HEALING ARTS

 

YOGA

Practice a path of wholeness with me 

In my classes i am teaching in a holistic way in akhanda yoga style bases on hatha yoga by my teacher the Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu (PhD).

Akhanda means whole and indivisible.

The Akhanda Yoga approach emphasizes a balanced class including a full repertoire of yoga techniques. All Akhanda Yoga classes are structured systematically yet artfully to align the physical, energetic, mental/emotional and intuitive self through the five elements of practice and the five energetic principles.

Akhanda Yoga balances a commitment to body mechanics with guidelines for inner inquiry.

Five Akhanda Elements of Practice

• Movement (Annamaya Kosha)
• Breathing (Pranayamaya Kosha)
• Sound-work (Manomaya Kosha)
• Meditation (Vijnanamaya Kosha)
• Yogic Wisdom (Anandamaya Kosha)

Five Akhanda Energetic Principles

• Grounding (Apan Prana)
• Uplifting (Pran Prana)
• Centering (Saman Prana)
• Expansion (Vyan Prana)
• Connection to the Whole (Udan & Cosmic Prana)

 
 

CLASS STYLES

Hatha Yoga Beginner to Intermediate

Akhanda Foundations


Beginner classes offer a moderate sequence of the most familiar and accessible postures and breathing techniques, and can be enjoyed by both beginning and continuing students. The classes introduce the basic principles of alignment, breath, sound, yogic wisdom and relaxation. Yogic phrases will be introduced as themes to thread a guiding message through the class. You will come away with tools to help you move with greater ease, and use breath both to uplift and calm your whole system. 


Akhanda Intermediate


Intermediate is designed to inspire intermediate students through more dynamic asana, pranayama, and mantra themes. These techniques work together to deepen your exploration of body mechanics and inner alignment, uplift your energy system and refresh your outlook. You will become more aware of how sequences balance the chakras and the solar and lunar energies of the body. Mantras and yogic aphorisms are used as themes through the classes and anchor the final meditation.

Inner Reprogramming

Inner Reprogramming is a new class style designed by Yogrishi Vishvketu to help release anxiety and stress, and to re-align the whole being. In this practice, movements are slowed to help you drop into the moment and focus closely on harmonizing breath with movement. Culminating with alternate-nostril breathing, this approach calms the body and mind drawing you into a naturally clear, meditative state. 

Hatha Raja

Hatha-Raja is another very special class style developed by Yogrishi Vishvketu in 2003. Classes offer a sequence of moderate postures practiced in a slow and mindful way in conjunction with Bhramaree Pranayama (honey-bee breath) and conclude with a natural meditation. Performing Bhramaree during postures helps to lengthen the breath and releases stress at a cellular level. The postures chosen influence the pineal and pituitary glands of the brain, which balances the hormonal system and calms and uplifts the mind, bringing you more easily into meditation.

Yin Yoga / Restorative Yoga

Yin Yoga is a slower-paced, more meditative version of the popular physical and spiritual discipline of yoga. In Yin yoga, the poses are held for a long period of time (typically three to five minutes or longer) to target the connective tissues (such as the ligaments) rather than focusing on the muscles. As a result, the asanas are more passive holds, with little muscular engagement.
Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching.
If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. It is a completely different experience than most contemporary yoga.

 
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BREATH MEDICINE

PRIVATE HEALING SESSIONS

BREATHE WITH ME

I am here for you in In Loving Kindness and compassion. Everything that arises is welcome.

I am holding space for you to let go of suppressed emotions. So you can accept them, breath and let them go.


Breath Medicine is a science-based approach to healing and integration of trauma and stress.  It is an embodiment path to access and awaken our inner gifts to meet life balanced, happy, inspired and at peace.  

Through this method we are healing your emotional/mental body and therefore your aura (energetic body).

Breath Medicine is a therapeutic,

Connected Breathwork is a continuous breath without pause unifying the inhale with the exhale. When this is applied through an open mouth, the sympathetic nervous system is activated giving us access to past traumas and unfulfilled flight, fight and freeze responses that get locked in the body. If anxiety or other overwhelming responses are already active, we use the Connected Breath through the nose to access and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

ARE YOU READY FOR A LIFE WITH MORE PEACE, JOY AND FREEDOM?

When we can meet all of ourself, our sensations, emotions and feelings with love, welcome and curiosity; we have an opportunity for a healthy release of blocked and stagnated energy and an awakening of powerful inner resources and creative life-force energy. The increased movement and oxygenation of the blood is incredibly detoxifying and healing on all levels. Many feel like a huge weight has been lifted from their bodies and mind, experiencing optimism and positivity, claiming to have clear insights as to where life wants to take them, feel pain free and find peace with what has been previously challenging.


Breath Medicine is a wholistic system including various breath practices, body mapping, touch, reiki healing, somatic movement and dance.

 

How does Energy Healing work?

Energy healing and chakra clearing are very beneficial. 

Why? Because, energy healing modalities actually help people with all kinds of problems. Quantum physics shows that energy healing has an actual basis in science. The most up to date science of physics, quantum physics, explains that we are all made of energy.

Quantum physics tells us that we are an integral part of the vast invisible field of energy. Therefore, everything is influenced by everything else. Human beings vibrate unique electromagnetic waves. If the energy within us is flowing properly, then we feel good, healthy and happy. On the other hand, stressors, such as the modern hectic lifestyle can block this energy from flowing properly. Then we get sick or emotionally distraught. Emotional stressors can work their way into our bodies. Energy healing can reverse the effects of emotional stressors.

All sickness whether physical or emotional first starts in your energy field. 

After an Energy Healing session you will feel Lighter. There is a very noticeable difference from before you went into session. In most sessions you feel euphoric. As energy that is not supporting you is released from your field, new light, new energy, is downloaded into the cells of your body. Negative Energy is being released and supportive Positive Energy is returned.

 

FIRE CEREMONIES

Agnihotra - vedic fire ceremony 


What is fire puja?
Fire puja pits were discovered in the Indus Valley civilization in homes, showing that these rituals were conducted by families themselves, likely on daily basis.
It's an ancient shamanic practice with hymns, where we invoke social welfare, personal health, abundance and vitality to fuel the journey on the spiritual path. The hymns also describe the Divine as the self-illuminating, all pervading Source.
The fire puja is sometimes described as a powerful vision of the transformation process.
The elements of earth (represented by the herbs) and water (represented by the ghee) are transformed by the radiant power of fire and air. The result is the fragnance and essence that rises up and pervades the atmosphere. This is a powerful representation of the transformative power of tapas and sadhana, as well as of the ultimate transmutation of all elements back to the ultimate, formless Brahman.
The fire puja also evokes alchemical energies which were commonly worshipped in Vedic times: Radiant energy (of the Sun = Surya, of fire = Agni, and the quality of light = Jyoti, Electrical energy (as in lightning or the electrical impulses of the brain = Indra), and Generative power (Generative energy = Soma). In Aryuvedic terms, these correspond to the wholly positive vital energies Tejas (pure aspect of Pitta), Prana (deep and stable form of Vata) and Ojas (wholly positive aspect of Kapha) respectively.
The low tones of the ancient, highly vibrated mantras is often felt as grounding, though the fire is dynamic. Offering herbs/ghee is also a way of surrendering anything (thoughts, emotions etc.) we want to offer up for transmutation into the fire. Participating in the ritual is healing, and is said to send healing aromas and purified prana to all the surrounding area (around 1.5km). 

Agnihotra can be used to clear a space for example when you move into a new house with garden. 

It is also used to do ancestral healing, new and full moon ceremonies. 

As we are energy beings and everything around us is also created out of energy. With little particles of energy that make up everything, our bodies, everything in nature, all material items, specific traumas, thoughts, all of it is energy vibrating at certain frequencies. Because everything is energy we have energetic ties to everything in our existence.

I offer fire rituals to release energy chords connected to past ties like past experiences, places, homes, relationships, people, etc.  When clearing energy ties, only the energy ties that were not for your highest good are released all others remain. So the spiritual lesson of your encounter still remains. Those ties would not be released, just the negative stories that arose from them. This is extremely freeing. 

 
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TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPERIENCES

What is called a Transformational Experience are sessions that take place in a sacred circle, often in the evening on retreats, though they could be facilitated as unique sessions as well. I was trained in India at Anand Prakash Ashram in my 300 hour Training to hold space for events like this. I personally love it so much and it is one of my specialites to gather people together and be a guide to transform all together. They are experiental in nature and blend together yoga tools such as: evoking symbolism, drawing, journaling, chanting, soundwork, visualization, energy work and meditation. 

In a circle we meet and are all equal. Circles have been held for over thousands of years and are deeply rooted in the traditional practices of indigenous people sit together in a talking circle, in prayer, in ceremony, and are committed to helping one another and to each other’s healing. This can be quite transformative experience, as everyone is one by one being listened, felt and seen. and it has the purpose of teaching, listening, and learning.

By seeing each others pain, and mirroring it back to ourselves, we can develep compassion for others and ourselves by realizing we are all the same and are all going through the same experiences.

The symbol of the circle holds a place of special importance in Native beliefs. For the North American Indian, whose culture is traditional rather than literate, the significance of the circle has always been expressed in ritual practice and in art. The lives of men and women, as individual expressions of the Power of the World move in and are nourished by an uninterrupted circular/spiral motion. This circle is often referred to as the Medicine Wheel. Human beings live, breathe and move, giving additional impetus to the circular movement, provided they live harmoniously, according to the circle’s vibratory movement. 



 

WOMEN'S CIRCLES 

I think it very important to hold especially women's circles to contribute in healing the divine feminine in our world. Our feminine aspect has been supressed for a lot time through patriarchy. What is of significance to me is that a woman recorgnizes her value, self love, inner/outer beauty, independence and power. I think it is so important that women gather again together in true sisterhood instead of comparing themselves and a feeling of competition. To me gathering women and healing all together, is the most powerful work one can do. 

NEW MOON CEREMONIES

I love gathering people in community, especially when its new moon, the time of new beginnings and a new cycle.
Full and New moon are the most powerful days in yogic wisdom.
It is a time of embracing new projects, ideas, plans, thoughts, relationships and the changes we wish to invite into our lives. It is a time of seeding intentions and of opening to the new possibilities that are brought by another lunar cycle. I guide you in a meditation to visualize and manifest your dream. Combined with ancient mantras that harmonize you with the elements so your manifesting power increases. 
The New Moon offers us a time of hope, a time of faith and renewal of our commitments. It brings us a fertile place to start fresh and to remind us that no matter what there is always rebirth waiting on the horizon.
It reminds us also to check in with ourselves and to let go of what is no longer in alignment with our path, our purpose and our dreams. It tells us that in order for us to bring all that we want into being, we need to clear away what is no longer serving us and make room for what is to flow into our lives.

FULL MOON CEREMONIES

OM SOM SOMAYE NAMAHA - I bow to the divine feminine 
The moon represents the divine feminine. When its full moon we can be quite emotional and its important to balance our energies.
An ancient meditation technique is moon gazing, called Trataka. With this technique we develop our psychic and intuitive talents.
In a Full Moon Ceremony we show gratitude towards our manifested intentions we set during the new moon. This point in the cycle supports our creativity and fruition of intention as well.
The Moon centre in our body is our 3rd eye chakra (energy centre), situated between and just above the eyebrows.
In my full moon ceremonies I offer forgiveness rituals, for ourselves or others. Mostly we are journaling and afterwards burning our written papers. As the full moon is a great time for letting go, forgiving, becoming vulnerable and allowing our female side to surrender. 
In a healing circle this can be quite powerful and transforming.

 
 

ECSTATIC DANCE AND 5 ELEMENT DANCE

Ecstatic Dance is a moving meditation practice that invites us to allow our intuition to take over our body movements. As we do this our energy begins to flow more freely and we feel a deep connection to ourselves and our inner power.
We can experience deep insights and healing from the practice of free movement. As we awaken the innate wisdom of our inner dancer we become our own healer, releasing old patterns of stuck energy in the body.
Ecstatic Dance has its roots in Shamanic Trance Dance where indigenous tribes people dance and enter trance for vision, for healing, for connection to a higher power.

5 Element Dance is a way of movement developed by my amazing teacher Daisy Kaye. As we are made out of 5 Elements, we can balance those through certain movements of the body.

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PLANT MEDICINE RITUALS

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN
BLUE LOTOS RITUAL

I got initiated in holding space for blue lotos ceremonies by my amazing Egyptian friend and healer Sahar Gamal. Blue lotos was used by Ancient Egyptian Temple Arts as a metaphor for re-birth/creation. The color connects to the spirit of water. The Blue Lotus generally produces mild effects that are shown to have a "divine" essence, which brings upon the feelings of tranquility, subtle aphrodisiac qualities, subtle euphoria and sensual openings. It is the perfect medicine for deeper alchemical work on life force energy merging with spirit through the heart. It is connected to the Egyptian goddess ISIS. There is a legend in Egypt that claims that when the Blue Lotus flower returns to humanity, consciousness will rise again.
In a ritual I guide the circle through meditation, visualization, chanting and breathwork as well.

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CACAO CEREMONIES
ANCIENT MAYAN RITUAL

As well I got iniated to work with the Spirit of Cacao, one of the most powerful Deities of Mayan Cosmology.

 According to Mayan Elders and Archeologists, we can travel with it towards our Innerself where our Wisdom and Love live. Cacao has the healing power to nourish our inner child and open our hearts.

My cacao ceremony are an opportunity to connect to yourself and reconnect to yourself.

Ceremonial grade cacao has been used for centuries to unlock euphoric states, release negative emotions, and connect to pure heart energy. 

In a sacred circle we sing, share our stories, support each other, shake and dance everything off we no longer need. 

We activate the cacao within the body and the heart, which is allowing a truly transformational and ecstatic process to unfold.

So we can expand our capacity to love and be loved.

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KIRTAN- BHAKTI YOGA

Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion and the practices of Bhakti like Kirtan

are said to strengthen the spiritual heart and cultivate prema (divine love). 

Kirtan is an ancient Indian call and response chanting practice that is a simple yet powerful way to meditate. Its effortless and joyful- the music does the work for you as you flow with the melody and rythm. The word 'kirtan' comes from a Sanskrit root that means "to cut through", so in essence kirtan is a practice for cutting through the idea of seperation, for connecting to our hearts,

to each other and the moment through sound. 

"Its like connecting to an older, deeper, bigger being. Its a space, a presence, a feeling. The names that are used in chanting mantras are the names of that place inside of us that is love, pure being, pure awareness, pure joy." Kirtan and other forms of mantra practice help us uncover that place inside of us, that place is our true nature." Krishna Das

 

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