Complementary and alternative healing practices have been around for centuries because they are successful in treating body, mind, and spirit. More recently, science is also demonstrating that many of these practices are at least as effective and sometimes more effective in the treatment of physical and mental illnesses. These healing practices can also be used in conjunction with allopathic or Western treatment modalities. Among the advantages of these practices is that they have been shown to support a relatively more rapid healing of body, mind, and/or spirit, they empower you quickly through their portability, and, with consistent practice, they can provide improved coping and peace of mind. If you are suffering from excessive stress, sleep problems, anxiety, or depressive symptoms, such as low motivation, poor concentration, fatigue, moodiness, or feelings of isolation, you may benefit from therapeutic yoga practices and/or Reiki healing. These healing modalities are also safe and effective for children and youth.
LifeForce Yoga for Mood and Anxiety Regulation
LifeForce Yoga is intentionally desiged to work with and regulate the emotions and offer you strategies to enhance your mood, lower your anxiety and stress level, and support healing. Many of the yoga techniques can be done in a chair, in bed, and do not require a yoga mat. LifeForce Yoga is accessible to everyone! It interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings to help you release what's no longer serving you--without a story attached. LifeForce Yoga is a practice of compassion that creates a big enough container to embrace and accept all the dualities of mood and anxiety. The practice is adapted so each individual can move into a balanced emotional, mental, and physicial state of equanimity and self-awareness.
Amy Weintraub is the founder of LIfeForce Yoga and the LifeForce Healing Institute and the author of two books on LifeForce Yoga, Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists. In 2012 LifeForce Yoga became an official part of the Yoga Tree.
iRest Yoga Nidra
Integrative Restoration or iRest Yoga Nidra has been developed over the past 26 years by Dr. Richard Miller, a clinical psychologist, yogic scholar, and founder of the Integrative Restoration Institute. iRest is uniquely suitable for a Western audience. iRest heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It is restorative in that it aids its practitioners in recognizing their underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life. Extensive research has shown that iRest Yoga Nidra effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. People using iRest report:
- Decreased stress
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased fear
- Decreased depression.
- Decreased insomnia and sleep disturbance.
- Decreased perception of chronic and acute pain
- Improved interpersonal relations
- Improved energy levels.
- Increased sense of control in their lives
- More confidence and joy
- A greater sense of peace and well being.
iRest programs are typically taught to individuals and groups as a guided meditation. Students can expect to lie down or sit comfortably during the practice. iRest practice is comprised of intention, body sensing, neutralization of negative sensations, perceptions, feelings, beliefs, and memories, experience of joy and well-being, connection, and the abiding sense of peace amid change. Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the U.S., as well as in clinics, schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, and organizations supporting personal growth and well-being. In June 2010 iRest was endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a CAM or complementary and alternative medicine.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words. Rei means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki is "life force energy." So Reiki is "spiritually guided life force energy." Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well being. For most people treatment feels relaxing and often like a wonderful glowing radiance is flowing through and around you. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical and therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Many hospitals throughout the United States and Canada have Reiki practitioners on their hospital and hospice staffs.
LifeForce Yoga and iRest are effective practices to introduce to your organization's wellness program, whether it be a hospital, law firm, school, corporation, agency, or small business. These practices are as suitable for the boardroom as they are for the yoga room. LifeForce Yoga and iRest can support a team in maintaining balance and clarity in an ever changing business climate. They are also the perfect practices for the helping professions and others in high stress professions, such as law enforcement, fire fighters, medics, and call center workers, requiring self-care in healing their own vicarious or secondary trauma. Both iRest and LifeForce Yoga have been demonstrated to reduce stress levels and promote a sense of well being and satisfaction. The immediate accessibility and portabiity of the practices almost ensure participation and have been known to help promote personal and job satisfaction. Children and youth also benefit from the practices as it teaches them healthy approaches to managing stress and supports positive self-esteem and self-awareness.
Dr. Ana has presented to a variety of professional and community groups, ranging from psychotherapists to attorneys to religious groups. She has also provided half-day and full day workshops as well as introductory presentations. Her audiences have found her to be an approachable and knowlegeable presenter who makes the practices easy and fun to learn.
"I am an attorney who practices family law. Recently I attended a weekend LifeForce Yoga Retreat led by Dr. Ana Sierra. The restorative poses and techniques I learned I now use as a daily practice to center myself when I return home so that I am refreshed, calm and peaceful." ~T.G., Family Law Attorney
"Transformative - the best word to describe my experience with Ana Sierra's LifeForce Yoga training. I arrived distressed and distracted and, through Ana's calm, gentle instruction, quickly transformed to a relaxed, focused state. Not only did the experience extinguish my transitory distress, it set the stage for a long term shift to a better quality of life for myself and my clients." ~J.K., Clinical Social Worker
About Dr. Ana & How to Schedule an Individual Session or Workshop
Dr. Ana is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level and received her training at Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way, WA. She is also a Level II or advanced LifeForce Yoga Practitioner through the LifeForce Healing Institute and an iRest teacher in training with the Integrative Restoration Institute. In addition, she is a student of Salvatore Zambito of the Yoga Sutras Institute. Dr. Ana received her Reiki I, II, and III level training with Donna Lambdin of Maha Methods.Dr. Ana is trained in Usui Reiki which was introduced in North America by Hawayo Takata Sensei in 1937.
For a free telephone consultation to learn more about yoga therapeutics and/or Reiki or to schedule an individual session, workshop, or informational presentation for your group or organization you may contact Dr. Ana at 253-686-5184 or send an email to Dr.AnaMSierra@gmail.com.
NOTE: LifeForce Yoga, iRest, and Reiki services are separate healing services provided by Ana Maria Sierra and are not covered by health or auto insurance products nor are these services regulated by any licensing agency. An individual's response to any practice or treatment outcomes cannot be guaranteed. Dr. Ana is supportive of each person's healing path and is always open to consult with you.