“Welcome to yoga training Methods & Techniques I,” said my instructor B as she addressed our first weekend class at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies in Camden, NJ. “We come together as strangers, but we leave as a tight-knit community. These are your sisters.”
There are five women, or should I say five yoginis (female yoga practitioners are called yogini, male are yogi), in the YTT200 program this year and by May 2016, after 200 hours of training, we will be eligible for our first yoga teacher certificate from Yoga Alliance.
Discovering My True Self
I was excited and anxious to begin training. I started practicing yoga about seven years ago, after my husband passed away. It helped me heal my “mind, body, and spirit” and work through my grief. It continues to provide an outlet for “letting go” and “slowing down” – which is an on-going challenge for me since retiring from my fast-paced full-time job.
“Explore your own creative expression as a yoga teacher, ” said B. “Don’t worry about anything. I’m looking at your growth during this training.”
Many of you have come to me asking “why don’t many people respect or understand holistic healthcare in the way that they should”. Well to be honest, it’s because not many people want to.
As many of you know, people want the quick fix. In and out, no waiting, no hassle, no time wasted. Unfortunately holistic health care doesn’t work that way. It’s a lifelong process, which takes continued knowledge of various modalities along with continued growth from within to allow yourself to open your minds and hearts to new ways of thinking and feeling.
I have patients that want me to “fix” them immediately. Sore shoulder, bad knee, messed up elbow, whatever it is….fix it now. I do my best with all my patients, but fixing is only a fifteen minute process, healing takes much longer. What people don’t seem to understand is that healing comes from within. It’s that something inside you that allows you to accept a limitation or to motivate you to try to overcome those limitations. Whatever it is… it needs to come from you. Yes you can get a pill to help ease the pain or have a massage to relax your stress, but what is it that you do in those other times.
Holistic health care is within all of us, that is the beauty of it. When you fall and bang your knee – your first instinct is to grab it with your hand and start rubbing it – well that’s the massage therapist in you. You’re stressed out from a long day at work – you get home and lay down to listen to your favorite music – well that’s the relaxation therapist in you. You have a frustrating conversation with a friend or loved one and you call someone to vent those frustrations – well that’s the healthy relationship counselor in you. What I am saying is that we all practice some kind of holistic healthcare. Gardeners, people into cars, people into sports, and people into collecting, people into anything….all of you are practicing what we call spiritual wellness. Simply defined as… what gives you meaning and purpose in life. Probably the most key component to all wellness and holistic health care.
People need to understand the healing begins with you. Understand that your everyday practices are exactly what you make fun of others doing when they are looking for holistic healthcare. I have said and I will repeat it again, we all do it, every single person in this world practices some kind of holistic healthcare, and when people truly can accept that is when Holistic Healthcare will get the greater respect it deserves.
Frank Pileggi, Ph.D., RHP, Dean
Dr. Pileggi is the Dean of Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies and Massage Therapy School. He received his Masters Degree in Holistic Health Sciences and his Doctorate in Holistic Arts and Practices and is a nationally Registered Holistic Practitioner specializing in Advanced Bodywork and Somatic Therapies. He is the founder of Corrective Muscle Therapy®, holding certificates in over 20 modalities and Athletic Training. In addition to his studies, Dr. Pileggi spent five honored years training with the Shamans of the Abenaki American Indians in Northern Vermont. Along with his duties as Dean of LIWS, Dr. Pileggi has a Corrective Muscle Therapy practice in Burlington County as part of Lourdes Heath System.