Inspiration House

The Power to Heal through yoga, Reiki, Qigong, meditation and relaxation techniques

The Power to Heal through yoga, Reiki, Qigong, meditation and relaxation techniques

 

Healing is contagious … once inspired anything is possible! The idea of the Inspiration House came from my experience and belief that we have the ability to play a very important part in our own healing process. Over the past several months I have been blessed to be a part of the journey with a young mother, Jessica Hensley, who has leukemia. While she was in the hospital for treatment, we shared discussions and experiences about this power to heal, including, yoga, Reiki, Qigong, meditation and relaxation techniques. Both of us have lost our mothers to cancer, which became a strong bond of empowerment because our mothers, in their journey, have guided us to this idea of the Inspiration House.

 

Healing House

Envisioning an Inspiration House

 

Envisioning an Inspiration House

by Jessica Hensley, Team Inspiration Creative Director & Cancer Warrior

My mother, Arlene Haddock, inspired many things in me including a love of art, an appreciation of the natural wonders around us and never being afraid to be who we want to be, to pursue our dreams in life. It was these qualities that lead to me to a career as a graphic designer, a passionate yogi and one who believes strongly in the power of our mind to heal, transform and transcend us. Sharing these interests with my mother, I began to dream of a place to share these ideas with others. A place where one could come to learn art, meditation or yoga or sit in a flower-filled garden listening to inspirational stories. A place with a door that would always be open to the open-minded.

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, my vision took on new meaning. Suddenly I began to think of a place for cancer patients and survivors in which they could find a common community of people who shared their experiences. This place would not only guide patients through their journeys but inspire hope.

My mother passed away in 2008 and two years later I found myself fighting my own, quite unexpected and unexplainable battle with leukemia. I was 35 years old and the mother of two beautiful young boys. I was surrounded by an amazing group of friends and family yet I still felt alone as I waged war against something inside me. I was blessed to have an incredibly supportive staff of doctors and nurses at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, but when Roseann Dougherty came in my room, I felt I had found the guide I needed on my own journey. Roseann shared my belief in the power of the mind to heal and of the importance of integrative practices as a critical component to any cancer battle. When I described my vision of an Inspiration House, she needed no further explanation. As a healer herself, through Reiki, teaching yoga, oncology nursing, the founding of Team Inspiration and the personal care and guidance she has given to so many friends, family and patients, Roseann understood the need to create such a place for her cancer warriors. The Inspiration House has long been a vision of mine, but there is no one in the world I have more faith in to bring its awesome potential to life than Roseann.

The creation of the Inspiration House is very much a journey. But no matter what it ultimately looks like or where it finds a place to reside, it will always be an open door – an invitation – for those who have overcome their battle or those just beginning the fight, to a place that offers tranquility, hope and inspiration. It will be a place for those affected by cancer to escape the fears, the anxieties, the blood tests, the scans and the waiting rooms to find the vitality still within them; to feel empowered to continue their journeys; and to find peace.

Namaste

 

Q: What is Yoga?

A: The word Yoga is derived from the Sankrit word “yuj” which means “to unite or integrate”; yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Yoga is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing techniques, yoga postures (called asanas), and meditation. Yoga has never been alien to us. It’s a way of our life. We have been doing it since we were a baby! Whether it is the Cat Stretch that strengthens the spine or the Wind-Relieving pose that boosts digestion, you will always see kids do some form of yoga throughout the day. (The Art of Living Yoga; http://www.artofliving.org/yoga). Yoga can be done while standing, sitting or laying down. It is as simple as breathing…it is breathing!

Q: What is Reiki? (pronounced ray-kee)

A: In a Reiki session, the practitioner is seeking to transmit Universal Life Energy to the client. The intention is to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing. (Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/integrative_medicine_digestive_center/services/reiki.html)

Q: What is Qigong? (pronounced chee-gong)

A: An ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations to improve one’s qi/chi (energy field). (Francesco Garripoli, Qigong Institute Chairman of the Board, international Qigong instructor, and wellness advocate, Qigong Wellness Tracking Program; http://qigongtracker.com)

Inspiration House Yoga

Inspiration House Yoga

 

Inspiration House Yoga Retreat

Inspiration House Yoga Retreat

 

It feels good being supported

It feels good being supported

 

Inspiration House Reiki

Inspiration House Reiki

 

Daisy Lee, Team Inspiration Qigong Ambassador and Founder of Radiant Lotus Qigong.  Click here to visit her website

Daisy Lee, Team Inspiration Qigong Ambassador and Founder of Radiant Lotus Qigong. Click here to visit her website

Team Inspiration’s Qigong Ambassador, Daisy Lee, is certified as a a Level III Advanced Qigong Instructor and Clinical Practitioner by the National Qigong Association of America. She talks about the gifts of  Qigong in the video below. 

 

Daisy Lee sharing the benefits of Qigong with cancer warriors at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Daisy Lee sharing the benefits of Qigong with cancer warriors at Johns Hopkins Hospital

 

Daisy Lee sharing giggles with cancer warriors from Johns Hopkins Hospital

Daisy Lee sharing giggles with cancer warriors from Johns Hopkins Hospital

 

 

Daisy Lee & Francesco Garripoli

Daisy Lee & Francesco Garripoli

 

Daisy Lee and Francesco Garripoli move through a Qigong for Cleansing series of meditative slow stretches and breathing control.

 

Benefits of the cleansing and detoxifying series, also known as Zhang Fu Gong – Organ Detox Qigong include:

  • Circulate Qi (energy) to rejuvenate your entire body
  • Revitalize key organs (lung, heart, liver, stomach, intestines, kidneys and gall bladder) responsible for removing toxins
  • Sooth your nervous system so it release feel-good chemical instead of stress hormones
  • Restore mental clarity by harmonizing right and left brain
  • Eliminate anxiety and center yourself through an energy-balancing move you can use anytime, anywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga with Ashley Sky Litecky

Ashley Litecky

As part of Team Inspiration’s yoga program, Connie Bowman produced several new videos for Ashley Sky Litecky of skyhouseyoga.com. Ashley began her work with yoga and the healing arts after personal battles with asthma, allergies, and body image issues as a young girl. At the age of 18, she began studying yoga, meditation and herbal medicine and in 2002, started her life path as a full time yoga teacher and budding herbalist. Since this time, Ashley has completed over 800 hours of yoga training and completed a master’s of science in clinical herbal medicine. Her thirst for knowledge has drawn her to study several styles of yoga including Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Kundalini and various herbal traditions.

Yoga for Relaxation

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Roseann Dougherty, Inspired Warrior

Roseann Dougherty, Inspired Warrior

 

Team Inspiration Founder and Executive Director, Roseann Dougherty, is an oncology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an Integrative Therapy Practitioner. Roseann received her yoga teacher training through the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Integrative Medicine and received her Reiki training through the Center’s Healing Pathways program. Roseann will be attaining her certification as a Qigong instructor with Daisy Lee and Francesco Garripoli in May, 2015.

 

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