Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dear friends,

Last month I’ve mentioned that all my personal practices completely merged into one. They are now all indivisible pieces of the same practice to bring out the “Divine within”.
For a long time I saw these practices as separate ones. They all served a specific purpose for me. I always used yoga as my home base though. I had my yoga asana practice to keep physical well-being, meditation for increasing awareness and a calm mind and I used my dedicated meditation path, which is simple, pure, that takes me to the core of it all, to lift me up. I used yama/niyamas as my ethical precepts and yoga philosophy to feed my soul. Then Reiki came into my life. At first I thought of Reiki as a tool to cultivate compassion. Then I realized the potential of Reiki as a complete spiritual practice and it quickly rose in ranks. It was helping me align to myself to my true self and balancing me and opening my heart.
Over years these practices interacted and mingled one another. I started seeing the similarities and how these practices all support each other. After all they were all tools for an enlightened mind, cultivating happiness, joy, peace, well-being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
On Sunday October 16th, I’ll talk about on how these different practices interact and mingle with each other, keeping the base as Reiki as a spiritual self-development path.
More to come next months, on how Yoga and Reiki relates to each other :-)

Japanese Reiki Teachings for spiritual self-development on Sunday October 9th 2pm-5pmThis class explores how Japanese Reiki teachings can be a spiritual self-development path by delving into each of the 5 pillars of the Reiki system (precepts, symbols, mantras, meditations, hands-on healing). This is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge of Japanese Reiki or expose yourself to Japanese Reiki teachings. Class also explores how pillars of Reiki system correspond to paths in other major spiritual traditions. There are 4 symbols in Reiki, 4 doors in Sufism, 4 Vedas in Yoga and many more...
This class is for Reiki 2 practitioners and Reiki Masters who want to deepen their Reiki experience. It’ll be in Price Hill. If you learned Reiki with me, it’s a free continuous education class, $30 for all others. Please register, class size is limited. I’ll pass Reiju (Japanese Reiki blessings).
Location: Summit View Residences- Club House , 2650 Lehman Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204

Reiki Day on Sunday October 16th 9:30pm - 5:00pm at Grailville Caravansary Bld.
Another fun filled day is awaiting the Reiki practitioners. Day long events include discussions, experience share, Reiki share, Reiki drumming and Reiju (Reiki blessings). The morning session is for Reiki Master/Teachers from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm; the afternoon session is for all Reiki practitioners from 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm. The event is free, like always we'll split the cost (~$20/person for Reiki Masters including lunch and $10/Reiki practitioners). Feel free to invite Reiki friends. Register at CincinnatiReiki at FB or Ning.

Healing Wednesdays at Free food bank in Manna Outreach now every week 10am-1pmPlease contact Elfriede directly at

Reiki World Peace Meditation on Wednesday October 19th 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Last but not least : Frans Stiene is coming back for a Reiki Shinpiden Master/Teacher Training in June 8-9-10, 2012!!!
For more info:

All other Reiki events (Reiki shares, support groups, clinics) are posted in Ning. Sign up to get invitations to new events.

Reiki hugs,
Love & Light,
Zeynep “Premdasi” Yilmaz

Friday, September 2, 2011

Dear All,

What a busy summer it was! Here is a summary of what happened in last 2 months: After 9 months of preparations, Shinpiden class was a great success. We’ve had an awesome public talk at NTUC and as expected, Frans rocked Cincinnati! His simple but profound way of explaining Reiki, sharing Reiki without “doing” but “being”, was a fresh approach for many. The Shinpiden class was “unbelievable”. I knew it, but still, I feel so relieved that participants who entrusted our experience (Sundar, Tony and mine), left the class with the same amazing experiences. Entire class were blown away during the course of the three days. One person wrote” I am completely and fully enjoying all the changes that are occurring since Shinpiden Class. Everyday is bringing new Awareness and Awakenings. Shinpiden Class is a must for any Reiki Practitioner. Progress is evident and vibrant”. Wow that’s quite a statement. We will be working on bringing Frans back in 2012!

Yet only few days after the Shinpiden class, I had the privilege and good luck (and ok there is some past karma there too!) to spend 8 days in intensive teachings with Dalai Lama. Most people are asking me what I’ve learned. It’s hard to explain it in words but in short: all my personal practices completely merged into one. They are now all indivisible pieces of the same practice to bring out the “Divine within”. As 3 years ago, Frans’s Shinpiden class brought all the missing pieces of Reiki for me together, having Shinpiden class and Dalai Lama’s teachings back to back, has brought all the practices I’ve been practicing together for me. This includes yoga, Reiki, meditation and all the practices I’ve been doing to cultivate a nicer and happier person :-)
I’ve been sharing some of the teachings from Dalai Lama in my Facebook page. I’ll also integrate most of them to some of the advance Reiki continuous education classes. What strongly came to me after these classes was: I can’t afford to skip a meditation anymore, I need to invest to my own practice ever more so and I need to make teachings part of my everyday life even more so (I’m blessed with the perfect environment for this: a corporate job and a family). For a brief while, I thought of quit teaching overall; yoga, Reiki everything and make my own practice the core. However, in next 4 days following the Shinpiden class, 4-5 Reiki students independently contacted me asking for support for their practice. I took this as a serious message and I decided to re-start Reiki gatherings (which I haven't been doing for a WHILE). So, I’m thrilled to announce the first gatherings of the year, here we go:

Japanese Reiki Teachings-Refresher on Wednesday September 14th 7 pm - 9 pm in my home in West ChesterThis class explores the difference between Reiki as thought and practiced in the West vs. Traditional Japanese Reiki. This can be a great refresher class for core principles and practices of Reiki or a continuous education class for those who are trained in another lineage and want to expand their knowledge about Japanese Reiki practices.

Deep Dive into Symbols on Wednesday September 21st 7pm – 9 pm in my home in West ChesterThis class is an in depth exploration of Reiki symbols. We’ll discuss the meaning and function of the symbols. Did you know that the ultimate goal of symbols is to “be what the Symbols represent” and eventually drop them? So, how can we practice symbols to “be the symbol itself”? This class is for Reiki 2 and above practitioners only.

These classes are free continuous education classes for my students. It’s $30/class for all others. Please RSVP at Ning, FB or send an e-mail to Space is limited.

Free Wellness Event at Grace Tree Yoga Studio on September 11, 2011 1 pm - 6 pmGrace Tree wellness practitioners and local businesses will be on site with information about healing services and products as well as providing presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. Yoga therapy, Hypnotherapy, Ayurvedic counseling, Holistic coaching services, Acupuncture and Qi gong, Reflexology, Natural Birth services, Reiki, Meditation, Wellness products. Grace Tree is located on 8933 Cin-Day Road, West Chester. No need to register, just stop by. I’ll offer a Reiki intro at mini sessions starting at 2 pm, followed by my regular Meditation meet-up at 5pm.

Healing Wednesdays at Free food bank in Manna Outreach in Price Hill“Healing Wednesdays” are now every Wednesday at the free food bank of Manna Outreach at Price Hill!. A group of Reiki practitioners offer Reiki to those who need. It’s very rewarding to reach out to communities that can’t afford Reiki. Come stop by any time between 10 am and 1 pm and stay for as long as you want. Please contact Elfriede at

Stay tuned to news for next Reiki Day in October, we’re working to finalize the day, either Oct 9th or 16th at Grailville from 9:30 am until 5pm. Everyone is invited!

All other Reiki events (Reiki shares, support groups, clinics) are posted in Ning. Sign up to get invitations to new events.

Reiki hugs,
Love & Light,
Zeynep “Premdasi” Yilmaz