If you’re anything like me, you’re not an exercise person and you don’t do yoga. But not only is this book easy to read and full of fascinating information, it makes you want to take care of your body.
Our bodies are the ones on this journey through life, not our spirits, and when we “allow” our bodies to process on their own time, that alignment between body and spirit can happen, and happen faster. Lauren Walker’s The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription gives you the perfect tools for embracing that journey.
Energy Medicine Yoga (EMYoga) blends the power of energy medicine with the practice of yoga. “It is the energy that needs to heal first. Only then can everything else heal.”
Walker explores how to feel energy, how to listen and talk to your body, the power of visualization, and the amazing benefits of Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique). Then she explains the Five Elements and their relationship to your body. Every person is predominantly one element and knowing your primary element helps you understand how your particular system flows or becomes blocks, how your emotions cycle, how you can release those blocks and emotions more quickly. To determine your element, take the self-inventory test on page 39. Then consult the chart (pages 52-64) for specific ailments and their associated elements and refer to the beautifully illustrated exercises (beginning on page 78) for element-related help for those issues. Throughout the book you’ll find highlighted Rx tips to speed your progress, plus many of the exercises in the book are available online at www.soundstrue.com/emyoga.
If nothing else, Walker advises, do the Wake Up daily. You’ll feel charged and invigorated and ready for the new day.
“You hold the key to healing inside yourself,” Walker says. “Your beliefs and ideas affect you more than any other single thing on the planet.” Through these exercises and the wonders of Energy Medicine, you can forge a new intimacy with your body, stop the destructive habits you’ve been practicing, and create supportive habits. In other words, EMYoga gives you the tools to create lasting change.
Much of life is repetition, a continuing daily routine that perseveres despite our age. But Walker asks us to investigate how we perceive ourselves, how we love ourselves, how we feel. This is what composes a healthy EMYoga diet. Are you strong and resilient? Can you accomplish the things you want? Do you feel vibrantly alive? Those are the keys to a healthy body the EMYoga way.
[Originally published in the Conscious Life Journal, January 2018]