“I’m really stressed out, should I try Reiki or Yoga?”


Both!  But, they are very different experiences.

During a Reiki session you can feel free to zone out, day-dream, fall-asleep, or just relax and enjoy the session.  Reiki can release you from the stress of everyday life in a completely effortless way.  This does not mean that the benefits end with that session.  You may have conscious realizations during or after the session that gift you with a powerful shift in perspective or you may notice subconscious changes have occurred later.

Yoga requires your active participation, but you will not be asked to force and grunt your way through the session—this only creates more stress—you will be challenged to train your mind to approach stress differently.  This allows you to immediately apply what you’ve learned in the session to your every day life.  The training I offer is Asana based (you will be asked to take Yoga poses), but the real training is mental.

These practices approach healing and transformation in very different ways, they both have a similar end-goal: to bring you to a place of ease, rather than anxiety.  This happens by changing your relationship with the stress, so you don’t feel every single bump along the road.

For both practices, consistency is the key.  Whether you find a practitioner or find a way to practice on your own, every day ease requires regular practice.  Similarly to physical training, changes don’t happen instantaneously, they happen over time.

Further reading:


Bowden, D., Goddard, L., & Gruzelier, J. (2011). A Randomised Controlled Single-Blind Trial of the Efficacy of Reiki at Benefitting Mood and Well-Being. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/381862

Kundu, A., Dolan-Oves, R., Dimmers, M. A., Towle, C. B., & Doorenbos, A. Z. (2013). Reiki training for caregivers of hospitalized pediatric patients: a pilot program. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 19(1), 50–54. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.08.001

Vandergrift, A. (2013). Use of complementary therapies in hospice and palliative care. Omega, 67(1-2), 227–232.


Gard, T., Brach, N., Holzel, B. K., Noggle, J. J., Conboy, L. A., Lazar, S. W. (2012). Effects of a yoga-based intervention for young adults on quality of life and perceived stress: The potential mediating roles of mindfulness and self-compassion. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 7, 165-175.

Kiecolt-Glaser et al., 2010).  Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., Christian, L., Preston, H., Houts, C. R., Malarkey, W. B., Emery, C. F., & Glaser, R. (2010). Stress, inflammation, and yoga practice. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72, 113-121.

Michalsen, A., Grossman, P., Acil, A., Langhorst, J., Ludtke, R., Esch, T., Stefano, G. B., & Dobos, G. J. (2005). Rapid stress reduction and anxiolysis among distressed women as a consequence of a three-month intensive yoga program. Medical Science Monitor, 11, 555-561.

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