"Sara is a natural healer and gentle, confident yoga instructor. Her intuitive energy guides her with every client she works with. I am grateful to have been a client of hers and felt my body respond immediately to her healing techniques. And as a yoga instructor she never pushes the body to endure rather to open and stretch in order to best rejuvenate. Working with Sara on my own healing journey has be priceless." -Pamela
BODY. BREATH. MIND.
Sara infuses her background in Chinese medicine into each of her practices – her deep understanding of meridian and yin/yang theories merge seamlessly into both Reiki and Yin yoga sessions.
Sara’s Yin classes focus on targeted meridians, and the benefits of and associations with each energy pathway are explained during the class. These can be tailored to the individual needs of private clients and combined with recommended acupressure points in conjunction with any session.
Depending on which meridians are blocked during a Reiki session, Sara will offer targeted Yin poses and acupressure points, if applicable, to empower each client to participate actively in their healing post-session.
When appropriate, Sara turns to the circadian rhythm chart, correlating meridians to the client’s individual sleep patterns to further identify energy blockages. This can be an especially helpful tool when working with clients who have disrupted sleep patterns.
THE MERIDIAN THEORY
The meridian theory, according to Chinese medicine, is based on 12 primary meridians through which Qi (also known as prana, mana, or energy) flows. Stagnation within a meridian channel can cause dis-ease within the body. Sara uses both Reiki and specific Yin postures to assist in the movement of Qi, opening the body to its natural healing abilities. If needed, Sara will also apply the gentle massage technique of tui-na during Reiki to stimulate the flow of Qi throughout the body.
THE YIN/YANG THEORY
The yin/yang theory is an integral part of Chinese culture, with references to Yin and Yang dating back as far as 700 BCE. This complex theory is based on the idea that the universe is composed of opposite but complementary energies – either yin or yang. Though viewed as opposites in their individual qualities and nature, yin and yang are interdependent – never separate, and one cannot exist without the other. A beautiful example found in nature is the yin/yang pairing of day (yang) and night (yin) – they are opposites, but not absolute, as we witness their transition spaces of dusk and dawn.
For the purposes of Ka Malu, yin is the necessary balance to the yang life we lead in our culture. When we move too far into one space, it’s only a matter of time before we must move into the opposite space. For many of us, this transition is forced through burn out, injury, or utter exhaustion. Infusing Yin practices into our lives helps to create balance, and a proactive measure to keep our bodies and minds whole and healthy.