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What is Reiki? Through the Lens of a Yogini


Reiki is a Japanese healing modality in which the practitioner channels prāṇa/chi though the client’s energetic body. “Rei” means divine knowledge. “Ki” or chi, means life force energy - in Sanskrit & yoga, prāṇa essentially means the same thing as ‘chi/ki’.


Our energetic system consists of meridians (what acupuncture & reflexology are based on) or 'nadis' in Sanskrit. Within the energetic body we have chakras, or wheels of energy.


The 7 main chakras line up from our perineum to the crown of our head along our central channel - our energetic ‘spine’ - which we harness in yogic practices during pranayama, mula bandha etc. (yogi fun fact: mula bandha is more about an energetic lock than a physical lock!)


In the west, we don't have as much documentation and lineage passed down having to do with our energy body, but as you might be noticing by now, the east has been studying and passing this knowledge down for thousands of years. The meridian system from China, Reiki from Japan, chakras from India etc.


Even though most of us can’t see the energy body, these energetic centers can be felt by anyone who pays attention.


In particular and in my observations as an embodiment coach, people feel love, heart-ache, loneliness, grief - in the heart.


Deep gut instincts, particularly hard/inconvenient truths, or a deep calling for profound expression - in the sacral area.


Fear, instability, ungroundedness - there’s a lack of embodied awareness of the lower part of the body (root, legs, feet)


Quick flashes of insight… in the head.


Frog in the throat, fear of not being heard… in the throat.


Anxious, feeling a dramatic powerlessness… the solar plexus.


There are surface-level variations from person-to-person, but the foundation of these feelings arise within us all in the same areas within our body.


Our emotions and internal felt sensations, though also not able to be ‘seen’ by the naked eye, are one way we can link our awar