Use your breath as a healing tool
MANY yoga practitioners would recognise the word "prana" from "pranayama" - the conscious inhalation and exhalation of the breath.
Pranayama is typically the first thing people do when beginning yoga practice. The word literally means to "extend the vital life force".
Its root word, "prana", originates from Sanskrit and means "life force". The Chinese may know it as "qi", while the Japanese call it "ki".
Breathing techniques are used by therapists as a method of healing.
"You can use it to reduce the impact of stress, relax and calm yourself, stop an automatic reaction to a situation and create a pause to allow you to act rather than react, stop a negative thought from occurring or minimise its effect, and refocus your mind," said author Marc Levin, whose book - Eight Shifts For Wellness: Practical Transformative Steps To Enhance Health, Wellness, And Well-Being - was published in 2011.
Since 1987, pranic healing - a "no-touch, no-drug" energy-based healing technique founded by grandmaster Choa Kok Sui - has become widespread. There are now hundreds of pranic-healing centres worldwide.
According to Mr Choa, pranic healing is a "powerful additional tool for living with and managing chronic conditions that modern medicine cannot resolve or cure".
It uses the breath to balance, harmonise and transform the body's energy processes.
The Centre for Inner Studies in Singapore (CIS) was established in August 2006 and it is affiliated to the World Pranic Healing Foundation in Manila.
The community-based organisation operates on the idea that pranic healing is a way of life.
If you are interested in learning more about pranic healing, know that CIS will be holding an event on Saturday and Sunday. The Experiencing Being Programme, on from 10am to 6pm on both days, will expose participants to tools that can help improve emotional, mental and physical health.
It would also be beneficial for those who want to regulate emotions such as depression, outbursts of anger, anxiety, grief or fear.
There, learn how to reconnect with your life's purpose and your true self, and learn to create joy and inner peace.
The Experiencing Being Programme is open to those aged 16 and above. It will be held at 1 Sophia Road, Peace Centre, #04-07.
Admission is $10 (participants will receive a complimentary healing-therapy session worth $50).
To sign up for the Experiencing Being Programme, visit www.notouchnodrug.com
To find out more about pranic healing, visit www.pranichealing.sg, SMS enquiries to 8578-7033 with , or e-mail contactus@ notouchnodrug.com