Frequently asked questions
* Can I come on my own ?
If you are a single traveller it is most unlikely you will be alone for long as manyof our guests come on their own,
There is a very interesting melting pot of travellers from all over the world
Most of the activities, such as the yoga ,Reiki attunment , are communal, but there are also plenty of opportunities to be on your own if you wish.
Being able to unwind with like-minded people is one of the main advantages of your Baan Zen experience
and most our guests develop real, long lasting friendships!
* Which type of Yoga do you teach ?
The Yoga of synthesis as taught by Swami Sivananda
The Yoga body of teachings includes numerous methods all called Yogas.
These many Yogas are traditionally classified under four headings which are called the four path of yoga
These four paths are Jnana (the Yoga of knowledge or wisdom); Bhakti (the path of devotion); Karma (the path of action); and Raja (the Yoga of self control). The Yoga of synthesis encourages the spiritual aspirant to practice some techniques from each of the four paths while putting extra emphasis on his/her favourite path.
One of the many Yogas is called Hatha Yoga which is a set of techniques - including Asanas (postures) - allowing to control your mind through controlling the physical body and the Prana or subtle psychic energy. The Sivananda centers and Ashrams teach Hatha Yoga in its pure traditional form as it has been done for many centuries in the Himalayas around Rishikesh.
* Can I practise Yoga even if my body is very stiff ?
Of course you can. Yoga is not just about being flexible. Practicing the Asanas brings countless benefits physically, psychically, energetically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.
If your body is out of shape you should practice gently at first ,taking care not to create any injuries
.Do the Asanas as well as you can and remember to breathe deeply and rhythmically, keep yourself relaxed and concentrated.
And remember, by practicing you will become flexible
* I' m very stress and I cannot breath , can I pratice Yoga ?
The meditation, the posture and the different techniques of Pranayama will help you to feel more relaxed and will relieve all the tensions.
Eventually , you can enjoy a “Ying Yang , Bamboo or Thai massage “ at “Baan Zen “ the day before your yoga session if this can help you!
Asana practice involves creating a relationship between mind and body with the use of the breath.
The mind becomes very focused and present because the centre of attention is on the breath.
A deep sense of awareness follows bringing a feeling of well being to both mind and body.
* Will Yoga help me loose weight ?
Yoga can make you look and feel better, regardless of your weight.
That said, Yoga can help you slim down in a couple of ways. First, the exercises will help you burn calories.
In addition, they'll help tone your muscles and improve of your posture. Yoga is also about healthy living, which
includes a healthy diet. That doesn't mean you have to become a vegetarian, just that you should be conscious of
the foods you eat, sticking with natural, fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, etc. as much as possible while limiting
your intake of junk food and foods high in fat, like red meat. Any of the basic hatha styles will help.
The important thing is to practice daily (or at least 4-5 days a week).
* Do I have to be vegetarian to practice Yoga ?
You don't have to do anything special or different to practice yoga.
All you have to do is start practicing. Through regular practice you may feel like changing your diet. This is personal choice.
* Is Reiki Safe ?
It is beleived that Reiki energy works only for the Highest Good of each person and can NOT cause harm.
It is safe for anyone and for any situations including pregnant women and children.
* Is Reiki a religion ?
Although Reiki energy is spiritual in nature, Reiki is not a religion.
Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have.
They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions
concerning the nature of their religious practices.
* Where does Reiki energy comes from ?
Reiki energy is a subtle energy. It is different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy.
Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are
When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioners
head after which if flows through the body and out the hands.
It appears to flow this way because of our perspective. However, the true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves.
This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a
transcendental part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy.
* What can be treated with Reiki ?
Reiki has had a positive affect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head
or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as more serious illness
The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated.
This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post operative pain and depression as well as improving the
healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital.
Reiki always helps and in some cases people have experienced complete healings which have been confirmed by
medical tests before and after the Reiki treatments.
. Stress reduction with some improvement in ones physical and psychological condition are what most experience.
* What is a Reiki Attunment ?
Reiki attunement is the process by which a person receives the ability to give Reiki treatments.
The attunement is administered by the Reiki Master during the Reiki class. During the attunement, the Reiki Master
will touch the students head, shoulders, and hands and use one or more special breathing techniques.
The attunement energies will flow through the Reiki Master and into the student.
These special energies are guidedby the Higher Power and make adjustments in the students energy pathways and
connect the student to the source of Reiki.
Because the energetic aspect of the attunement is guided by the Higher Power, it adjusts itself to be
exactly right for each student. During the attunement, some students feel warmth in the hands, others may see
colors or have visions of spiritual beings.
However, it is not necessary to have an inner experience for the attunement to have worked.
Most simply feel more relaxed.