Healing arts: natural choices to help yourself are as diverse as you are.
The kind of care you choose to receive is as invidual as you are. Outgoing or extroverted people like friends, hugs, and verbal encouragement. They go to public conferences, support groups, and seek reassurrance from others that they are not alone in their struggles. Community and group support is very important to extroverts. If you are shy or introverted, you may be drawn to reading self-help books, journaling, poetry, or meditation. Introverts may be drawn to the solitude of an individualized yoga practice, so they don't need to "talk it out" with others. There are several methods for each style of person, but not every style will "fit" every individual. Most importantly, there is nothing inherently "right" or "wrong" about these-- or any other kind of help. They are available to everyone, and it's up to the individual to find what kind of help HELPS them best.
When you have a problem or are suffering in some way, the kind of help you choose needs to resonate with the kind of person you are on the inside. A really good path for one person is not necessarily the right path for another. Take a look at how you learned to cope with problems in your family, and how your ways of coping changed as you grew up.
Do you use some of the same coping skills you used as a child, and do they work for you? What new methods of help do you use as an adult, and how are they working for you?
Are you willing to try something unconventional to get the results you seek?
There are hundreds of ways to work things out, but you may only know of a few. Our family of origin is the first way we learned to cope with problems, and if they weren't very good at it, you may need to forge your own path! Applied healing arts are a blend of do-it-yourself with the aid of an experience guide.
Healing arts are defined as a diverse group of creative practices that promote healing, wellness, coping and personal change. Traditional healing arts include music, art, dance/movement, poetry/writing, and drama therapies. Here are some other healing arts you may not know about that we offer at Full Circle Yoga & Healing Arts.
Energywork. Reiki, chi gong, and pranic healing are forms of energywork that can infuse you with the enegy you need to make a change or sustain your energy as you go through a healing process.
Meditation. Realizing the source of suffering and learning the path to liberation is a process that takes discipline. An experienced meditation teacher will guide you to slow down your mind to observe the space between your thoughts where all things are possible.
Mantra. This is a form of controlled breathing combined with sound healing. Mantra is a word or phrase repeated silently or aloud over and again to keep the mind focused on something positive. Continued practice brings about transformation of the mind and its perceptions.
Vibrational healing. We have singing bowls and chimes that resonate with the chakras, or energy centers of the body. The vibrations provide awareness and soothing stimulation to keep the mind peaceful and calm so meditation or mindfulness can occur naturally.
Ayurveda. Lifestyle modification through natural remedies such as food, herbs, oils, tea, yoga asana (movement), and breathing techniques. Ask for a consultation.
Yoga and Healing Arts might be right for you if:
You see the value in plucking a weed at its root, rather than pulling at its leaves.
You are not afraid to try new things to see if they work for you.
You prefer to try a natural remedy before taking drastic measures.
Let us share the healing arts with you!
Kristen Fewel, Yoga Educator, Reiki Master
Full Circle Yoga & Healing Arts