Daily Archives: December 15, 2017

When your teacher lives and loves what they teach

My best teachers have been those who live what they teach,

especially when it comes to skills that help you improve yourself, help you be a better person, help you grow, help you release stuff that no longer serves, and to learn skills you can use every day. To set energetic boundaries, to help live the life you want to live, to stop living patterns that you may be carrying for generations. I am blessed to have had many amazing teachers in my life teaching me these skills, my Tai Sophia teachers, yoga teachers, reiki teachers, intuitive teachers.… and I have been a teacher my whole career.

I am a teacher, I hold a brave space for you to grow and let go, and I am offering a lot more opportunities to learn amazing skills with me in 2018.

Join me in January- start your year off taking care of you- which will have a ripple effect! If you take Reclaim Your Space on the 6th, you will receive $25 off of A Spiritual Perspective on Addiction, or $50 off of Reiki 1.

Read more about these life changing classes in earlier blogs linked here.

 

The Magic of Reiki in the Fall

The Fall is my favorite time to teach Reiki classes- I teach them throughout the year, but there is something quite magical about introducing Reiki to my students in the fall, and this year Reiki 1 is “falling” on the weekend of the fall equinox. If you are on the fence to sign up or if Reiki is quietly calling to you, do it- register today .

The fall is the season of letting go- as the deciduous trees change colors and drop their leaves to the earth, there is a slowing down and letting go, a slow release and decay of what no longer serves, to nourish the earth and make room for new growth and new possibility. As I teach Reiki, I see this time and time again during the Reiki attunements- there is always a letting go of something for the student- and often times a clarity of what their next possibilities are.

Reiki 1 Fall equinox

As part of the letting go, it leaves room for the Reiki energy to be received, which is a transformative and life-changing time. This weekend is the perfect time if you are facing or in a transition, if you need to be more grounded, if you need a new tool for your toolbox for staying healthy and grounded in your body/mind/spirit. I am here to hold an amazing weekend for you- a weekend of nourishment, letting go, and renewal.

I don’t only teach Reiki 1, I share with you a variety of tools for grounding, setting energetic boundaries with other tools beyond Reiki, and a deep appreciation and connection with the energy of fall and the cycles of the seasons, and how we are connected to the energy of the seasons and Mother Earth.

 

Detachment: My Ticket to Serenity

I’m rushing out of the parking lot of Whole Foods, I get to the parking ticket booth and I realize I don’t have my parking ticket. I feel tension in my shoulders as I scramble looking for the ticket. My breathing gets tight and I start to explain to the parking attendant that I dropped the ticket. The tension moves to my neck and my jaw tightens, I’m frantic thinking about my yoga class that starts in ten minutes. I begin crying and explaining to the attendant. The line of cars behind me is getting longer. I attempt to use deep breathing, I speed through the streets of Baltimore. I rush into yoga and settle on my mat.

Morning Light Pagoda

The Pagoda in Patterson Park, Baltimore

I was trying to take care of myself by going to yoga class and I was living a fast-paced life: working for a non-profit in a new city, navigating step-parenting, learning how to live as a new bride to a partner struggling with depression, anxiety, and addiction. I unknowingly became part of a complex family not cognizant of the intricacies of addiction. I tended to stay very busy and  keep things going at a hectic pace with a controlling approach to the details of life. I was not aware of how the disease of addiction had affected me and was continuing to affect me. I was attracted to yoga because I could move and release energy in class but I didn’t know that my act of self care in that yoga class wouldn’t be retained because it was just one hour of fairly surface-level releasing and I would simply return again to holding tension in my body until the next yoga class.

These were the ways that I knew how to live. My ways of being that I brought to my marriage, and the currents of controlling behavior practiced over a lifetime, as well as my tendency to race through life and my sincere lack of tools to be present to the everyday, all of these were not balanced out by the brief moments of serenity gained in yoga class. The small moments needed to come more frequently in order to work well for me.

Over the past 9 years I have filled my large toolbox of practices for balance, from daily practices and awareness of the 5 Elements, meditation, Reiki, yoga nidra and other mindfulness tools. Over the past 2 years I’ve been learning and practicing tools from Stacia Synnestvedt, The Meditating Mama, which have been life-changing additions to my toolbox. I am excited and grateful to be teaching a workshop about them in the course, A Spiritual Perspective On Addiction: A Workshop for Caregivers and Loved Ones of Addicts. Participants learn how to hold boundaries and release energy throughout the whole day, in small moments instead of building it all up and waiting for a teacher to guide you through a release (and I still enjoy my yoga classes). In this class, I give you tools to empower you to do this kind of work for yourself in quick and effective practices that you can apply any time.

Today if I lost my parking ticket, I have the tools to not let my body build up tension into a crying mess harassing an attendant and creating danger on the roads. I hope that I would be able to step back, observe myself and laugh- maybe even say to myself, “I guess I’m not supposed to get to yoga today” and take some time to find the ticket without so much drama. Join me for A Spiritual Perspective on Addiction to learn some of the most powerful tools I have learned to truly detach with Love on an energetic level, and to look at the disease of addiction in a new light.