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We are so excited to feature a guest post by one of our very own #Tribe5 members (& current Yoga Teacher trainee!) Melissa Beaver. Read on to learn more about Melissa’s work as an energy healer.

I often do not reveal that I am a Reiki Master and practitioner to many people, as they often have no idea what Reiki is! Some people may have heard of the term, others never have, and yet others have a skewed concept of what it is and what it can do. I have heard it all, and I am here to set the story straight!

Reiki (Rei = “life force”, Ki = “energy”) is an energy therapy that addresses the body’s autonomic nervous system; It works to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, and bring the body into homeostasis.

Really? There is science behind this? ABSOLUTELY!!!

“Healers have an understanding that we have a physical body surrounded by an energy field. When we become unwell physically, emotionally, or mentally, this has an unbalancing effect on our energy field. A healer channels energy through his or her hands, and by the gentle placement of hands on the physical body (or just above it), to facilitate the re-balancing of the energy field, which in turn may ease symptoms physically, mentally, and emotionally.” (Reiki and Healthcare, Annie Buxton-King)

I found Reiki when I was looking for ways to ease my Fibromyalgia pain. I was amazed at the many physical benefits of this therapy, and was surprised at how my depression lifted. I had restored energy, was thinking clearly again, and finally felt balanced from the inside out. I had my life back, and had found a new passion along with it – to learn Reiki, and educate people on how beneficial this therapy can be!

Reiki is used in many ways: to relieve stress and restore the body back to homeostasis, to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients, and the severity of symptoms in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Lyme Disease; It is used in hospitals before and after surgery to lessen the body’s “shock” response, and initiate (and speed up) the body’s healing processes; to help practitioners find a sense of calm before a big event… and so on. The list goes on.

What does a Reiki session look like? Well, pretty simple, actually. You just lie on a table and breathe! You can chat, sing, sleep, or snore. Anything goes! It is your restorative time. I use light touch, starting at your head, working my way to your shoulders, arms, back, and feet, down one side and then up the other. You may feel some heat, a tingling sensation, or the energy moving like a wave throughout your body. The energy knows where to go and will do what it needs to do. Your self-healing mechanism kicks in and does its thing. It is pretty amazing, really.

I tell people in order to better understand Reiki, you need to experience it! This may be out of some people’s comfort zone, but who knows? It was completely out of my comfort zone when I first tried it, but I am so happy I did. Reiki has become part of my health and wellness puzzle.

Recently at Five Peaks, we learned through the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program that there are many aspects to living a healthy life, including physical movement (yoga practice), healthy diet, healthy mind (meditation), and finding time to restore the body. Our individual wellness puzzles have pieces that are fluid and changing. Maybe one day we really need to key in on our practice or our diet, and the next week, our bodies remind us to take time to just be. Finding balance in our bodies and minds is key.

Reiki has been a fluid piece in my puzzle for years now, and I find it is an integral player in my continued healing. Find your wellness puzzle pieces, and take the time to try something new if what you have tried in the past does not seem to be working for you anymore.

If you have any questions about Reiki, please don’t hesitate to reach out! You can contact me at: mbeaver@reikiofnova.com, or give me a call at 703-932-1404.

Thanks for taking the time to read and learn about Reiki! I look forward to flowing beside you at the studio soon!

~ Melissa

Lauren is an avid reader, yoga teacher, mom, wife, entrepreneur and proud Co-Founder of Five Peaks Power Yoga. When she’s not at the studio teaching or practicing yoga, she can be found in the Loudoun County country-side enjoying the vineyards with her family. Sometimes, she even runs marathons.

Our Five Peaks’ Tribe is kicking off the month of March with a sense of triumph and inspiration as we complete our 40-Days to Personal Revolution Journey. Of course, as many of you have already discovered, this is only the beginning. Whether you participated in the program or have been sowing your own karmic seeds through steady practice and study, you have set major shifts into motion. I’m full of hope and wonder as to how our community will grow from here. 

In this spirit, we step from Tapas (fire and drive) into the practice of the fourth Yama: Brahmacharya, or, right use of energy.

Brene Brown says, “Discovering, developing and sharing our gift is a spiritual practice; its one way for us to grow stronger in our faith.”

 

Many of us are stepping into Spring with a heightened sense of clarity and urgency around our purpose. Brahmacharya, which translates as “behavior which leads to Brahman (the divine),” points to our immense power of choice. Sometimes large (moving to a new city or getting married) and most often small (what we eat and what we say yes/no to), the choices we make each day are what lead us toward or away from our divine path. To practice Brahmacharya is to bring the mindfulness you cultivate in your meditation and asana practice to even the smallest choices in your day.

At Five Peaks, we practice Brahmacharya by measuring every business opportunity that arises against our mission. We are here to build a heart center in Loudoun County; a community of healthy, connected and empowered human beings eager to share their light. Before making any decision, we ask ourselves first, “How will this opportunity strengthen the pulse of our heart center?”, and if the answer is unclear, we set it aside as unneeded distraction, and create space for a better opportunity.

In my personal life, I use my meditation practice and daily planner to keep my Brahmacharya game on point. I begin every day with a meditation to quiet distracting thoughts. In my planner, I write down my intention for the year, and set monthly goals to move me forward. Every day of the week, I organize my tasks each day based on how well they will support me in my intention.

Michael Hyatt says, You lose your way when you lose your why.”

Life is rich with opportunity and obligation. Sometimes it is hard to discern the two! It can be tempting for me to say yes, yes, yes, until I find myself overwhelmed and paralyzed by what I have taken on. There was a time when I closed my eyes and saw my life as this intractably knotted ball of yarn – no give or space available for the experience I wanted to invite. That is not a very skillful way to live or feel! I knew that I wanted to live a life full of connection and meaning – and that yoga was a powerful access point to me for both. I started going to class at 6:00 a.m. three times a week until I was able to sneak into the noon classes on my lunch hour. I kept carving time and carving time until one day my experience of time for self care felt abundant – even in the midst of a full-time job, two babies, and teaching yoga. I continue to be amazed by the ELASTICITY of time when I am engaged in right action. 

 

Anchoring my personal and professional commitments to my intention enables me to prioritize and stress less about the tasks I choose to pass by. I find rest and connection land much higher on my priority list than they might otherwise. In the practice of Brahmacharya, I see clearly how IMPORTANT it is for me to practice what I preach. I know that in order to teach and share stillness in flow, I have to live it. I must make time to be still and to connect to the source that nurtures and sustains me for divine inspiration and direction.

This month, I invite you to be in the practice of Brahmacharya alongside Colure, Megan, Barb and I. We will be theming “Right Action” in our classes and offering opportunities for you to share in and refine your Brahmacharya practice in the coming weeks.

Signing off with my favorite (and apropos!) blessing:

May our efforts today, and every day, be to the benefit of every living thing.

Namaste,

Lauren

Lauren is an avid reader, yoga teacher, mom, wife, entrepreneur and proud Co-Founder of Five Peaks Power Yoga. When she’s not at the studio teaching or practicing yoga, she can be found in the Loudoun County country-side enjoying the vineyards with her family. Sometimes, she even runs marathons.

January: Saucha (Purity)

January 8, 2018

Happy 2018, Tribe!

As we embark on a new chapter of our journey together in a brand new year, we focus our attention on January’s theme, “Saucha”.

Saucha, meaning purification (physical and spiritual), is a Niyama (an internal discipline) that guides us as we “clean house”, and prepare the temple of our body and mind for new creation.

Winter is an instinctive time to focus on Saucha. With its barren trees and frozen ground, winter represents the death of the past. It’s a time of rest and incubation to make space for new life and beginnings in Spring. Eating less sugar, decluttering my home, and talking less to listen more, are all forms of Saucha that many revisit year after year.

Whether your intentions rest in purification, or on inviting what you’d like to have MORE of in your life – be it yoga, travel, or spending more time with family and friends – practicing Saucha will help you along your path. Sometimes it’s the words we speak to ourselves about ourselves that must be purged and purified.

This week, as you settle back into your routine, stay mindful. Set your goal or intention, and take the time to look at your daily routine to see if your daily activities reflect the actions necessary to make your intention reality. As you further your intention, day by day, task by task, be mindful of the “tapes” playing in your head. Notice if you second guess yourself and your abilities, the worthiness of your goal, or your commitment to it.

The adage, “Every thought is a prayer, every word is a spell,” is absolutely true. When you catch yourself in doubt, try to immediately replace your doubt with words of support and love (think the kind of support you get from the people in your life who love you most – who BELIEVE in you from their depths), and flip the script.

Stay in the practice – reflect on your priorities, actions, and thoughts, day after day – to ensure they are in alignment and in integrity with the intention you’ve set. The greatest shifts in our lives do not come overnight; they occur when we commit to returning again and again to the path we’ve set. To be brave, correct course when needed – and never give up.

Most importantly, surround yourself with like-minded people who will lift you up. Join your Five Peaks Tribe as we embark on Baron Baptiste’s 40 Days to Personal Revolution Program beginning January 27th. This program is free, and utilizes the tools of asana, meditation, mindful eating, and self-inquiry, to empower you to create real and lasting transformation in your own life – into 2018, and beyond.

Have a beautiful week yogis – see you on the mat!

Colure is a mostly-vegan yoga teacher, mom, wife, graphic designer, self-proclaimed nerd, and proud Co-Founder of Five Peaks Power Yoga. When she’s not at the studio teaching or practicing yoga, she can be found relaxing in her favorite local coffee shop, or adventuring around the greater DC region with her family.

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