I've always been interested in alternative medicine and forms of healing.
I loved the aspects of spirituality and nature in alternative medicine and healing. As I got older blocked energy in my body really became a problem. I started feeling weighed down emotionally and physically from all of the blocked energy in my body. This blocked energy can lead to disease and other health problems. Stress is blocked energy so is any negative energy that is built up from traumatic events in your life. If you do not let those emotions and energy become released. They get stuck.
I was looking for different ways to help me live a better life. Then I found meditation. I was dealing with a lot of stress from school and life and my friend suggested it and bought me a CD and a book on it. At first it was difficult for me to quiet my mind and for the process to actually work. Eventually after some practice I started become good at at it and started loving it. Another friend of mine showed me breathwork which is like meditation as it uses breath to take you into a different state of mind. You use a fast pace breathing exercise of breathing in quickly and out. In the process you are releasing a lot of emotional stress and anxiety and and other blockages in your body. Different people experience different outcomes during this exercise. Some start crying, some feel great joy, others have physical symptoms of pains going away or tightness going away. It all depends on what state your body is in and how deep you go into the exercise.
I started yoga about ten years ago. I loved the peace that came to my mind when I did the poses and the release I felt. I felt like I was becoming one with my body and felt like the restlessness in me was quieted down. The point of yoga and any of these are to release blocked energy that is stuck in your body and to becoming more in tune with your body and soul. I then started learning about the different forms of yoga. Some of the more popular ones are hatha, bikram, vinyasa, tantra, kundalini, power, and hot yoga. Kundalini is supposedly one of the best forms giving you the fastest benefits of yoga. The kundalini is the energy that runs up through the chakras up from the spine. It is known as the life force and creative energy.
Recently, I also went to see my friend who is an acupuncturist. I went because I always wanted to try it and I wanted to see if it works. I was going through a lot of stress from work. I needed to release those feelings. The acupuncture always made me feel good after. She put needles in my hands, feet, face, head, legs, and arms. It really didn't hurt. A few did hurt a little at first. She said this was because of the blocked energy that was stuck and it needed to flow through. I always felt sharper, happier, and more at peace afterwards.
Now I've found reiki and have decided to study it along with yoga instruction and teaching. It is an interesting art form and healing practice. I've heard about it a lot for the past year and was really interested in learning more. Reiki is a form of healing using energy through your hands. You're body being a channel to take energy from the universe through your body and onto the person you are healing. If you rub your hands together and hold them a few inches apart you will feel a heat, coldness, or pull. That is the ki or energy. In reiki you hold your hands a few inches above the areas of the person that you are healing usually above all of the chakras. The chakras are places of swirling energy from the base of the spine up to your head. Each one has a different color and rules different aspects of who we are as human beings.
Some people don't believe in these forms of healing and practice. Maybe they aren't sensitive enough to energy or very spiritual. Whatever your beliefs are, it is always really interesting to learn. I will be writing more on chakras, reiki, and yoga in upcoming articles.