Healer uses yoga bolsters to help support new energy
You probably already know how great it is to have an Inner Space Bolster in your home, or to use one in a yoga studio for class. But there is more!
This month we are talking to professional therapist and healers about the benefits of yoga and meditation when it comes to improving mental health, moods, our energy, and movement. PLUS, how they incorporate Inner Space yoga bolsters into their work.
Next up we want to introduce you to Angelyn Nicholson, therapist and owner of Color of Kismet. Angelyn works with people in many different ways including Reiki, energy work, past life trauma clearing and more. She is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker utilizing diverse modalities that work to heal and empower beings and community consciousness. To understand more about her energy work, listen to Angelyn on this awesome podcast!
HOW DO YOU USE INNER SPACE BOLSTERS IN YOUR WORK?
Angelyn: I use the bolsters when I’m giving energy work. I do a multiple of different kinds of energy work, but most people are familiar with the term Reiki which is what I usually use, just because it’s the easiest to understand. And it’s not even that easy to understand [laughs]. I have my clients put the bolsters under their knees when they’re lying down.
Also, I have developed my own modality of trauma work. It’s an evolution of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) plus energy work. I like to get things moving though tapping. The work that I do gets people comfortable in their bodies while emotional discomfort is happening, and then I’m tapping their body to help encourage neutral movement, which then creates whole brain processing. The bolster is integral because they need to be comfortable.
WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE METHOD FOR PROMOTING GOOD MENTAL HEALTH?
Angelyn: The devotion that is given to a daily practice is very nurturing and it is something that we’re all sort of trained out of doing. It’s often called being selfish, or not being productive - but it keeps us from creating a specific devotional practice. Is harmful to ignore our needs and it’s so pronounced and prominent in our culture to do so.
One of the things I teach people to ask themselves multiple times every day is this, ‘what’s the most nurturing choice'? Is it more nurturing to cancel plans or to have social time? Is it more nurturing to cook a healthy and delicious meal tonight or to order in? Is it more nurturing to do some of my practice vs. not doing any because I’m low on time? I think the biggest thing I do for people is introduce this idea. That we have choices in how we live. And what's nurturing this time may be different next time.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP A CONSISTENT PRACTICE?
Angelyn: I call it creating a construct. Like when you meditate in the same place long enough. Guess what? When you sit down, you’re like ‘oooh maybe I should meditate’… Energetically we leave markers wherever we do things like that.
DO YOU ENCOURAGE CLIENTS TO MEDITATE? Do you think having a space, a bolster, a special zafu can be a marker that beckons them to practice making a nurturing choice?
Angelyn: Yes, talk about it a lot in my Patreon group. And yes, I do think having something beautiful that feels good to you be your connection to daily practice is really important. My daily practice is tarot (I make space for meditation because I like doing it in big chunks) - so I hunted until I found the most beautiful deck I could find that spoke to me. And I bought that one. And I draw cards every day. Joyfully. I bought a bolster from you guys to help me in the same way as I began to get back into yoga. I wanted it to feel beautiful all around. And I love it. I don't advocate consumption for the sake of it- but for art and creating space that feels alive -absolutely.
At Inner Space Yoga, we believe that our products can help you create a construct. Buy a beautiful bolster or meditation cushion and watch how it beckons you to your practice. Each time you practice with it your connection to it and the call to do it again gets a little bit stronger.