Q: What is Reiki?
A: The word Reiki can be broken down into two Japanese words, Rei and Ki.
Rei can be defined as the Higher Intelligence that guides and directs all creation.
It is that which tells the grass to grow, the tree to flower, the monarch to migrate.
There is, in everything, a perfect divinity that unites all creation.
Ki is vital life force energy. It is the fuel. When Ki is high, we feel strong and healthy. When Ki is low, we are more likely to get sick and we feel tired and weak. Ki is also known as Chi, or Prana. The Practice of Pranayama utilizes various breathing techniques to increase Ki. Ki in also increased through sleep, sunshine, food, meditation and experiencing joy and love.
Reiki is the practice of learning how to center oneself in order to unite with ones Higher Intelligence and, as a result increase the flow of Ki. This is done by allowing an experienced practitioner to assist you, or by practicing on yourself.
Q: What brought you to the study of Reiki?
A: I believe that this human life is a playground for soul growth. We come here in order to experience separation from Source. In this separation we find the Ego. We create all sorts of definitions for what we are supposed to be based on limiting beliefs. Sometimes the separation from our true selves is so intense that the vital life force energy suffers tremendously. We become unwell or injured, or we numb ourselves to this reality through addiction or distraction.
In my case, this separation led to an injury intense enough to place me in physical therapy for 4 months. For the first month, I could barely walk. There were many things contributing to the intense emotional stress I was experiencing, but what it all boiled down to was fear. I was blessed at the time to have a neighbor who was a Reiki Master as well as a Massage Therapist. Under her treatment and tutelage, I was able to face the underlying mental and emotional issues that had led to my injury.
I am always amazed at how intelligent the body is. Within separation, we experience emotions that we inevitably store somewhere in the body. The body, and its functions, are a beautiful and fascinating mirror of our spiritual selves.
Q: How has Reiki changed your life on and off the mat?
A: I continue to improve upon the skill of discernment all the time! Reiki assists me in determining what my body may be trying to tell me about what is going on in my life. I am so grateful for each and every experience. I learn from every ache and pain and I can translate that knowledge to my healing practice in order to serve others on their journey as well.
Q: How is Reiki used in healing?
A: How Reiki is used in healing will vary from person to person depending on where there is a need. There is always a laying on or hovering of the hands, in which the practitioner can feel and gently allow for energy flow through her intention. There is always loving kindness and compassion. A Reiki healing can vary from simply a deep sense of relaxation to an intense emotional release.
Q: Describe the Reiki attunement and training process.
A: Preferably one has had some experience with Reiki prior to training and receiving an attunement, although it is not necessary. In training, you will learn techniques for sensing subtle energy, practice pranyama to increase Ki, participate in guided meditations and discuss the chakra system. We will have a brief overview of the history of Reiki and discuss how Reiki can be used for self healing as well as healing others.
The attunement process lasts about 10 minutes, and is done seated with eyes closed. The receiver may feel bodily sensation or emotional release, just as in a regular Reiki session. One of my students described it as “coming home to home she didn't know, or forgot, she had.”
Q: Describe how you integrate Reiki into the teaching and practice of yoga.
A: In a group setting, I encourage students to observe their subtle energy and bring awareness to the messages the body is sending. This is the beginning. If a student has received Reiki training, I will encourage them to deepen their practice by channeling the energy in various ways. Reiki is an amazing practice to bring into savasana. In our training, we will practice some of these techniques.
Q: Who do you think will benefit most from this training and why?
A: Anyone and everyone, but most especially those who are committed to practice.
Q: Upon completion of the workshop, how might students use Reiki on and off the mat?
Reiki is a powerful tool for living your life in the most authentic way. When we are living authentically, we are centered, joyful, grateful and overflowing with love of life, toward ourselves and others. Use Reiki to transform your life as well as the lives of those around you to rise to love and above. Continue your practice diligently and with deepest gratitude.
Whatever your profession, your light will shine brighter the more you practice!
Q: What will the weekend retreat look like? What can people expect?
As with most things, what you get out of the workshop will depend on what you put into it. We will sink deep into meditation, practice pranayama, move our bodies, share stories, dive into discussion, journal, eat, laugh, maybe cry. You will learn how to use the Reiki symbols in various ways, with skills for gently emerging into the practice of Reiki