Frequently Asked Questions
Yoga & Reiki
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What is Yoga? Yoga is, according to Patanjali, 'Chitta, Vritti, Nirodah'. Essentially, Yoga is the art and science of mental discipline by which the mind becomes cultured and matured'. In other words, Yoga is the calming of the disturbances of the mind so that the true self may be realized'. Controlling the mind and the body trough breathing (pranayam) and physical poses (asanas) allows us to see the true nature of the self, which is the soul or the spirit.
What are the eight limbs of yoga? Yamas, Niyams, Asana, Pranayama, Dharna, Dyanah, Pratyhara, Samadhi
Can anyone practice Yoga? Short answer, yes! Yoga is for all ages and fitness levels. If you have specific mobility or medical issues, please consult your physician to insure that a yoga practice is safe for you. It is also most important that you inform the instructor of any pre-existing condition before starting a yoga practice. Medical issues aside, yoga is for every body.
Is Yoga a religion? No, it is not a religion. People of all belief systems practice yoga. The philosophy of Yoga is based on the tenet that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and not the other way around. A comprehensive yogic practice including pranayama, asanas, adherence to the Maha Vratta (the Yamas and Niyamas) is a practical way to still the mind and come to a point of self-realization.
What are Mantras? Mantras are essentially prayers or hymns that address a higher being, some of them are named for Hindu deities which serve as archetypal attributes that we may wish to emulate, or be inspired by. If you follow a religion or ascribe to a spiritual tradition, you can freely substitute your own deity, images for those presented in the traditional mantras. For agnostics or atheists, you may choose to reflect on your own greatest good, your higher self. The repetition of mantras in a soothing melody helps to calm the chatter of the mind and bring harmony and calm to the spirit.
Who is the artist responsible for the image above? The lovely Justine Kerr created this inspiring work after attending my yoga and meditation classes!
What is your certification? I am registered with Yoga Alliance US as 200RYT.
Where did you do your Yoga Teacher Training? I completed my YTT at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India.
What is an 'All Levels' Yoga Class, and who is it good for?
This class is for every body: men, women, all ages, all levels of experience with Yoga.
I lead traditional Hatha Yoga with a decided Iyengar influence. Sanskrit terms are used with the English equivalent when available.
A thorough warm up insures safe practice. Every class will offer a variety of traditional postures (asanas) that strengthen and tone the body. Flexibility of the body and mind is developed. My classes always include mantras, pranayama, and a touch of Yoga Darshan. These form an integral part of a complete yogic practice.
Where do you teach Yoga?Currently I volunteer teach Yoga at the 'Fabulous Fundy Y'. OK, that's not my local YMCA's real name, but there is such a great energy in this space that it just feels right to call it fabulous.
What are the five principles of Reiki? Just for today I will not anger; Just for today, I will not worry; Just for today, I will be honest; Just for today, I will be grateful; Just for today, I will show love and compassion to all living things.
What can I expect to happen during a Reiki treatment? During a Reiki treatment, the client remains fully clothed, a light blanket is traditionally placed over the body for added comfort. This may be moved to access different areas as required by the practitioner. Watches and larger pieces of jewellery should be removed as the metal can interfere with the energies. The space, the client, and the practitioner will be prepared for the Reiki session through a combination of breathing exercises, mantra chanting, candles, and incense. On occasion, crystals, essential oils, Tibetan singing bowls, and/or appropriate music may be used.
What tools or products do you use during a treatment? To facilitate a calm and soothing environment, candles may be lit and incense may be burned. If these are not desired by the client, they can be omitted. A blanket may be placed over the client for comfort and to stave off any temporary chills which may be experienced due to the shift in energies.
Is there any physical contact during a Reiki treatment? The Reiki practitioner may apply a gentle touch to various parts of the body during the session. Contact is not, however, necessary. Please advise the Reiki practitioner before treatment begins.
How long is a typical treatment session? A typical treatment is 45 to 60 minutes in duration.
What style of Reiki do you practice? I practice the Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki. I was initiated as a Reiki Master by Grand Master Deepak Gupta of Braham Yoga in Rishikesh, India.
Where did Reiki originate? Hands on healing is a tradition as old as humanity itself. Reiki, as we know it today, was given structure and formal guidelines by the studies and teachings of the Buddhist Monk, Dr. Mikau Usui in the early 20th century.
Where was the photograph of the Buddha on this page taken? I took this photo while visiting Japan in 2005. The shrine was located in a serene Buddhist temple in Kobe.
What about distance healing? There are no barriers to the healing energy of Reiki, so time and space are not relevant to treatment. Distance treatment sessions can be arranged for yourself, or sent as a gift for a friend or loved one. Some information about the person is, however, necessary: at the very least a name and perhaps a birth date, a photograph would be idea.
Where did you obtain your Reiki Master's Training? I am very fortunate to have studies with and to have received my Reiki Master's initiation from Grand Master Deepak Gupta, of Braham Yoga in Rishikesh, India.