Reiki 101: What is it and why you should know about it

Have you ever had that experience where you were drawn to something that you didn’t entirely understand, but still felt this pull towards it? 

This has been happening to me a lot lately. 

I’m finding myself being extremely drawn to personal development (books, articles, TED talks, inspirational leaders), spirituality (through meditation and yoga), and learning about how to be an entrepreneur.  I was never necessarily interested in any of these things until the last 6 months or so…and it recently happened again. 

My yoga studio was offering a Certificate for a Level 1 Reiki Attunement.  I’d only heard of reiki a couple of times beforehand, so I honestly didn’t know a lot about it.  Yet, I felt this desire to attend and learn more about it.  Your intuition is such an interesting feeling. 

So I signed up.  And wow, did I learn a lot.  About myself, about the practice and about life.  It’s fascinating to always strive to learn more, to grow more and development as a person.  It’s what makes life interesting!

Reiki 101

I’m sure you have a lot of questions about what it is, so here is what I learned during my level 1 certification process. 

What is Reiki? 

Reiki is, simply put, the method of working with energy for healing purposes.  Sounds pretty trippy and hippie, I know.  But hear me out. 

Reiki itself isn’t energy, but reiki is actually the act of channeling energy for healing the body, mind and soul.   The official definition of reiki is, 

“a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing”

The word reiki originated from Japan and literally means “universal life energy”.  

Sounds deep, right? 

IT IS. 

When someone is performing reiki on a person (or an animal or plant…any living being), they use either a “hands-on” or “hands-off” (literally) to assist in reliving or reducing pain and discomfort by balancing the body’s energy centers, or chakras.  While the energy flows through the living being, the body becomes more restored and balanced, you will feel relaxed and and it sparks your bodys natural ability to heal itself.  

 

What happened to me during my first Reiki session (mind blown)!

One of the first things we did during the certification process was to perform reiki on ourselves and then partner up and perform reiki on each other.  Interestingly enough, I had sprained my lower back pretty badly a few days beforehand.  It was one of the worst sprains that I’d ever experienced- I couldn’t sit for long periods of time and was heating/icing it almost all day long for days at a time.  I could barely bend over.  Not cool.

Since we know that reiki has the ability to bring energy flow into your body to assist it’s natural ability to heal itself, I was really curious to see how this would help my lower back.

After the first day of performing reiki on myself, my back pain started to relieve.  It wasn’t completely gone, but I’d say that it was reduced enough that I noticed.

The following day was the day we partnered up and performed reiki on each other.

During my session, I could literally feel energy flowing up and down my back.  It was almost a tingling sensation.

The next day my back pain was gone. 100%.  

I swear I’m not blowing smoke up your ass.  Would I lie to you? 

It’s that powerful. I experienced it first-hand myself.  

 

Why the ‘Attunement’?

Generally speaking there are 3 levels of Reiki certification levels.  I have completed level 1. 

  • Level 1: You are introduced to Reiki energy and begin your physical healing process (ummm yes, I’d say that is accurate after my experience above!).  During this stage, you are initiated, or attuned.  The teacher expands your energetic levels and prepares your chakras for channeling Reiki.  (All I had to do was sit in a comfortable, seated position with an open and calm mind.  The teacher did the rest.  It was very normal and safe.  Promise!). 
  • Level 2: You are provided with 3 reiki signs to work with, which will help with your intention and energy flow. This is a more intense certification process.  You should wait at least 3 months after you are attuned to participate in this level. 
  • Level 3: You are a Master Reiki. You receive a 4th symbol and are able to teach and attune others into reiki. 

 

The 5 Reiki Principles

The 5  Reiki Principles by Dr. Mikao Usui are a suggested guideline for reiki practitioners and people interested in reiki to strive for and live by on a daily basis.  Ultimately they will help you live a loving, healthy life!  Everyone can live by these principles.  

  1. Just for today, I will not worry. 
  2. Just for today, I will not be angry. 
  3. Just for today, I will be grateful. 
  4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly. 
  5. Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. 

If doing all of them today seems overwhelming, start with just one.  Maybe today you will not worry.  With the high level of stress most people deal with on a daily basis not worrying for just 1 day can bring you more peace and calmness than you could ever imagine.   

 

Namaste,

Alisha

 



 

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You don’t  want to miss your spot!  This is an incredible chance to feel healthy, energized and balanced during the crazy holiday season.  Why wait until January 1st and work harder to “get back to normal” after the holidays?  Start now and prevent the bloating, unbalanced feeling and stress.  

Here’s the thing. 

I wish I could sit here and tell you that I’ve always known what to do during the holiday season, I have never been stressed during it and have never gained weight. Lies. Even though I am a Christmas baby (yes, my birthday is on December 25th!), it has taken me years to learn just how to navigate through this snowstorm of cookies, drinks out with friends (so many reunions and holiday parties, am I right?) and how to not eat the entire plate of taco dip in one sitting. 


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If you just said yes, then you know how hard it can be during the holidays. Let’s be honest- the holidays are built around food and being too busy to be bothered to work out! I used to think that eating healthy was just not possible during it’s the holidays. That it only comes “once a year” and to YOLO it up and eat whatever and however much I wanted. But what I’ve discovered is that YES- the holidays are a special time. And YES- you should eat the cookie. But there are so many small things you can do that add up to big results. And I want to show you just what these things are. 

From sharing a special holiday recipe that not only you will enjoy, but your family and friends will eat it up (pun intended) and not even know that it is healthy. It’s taken me years to experience all of these tips that I want to share with you, but you can learn them all at once. While you’re living the holiday season. Imagine- everything packaged up for you in one beautiful email per day showing you exactly how I do it. You ready to do it, too?Regardless of whether or not you’ll participate in the Reset (you should!), I want to encourage you to make a positive change in your health today.  Nothing ever changes until we take the initiative to make it happen, and you are the only one who controls your future.  So why not make it just a bit better?

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Regardless of whether or not you want to sign up for this program, I really encourage you to be mindful this holiday season and do things for yourself in the midst of everything that you will be doing for everyone else.   Why wait until after the holidays to be mindful and live your best life?  There’s no better time than today.  Imagine waking up to an email everyday in December with complete motivation, inspiration, a brand new recipe to try, a private video of us demonstrating a yoga pose to help ease your stress and a special tip feel even better?  Complete and utter convenience.  Sounds amaze balls, right? 

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Happy Holidays!

Two Krave Jerky Football and Tailgate Recipes: Chili-Lime-Avocado Deviled Eggs + Basil Citrus Jerky Caprese Skewers

Can you believe it’s the middle of November already?  I’ve been trying to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving and am being much more mindful this month about things that I’m thankful for.  It always helps a lot when I say what I’m grateful for either to myself or in my journal first thing in the morning and before I go to sleep at night.  Among many, many others on my list, I have recently been thankful for football season!

Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan to ever walk the Earth.  But- I love what football can represent: connectedness, quality time with loved ones, high energy, fall weather, and of course, tailgating and couch time…..which equals food.   :)  See what I did there? 

I’m so thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered up with one of my absolute favorite healthy jerky companies, Krave to create some fun recipes for you!  The meat is very high quality, made without any nitrates and artificial flavors, high in protein and comes in some killer different flavors. 

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So I took a couple of my favorite flavors and turned them into magical tailgating/football watching goodness.  I assure you that both of these recipes are very much man-approved.  The hubby couldn’t even choose which one was his favorite between the two.  That my friends, is what I like to call a win. 

KRAVE Chili Lime Beef Jerky Deviled Eggs

Chili-Lime-Avocado Deviled Eggs
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 small eggs (or 8 large eggs)
  2. 1 large, ripe avocado
  3. 2 limes
  4. 1 - 2 oz Krave Chili Lime Beef Jerky
  5. Chili Powder
  6. Salt/Pepper
Instructions
  1. Hard boil the eggs. Place eggs in a pot of water. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover with a lid and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove hot water and let eggs sit in ice cold water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the jerky in very small pieces.
  3. Remove egg shells. Carefully cut the eggs in half. Remove the yolks into a bowl.
  4. Mash the yolks together with the avocado. Squeeze in lime juice and season with lots of salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in almost all of the jerky, leaving enough pieces for garnish.
  6. Carefully fill the eggs with the avocado-jerky mix. Top with leftover jerky pieces and sprinkle with chili powder.
  7. Serve with lime slices and squeeze over top just before eating.
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 I am willing to bet my last dollar that either of these recipes would be the first to go at your next football hosting party/tailgate.  

Have you ever used jerky in a recipe and turned it into something else?  This was my first time! I had a lot of fun with it and discovered that you actually really can use jerky in recipes.  I highly recommend it now :)     Basil Citrus Jerky Caprese Skewers   

Basil Citrus Jerky Caprese Skewers
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  2. 3 ounces fresh mozzarella
  3. 3 oz Krave Basil Citrus Jerky
  4. 1/2 - 1 cup pesto (store bought or homemade)
  5. 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Make your citrus pesto. Either make your own and add the juice of 1 lemon, or add the juice of 1 lemon to 1 cup of your favorite store bought pesto.
  2. Chop fresh mozzarella into bite sized pieces- make sure they are small enough to eat but big enough to stay on the skewer.
  3. Cut jerky into large bite size pieces. Be careful- if they are too small they will not stay on the skewer. The bigger the piece, the better!
  4. Assemble the skewer: cherry tomato, mozzarella, jerky. Repeat until you have as many skewers as you can make with the ingredients on hand.
  5. Drizzle with a little citrus pesto sauce.
  6. Serve with more citrus pesto sauce on the side to dip.
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 Enjoy!  And let me know which one is your fave :)  

If you make this, take a pic and tag me on Instagram! (are we friends yet? ummmm why not?).  

Happy Tailgating!



 

xoxo

Alisha 

Disclaimer: Krave Jerky provided me with the product free of charge in exchange for a recipe and review on the blog for their #KraveKitchen promotion.  All opinions are my own!  

How to Cure a Sugar Hangover {Post Halloween}

How was your Halloween weekend?  What’d you dress up as?  The hubby and I went with another couple as a foursome of the Angry Birds (iphone app game….tell me you know what this is!).  It was magical.  

First time I dressed up as a ridiculous, huge costume and I am seriously wondering why I haven’t done it before.  1) It kept me warm. 2) my dance moves were on point because you literally cannot do anything wrong in a costume like that and 3) I got to wear pants and a long sleeve shirt with FLATS.  No heels.  Ahmazing. 

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 I actually was able to dodge the candy trap this year!  It happens when you work for yourself (have you signed up for your free 30 minute “appetizing” coaching session yet?!), and aren’t tempted by the candy that coworkers bring into an office.  But the hubby on the other hand brought home all of the goods.  A couple pieces of candy, some pumpkin sugar cookies and fruit roll ups.  I had a couple of bites of each, not going to lie. You know I’m all about the 80/20 rule! No need to deprive yourself, but also not necessary to eat the entire bowl of candy.  

So no matter how much (or little) candy you may have indulged in this holiday, here is how I’m going to cure a sugar hangover thought you might want to partake in curing yours with me, yes?

How to Cure a Sugar Hangover 

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1. Start the day with a detoxifying drink.  I’ve recently gotten the hubby on this train and he’s a big believer now.  He says he feels really good after drinking it.  I try to drink this almost everyday, but it probably is about 4 days a week on average.  

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 TB Apple Cider Vinegar (organic and with “the mother”!)
  • hot water

Mix together and drink.  It’s sour and slightly bitter but I promise you will feel great.  Lemon is extremely detoxifying, cleans the liver, boosts the metabolism and can clear ya out.  Try to do this before you eat or drink anything else in the morning.  Good stuff.  You might not even need or want your morning coffee afterwards.  But if you do, that’s cool.  Just don’t add any sugar or milk to it!

2.  Cut the sugar cold turkey- for one week!  If you can go longer, dooooo it.  Otherwise see if you can manage at least one week without any sugar.  This includes any baked goods, candy, pop, sugary drinks, anything with refined sugar.  

Try replacing your sugar intake with dates, raw honey, or fresh fruit instead. 

3. Fight the sugar cravings with FAT.  Just to clarify: fat does not make you fat….sugar does. Healthy fat can keep you full, balances your blood sugar levels and gives you the energy you need to power through the afternoon and fight those 2 pm slumps!

For some recipes with healthy fat, try any of these: 

4.  Cut out the sugary cereal & granola for breakfast.  Swap with some eggs, avocado, and squash instead.  Or try a green smoothie.  Your body will love that you didn’t feed it sugar first thing in the morning.  Notice how you feel throughout the day.  Feel better? Ahhhh, yes.  

5. Get your sleep!  Why is this so important? More sleep = less stress.  When you’re stressed, your cortisol levels soar, which causes you to want to eat more than usual and stores belly fat.  So less stress = good.  Want more tips on how to get your best nights sleep ever?  You can check out my favorite yoga poses to do before bed (pretty much guarantee you will sleep like a baby), and you can sign up for our newsletter!  Tomorrow we are talking all about sleep.  It’s only going out to our VIPS so get on the list if you want in on the fun. 



Be well, 
Alisha

Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Apples

Bacon.  Is there anything it can’t do?   For some reason (I mean it’s really not a major mystery), bacon is perfect for sprucing up the perfect food that is fall produce.  C’mon now.  All of the squashes, cauliflower, brussels and broccoli in the fall cooked with magic turn into something magical.  You feel me? 

But in all seriousness, how it it even possible that Halloween is this weekend?  I feel like time is just flying by!  But it’s all good.  I’ve been able to do pretty much all of the super typical fall activities that I’ve wanted to do this month.  Apple picking- check.  Pumpkin patch – check.  Lots of fall walks on the trails with the gorgeous foliage – check.  Carving pumpkins- going to happen tonight!  And this weekend am going out with friends for Halloween.  Want to know what we’re going to be? There are four of us.   We found these sweet Angry Birds costumes that requires all 4.  Please tell me you know what this means. It’s going to be awesome.  I’ll show you on Instagram if you’re into that ;)  

Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Apple Skillet

 And hopefully we can hit up a haunted house this weekend.  I haven’t gone to one of those in years.  Probably for the best, as I get scared pretty easily.  Which is probably why I’ve been avoiding watching a scary Halloween movie with the hub, even though he’s been insisting.  ‘TIS THE SEASON, he says.  I’ll probably cave.  Do you like scary movies?  As long as they are not “true stories”, I suppose I can deal. I SUPPOSE. 

Enough rambling from your girl.  Here is this week’s recipe! Have you noticed I’ve been trying to get one recipe up on the blog per week?  Yay! I hope you’ve been loving it. 

Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Bacon

This is a really easy skillet that basically combines all of this season’s beautiful produce: brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and apples.  And we already covered the most important detail ;)  So basically: NUTRITION.  So much of it.  Beta carotene, vitamin C, (did you know one cup of brussels sprouts has 124% of your daily vitamin C daily recommendation?!) fiber, potassium, vitamin A- lots of good stuff for you. 

I made this on a weekday night when I had some bacon that I had to cook up and a ton of apples leftover from apple picking.  Wanting to incorporate them both, this brussels sprouts and sweet potato skillet with bacon and apples dish was born.  #boom.  Did I mention this is a ONE POT MEAL?  I know.  Basically heaven. Sweet, crunchy, tangy and satisfying.  I loved this dish.  Perfect for a chilly fall night! 

Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Skillet with Bacon and Apples
Serves 2
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Total Time
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
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Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Brussels Sprouts
  2. 1 large Apple (I used pink lady but any kind will work)
  3. 3 pieces of Natural, Uncured, no Nitrates-Added Bacon
  4. 1 Large Sweet Potato
  5. 1 TB Apple Cider Vinegar
  6. Lots of Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Begin by cooking your bacon over low to medium-low heat.
  2. While the bacon cooks, start preparing your brussels sprouts. Cut off the stem end (the white part) and then cut in half.
  3. Peel and dice both the sweet potato and apple.
  4. When the bacon is crispy, remove from pan and set aside. Leave fat in the pan.
  5. Carefully place the sweet potato cubes and brussels sprouts in the same pan. Make sure that the sweet potatoes are in pretty small cubes, or else they won't be finished cooking at the same time as the brussels. Toss in the bacon fat and add lots of salt and pepper.
  6. When both the potato and sprouts have lots of color (about 8-10 minutes), add the apple and dash of apple cider vinegar.
  7. Let cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Taste test and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Toss with crumbled bacon pieces.
  10. Serve!
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 What is your favorite fall activity that you’ve done this October? 

Tell me your Halloween costume!

Please PIN this recipe on Pinterest or share it with someone who you think might love it on Facebook!  Love you long time. 

xoxo

Alisha