May this be the year to love, to be kind and compassionate to ourselves, the Earth, and all humanity, to let go of anything we don’t need any more, and to unite around love, kindness, care, service and action. May this be a wonderful year for you all!
You’re not late to join the “Distant Reiki Experiment” today January 1st at 3 pm to empower your goals with Reiki for the upcoming year. To sign up and get the instructions click: http://www.DistantReikiExperiment.org
Every year for quite some time, I’ve been dedicating a portion of my Reiki and yoga classes to raise funds or take attention to some world problems.
For the first couple years, our group supported “Smile Train” and helped a few kids to have cleft palate surgery, an operation so easy and affordable that for only $250, you can change the life of a child. So, we did!
In 2010, I came up with all the “Reiki continuous education” classes, so that I could teach as many classes to raise funds to help the devastation of the Haiti earthquake. We raised $1200 in only 3 weeks. Thanks to you all!
Last year, we supported MyCharity:Water. We raised $1100 for a water project. The construction of a well in a water deprived area in Africa is underway as we speak. More importantly, we raised awareness of the water shortage and water quality problems around the world, a resource so precious that we are so dependent on.
This year I was contemplating what this year’s quest should be and when I turned on the TV, I came across the PBS series: Half The Sky, two nights in a row. Given that I rarely watch TV sometimes for even a week, this was clearly a message for me: http://www.halftheskymovement.org
Half the Sky movement is to ignite the change needed to end the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Inspired by two journalists and the book of the same title; the movement brings resources and educational tools to the women in need and raises awareness of women issues, providing steps to fight these problems and help empower women. If you haven’t watched the PBS series, I’d strongly recommend it. It consists of stories of women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances and fighting bravely to change them, with issues ranging from sex trafficking, to health risks and education.
I was deeply touched by each story, the bravery of the women who have become agents for change in their society, improving the world for themselves and for generations to come, with so little resources. Once again, I realized intention and courage is the biggest resources and how lucky we are and how much grateful we should be as we take so many things for granted.
Of all the stories, I was touched by Edna. Edna is one of the first (and few) RN’s of Somalia. A retired United Nations employee, Edna returned to her country to build a Maternity Hospital on a dump using her retirement funds to help significantly reduce the maternal mortality rate for women who come to the hospital. Educating young girls and families against female genital mutilation and fighting to bring dignity and security to giving birth, Edna is also environmentally conscious. She’s trying to invest to a solar power system to reduce the energy bill using solar panels.
Now you can be part of the solution.
I’ll be donating proceedings of all my yoga and Reiki classes for next 2 months to support Edna’s Maternity hospital in Somalia. For that, I’ve scheduled a list of classes. As you take classes, you can simply donate at below link (so that you can deduct from tax) or pay me cash so that I’ll donate it all at once on our behalf.
Fasten your seat belts and hope you enjoy the classes!
Reiki Refresher Class on January 12nd from 3-5 pm $35
Perfect way to reconnect with Reiki! You might have taken a class few years ago; you might not have been practicing Reiki as much or just want to deepen your understanding of Japanese Reiki teachings. You can come back for a refresher class and refresh your knowledge. This class provides an overview of Reiki as a system of self-improvement and self-realization and explores pillars of Reiki system (precepts, meditations, hands-on healing, symbols and attunement).
Everyone will receive Reiju (traditional way of passing Reiki blessings).
Deep Dive into Reiki Symbols on Sunday January 27th 3pm - 5pm (only Reiki 2 and above practitioners) $35
This class is an in depth exploration of Reiki symbols based on Japanese Reiki teachings. We’ll discuss the meaning and function of the symbols, introduce meditations and chanting the name of the symbols and discuss how to eventually drop the symbols and “be what the Symbol represents”.
Reiki Level 1 Class on Friday on February 1st from 9:00 am till 6:30 pm $150
Spread the word to your friends and loved ones. This class incorporates Japanese Reiki elements and empowers you to come closer to your higher self by creating a connection to Reiki and supporting your practice with precepts, meditations and hands-on healing. A light vegetarian lunch will be served.
How to teach a Reiki class – Refresher for Reiki Masters on Sunday February 3rd 2-5pm ($45)
This class is a refresher for Reiki Masters on practicalities of teaching a Reiki class. This class is perfect for those who has been a Reiki Master Teacher for a while but not started teaching yet and started feeling the call to teach Reiki or those who want to expand and deepen their Reiki teaching experience. We’ll cover Pre-Class, Class and Post Class periods. Everyone who participate the class will receive my Reiki Manual and will have the right to use it. I’ll pass attunements and teach how to pass Reiju (traditional way of sharing Reiki blessings).
Reiki Level 2 Class on Saturday February 9th from 9:30 am till 5:30 pm $175
Are you ready to take your Reiki practice to the next level? This class is empowered with Japanese Reiki Teachings and introduces the “symbols” as a means to invoke particular energies to help enhance your understanding of the macro and micro Cosmos. You will learn symbols to help you ground to the Earth, balance with Heavens and expand your heart to connect to the whole Universe. This class is a major step in your self-discovery to find what’s hidden inside.
At the end of the class, students will learn how to draw, how to activate and where to use the symbols in daily life as well as techniques for distant healing. A light vegetarian lunch will be served.
Reiki as a Spiritual Path on Sunday February 17th 2pm-5pm open to all levels ($45)
This class explores how Reiki can be a path of spiritual development and how do the pillars of Reiki systems (precepts, symbols, mantras, meditations, hands-on healing) complement each other and provide a path to enlightenment. This class is a comparative exploration of major religions and spiritual traditions versus Reiki as paths of “self-realization”.
Gentle Yoga classes on Thursday nights at 6pm Grace Tree Yoga Studio ($7 for new students)
Come try a yoga class in New Year! We explore a sequence of gently paced Hatha yoga postures designed to stretch, tone, strengthen, and improve balance while increasing breath awareness. Emphasize is on "being" rather than doing.
More exciting news:
2x50% Scholarships ($650 value) available for Reiki Shinpiden Master/Teacher Training on April 12-14 with Frans Stiene: Let me know if you want to be part of this life changing experience. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org For more info: http://cincinnatishinpiden.wordpress.com
Meditation Meet-ups on 2nd Sundays at 9 am - January 13th 9:00am - 9:45am at Grace Tree Yoga Studio
I’m continue to facilitate monthly Meditation group meetings at Grace Tree Yoga Studio every second Sunday of the month. Join me each month to experience the dynamics and support of meditating as a group. Each meet-up will begin with a brief introduction for newcomers on the basics of meditation and a grounding meditation. The rest of the time is open for everyone to have their own experience. All are welcome. Love donation accepted.
I wish you all a happy New Year filled with abundance of health, peace, prosperity, love, and joy.
Love & Light,
Zeynep “Premdasi” Yilmaz