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Filtering by Tag: lifeforce

Conserving Prana

Julie Quinn

  After discovering that I have an autoimmune disease I am now conserving prana or lifeforce energy in yoga and exploring the healing benefits of holding back.  

I have been purposefully holding back my power and energy in order to conserve my lifeforce.  

It was my good friend and fellow yogi, Susana Wolds, who suggested this idea because she learned about it in her Yoga Therapy course.  

It's one healing theory that I am exploring and so far I feel better after trying this a few times.  I have been taking a little time off when the symptoms start to appear and I listen to my body and rest.  I take a lot of restorative moments at home to relax and de-stress.  When it's time to build back up I go to yoga at 50% capacity.  

I notice that I have more sustained energy, less fatigue.  I literally look and feel better when I do this.  I'm preventing the symptoms from surfacing by slowing way down and staying in a high vibration in my mind and my heart.  

Having moments of deep healing rest is one way to tap into our bodies healing mode in a restorative practice, and theres also a way to restore ourselves in this type of modified moving practice I'm navigating now.  The way I teach is becoming more healing as well.   I'm much more interested in a healing practice that massages the vagus nerve and provides us the ability to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system response.  To rest and digest.  That's the money.  

So often we are told to show up, give it our best and push to our limits to grow and transform, but for people that need healing and want to build up their power, that may not be the healthiest choice.  That's what I'm noticing for myself as I navigate this uncharted territory in my own health.  

I'm modifying every posture while maintaining a slow steady breath.  It's surprising how different the practice can feel when you hold back.  

I'm using blocks for support in practically every posture.  Showing up at 50% is just enough to give me an outlet for my mind, and an ability to move some energy for my physical body.   

I look forward to my 50% capacity increasing through time so that I will get back to 110% again.  The past few days have been showing me I'm not quite there yet, but I'm also really onto something with the diet.  I'll share next time.  I'm starting week 7 of my elimination diet and finding out some major gems of wisdom about all of this.  

I look forward to sharing this kind of moving practice with my students that need the healing.  

 And so it is...

Yoga for healing Autoimmune Disease

Julie Quinn

This past month, after several doctor visits and blood tests we discovered that I have an Autoimmune disease.  I knew I wasn't feeling well lately, I have had several symptoms come up, and something was wrong.  We don't have a clear diagnosis (some people never do) but I tested positive for an Antinuclear Antibody Test.  This basically means that the healthy cells of my body are attacking the nucleus of my other healthy cells.  After a few days of shock and disbelief I decided to come up with a game plan.  I will be implementing an autoimmune diet, receiving acupuncture more frequently, and studying up on all the actions I can take to ease the pain, prevent the symptoms from attacking me, and go on loving my life.  I am working with Naturopathic, Eastern, and Western Medical Doctors to figure out what is going on with my Immune System.  I also have several follow-up appointments and a visit with a Rheumatologist later on in October.  

Next I began thinking about my beloved Vinyasa yoga practice that feeds my soul and gives me an outlet.  I was a dancer for most of my life and now I'm a vinyasa and yin yoga teacher and very avid practioner of yoga & the healing art of Reiki.   After all these years of practicing advanced postures in Anusara, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Acro, and Hatha Yoga disciplines I will need to tone it down a bit.  Time to "yield to the Yin" so they say.  

As our bodies change the yoga practice can also change to support us.  I will still be able to practice yoga but it's going to be different.  Lately when I push myself I end up exhausted and we don't practice yoga to deplete ourselves.  The practice is designed to replenish us, in body, mind, and spirit.  It is up to us to know our limits.  So my limits are changing and so is my practice.  For now.  I see a possibility of building myself back up to 100% by cultivating more light, and by becoming the healthiest version of myself through this increase in awareness.  The results of the tests are knowledge and knowledge is power.  

I spoke with several of my favorite yoga teacher friends about all of this and the general consensus is that practicing to about 50% capacity is one way to conserve Prana (energy/lifeforce).  So that means I can hold back and soften more.  I will become stronger by only utilizing the energy that is absolutely necessary........that which is Quinntessential.

I plan on sharing my findings and key elements of my healing protocol on this blog.  

Stay tuned.   

Julie Quinn