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— October 25, 2017

3 Questions for…Lauren Walker

  • Lauren Walker (emyoga.net) believes that yoga is half of the answer for better health—and energy medicine, which influences the subtle forces that flow through us, is the other half. A certified yoga teacher, Walker combines these powerful practices in The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True).
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Lauren Walker (emyoga.net) believes that yoga is half of the answer for better health—and energy medicine, which influences the subtle forces that flow through us, is the other half. A certified yoga teacher, Walker combines these powerful practices in The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription (Sounds True).

Why do you think yoga has become so popular in the US?

Yoga is proving itself in study after study to be a very helpful practice for a number of physical, mental or emotional challenges. And it’s cheap. All you need is your body—you don’t even need a yoga mat. Many people seem disconnected from their bodies, and social media seems to play a role.

How can energy medicine yoga help?

One of the languages the body communicates to us in is pain. And that’s something we don’t like to look at; we tend to anesthetize ourselves. So the screen is just one way to disconnect from our bodies. It’s an incredible tool, but as Ram Dass said, a wonderful servant but a horrible master. When you have pain, that’s energy that is stuck. The idea of EM yoga is to give the energy space to move and to give it a path. At the end of the day, you should not feel pain anywhere.

What is the single most important daily habit someone can establish to stay energetically balanced?

Energy needs to move forward. If you’re moving forward and your energy is moving backward, you can’t get anything done. And every energy system in your body needs to be crossing over. [see below] This work is easy: You can do it in the shower, at the bus stop. Little, simple things are going to change your life.

A Quickie Eye-Opener

Not a morning person? That’s OK: Lauren Walker offers the following two-step energy mover, part of a longer sequence that she calls The Wake-Up, from The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription. 1. Locate the ends of your collarbones towards the center of your chest. Right below them are two small hollows (not the large hollow between them); draw the first three fingers of each hand together and thump those spots (known in Chinese Medicine as Kidney 27) 10 to 12 times. This gets energy moving forward. 2. March in place—striking the right knee with the right hand as the knee raises, the left hand striking the left knee—10 to 12 times. Brush your hands together as if dusting them off, then do 12 crossover marches in place with each hand slapping the opposite knee. This gets energy to cross over.

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