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3:06 pm

Shaking Shakti: An unexpected yoga medicine by Lisa Wells

I came to yoga as medicine.  Medicine for a broken spine, medicine for a broken heart, medicine for a broken spirit. Yoga is slow powerful medicine that continues to transform me.  And, after 23 years of yoga practice, there were still some pockets of my body and mind that needed deeper medicine.  While researching medicine for PTSD I came upon tremoring.  Tremoring has become the latest addition to my yoga practice.  Daily shaking seems to be healing the overuse injuries of my hips, the last of the whiplash from last December’s car accident, and deeper ptsd related issues that I have lived with most of my life.  I’m ready to share this yoga medicine with you and I’ve developed a new class, Shaking Shakti, that I will offer on Wednesday nights, 5:30-6:45pm, starting June 12th, 2013. Shaking Shakti will incorporate the Tension and Trauma releasing exercises movements from studying Dr. David Bercelli’s Trauma Releasing Exercises and Dr. Bradford Keeney’s Shaking Medicine.  Dr. Bercelli’s work draws on the neurologic study of trauma to release the body’s innate healing mechanism.  Dr. Keeney’s work is based on the shaking medicine he has studied with indigenous shamans and healers around the world. Both of these methods invoke spontaneous movement that releases tension and trauma, from the small every day tensions we accumulate in our shoulders, low back, jaw or stomach to the big life changing traumas that result in depression, anxiety or PTSD. We will begin with familiar poses that work and stretch the muscles of the lower body and in particular the psoas muscle.  The psoas muscle holds trauma deep in the body and with the right exercises we can encourage it to release through tremoring.  Once the psoas begins to release the rest of the body will follow.  The body’s release may be small and quiet or large and energetic. It is always fun.  And, be forewarned, savasana after tremoring is one of the most delicious and relaxing experiences ever. I’ll also be teaching Dr. Dr. Bercelli’s Tension and Trauma releasing exercises in private sessions.  Dr. Bercelli developed a specific set of exercises that anyone can use to safely release tremors.  It takes about an hour to learn the sequence for the first time.  A regular tremoring home practice might last 10 to 30 minutes a few times each week. The results of this simple practice are revolutionary. Sign in for Wednesday 5:30-6:45pm class here. Book private Yoga sessions with Lisa here.

4:48 pm

Cultivating Awareness and Creating Lasting Change

As I’ve practiced yoga over the years, I’ve found that right about the same time I realize that there is a stuck spot in my body, is right about the time I start to bring it to balance or heal. It doesn’t matter whether the “stuckness” is physical, emotional or spiritual – when the awareness comes – then I can take the steps to bring it to balance and harmony. For myself, I’ve discovered that some things don’t seem to want to shift too easily! Although the yoga poses and the meditation practice starts to bring things to balance – sometimes I feel like I’m ready to move a “stuckness” more efficiently. The subconscious mind holds on to some interesting things even when consciously we feel ready to release. Just like in order to feel nurtured we might eat, or to feel macho a guy might smoke, or we might manifest pain in order to avoid a vulnerable situation. But at some point these defense mechanisms may be outdated. Through the cultivation of awareness of self – we may have the mature skills to nurture ourselves, or feel self-confident or address a vulnerable circumstance, but there can be a feeling inside that stops us from actually doing it. Enter Hypnosis. With hypnosis, we can gently go into the specific programing of the unconscious, and update the hardware. Just like we update the operating system of our computer when the information is outdated, we can do the same thing in our mind. Hypnosis, then is about bringing the conscious desire for change into the depths of the subconscious mind so that the underlying program supports us in creating a life that works well. Elizabeth Weber, CHP Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, Bikram Yoga Instructor Book your session here