Come Practice Together!

 It seems that the days are going by fast as we ride this new year, don’t you think?

How have you been taking care of yourself? Did you have a chance to take an inventory of your life and start adding new and positive commitments to your own personal growth (mentally, physically, energetically, and spiritually)?

Sometimes thinking of what we would love to add to our lives at the beginning of each new year seems easier compared to the actual steps and actions we might need to take to get to the vision of ourselves we have for the future. That’s why when we join a practice group, there is a greater chance of us really “sticking” with the plan! We feel more inspired and pushed to give a little more of ourselves than if we were to get started alone. That happens because of the increased energy around intention in a group.

I understand that maybe not all of our community practices at Corpo e Alma Healing might be your cup of tea. However, if you haven’t tried any of them yet, I encourage you to give it a chance. A group practice of any form of energy healing and meditation magnifies the energy in the matrix of all individuals that are practicing together. It can form an energy field, if you will, of protection, strength, healing, and above all, unconditional love.

5 Element Healing Movements – Spring Forest Qigong

 

I will keep sending you our schedule for classes and any new special workshop I might be offering. Keep an eye on your emails. In Feb I will do a workshop (about 2 hours) on the opening of the heart and liver meridians, with guided sound meditation (Jonathan Goldman) and sound bath. All classes are online via zoom. If you would like to join us, please text me or email me (maria@corpoealmahealing.com) so I can send you the link.

Classes Online

Maria Helena Corrêa Anderson

CLASSES & ONLINE SESSIONS

This past week we tried the first tentative schedule for the month of January. I will keep it as it is for now and hope that more of you can join the classes! Please, reach out to me if you would like to join but you have a conflict in your schedule. I will do my best to accommodate new classes.

I intend, in the next few weeks, to add a class for healing and strengthening the liver and heart meridians. This is very important, especially nowadays, as the energies of the world outside are carried with anger, frustration and hatred. Energies that directly affect (the outside magnifies the inside) the liver and heart. Anger and hatred, if not addressed on an energetic level can truly cause havoc to the physical body.

According to Tradicional Chinese Medicine, if there is a blockage in any energy channel of your body, this blockage can grow bigger and eventually make the body sick. “The physical body has intelligence for healing itself because it was designed that way. The 5 Element Healing Movements can activate this intelligence.” Master Chunyi Lin -founder of Spring Forest QiGong.

Let’s keep taking care of ourselves at an energetic level, so our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies’ health can keep improving.

This past Friday I offered an introductory free session on TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) to release trauma, PTSD, and heavy emotions. I will keep offering this session throughout the month of January (Fridays @ 6:30 pm) and the fee will be $15/ session/per person. Also, I continue to offer individual virtual healing sessions (Qigong healing and other techniques might be used).  Please, contact me if you want to get more info about it.

You can let me know via email (maria@corpoealmahealing.com) or text (805-728-5573) if you would like to participate in the classes so I can send you the link to zoom.

“Energy moves in waves. Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhytms. The rhytms gave me a way to map the movements of my own psyche as well as the ever-changing state of the universe.” Gabrielle Roth ( Sweat your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice)

Much love, and let’s keep moving and breathing consciously, praying and taking care of one another.

 

Maria Helena

 

 

Hello From Maria

 

Hope you and your loved ones are doing well during these challenging times.

What a roller coaster of emotions many of us are going through right now! I certainly can speak for myself. So many intense inputs from the world outside that we have no control over. However,  we do have the power to calm our nervous system and plug in to Source.

I apologize for the lack of communication with you in the past weeks. As life happens, sometimes we need a pause–a break to deal with our own grief, so we don’t break.

I wanted to share what is going on around here and to make sure we keep in touch.

  • On the 5th of April we had to say goodbye to one of our dogs, our beloved Ziggy. Ziggy was our beautiful Wheaten Terrier that had been part of the family for 13 1/2 years. He was my loyal (sometimes obsessive)–and loud :)–companion. He greeted me happily when I came home even when he could barely stand up. While we were preparing for the end of his life for a few months, the closeness that the past weeks brought us made it very difficult to say goodbye. Silence, tears, meditation, more tears, hugs, hot yogi tea and Qigong can be very strong allies when we deal with grief. That is what I found out during this past week.

 

 

  • Something my family has been working on for the past few weeks who am I kidding? just the adults!) is we have finally started our organic garden! We started a little audaciously by planting radish, lettuce, kale, parsley, basil and thyme. As first time gardeners, our appreciation for Mother Earth and farmers have multiplied by a thousand after we started caring for our “crop”. How blessed we are to live in California!
Planter right after we planted the seeds
Planter on the day we planted the first seeds
Radish…it starts to grow so fast!
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  • My husband Dave and I have been practicing Qigong every morning and a few evenings as well. Almost every night we have a Sound Bath in our living room (I brought home singing bowls and a gong from the studio). It is our way to cope. After all, having three teenage boys at home during this time it’s not always easy. My oldest son is quarantined with us, so he participates in some of the practices and the sound bath. One of our teenage boys joins us for the sound bath and Qigong practice once in a while. We have high hopes that everybody will join in one of these days (we do dream big 🙂 ).
  • Dave (a professional vegan chef and vegan product developer) and I have been cooking a lot lately. He is an amazing chef and we have been blessed when he “goes to town”, as he says, in the kitchen. He creates new dishes, dips, nutmilks, tofu and lots of delicious and healthy food. While we want to support local businesses and restaurants, using our resources have been incredibly important for our family.  One amazing thing that I have noticed while putting the trash bin out today was that it was less than half full! That’s never happened before, especially with 6 people in the house. Using way fewer packaged foods has had a tremendous impact on our family’s carbon footprint!
  • Because most of my family lives in Brazil—and two nieces and a nephew live in Europe—we all started doing Zoom meetings with each other. It feels good to be able to connect with our loved ones, to know they are doing well and to feel their presence, even if only virtually.
  • I recently finished my training in Brain Education (currently working on the certification). This course will be a great resource for me to teach teens and children about brain integration, and coping with emotions and mindfulness. Some parts of it included in my energy healing training from several years ago, so I will be using new exercises to teach adults in my classes as well.

Please, feel free to send me an email to share how you are doing, how you are coping with this global crisis and how I can help you, even if remotely–with your training, with your spiritual practice, and with your continuous growth.

I miss seeing you, talking to you, growing with you, but know this time is much needed for Humanity and Earth to heal.

Much love to you, stay home (if possible for you). Be safe, be well, be strong!

Maria

(805)728-5573

P.S. Because our studio might be closed for a while, I am planning to offer Qigong and meditation classes online (via Zoom) and to offer healthy living info as well. Stay tuned for an official announcement!

 

Collective Grief Requires Collective Healing

This past Sunday (January 26th) was a very special day for my family. It would be my nephew’s Leonardo’s  32nd birthday.  It was day of remembrance for us. And just like that our community was deeply shaken by the tragic accident that took the lives of 9 people, amongst them a well known and beloved member of our Los Angeles community, Kobe Bryant.  It was a collective sorrow and pain that can still be felt around us now. A heavy and dense energy of grief ( so familiar to many, magnified by millions of people feeling it at the same time). It can be a very difficult veil of energy to move if we do not have tools to cope. Collective Healing is so much needed now.

                Leo (age 12) with his biggest fan, my oldest son Gabe (age 6 1/2)

The intention with the post is not to talk about my past pain and grief, but to share how energy work helped me heal and how it can help us heal. Energy work can help our community to connect with each other in a deeper level and heal together.

Leonardo passed away almost 15 years ago at the age of 17 for brain cancer. When somebody says “nothing can prepare you for that” he or she might be right.  It seems that life, as we know it,  with endless distractions, with material possessions and entertainment, prepares us very little for its real meaning,  significance and ephemerality. Spirit is always in command ( however you want to call It) and distancing ourselves from this Divine Light can cost us deep, profound and lasting suffering.

My family’s life was changed forever on  May  1st, 2005. The world stopped for a while for my family and yet people around us insisted in living, in rejoicing with life’s blessings. I am so very grateful they did. At that time I didn’t know that the vibration of love, laughter and joy of those around us, were actually uplifting us, elevating us and allowing us to heal.

That is the power of the matrix of energy we are ALL connected to! 

“Cords are like sticky ropes of mental/emotional energy that keep you “tied into” someone else. We can cord into anyone and anything, but the strength of the cord depends on the amount of time/energy/emotion we put into thinking about that thing.

We can cord into ideas, places and things as well. These cordings can be quite thin or temporary depending on the amount of energy we expel thinking about them.”

The Ties That Bind: Understanding Energy Cords

 

My life’s work has been a call  during a time of almost unbearable pain and grief I had experienced. You see, all my life dance has been a part of my daily routine. I love music, I love dancing.  I have to say that one of the greatest blessings from my culture that I carry so close to my heart is our music, the beat and rhythm of samba (“Drums represent the beat of the heart, the beat of the Earth Not surprisingly, they have been used by many ancient cultures in their healing ceremonies” – Song of the Spine by Dr. June Leslie Wieder.). I used to wake up my kids with music and used to dance while cooking. That’s how my older kids remembered me until Leonardo got sick…then I stopped doing everything and anything that could possibly bring me joy and connect me with Spirit. Crying was a new common thing for my daily routine. 

My Divine Call came through on the day that my daughter Georgia ( at that time she was just 8 years old) crying said to me “I want my mom back!”. 

Such powerful words that required from me immediate action. Those words echoed deeply in my heart and my whole being. There I was raising three kids (the youngest was a little over 2 years of age) and completely absent at every and each moment with them, to the continuity of life.

I soon started taking yoga and energy work classes, since the meditation, that I was so familiar with from very early age, wasn’t enough for me at that particular situation in my life. After I started my practice my body and my emotions slowly started to dance in harmony. As I felt my grief without paralyzing my being,  I could help my own children in the process. Life was intense for our family after that event with the loss of another chid in the family.  Spirit kept guiding and uplifting us as much as we allowed the messages to come through(and acted upon them).

When we work with energy,  we become very familiar with the effects of its stagnation or excess in the physical body. We can feel it, we can play with it, we can move it,  we can cut it so the path ahead is clearer ( not always an easy work, but so important). It is a process that requires our commitment and patience and of course support of family, friends and community. That is why a community that heals together is a strong community.

I have been humbled in my path by the stories of many of my clients. Paths of courage, determination and faith, despite their sorrow and pain.

At home, I am raising with my husband my stepsons (ages 13 and 17) who have tragically lost their mom years ago. Having tools to cope is of such enormous importance. Not everyone will accept the tools we have to share, in that case a good prayer direct from the heart can do miracles.

If you feel very affected by the energies around us at this moment, at our studio we offer twice a week (Tue & Thu, 6-7pm), Qigong and meditation classes that when done in a group, magnify the healing energy. You are welcome to join us. Old wounds and unhealed emotions can be triggered and opened at this time, make sure to honor and love them now, so you can heal.

 

 

This coming month of February I will be adding a new class to open up more deeply the meridians of the body (through Brazilian and Latin music), with some stretches , Qigong and sound bath. It is a very powerful class to release old energies, to accumulate new and refreshed energy  so you feel renewed. You will feel deeply connected to Spirit, to your heart.

Much love and gratitude,

Maria Helena Anderson

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays!

I wish you and your family a peaceful holiday season!

May you all be blessed by the Divine light that lives inside and all around us.

I hope you can have a great time in the company of your family and loved ones. If it is a time when you feel lonely and not as cheerful and joyful, know that you are not alone. Reach out for help and remember the tools collected along your path that can help you uplift your mood at this time of the year: a walk in nature, some QiGong (playing with the energy ball and merging it into your heart is a great way to generate love and peace), yoga stretches (bow pose, tree pose, lifting up both legs against the wall are some examples) and meditation might bring you more peace and balance .

 

 

Essential oils are wonderful allies to uplift your mood if you feel that a boost is needed.  Below are some diffuser blends that are good for this time of year. You can be creative and make your own mix, just remember to use caution if you intend to use oils directly on your skin.

 

3 drops of Frankincense + 2 drops of orange + 2 drops of Peppermint

3 drops of Eucalyptus + 2 drops of Peppermint + 2 drops of Rosemary

3 drops Frankincense+ 2 drops Cinnamon Bark + 2 drops Orange

2 drops Orange + 2 drops Eucalyptus + 2 drops Peppermint (great mood boost)

2 drops Bergamot + 2 drops Orange + 2 drops Lemon

2019 has been a year of opportunities and expansion to my practice and I embraced it all.  A small room practice became a studio, and together we can now offer so much more to our community. There were Qigong and meditation classes for adults and teens, Kundalini yoga workshops led by Petra, a very experienced yogi , Vinyasa flow yoga ( a unique class that added the angelic singing voice of opera singer, Allie, to the long and transcendental  savasana) and we started showing documentaries at the studio. Of course, I kept my private sessions and continue to add new skills in energy and sound healing.

I appreciate your continuous support, trust in my work, and dedication to your own personal spiritual growth and healing path, whatever that might mean to you. Certainly together we magnify the good in each one of us. Every time one of us heals a particular area of our lives, our family heals, our community heals, together. While it can be confusing to understand the matrix of energy we all live in, as energy beings we can no longer deny the reality of vibration and its importance in our lives.

I will be sending out the new schedule for the month of January soon. The focus on the first month of the year will be  Qigong, meditation classes, and sound healing.  We will take a break from yoga classes at the beginning of the year and will resume classes in the spring.

Happy Holidays and I wish you a wonderful 2020!

Maria Helena

 

 

Gratitude and Love – A Bow to Life

I have been teaching the 5 Element Healing Movements from Spring Forest QiGong for the past couple of months. This is an amazing practice that, if you are really committed, can bring you amazing benefits for your health and well-being. It is truly a bow to life.

For those of you unfamiliar with QiGong practice, QiGong is an ancient Chinese practice of movements of the body and controlled breathing with the intention of moving the life force (Qi- pronounced “chee”) or prana inside the meridians of the body. The meridians are channels that run along the body; they are the energy network where energy flows.

If you have ever had an acupuncture treatment, you probably know that the goal of the session is to unblock energy channels. Our thoughts, the food we eat, the air we breathe, our environment, the way we relate to people can all play a role in blocking these energy channels. When energy is blocked, we can manifest in the physical body symptoms of pain and illnesses.

The last movement of the 5 Element Healing Movements is my favorite. It is a movement where we gently bow repeatedly while invoking the energy of gratitude. Our hands are pressed against each other in prayer pose (this stimulates the heart and lung’s energies). During 5 minutes we can bring into our minds and energy fields all the reasons to be thankful: the fresh water we drink, the good food we eat, our family, our friends, the roof over our heads. 

I have written this before in previous blogs: as energy beings, we cannot expand if our hearts are not open. The wounded heart learns to shield itself for protection, blocking the natural flow of energy within the whole body.

Did you know that the heart is said to emit an electromagnetic field 5000 times stronger that of the brain? Can you imagine what we can do with this information? It means that the more our hearts open, the more we love, the more we can help ourselves heal and also those around us.

From my experience in my practice, and in life, I believe it is through the heart we make peace with ourselves and with the world around us.

Several years ago a client of mine shared a beautiful experience she had. My client was a social worker for patients in hospice care. At that time one of her patients was on the verge of crossing over; however, for some reason, it was taking a long time to let go. One night my client used lavender essential oil and massaged her arms and hands, while she  thanked her for all the good she imagined she had done–the meals she might have cooked, the diapers she might have changed. The next morning the patient passed away with tranquility and apparently at peace. This story moved me deeply, and it still moves me when I remember it.

So, during this month of November when we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s remember all the blessings that are already present in our lives, so our hearts can open even more. That will help the healing of our physical body and enhance the body, mind, and spirit connection .

I have found a place deep in my heart, my happy place, my peaceful place, my recharging place and the most grounded part of me: my home. A well of joy that can spring at any time (for no apparent reason), I gather the courage to take the journey, despite the difficulties caused by the circumstances that surround me at any given moment. My home has helped me to not stray from my path. It is my North Star.

I encourage you all to keep taking the journey within, the journey that leads you to your heart, and experience the explosion of light and love you can create for yourself and your loved ones, wherever you go.

I am grateful for you and for the trust you place in my work so together we can make this journey a little easier and a little more gentle.

I bow to you, I bow to your life.

Much love and gratitude,

Maria Helena Anderson

 

 

 

Healing Wounds in the Heart for Expansion of the Soul

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As energy beings, we cannot expand if our hearts are not open. The wounded heart learns to shield itself for protection blocking the natural flow of energy within the body.

Several years ago I  went to Sedona, in Arizona, to be part of an Energy Healing training program. The journey for my personal healing started there.

During the training I became aware of the wounds in my heart. Those wounds were causing havoc to my emotional and physical health and well being. My soul wanted to fly, however the weight within was holding me back.

Your heart energy center is the key to your connection to the symphony of the Universe and the I AM PRESENCE Open your door ...
The path for the self healing  journey leads us directly to our hearts. There we will find our true power and the most powerful medicine there is…LOVE.

The secret to tap into such a well of goodness and miraculous healing within ourselves is through awareness and energy work. It’s in the energy body where we find the imprints of past traumatic experiences that have left in us a strong emotional charge. The emotional baggage, when not addressed and healed,  can manifest on the physical ( and mental) body in the form or various illnesses.

Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation are some active forms of healing that can help to free the heart from emotional pain. Massage, Acupuncture and Energy Healing also have a great impact to open the heart center in the body to the free flow of energy and love we are all meant to experience while in the physical body.

Before our souls take on another journey on other dimensions out of these physical bodies, let’s make sure we do everything possible to release ourselves and our planet from what binds us to suffering so we all can soar, feeling love, becoming LOVE.

You may find very helpful information, for your journey to your heart, on these websites:

http://healingparents.net

http://www.acuonecenter.com

http://www.springforestqigong.com