Reiki for Orthodox Jews

There has been much written recently about Reiki and christianity, with the Catholic church coming out strongly against Reiki (smacks of the witch burnings, if you ask me). But while I know many Jews who practice reiki I haven’t seen much discussion of the practice amongst Orthodox Jews. The I found this Hocus POcus post on an Orthodox Jewish woman’s (Hannah Sarah’s) blog discussing her mother’s practice of Reiki and an interesting discussion in the comments about whether Reiki is an acceptable practice or avoda zara.

My mother was telling me about auras and all that stuff. As I’m inclined to believe my mom, I listened to what she had to say. Apparently, a healthy person has a large egg shaped aura evenly spread all over their whole body. My mother said that she was once working on 2 ladies (physical therapy- at 2 different times) and felt that their aura was large in most places but over their breast it was quite small. My mother suggested they check out to make sure everything is ok with their breast, and one ended up having a massive breast infection in that breast, and the other discovered she had cancer in that breast.
Creepy. Totally.

I don’t know yet that I’m a complete believer in energy healing, but I won’t dismiss it completely like I used to… I used to have my husband put his hands on my stomach when i had bad morning sickness and it helped the way a hot pack would…

Regarding Reiki’s status…

A good friend of mine (Billie) who is a doctor of Chinese medicine, asked a big rov in NY, and she got a ruling that it was NOT avoda zara, so take it for what it’s worth. She knows that any energy she uses is a gift directly from Hashem, and that she is just a pipeline for that energy. She takes no credit for her abilities whatsoever, and makes sure that all of her patients know that.

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My Pilates Audio for Golfers

My fabulous Twitter pal @golferpaul, aka Class A PGA Golf Professional Paul Hobart, recently won my Pilates for Neck & Shoulder Pain audio in a Twitter contest. Here is his feedback, which I just love!

I recently had the opportunity to try Lynda’s Pilates program for neck and shoulders, and I was little skeptical. As a PGA Golf Professional, instructor, and competitive player, I figured that my quick pre-round stretches and practice swings were getting me ready to play. I wasn’t real sure what “Pilates” was, and what it had to do with my golf game.

2 minutes into the program, I knew that I had found something great. As I listened to Lynda’s simple instructions, I worked my way through the movements. I found a few sore spots, and a couple tight areas, but they quickly melted away as I combined the movements, relaxation, and breathing. My entire upper body had a feeling of being released and relaxed into a light and energized state.

After the program ended, (which seemed really fast!) I grabbed a club and began making some swings. I felt an unusual amount of freedom in my swing, and it felt as though the club was actually swinging faster without much effort. Some of the restrictions I have typically felt in my swing had disappeared.

Can’t wait to share this with my golf students…

Paul Hobart

Check it out!

Reiki-What Every Clinician Needs to Know

Cover of "Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide"Cover of Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide

When I was in New York I had a fabulous lunch with Pamela Miles, a brilliant, beautiful, and witty Reiki Master teacher, practitioner, and author.

Last year Pamela gave some presentations along with Dr. James Dillard to Intergrative health care professionals, and the audio is now available for free at I highly recommend listening!

Great Review of My Pilates for Neck Pain Audio

In case you think Twitter is useless, here is a great testimonial I just received from my Twitter friend @annesamoilov, a Pilates instructor in LA and a new mother. Her neck pain is now gone after using my audio.

Lynda Lippin’s Neck Pain Pilates mp3 leads you very clearly through key fundamental exercises which has relieved several of my clients recurring neck and shoulder pain. I have even used it myself, since I’m a new mom. I spent more than a year bent forward watching my daughter breastfeed. My neck was always in pain–even after I stopped breastfeeding. I’m a pilates instructor and her audio guide put me through my paces. Within a few days of doing the fundamental exercises, my neck pain is gone. I highly recommend getting this audio guide – it works, even if you have prior experience with pilates. Lynda has provides the listener with the exact cues that work. She is easy to understand and her voice even has the added benefit of relaxing you as your doing the routine. I highly recommend the audio guide but also the step-by-step ebook too!

Pilates Certification Q & A

Dear Lynda,

I have been a member of a fitness center since 2002 and regularly attended their Pilates classes. I also practice Pilates several times a week in my home. I have recently moved to the Albany, NY area and would like to become a Certified Instructor( Beginner Mat to start). Can you please recommend some programs in my area? Also, do I necessarily have to be a client(member)at a facility before I can start a training program? I would like to start training ASAP.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much.

Answer: Dear Karen,

It is good that you decided to ask before jumping into a Pilates certification program. I suggest the following programs which all start with mat and also progress into Pilates equipment if you decide to go that route. Whether or not a studio would like you to take lessons with them before entering a program is up to the studio. Most Pilates studios do not have a traditional gym membership structure. I never did, but cannot speak for others. Look for:

PhysicalMind Pilates
Peak Pilates
Power Pilates
Balanced Body University

Feel free to ask more questions.



Her Abs Saved Her Life

OK, you hear Pilates teachers and personal trainers discussing the abdominal muscles as a true internal “girdle of strength” that can support your back and torso, but do you really believe that? I do, and recently came a cross a news story that confirmed this concept.

Peggy Williams almost died in a freak paragliding accident, and was told by recuers and physicians that it was her strong abs that saved her life.

Thrown about like a rag doll, she plunged 5m and was dragged across a rocky outcrop on her stomach.

Ms Williams suffered a torn liver and almost severed her pancreas but was ultimately saved by her stomach muscles which acted as a “girdle” to protect her other vital organs.

So what did she do, hours at the gym? Thousands of crunches? Nope, actually, she does about 1 minute of ab exercises a day!

Ms Williams, who has no children, said she kept to a simple exercise regime to keep fit.

“I do 15 sit-ups and 30 bicycle sit-ups, or lateral crunches, every day — it’s

just a one-minute regime,” she said.

“I also run two or three times a week, and together that keeps me fit.

“More than one doctor has said that being so fit is what saved my life.”

Footballers and Pilates

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32 year old Danny Murphy has signed a one year contract with the Fulham Cottagers as they enter Premier League and Europa League competition. Since this is the Cottagers’ first year in this kind of intense football play, they are turning to an old core conditioning standby. That’s right, they are doing Pilates!

Fulham skipper Murphy said: “We haven’t been here before so there’s a couple of different things we have to cater for.

“One is getting fitter that bit earlier than normal because you are normally aiming for mid-August to peak at your fitness.

“So we’re doing specialist work, Pilates stuff. It’s not my favourite. I’d rather be doing other things.

“It’s core work, balancing. Working on making the midriff strong. The lads are getting into it now.

“Ours it at the highest level in terms of intensity. The benefits outweigh doing a 9am class at the local gym with the mums.”