Lift: Hello Kember, you gorgeous soul you. How did you discover energy healing and work?
Kember: Energetic healing fell into my lap in 2012. My mother-in-law went through a training and told me about it while showing me how a pendulum works. Intrigued, I immediately signed up for my first level of training. I trained first with a program called Healing Touch for about a year. Most recently I completed Level 1 of Bioenergetic Healing in which I plan to continue to pursue. There are many different types of energetic healing and they all offer beautiful qualities. Lots to learn!!
Lift: Where did you learn about chakras?
Kember: I learned about the chakras during my first weekend of training in 2012. I found and read the book “Wheels of Light” and continued to learn from there. What always stood out to me about the chakras is that I can FEEL them; I can feel the energy of the chakras swirl under my palm. Pretty incredible. Yeah it is!
Lift: How do chakras impact a person's daily life?
Kember: The chakras are an integral part of us and are effected by everything going on around us externally, internally, physically and emotionally. For example, if someone is having financial troubles, this impacts the root chakra, the center of stability, security, and groundedness. The energy in that area starts to become sticky and, perhaps, stagnant. This can move then into physical issues - perhaps adrenal fatigue or even some digestion issues. Other chakras can also be affected in the process, in this situation maybe the solar plexus and heart.
Lift: How can people tell if they could use help with their energy?
Kember: If someone is feeling particularly stuck or heavy, a feeling of general fatigue in the mind and body, that’s a good indication to give the subtle body, as well as the physical body, a good look. Some just report feeling "off". Have you ever teared up when laying in savasana after a good yoga class? Oh Yeah. I often get the question, “What is happening, why am I crying out of nowhere?” That surge of emotion comes from an energetic release - stagnant energy that has been broken up and then has started to freely flow again. The days following a release may bring more ease and space for the spirit. Well that's comforting!
Lift: So how can people get help with balancing their energy? What can one expect following energy work?
Kember: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally, and spiritually is the big piece of keeping energy balanced. Movement is truly medicine and keeps the energetic body flowing. Of course life happens and shifts will occur and shake things up a bit. Having an energetic healing session, or any other body work, is a beautiful way to get things moving. (Feel free to check out my website - www.kemberyoga.com - to find out more info on setting up an energy healing session with me!) As far as how it will impact someone, it is different from person to person. With some clients there have been immediate sensations, immediate shifts in energy that was felt in the body and often times that creates a release of emotions, followed by a feeling of lightness. For me personally, I typically don’t “feel” sensation within the body during a session (as a client, not the practitioner), but will start to feel shifts in the following days. The saying is true - energy flows where intention goes. Healing can and will be happening even if we don’t “feel” it.
Lift: What are things people can do to keep their chakras or energy in balance? Are they the same?
Kember: Chakras are energy, yes, but they are part of the subtle body, that entire energetic field surrounding the physical body. It’s like currents in an ocean. They are flowing their own way but still very much a part of the ocean in its entirety. The methods to keep them balanced and abundant are simple; eat fresh, colorful foods, practice yoga (asana, breathwork, meditation), practice self care and self love, go outside, MOVE! Movement is incredibly important. Movement MOVES energy.
Lift: How does yoga help with this balance?
Kember: Yoga, and I mean yoga in its entirety not just the poses we see in class, hits it all to balance mind, body, and spirit. Pranayama, breathwork, like Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) is for balancing the ida and pingala energy channels. Yoga is balance. We will practice Nadi Shodhana and learn more about it in the PLAYshop.
Lift: Any "go to" yoga poses you like to keep you in balance?
Kember: Though it has taken me years to improve my balance, I have always loved Garudasana/Eagle Pose. There is something about wrapping everything so tightly toward the midline - it electrifies my third eye and crown chakras. Ohhhh! Love it! I also return to Balasana/Child’s Pose frequently in my practice or just in my day. This shape is home base and a chance to quickly ground and arrive home to the sanctuary of the Self. There is something so powerful about connecting third eye and heart with Mother Earth. Well, She does beckon connection doesn't She?
Lift: What will be discussed at the workshop?
Kember: I’m calling this a PLAYshop because we are going to play with energy using gentle yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation - sense energy, feel it, maybe see it. We will also discuss how to protect your own energy field, and how to set up protection for your loved ones as well. How beautiful!
Lift: How can people integrate information from the workshop into their lives?
Kember: Once we have the awareness of our energy (as with gaining awareness with anything), we can begin to piece things together when things start to feel off. An example would be feeling like you’re not being heard, like no one is listening. Doing things that stimulate the throat chakra can help break up the stagnancy of the energy in that area, which could then lead to break through as to how to handle the current situation and a better flow of communication. That is very poignant this day in age. Love it!
Lift: Kember this is amazing and we cannot wait for fellow Lifties to have this mutual, amazing experience. Thank you! Namaste.
Kember: You are welcome! Namaste.