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How Often Do I need to get a Reiki Treatment?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

How Often Do I need to get a Reiki Treatment?

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. How often should I use this practice?

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Balancing the Seven Major Chakras

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Balancing the Seven Major Chakras

Balancing the Seven Major Chakras By Victoria Bocchicchio   “Compassion is an exquisite balance between upper and lower chakra development”                                                                                                                                                               –Anodea Judith   What a perfect articulation of one of the reasons chakra study is so important.   We may know that the chakras are wheels of energy within the body and that the seven main chakras form a vertical column along the torso. Many teachers, including Anodea Judith and Donna Fahri, recognize the relationship between the chakras, nerve ganglia, and the glands in our endocrine system.   Keeping the chakras open and balanced allows energy to flow freely and appropriately through the body maintaining our physical, emotional, and psychological health. The lower chakras are concerned with the physicality of our being: our digestive and reproductive systems, our grounding in experience, and our authentic individuality.   When energy moves appropriately through these lower chakras we are able to stand with integrity in our space in the world, acknowledging our authentic emotions and engaging our healthy will. When energy is blocked or excessive in these chakras, we are buffeted about by external forces and circumstances.   We worry more about what others think than what we feel, and our will swings between timidity and rigidity. We may suffer from digestive problems, sexual dysfunction or distraction, and a general lack of self-worth. The upper chakras are concerned with our expression, our thoughts, and our visions. Creativity flows from these upper chakras turning our experiences and emotions into ideas, plans, goals, perhaps even art. The upper chakras lead us to the light of pure consciousness and aid in transformations. The energy in these chakras guides us toward what we are meant to do.   Connected to the thymus, thyroid, and pineal glands, our upper chakras move us to act in the world. Imbalances here can make us sluggish, voiceless, and disconnected from our purpose. The heart chakra, Anhata, balances the flow of energy between these upper and lower chakras. When our heart chakra is open and balanced the free flow of energy can heal the rift between mind and body created by much of modern life.   This flow of energy allows us to experience healthy relationships with others because we have a healthy relationship with ourselves. We can give and receive love appropriately. Centered in the heart chakra, compassion can express itself fully when energy is moving through all of the seven major chakras keeping our system healthy and balanced.   Certainly we can see how this balance might impact our individual lives.   What positive changes might we manifest in the larger world if most of us kept our compassion alive in a vibrant chakra system? Please join me to explore asana, pranayama, and mediation practices that help open and balance our major chakras....

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Yoga For Runners

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Yoga For Runners

No matter what you are training for, adding in stretches and strengthening in to your routine may help you reach your goals. A lack of flexibility in muscles may lead to injuries, particularly ankles, hamstrings and hip flexors. These movements won’t take much of your time and you will notice a difference in your balance, flexibility and strength.

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Thai Reflexology: Treating the Feet

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Thai Reflexology: Treating the Feet

The feet support the entire body, connecting us to the ground and moving us about our world; yet we mostly use, abuse, and then sadly neglect these important workhorses. Giving some sweet attention to your feet helps you unwind, soothes those tired, overworked appendages, and it just plain feels good… so why not?

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Yoga Spotlight: Neck and Shoulder Love

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Yoga Spotlight: Neck and Shoulder Love

Perhaps it is just an occasional twinge after a long day at the desk. Maybe it is some tightness and immobility upon waking up in the morning. For some, it an unfortunate, nagging pain that hinders the ability to move and act with fluidity and freedom in daily life.

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Bright Yoga Light: Surya Kriya, CommUnity Kirtan, and the Value of Practicing Together (Satsang)

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Bright Yoga Light: Surya Kriya, CommUnity Kirtan, and the Value of Practicing Together (Satsang) Satsang Being together, finding community along the inward journey of our personal practice, is perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can receive. With the guidance of good teachers, philosophies, and the impetus provided by life challenges, the support of kind, intelligent, caring, and compassionate friends whose paths resonate with our own can be vital in encouraging us to forge ahead. Sometimes we find that sense of commonality, of oneness, through the combined study of philosophies of outside resources (various books, scripture, lectures, or other media) along with deep and honest examination of ourselves. Of course, we are also able to benefit from the myriad mentors who have gifted their understanding to us throughout the ages. There is so very much to be gleaned from “sitting” with them for a while… or for a lifetime. In a similar way, the challenges we face make abundant and generous companions for us as we dive deep into our practice. Then there is the gift of our dear community, our compatriots in the daily work of trying to understand more profoundly, live with more clarity, and to act with more precise focus and intention. Such are the components of Satsang, or a “gathering in truth.” In Indian philosophy, this refers to walking through life with a particular doctrine or philosophical principal as a guide. Or, it may refer to benefitting from the guidance of a guru, mentor, or teacher. Finally, and in perhaps most widely practiced method, Satsang speaks of gathering with other individuals who learn about, discuss, and try to assimilate “truth.” We are certainly blessed here at Centerpeace with an abundance of opportunities for Satsang. With a lineage tied to the Brahmrishi philosophy and tradition, we are gifted with a philosophical resource that is rich and deep. Senior teachers such as Margot and Bill Milcetich, along with a full staff of wonderful, dedicated teacher/practitioners keep the understanding of this powerful philosophy vibrantly present within all of the offerings here at the studio. We are also blessed at Centerpeace with a lovely space and many opportunities to gather together with other dedicated individuals in community, in the seeking of deeper understanding of our bodies, minds, hearts, and most essential “Self.” Surya Kriya and CommUnity Kirtan In the coming week, we will be offering two workshops which highlight such opportunities. Saturday and Sunday (March 28th & 29th) we will be hosting guest instructor Siri Cherurkuri as she teaches a powerful, two-day event: Surya Kriya- Activate the Sun Within. Having just recently returned from advanced teacher training in India, she is generously sharing with us a powerful practice learned in her recent seven-month training at the Isha Ashram. Her workshop will teach a deeply connected vinyasa sequence which will warm and tone the body, release old patterns & toxins, and invite vitality, energy, and clarity to one’s entire system. What an opportunity to learn in community this age-old practice! Our second wonderful offering this week will be CommUnity Kirtan: Find Your Voice with Call and Response Chanting, led by Margot Milcetich, Joe Culley, and Tom Zocolo. Join us as we gather together to let go of the heavy details of our individual lives and instead embrace abundance through shared sound and space. Margot and Joe have played together for over 12 years, leading numerous kirtan sessions with Margot contributing harmonium and vocals and Joe offering his soulful mastery of  the tabla. Tom Zocolo adds his amazing artistry to the group’s world of melody and rhythm. Performing together this coming Saturday (March 28th) at Centerpeace, it is sure to be a night to remember. These...

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