Reiki-Infused Yoga: Relaxing Benefits

Reiki-infused yoga is a combination of the energy healing technique of Reiki with any yoga modality including physical postures, meditation, or breathwork ('pranayama' in Sanskrit). A Reiki practitioner may use Reiki techniques on themselves during a class. More commonly the teacher, as a Reiki practitioner, will offer it to the students through light touch and physical adjustments, or to relax during savasana (corpse pose) at the end of a session.

Key takeaways:
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    Reiki energy healing can be combined with yoga for a relaxing effect in either group or private settings.
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    In private sessions, the Reiki practitioner can work on particular areas of need for the client.
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    The combination of Reiki and yoga is beneficial for stress-relief.

Reiki energy healing is just one of many energy healing techniques that may be used during a yoga class. Other common forms of healing techniques used in yoga include chakra balancing and crystal healing. Many Reiki practitioners incorporate these modalities as well and may include them in their classes or private session.

The chakras

The chakras are the seven esoteric energy systems that run along the spine according to yoga philosophy. They correlate with different colors, emotional frequencies, and organs. For example, the root chakra is located at the base of the spine, the color is red and it is related to survival and thriving in the manifested world.

Crystal healing builds off this as the colors and frequencies of crystals can be attuned to the colors and frequencies of the chakras. Chakra healing or balancing may be performed by guided visualization meditation or even using Reiki to detect imbalances in the chakras. Reiki may then be performed to iron out those imbalances by infusing them with universal life force energy.

Crystal healing

Crystal healing can also be performed in a variety of ways. The practitioner may place the crystals or stones on the chakras they are correlated with along the spine. You can also set up what is called a 'crystal grid' around the body of the person receiving the energy healing treatment. Crystals are placed in specific areas in a circle around the body. For example, a practitioner may use the color and frequency coordination of the chakras and place the root chakra crystal at the feet and the crown chakra crystal above the head. Reiki healers can infuse their crystals with Reiki energy. Crystals must be cleansed in water after each client.

If a teacher wishes to use crystals in a group setting, they may place crystals around the room in a specific formation or perhaps ask the student to choose one of the crystals to place near their body or yoga mat during the session. The teacher can also use Reiki energy to cleanse the room before the class begins.

Reiki and yoga classes

Most Reiki sessions are done in a private, one-to-one setting. However, this may not be the case if it's a group class. There are several ways the teacher can incorporate their Reiki skills into the class. If it is a higher energy class, such as vinyasa or power flow, they will ask their students if they are open to receiving Reiki during the final relaxation of savasana.

To get to all the students, the savasana may be longer than 5 minutes, so the class might be 75 or 90 minutes long. The teacher can either have the students place cards with "yes" or "no" next to their mat - which is becoming more common in studios so teachers can respect students' boundaries around touch and also energy healing. They can also have them place their hand on their belly if it's a yes.

Because the teacher won't have time to ask if each student needs something specific, they may give a general treatment of the basic hand positions around the head. For example, over the ears, crown of the head, third eye, and heart. Or, the teacher may trace the Reiki symbols invisibly on their hands and give savasana adjustments, which usually include some neck traction and shoulder massage, in which case physical touch is involved. It is important to get permission and know the name of the student before performing Reiki or hands-on adjustments so as not to cause harm or discomfort.

Another great way to incorporate Reiki into yoga is during slower styles of yoga classes such as yin yoga or restorative yoga. During these yoga classes, the postures are held for longer, anywhere from 2-5 minutes in yin yoga up to 20 minutes in restorative. The body is also supported by props to make holding the poses for this long period more comfortable and manageable.

During these long holds, the teacher may walk around the room and if the posture is held long enough, they can give each person some Reiki using the general hand positions. This type of practice is best done in a workshop setting rather than a regular class. The number of students is limited so the teacher has enough time to get around to everyone during the postures. By hosting a Reiki-infused yoga workshop, students can get a taste for what Reiki is, perhaps feel their energy body for the first time, and may wish to book a private session afterward.

Private sessions

In a private session, the Reiki practitioner and yoga teacher can tailor the session directly to the student's needs. Reiki is a wonderful way to cope with grief, loss, depression, anxiety, physical pain, digestive issues, and more. Reiki can further heighten the bridge toward meditation, relaxation, and stress relief. Therefore, it is important to discuss with the client to see what their needs are. For example, if a client has digestive issues, the teacher can go through a series of gentle yoga postures for the digestive system. In between poses or during poses, Reiki energy can be delivered for a specific cause.

These are just a few ways Reiki can be incorporated into a yoga class. In the end, the practitioner can be as creative as they like in how they incorporate the Reiki healing energy into their yoga classes. Overall, it will add to the relaxing benefits one receives through the practice of yoga.

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