Chiara Capello

Yoga teacher and Visual Artist in Brussels

November 20, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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Mental Diet? Yes, please!

Hello everybody! I am on 7 days mental diet right now: it is not the first time for me, but it is still a pretty challenging exercise. Let me explain: I observe all the negative thoughts entering my mind.  Then, I  let them pass without focusing on them for more than 7 seconds, otherwise I have to start again the mental diet. Instead, I focus on positive thoughts. This is really hard mental labour that reveals a lot on the functioning of my mind. I have to stay away from many sources of negativity out there, but then I realise that there are situations deeply rooted in myself that also tend to trigger negative thoughts. So, there is a battle and a struggle in my mind, going on and on. In the end, I know that, deeply inside, I am looking for peace. I devoted my daily meditations of this week to that: reconnect to my inner peace, to my inner stillness. The one that is like the depth of the ocean.  Even if at the surface there are waves, wind and agitation, deeply inside there is silence, peace, stillness.

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Sometimes, we may be scared to go inside. That’s why we often tend to skip our daily meditation or we lose ourselves (and a lot of time) in any sort of external distraction. We even become dependent to bad habits: watching TV every night, eat sugar or drink wine as a reward for a too stressful life. So, it really looks like there is something wrong in this way of living.  Why do we need all that in the first place? Are we escaping from something deeply inside? Are we scared of that silence? I am committed to enjoy more and more that silence and peace.

If you would like to start meditating, this is the link to my online course on meditation:  https://tapasforlife.teachable.com/p/meditation-a-practical-guide

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“Silence is not empty, it is full of answers”cit.

October 11, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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About Reiki, what is it?

Reiki is Japanese for universal life energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing.

This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.

We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well being.

There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence it can help the body emotionally or spiritually. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.

The treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.

The practice is taught by Reiki masters / teachers who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from master to student.

The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places the hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the person’s needs.

Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not predict any specific outcome from treatment. If people are concerned about their symptoms they should see a doctor.

What do Reiki treatments feel like?

Each person experiences Reiki differently depending on their individual needs at the time.

Recipients may or may not feel sensations during a treatment. Benefits reported include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels. Some people feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours, whilst others can have an emotional response, indicating that shifts are taking place, allowing harmony to be restored.

What do Reiki treatments do?

Reiki is a safe and soothing treatment that can be:

~ Comforting when life is tough
The relaxing nature of Reiki can be very helpful to people especially at difficult times in our lives. We can all feel overwhelmed or disconnected, sometimes there is a real sense of isolation, both emotionally and spiritually. Reiki treatments can bring feelings of peace, centeredness and an ability to cope better with the challenges of life.

Reiki can be beneficial in circumstances that are short term, but can also support people dealing with long-standing conditions, helping to bring comfort, acceptance and a more positive outlook.

~ Supportive during pregnancy
Reiki can be wonderful for pregnant women. Treatments can be very relaxing and enjoyable for the mother.

~ Calming for children
Children usually love Reiki. The length of a session is often shorter than it would be for an adult.

How much Reiki would I need?

A single session may be sufficient, but it is best to discuss this with the practitioner. For instance, if you have long standing emotional issues, a series of sessions may be beneficial. In general if you find that helpful changes are taking place, it is a good idea to continue the treatment.

Contra-indications

There are no known contra-indications for Reiki. It is a non-intrusive treatment that can be delivered in a variety of settings and requires no special equipment.

“As running water smoothes the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself”.

Contact me for a Reiki session!

September 13, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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The Masterkey course is open now, register today!

Hello dears,

I am finally back from looong nice holidays  and I would like to tell you that the enrolment for the Masterkey course is open NOW! I am really excited about it. You may know that I have been a Guide in this programme and I absolutely love to see people changing their lives, because of the big shift in their mindset this course is bringing. I experienced it too and the impact on my life was and still is spectacular! Many concepts we learn are very close to ancient yoga teachings..

It is a life changing experience, a 6 months challenging course that will provide you the tools to live the life of your dreams.

I am looking forward to meeting the new members ready for the big adventure. Do not miss it! It cannot be bought (it costs 1 euro to register) and spots are limited.

So, go to http://paykstrt.com/6454/10205  and watch the Videos there! Get on the list and subscribe. I am so grateful that I took that decision 3 years ago 🙂

Let me know what you think and if you have questions.

Om shanti,

Chiara

July 2, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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Few thoughts about modern Yoga

Today, I would like to reflect a bit about Yoga and the way it was imported in Occidental countries. I was entering the first time into Instagram and I was shocked by the egotic vanity that I saw there, especially by some yogis, yoginis and yoga teachers. Actually, the attention is only on the body and on flexibility. People doing pictures of themselves in absurd poses (like knots..), pretending that this is yoga. What a circus! I really feel aweful about that. Yoga is not about the ego, is not about likes, is not about exibiting the body (better if in bikini, of course). Yoga is about connecting deeply with the body to know its needs. Moreover, Yoga is about taking care of the body, with respect and gratitude. To me, Yoga has been a great way to reconnect with the body, as I had the impression to live mainly in the mind, and that the body was there just to follow the mind. I experienced that by living disconnected from the body’s needs, the body will suffer and ultimately get sick. Then, we start to pay attention, but it might be too late…

So, in 2003, I started my journey of happiness and bliss with Yoga. Learning to integrate body, breath, mind and Soul in my daily practice. Remembering that Yoga is a Spiritual practice, otherwise it would be gymnastic. Every day, we are bombarded by “new kind of yoga”, but these practices have nothing to do with it. The name Yoga is used for marketing purposes, and this is not ok, in my opinion. So, we have to use right discrimination to understand what is Yoga and what is not, to stay away from practices that may seriously harm our bodies instead of keeping them young and healthy.

You may be wondering how Yoga becomes a Spiritual practice, if we start from body postures? The answer is simple: when you connect deeply with your own body, you notice that there are emotions stuck there and you get a deeper connection with your true Self. You start controlling your mind, practicing meditation, so you can go beyond it. You no longer identify with your body and mind but you get a glimpse of your Soul. This is why a Yoga practice may lead you far, even if  you started just because of a body condition (myself, I started because I had neck pain). Yoga brings true transformation into your life. You are not going to be the same anymore. This is not something that you can achieve at the gym, nor by posting fancy photos on social media.

I am forever grateful to my Guru, Shri Yogi Hari, that thought me to appreciate the Bliss of authentic Yoga and that encourages me to continue in my Sadhana (my daily practice).

Grateful also to my other great teacher Joe Barnett, for bringing to me the joy of Yin Yoga.

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Thank you also to all my students (the little ones and the more grown up ones) that are a constant source of ispiration and challenge for me.

Remember, if you want to start meditation (Raja Yoga) to bring your practice to the next level, here you will find the link to my online meditation course (it is pre registered, so you can do it when you have time):https://tapasforlife.teachable.com/p/meditation-a-practical-guide

Have great holidays and practice, practice, practice!

June 6, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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Interesting June infos

Hello dear yogis,

Just a bit of infos and news for June. I would like to stress the importance of a regular meditation practice to live a more serene life and to take good decisions, when we are challenged and we do not know what is the best choice for us. My advice: start meditating today! Make it an habit. The same with your yoga practice: set it as a PRIORITY in your calendar, otherwise something will get in the was and you will end up going once per month, which is certainly not enough to make progress. Remember, it is better to practice yoga and, or meditation 30 minutes every day instead of 2 hours once per month.

To take my meditation course, watch the intro video and go to:

https://tapasforlife.teachable.com/p/meditation-a-practical-guide

I take this opportunity also to announce that on 24 June, at Bois de la Cambre, there will be the Brussels yoga day and I will be teaching the Yin Yoga atelier there in the afternoon.

For inscriptions click here:

http://brusselsyogaday.be/

Enjoy  the sunshine!

Om shanti.

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Chiara Capello