Energetic Adjustments: Adjustment & Assisting Guidelines
What is Energy?
- Energy may refer to the energy of the body or of the mind, or both.
- Physically, energy usually refers to the movement occurring in various systems of the body such as blood circulation and nerve impulses.
- Energy of the mind refers to the way in which thoughts and awareness direct energy and movement, resulting in an action or other manifestation.
Everything is Energy
Everything is energy and has a vibration. When you touch your students you become a conduit of energy. What kind of energy do you want to transmit to your student? Is it healing, loving or compassionate energy? Become conscious of the energy you are transmitting when touching your student. Are you thinking about what you are going to do after class as you are pulling on their neck? Connect your touch with your thoughts and then allow the energy to flow through you to your student. Become a channel allowing only goodness to move through you. Bring yourself as fully present as possible. – Sue Flamm (Puja)
Yoga & Energy
In yoga philosophy, prana is the name for the underlying life force energy and energy anatomy includes teachings on chakras (energy centers) and nadis (energy channels). See more: Energy and Subtle Body Hub.
Much of the benefit of Hatha Yoga can be said to be the effect of the practices on the “energy body:”
- Improvements in alignment, stability, and flexibility remove obstacles to free physical energy flow.
- Breath practices, sensory withdrawal, concentration and meditation tend to lead to a spacious perspective and a more positive focus for mental energy
Adjustments & Energy
Considering how Hatha Yoga affects the energy body, we might assume any assists are “energetic” in the sense that there is no real separation between physical and energetic bodies. We experience them as directly related.
In addition, some people work specifically with energetic touch, also called healing or therapeutic touch.
- Perhaps the most fundamental aspects of energy work are awareness and intention.
- To work directly with energy, one is expected to be very aware of her own present state and that of the student.
- Good energy workers have a clear and positive intention for any healing touch.
- Experienced energy workers allow healing energy to come “through” them rather than “from” them.
- Typically, energy practitioners have their own learned and personal process for moving into a meditative awareness prior to providing intentional touch. Sometimes teachers without such training and experience — but with particular sensitivity — may feel themselves in such a meditative state and find themselves drawn to a particular area.
- Of fundamental importance is to stay grounded, aware and relaxed.
- Use deliberate and non-sensual touch.