthma, anxiety and many more besides.

Reiki has many plus points:

- it has been known to strengthen the immune system
- it relieves pain
- promotes self healing
- adapts itself to the needs of the recipient
- aids relaxation and relieves stress
- heals holistically

Reiki is not so much taught as it is passed from Master to student in the Reiki attunement process. Only a Reiki master can give an attunement to someone else, usually it is for the sole purpose of training one in the art of Reiki but there are times when the attunement is carried out just in order to provide a recipient with a larger dose of Reiki than would be normally given.

The attunement process is a ceremony in which the Reiki master will utilize the Reiki symbols and create an energy pattern around the recipient.

The Reiki attunement process is permanent.

There are three levels to Reiki - these are known as Reiki 1, Reiki 2 and the Master level.

Reiki 1 or "First degree" will enable you to do Reiki for yourself or for friends and family.

Reiki 2 or "Second degree" is the next course up.

Master degree is the level of Reiki that you will need to undertake if you are looking to become a Reiki professional.


=> Recommended Resources:
The Ultimate Reiki Package
Reiki Master Home Study Course

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Questions and Answers About Yoga
Aug 15th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Questions and Answers About Yoga

What is Yoga? Yoga is an ancient philosophy that came from India that promotes personal health, grown and wellness. It doesn't conflict with any religion but has impact on our spiritual path. Yoga is not just lying around relaxing, a religion, contortionism, staring at a candle and breathing incense, and not just for young people who are thin and supple. It does need concentration, focused breathing, and discipline. A greater union of mind, body, and spirit is the result of practicing Yoga and anyone regardless of age, experience, body type, or physical abilities can practice Yoga.

Hatha based or alignment Yoga has been around for over 5000 years and becomes increasingly popular with many medical practitioners and therapists as a treatment for a large variety of illnesses. The benefits of Yoga practice are many and include more flexibility and strength, cardiovascular health, helps in healing from injuries, creates mental clarity and focus, and creates emotional balance in your body.

More importantly, it's an all in one practice. There are many different types of exercise. There are various exercises for different health benefits. These exercise options can be ended when you start practicing Yoga.
1. Weight training for strength.
2. Jogging or aerobics for cardiovascular workout.
3. Tai Chi for developing a sense of balance and harmony.
4. Stretching exercises for flexibility.
5. Meditation for relaxation and peace of mind.

Yoga is more than stretching and relaxation techniques, it's the perfect challenge for your mind and body.

Who should practice Yoga? Anyone from the people who currently get no physical exercise at all to Olympic athletes can benefit from Yoga. Purna Yoga is a careful alignment of your body as you hold poses and leads to growth physically, emotionally, and mentally. Yoga does require work, determination, and practice. If you are looking for a quick fix or just temporary relief of surface symptoms, then you will probably want to look at another form of exercise. If your goal is to regain vitality, health, and vigor; and feel stronger and younger, consider Yoga as your exercise of choice. If you are looking for a form of exercise that is balanced and can be started by anyone over seven, Yoga may be for you. If you want a program that gets more challenging as you advance, can start no matter what condition your body is in, Yoga should be your choice.

You can start looking for a Yoga studio, but first you need to become familiar with the different types of Yoga, so you will know which one to ask about when you begin phoning studios. Remember there is several different types of Yoga and different styles have been developed over the years. You can choose your Yoga practice according to your fitness level, which are just for exercise and which is for the union of the physical with the spiritual.

Therefore, whatever your reason for looking into the practice of Yoga, be assured that you will benefit from the discipline, breathing techniques and the physical exercise you get in practicing Yoga.

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The Background of Yoga
Apr 22nd, 2011 by Aldouspi

The Background of Yoga

Have you heard all the hype about Yoga yet? If you are interested in get fit, reduce stress or reach into your deeper, spiritual side, Yoga could be just right for you. Where did Yoga come from? What are all those strange words and chanting? Let's look into the history of Yoga and why people practice it. You don't need to know all the words or their meanings to practice Yoga. It does help to have a little knowledge about the subject. Yoga can give you the sense of satisfaction that only meditation and physical exercise combined can give you. The beauty of that is it can be carried out all in one exercise program!

Yoga is a discipline. It offers a chance to have true union between your mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is right in the middle between physical exercise and meditation. In hard physical exercise, the body is physically taxed and is tuned up. It doesn't take much thinking to go through an exercise routine.

Meditation on the other hand, the body does nothing; it is all with stilling your mind and reaching in for your inner spirit. In today's stressful society, people are looking for a way to become physically as well as spiritually fit. It's becoming popular because it ties the two, physical and mental, together into a comfortable package in the middle.

Yes, it does take physical discipline to sit in one position for long periods. The mental discipline used in quieting your mind and shutting out the world quiets the mind and brings you a serenity that regular physical exercise can't give you. A good session of Yoga can give you a spirit of calm and serenity that physical exercise can't. It also brings you a sense of well since meditation on its own can't give you. It's in the middle and maybe the practice of Yoga is what you have been looking for to enhance your physical well being and bring serenity to your world.

So where did this practice come from? It originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The strange words come from the Sanskrit language. No one knows who invented Yoga; it's one of those mysteries like who invented the wheel. The facts we do know are that it became a tradition and was practiced regularly around 500 B.C.

Hatha Yoga is the style of Yoga that westerners practice today. The slim, serene young lady, leading a class of students through poses is what we think of when we think of Yoga today. When it originated, all students were searching for the divine inside of them. They were all looking for God and the Divine meaning for their life.

It's the same today with students of yoga searching for their spiritual inner self and guidance from the Divine. Most modern forms of Yoga are traced back to the Yoga Sutras. Patanjali wrote them somewhere between 300 B.C. and 100 A.D. No one is certain exactly when they were created, but the practices and philosophy are explained and they are just as valid today as they were then.

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