I love Autumn, with the cooler weather, the warm colours and all the harvest time rituals and ceremonies. Along with Autumn comes a symbolic sorting of the wheat from the chaff. There is work to be done, and this work must happen to ensure a fruitful year ahead. This is also the harvest time, a time when we gather toward us that which is needed for the winter ahead; reap the benefits of our labours and choose what is to be preserved. But it is also time to throw out that which has lost it’s usefulness. In this spirit, this month’s edition of Clickholistic includes a challenge: to try something new and also to be brave and let go of something that isn’t working for you anymore! This month’s edition has a few ideas to (hopefully) inspire you to make a change. I’d love to hear your stories.
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I do get quite a few submissions, and want to include them all, so please get them to me ASAP so that I can be sure you all get a space! Thanks again to those of you who have contributed.
“Ancient way of healing with the Hands” Thai Yoga Massage :
Thai Yoga Massage is known as ‘Nuard Boran’ in Thailand. It is a Healing Art native to Thailand and comes from Theraveda Buddhism and Buddhist medicine. One does not need to be a Buddhist to practice however it is acknowledged that the technique has its roots in India and made its way to Thailand when the knowledge of Buddhism, Yoga and Aryuveda spread to Asia about 2500 years ago. It could be more accurate to call this medicine by its traditional name of Nuard Boran, or ‘Ancient Way of Healing with The Hands’, because its approach and technique differs considerably to what is commonly understood as massage or massage therapy.
A Thai Massage session incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, rhythmic compression, acupressure, massage of the meridian lines, dynamic yoga stretches etc which are all used to create a singular healing experience. Thai Massage is based entirely on principles of energy balancing and works with energy lines to create harmony of the Koshas: body, breath, mind, intellect, ego, memory, emotions, and self. In Theravada Buddhism, the word ‘Metta’ is used to denote ‘loving kindness’ as well as ‘ProMiiWihan Sii’ which can be translated to the ‘Four Divine or States of Mind without limitation’. These ‘Four Divine’ are Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. As long as these qualities are transmitted and exemplified during a Thai Massage session, we can say that it was good and successful. A truly good therapist performs their art in a meditative mood. The therapist starts with a ‘Puja’, a meditative prayer, to fully center themselves on the healing they are about to perform. The therapist must work in a state of full awareness, mindfulness and concentration. After a session clients report feeling energized, relaxed,,relief from Chronic pain and fatigue and a general lasting sense of well-being.
Thai Massage is the fourth branch in Traditional Thai Medicine and recognized by the government of Thailand as an official healing system and is practiced within hospitals. The technique can be used for therapeutic purposes to heal numerous specific ailments as well as achieve deep relaxation.
Become a Thai Massage practitioner with the School of Authentic Thai Yoga Massage About the School: The School of Authentic Thai Massage opened its doors in 2007 and specializes in the ancient therapeutic art-form of ‘nuard boran’ which is the ‘ancient way of healing with the hands’. The School offers authentic training in Traditional Thai Massage and qualifies the participant as a Thai Massage Practitioner and is ideal for those wishing to practice on a professional level as well as for those who wish to learn this knowledge of healing for themselves. The School is registered with the Natural Health Teaching Services http://www.naturalhealthaccess.info/ and was opened by Lisa Martin.
Demystifying Neuro Linguistic Programming:
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is well established as a powerful method to develop your potential and enhance performance. It can help you create order from chaos and encourages resourceful ways of thinking while expanding awareness of choices. We’re all born with the same basic neurology. Our ability to do anything in life, whether it’s learning a new skill, cooking a meal or doing business, depends on how we control our nervous system. So, much of NLP is devoted to learning how to think more effectively and communicate more effectively with yourself and others.
Neuro is about your neurological system. NLP is based on the idea that we experience the world through our senses and translate sensory information into thought processes, both conscious and unconscious. Thought processes activate the neurological system, which affects physiology, emotions and behaviour. Linguistic refers to the way human beings use language to make sense of the world, capture and conceptualise experience, and communicate that experience to others. In NLP, linguistics is the study of how the words you speak influence your experience. Programming draws heavily from learning theory and addresses how we code or mentally represent experience. Your personal programming consists of your internal processes and strategies (thinking patterns) that you use to make decisions, solve problems, learn, evaluate and get results. NLP shows people how to recode their experiences and organise their internal programming so they can get the outcomes they want.
NLP explains how we define and experience reality based on our neurological filters. These filters are programmed in our mind as a result of our cultural and educational upbringing as well as our significant life experiences. Our personal filters (like beliefs and values) determine our how our mind perceives all our experiences. These perceptions influence our mental and emotional state – leading to related behaviours. So it’s our perceptions that determine the quality of each moment of our life. NLP enables us to be in control of our minds by means of changing our perceptions. When we change our internal maps of reality, we change our external experience of reality too.
NLP can be described in various ways. The formal definition is that it is ‘the study of the structure of our subjective experience.’
Here are a few more ways of answering the question: ‘What is NLP?’
• The art and science of communication
• The key to learning
• It’s about what makes you and other people tick
• It’s the route to get the results you want in all areas of your life
• Influencing others with integrity
• A manual for your brain
• The secret of successful people
• The way to creating your own future
• NLP helps people make sense of their reality
• The toolkit for personal and organisational change
NLP began in the early 1970’s when Richard Bandler, PhD and Dr John Grinder, PhD, studied people, they considered to be excellent communicators and agents of change. From those days, the field of NLP has exploded to encompass many disciplines in many countries around the world. Some have made NLP more practical and humanistic – helping transform and enrich the lives of many people. The literature on NLP is prolific. Today you’ll find NLP applications amongst coaches and therapists, doctors and nurses, taxi drivers, sales people, accountants, managers, teachers and animal trainers, workers, parents and teenagers alike. NLP informs us that the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is not in how many resources they have, but in the way they think, in the way they talk and in the way they act. The way you think is what you create in your inner world. The way you talk and act is what you express in your outer world. If you want to be fully successful, you must align your thoughts, speech and actions and apply the following 5 basic principles:
1. KNOW YOUR OUTCOME What is your desired end result? Focus on what you want.
2. TAKE ACTION What is the next smallest achievable step that leads in the direction of your outcome?
3. HAVE SENSORY AWARENESS Use all your senses to notice the signs which confirm that you’re on the right path, or warn you that you’ve detoured.
4. HAVE BEHAVIOURAL FLEXIBILITY Keep trying new approaches until you get your desired result.
5. OPERATE FROM A PHYSIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCELLENCE Be the person you wish to become through achieving your outcome.
Some of the areas where NLP is used are:
Business: Coaching, Training, Negotiation, Sales, and Leadership Development. NLP provides the “how to do it” for all the “what to dos” of the other leadership models.
Education: Classroom management; incorporating the concept of different learning styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic, including values and other deep structural “filters” that influence each individual’s interest and capacity to learn; accelerated learning technologies; photo reading; spelling and other strategies to enhance learning.
Therapy: Highly effective Brief Therapy models to treat: phobia, trauma, post-traumatic stress, habit & addiction cessation, allergic response, relationship problems, grief, depression, healing of negative emotions, ADD, ADHD and more.
Sports Performance: NLP is renowned for its capacity to enhance performance in Golf, Tennis and Diving. NLP is also used extensively in enhancing sports performance for athletes from the amateur to the world class level. Both individuals and teams can benefit greatly by including NLP principles in their training.
On the personal side, NLP will enable you to: Enjoy far greater control and freedom over your own state of mind, responses, and interactions with others. You’ll find it much easier to clarify your dreams for the future and identify barriers that may be holding you back. Change the unwanted habits and behaviours that are standing in your way. Understand you partner’s and children’s needs and communication styles more fully. Enhance rapport and communication with others. Recognize how others are using language to influence you. You’ll find it easier to achieve your personal and professional goals, because you’ll gain greater access to your internal resources.
Written by Jevon Dängeli – Certified NLP Trainer & Coach Cell: 072 198 4392 email@example.com www.neuro-linguistics.net
Sri Sri Yoga
Like a flower bud, human life has the potential to blossom fully
Blossoming of human potential to fullness is yoga.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The secret to health and happiness lies deep within every human. Yoga is the science of discovering one’s own self – the very source of pure consciousness, peace and bliss. Everyone knows that we don’t feel good and we get stressed when there is disharmony in our lives, when our bodies are tired and our busy minds constantly chatter and judge. Through the discipline of Yoga we become more aware of ourselves by doing simple postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation to rejuvenate the body and quite the mind. It is in this manner that we cultivate harmony in ourselves.
Yoga is in this sense the practice of being conscious of all that we have, and tending to it with love and honor. Clear and simple- with Yoga we take care of our body and mind, so that we can experience ‘spirit’ (or our source, the Divine) which in turn creates more presence and energy. Only when we are in harmony within ourselves does harmony happen in our lives. Our instant gratification lifestyles have desensitized us; Yoga gives our senses a much needed break and re-instills our sensitivity. The more sensitive we are, the more present, the more present the more conscious, the more conscious the more, Divine!
Today, Yoga transcends religion and culture – its application is universal. It is ancient, yet practical wisdom for a healthier, happier and more peaceful way of living that ultimately leads to self-realization. The tangible success in Yoga is attractive to all of us, and its proven methods are undeniable promises of freedom.
Sri Sri Yoga is a celebration of the diversity in Yoga in a simple and joyful manner. We combine yoga essentials- breathing techniques, stretching and postures, meditation and relaxation, and yogic knowledge. By incorporating all these beautiful facets of yoga we are able to look deep beyond the level of the physical body and really sharpen our sensitivity and awareness of subtler levels of existence. Practice of Sri Sri Yoga cultivates a more healthy and happy lifestyle.
On a physical level, yogic exercises strengthen, lengthen and replenish muscle tissues, which helps hold bones and align the whole body. Holding postures burns fat and reduces cholesterol. yogic breathing brings more oxygen to the heart and nourishes the whole system. The breath work also aids in reducing toxin levels in the body by expelling unwanted stresses. Yoga’s greatest benefits are felt in the mind. We all know that peace of mind is more valuable than an attractive figure. Even though the practice of Yoga will definitely improve one’s physical appearance, the radiance of a Yogi’s smile and energetic eyes are the best rewards.
Geared for all levels the course beautifully combines:
gentle & vigorous asanas (postures)
pranayama (breath work)
Experience the bliss of a dedicated yoga practice over 6 days. The course is designed to give a a true experience of the essence of yoga creating an in-depth personal understanding and solid foundation for you to practice at home.
Upcoming Dates: 14-19th April 2009
Times: Tues- Fri: 18:30 – 21:00, Sat and Sun: 09:00 – 11:30
Place: Muizenberg, Cape Town
For more information contact: Lisa on 073 838 0704 mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit: www.srisriyoga.org
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