Linking Reiki and Vinyasa Krama Yoga

Review of This is Reiki by Frank Arjava Petter 2012 Lotus Press

“Even if one is a king, rich or a great scholar, if one is ill, one can never have mental peace in this world.”

– Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Yoga Rahasya of Nathamuni

There are many points of intersection between yoga and Reiki – purifying the soul and the physical body; creating inner tranquility; and invigorating the life force.  When we are healthy, the body systems are working well.  Illness comes about when change occurs in the systems.

Reiki Ryoho is a supportive, home remedy to help restore the body’s organs to their original, healthy state.   Yoga, and especially Vinyasa Krama Yoga, also restores prana (energy) and eliminates toxins, bringing the skeletal, muscular, and circulatory systems, as well as the internal organs to a healthy state.

To retain good health, a long-term, Japanese reiki practitioner suggested taking these steps.

  • Chant the Gokai in the morning and in the evening and incorporate them (in your life).
  • Thought and action shall be executed in tranquility and without force.
  • Allow your shoulders to relax and breathe quietly and deeply into your belly.
  • Keep an upright posture and a tranquil mind.
  • Sleep adequately.
  • Take care of stomach and intestines.  Neither eat too much nor not enough.

If your (life) situation allows it, sit once a day quietly and rub your belly from left to the right lightly.

This is Reiki, pg 256.

This advice follows what Sri T Krishnamacharya outlined in the Yoga Makaranda.

Reiki is a beautiful practice to use to support your family and friends’ health.


Dai Shihan, Arjava Petter is an international Reiki teacher, author of sixteen books and Vice-Representative of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan.  A lifelong spiritual seeker, Arjava Petter combines his wisdom about holistic health, meditation and Asian spirituality into his Reiki practice. 

In his 2012 book, This is Reiki, he brings much of the history he presented in previous books and combined it with his insights gained from his years teaching to explain:

– What the Reiki kanji (Chinese characters) mean;

– A detailed history of the Japanese Reiki community and associations;

– The role Mount Karuma’s spiritual energy played within Usui’s Reiki revelation;

– How to visit sacred, Japanese sites with reverence;

– The evolution Japan’s New Religions;

– The roots of Reiki’s symbols within Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism;

– Senju Kannon – the one-thousand armed Bodhisattva, aka Quan Yin;

– The relationship between the mind and the heart;

– The twenty Reiji-Ho meditation techniques to help build the practitioner’s ability to feel byosen and increase one’s compassion, the fifth Reiki principle.

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