This is a meditation training, a training in the healing of stress, trauma and emotional difficulties, as well as a training in hands on healing.

 

It is a personal exploration of ones own mindbody system and is deeply healing and it is a strong foundation for ones own evolutionary process, giving you the tools and knowledge to navigate your own healing and purification process. It is also a professional training equipping you with the tools to help facilitate the healing of others.

 

This training integrates well with traditional therapeutic modalities and also provides a strong foundation for a fuller life experience. It brings you greater depth and insight into whatever else you explore in life, whether it be other therapeutic modalities or practices like tai chi, qigong, yoga etc.

 

The skills you will learn on the training may be used to help people attain greater health and alleviate dis-ease and discomfort in the body and mind. Heal from the symptoms of trauma and stress, shift difficult emotions and open to a greater sense of wellbeing and inner peace. At the deepest of levels this work is to help those on their spiritual path develop embodied spaciousness and abide in their true nature.

 

 

Health and wellbeing emerge as our nervous system gains greater resilience.

 

 

We Begin our journey by exploring the value of bringing into conscious awareness the sensations unfolding within the body and the therapeutic effect of observing them, this is at the foundation of all the skill sets you will learn throughout the training, it is also the basis of Vipassana meditation as taught by The Buddha 2500 years ago, and the under-pinning of certain trauma healing teachings like somatic experiencing, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, and Hakomi. Throughout the training focus is given to the felt-sense and students will cultivate greater felt-sense awareness as well a greater capacity to tolerate sensations and become more embodied in the process.

 

Throughout the training we work deeply with the autonomic nervous system in ways that promote resilience Re-establishing the Rhythm of the Nervous System.

 

The understanding of Hara comes from the ancient teachings of the Taoist and Japanese Masters. Hara is an energy field within the lower belly that is the foundation of our energy system, within this area is the center of gravity of the human being and the lower belly also houses important organs that contribute to our sense of health. The Hara health exercises can be described as both a meditation and a set of exercises making it more available to a lay-person whom may be afraid of the term “meditation”.

 

The cutting of the umbilical cord too soon after birth induces a shock to this area, and this can be thought of as the first trauma to this region resulting in the cutting off of The Hara from our awareness. Subsequently through the food we eat and other difficult life experiences the dissociative conditioning is entrenched, further distancing us from experiencing our eternal life force and life Source.

 

The Hara work aims to re-establish our experience of our life force and reconnect us to this eternal spring of energy within. The Hara Health exercises are designed to develop our felt-sense capacity, bring greater resilience to our nervous system, and help to heal the shock and reduce the somatic dissociation that walls us off from Hara. The Exercises have “hundreds of benefits” on multiple levels- physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual, thus having an affect on our overall life-experience.

 

The Hara health Exercises can be taught individually or in groups. The Practitioner will learn a skill set that can benefit all types of people from all walks of life and enhance their effectiveness in whatever activities they are involved in. The Hara Health Exercises seem to fine-tune the human organism not only for better health but also for optimum performance.

 

These exercises are the need of the moment and are possibly one of the best interventions for the healing of and prevention of chronic stress, they are powerful for first responders, the police force, the army, our nurses and doctors. School and college students are experiencing unprecedented stress. The whole work force and all the executives can do with a helping hand. They are easy to do and they are easy to pass on.

 

Module 1- three days

In this module you will:

  • Learn how to give a Hara health exercises individual interactive session.
  • Learn about and experience The Three Steps
  • Be introduced to the language of sensation
  • Explore and practice the communication skills required to facilitate a session (exploring tone, pacing and use of language).
  • Learn about the physiological basis of stress
  • Study tracking skills, titration and establishing continuity through the felt sense.
  • Learn to maintain healthy boundaries
  • Review of the neurology related to the stress response, the role of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
  • Learn grounding, pacing and orienting skills.
  • Learn about the importance of REST.

 

Module 2 – Six days

 

There are usually 2-3 months in-between each module so that the student can practice, assimilate and integrate the new knowledge, and the powerful experiences and understandings that occur in the training, thus coming back with many questions.

 

The first three days of this module is about deepening your skill base.

 

Module 2a

 

 

In this module you will:

 

  • Learn about containment, resourcing and empowerment.
  • Investigate the transformative qualities of the hara health exercises
  • Review of the neurology related to the stress response, the role of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
  • The importance of orienting clients to an awareness of sensation and felt-sense reality.
  • Learn grounding, pacing and orienting skills.
  • learning to guide a group session.
  • Deepening your skill base in one to one sessions
  • Exploring the value of developing Hara in Sports, Dance and the Arts.

 

Module 2b

Establishing the foundations for Hands-on-healing

 

To support deeper healing of the bodymind system you will learn a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing modality that honors the regulating and healing forces of the body and opens to the therapeutic forces that are available to us from nature itself. Interestingly the client who practices the Hara exercises has a greater capacity to rest and the hands on healing sessions go deeper and healing may be faster too.

 

To give a hands-on-healing session you will learn how to establish the right conditions and environment for healing. Most importantly developing the right attitude and presence for healing to unfold.

 

You will learn:

 

  • To give a hands-on Hara Healing session.
  • To establish a state of balanced awareness
  • To negotiate the contact space with your client
  • To establish a clear relational field
  • To explore the innate wisdom of the body
  • To explore the art of perception (what to perceive, how to and why to)
  • To facilitate the relationship of the body and the forces of health.
  • To explore the cycle of attunement

 

 

 

A powerful tool for calming the mind and the body, helping to reset your nervous system.

 

 

Module 3 – Six days

 

In this module we continue to explore the qualities the practitioner requires to be of greatest benefit to their clients. These qualities are practiced and reinforced throughout the two-year training. Perceptual exercises are practiced together with body awareness meditations. We practice meditation to develop greater grounding and open us to the different landscapes of stillness and silence.

 

Throughout the training you will be practicing meditation and developing your capacity to be with whatever is arising in a state of equanimity. By honoring the innate wisdom of the body and opening to the natural forces of nature profound healing can occur that often borders on the miraculous.

 

In this module you will learn about the importance of the Hara and we will explore the dynamics and the interrelations with the inner organs and how to support them to express greater health and to unveil the Hara and connect us once again to the source of life and our inner wellspring of vital energies.

 

The art of perception is practiced and refined. We gain a deeper understanding of stillness and its therapeutic effects. We start to explore how to support the organism to resolve its issues in a holistic way

 

You will learn about:

 

  • Facilitating the vitality within
  • Deepening into the settling processes
  • Mobility and motility
  • Wholeness
  • The gut and umbilical affects
  • The psoas muscle and its role
  • The fluid nature of organs and the physiology of the body
  • The sacrum

Diploma and Professional Designation

Upon successful completion of the training students will be graduated with an award of a Diploma as a Hara Health Practitioner and permission to use this designation.

The Hara practitioner training is a pre-requisite for continuing the 2-year Evolve Into Being training.

 

The professional use of the training

 

The Practitioner will learn a skill set that can benefit all types of people from all walks of life and enhance their health and their effectiveness in whatever activities they are involved in. The Hara Health Exercises seem to fine-tune the human organism not only for better health but also for optimum performance.

 

The effects of imbalances in our core body systems on our mental state and brain function are just as important and are mostly IGNORED by traditional medicine.

 

The management of stress and the healing of trauma are challenging issues that are facing the world today. It is widely accepted that stress is detrimental to health, productivity and creativity. As employers struggle to provide solutions to help their employees manage their stress, those with skills to help reduce stress and deal with the root of this problem are increasingly in demand.

 

Our mind and brain function is influenced by what happens in our bodies.

 

These exercises are the need of the moment, they are powerful for first responders, the police force, the army, nurses and doctors. School and college students are experiencing unprecedented stress. The whole work force and all the executives can do with a helping hand. They are easy to do and they are easy to pass on.

 

95 percent of all illness is caused or worsened by stress.

The hara exercises not only help to reduce stress but go much deeper and help to heal the patterns within the mindbody that keep stress occurring. The way we deal with life’s challenges determines the amount of stress we experience ie: what we think, feel, say and do. Usually these patterns are developed through our life experience and highly charged situations may have left the bodymind compromised and then these patterns are triggered by present day situations and this is the main cause contributing to our being stressed. In a way we are caught in a “catch-22 “ situation. The solution is to go within and shift these patterns internally so that our response to situations changes and the cocktail of stress hormones is not continually being circulated through the body.

 

If we transform our way of looking at things we will transform the quality of our life.

        Matthieu Ricard