Holistic Health & Wellness
“Not all can sit with and face darkness.
We all have Light and darkness.
It takes a special strength to sit with, acknowledge and accept, befriend, and embrace darkness.
Only in letting the fire burn does it turn to ash and Light.
Let it burn, transform, change from one state to another.”
Live a life of joy and peace, aligned with who you truly are! In holistic (i.e., whole and holy) health and wellness, we take an integrative and universal approach to every aspect of our lives – individual, familial and ancestral, collective, and planetary. Like ripples on a vast lake, we are all interconnected: thoughts and actions; I and Thou; energy and matter; human, animal, plants and planet. As suggested by quantum physics and Einstein’s Unified Field Theory, everything is energy. If this is so, thoughts and actions interact with the underlying energy, creating change in the world. The yogis believe that all of creation is One, in union, manifest through a dance of duality of Universal Consciousness (śiva) and Universal Energy (śakti). There is a greater and greater acceptance worldwide, supported by science and spirituality, that our thoughts, beliefs and emotions are fundamental to our health and ability to heal. We have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe. And yet, simultaneously, there are also great unknowns and that which we cannot directly control, understand, or produce, requiring a surrender to that which is beyond our understanding, a surrender to the Flow.
As a healer with many years of practice as a psychologist, I acknowledge that the origins of psychology are far more encompassing than the profession and practices of many psychologists today. The root of the word psychology comes from the Greek ‘psyche’–meaning breath, spirit of life, or soul–and ‘logia’–from ‘logos,’ meaning word, reason, plan, or communication of divine origin. Psychology is originally and fundamentally the study of breath, energy, consciousness, soul or spirit. As life–human or animal–begins with an inspiration and ends with an exhalation, breathwork can be powerful and transformative. And there is a wisdom to the body, should we listen and be able to understand its messages.
With this integrative healing and coaching approach, we–together, as equals–consider what is possible, who you are and what you want, and health, wellness, and lifestyle choices. You are the expert on your life, health, relationships, and what is and is not likely to work for you. I aim to support you in your wellness and health goals by helping you brainstorm and consider choices, challenging you as necessary, and by being an advocate, a sounding board, and a mirror. We co-create, examining and dissolving limiting beliefs, past “creative adjustments” or coping mechanisms that no longer serve you (or may even be hurting you or keeping you stuck). We may also bring into conscious awareness thoughts, beliefs, behaviors and patterns that have been outside of awareness or only partially conscious, allowing for discernment and choice. Many of us have received messages throughout our life that we should be different than we are or would like to be. Some of this societal and familial influence is beneficial (as in those that socialize us and promote ethical and moral behavior), yet others may be adopted without full awareness and evaluation, as we seek–as children–to conform to social or familial norms, be accepted, or even avoid punishment or judgment. The process of consciously examining our thoughts, behaviors, and assumptions can align us with our true nature. It can be important to reject beliefs and ways of being that no longer serve us, do not align with who we really are, or otherwise limit and control us. In some sense, life can be seen as a journey to discover and become who we really are, guided by intuition, reflection and discernment, and one’s authentic (not conditioned) spiritual beliefs. Sometimes it is useful to have a guide, a supporter, or a companion during this process of examination and redefining oneself.
Returning to the idea that all is energy: some call this divine or Universal energy, other life-force or prana, others chi or ki. If energy is truly everything, then it is flowing around and through you at all times. If the energy is “out of balance,” the body and mind is affected. This can manifest psychoemotionally as stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, overwhelm, or negative patterns of thought or behavior. It can manifest physically as illness, injury, or chronic pain. It can manifest in difficulties in relationships. Or it can even manifest societally and globally as discrimination and oppression, fighting and war, pollution and climate change, and more. Holistic health and wellness (as well as yoga and energy practices) aim–at the individual level–to remove negative energy, thought, and behavioral patterns and blockages and promote the innate capacity to heal. This restores the Flow of Universal energy in and around you. (We also know that as we heal ourselves, we naturally affect those around us in every expanding ripples, supporting our collective healing and the Flow). Together, we also aim to listen to our inherent wisdom when the self (body-mind-spirit) is trying to communicate with us through symptoms and challenges. We support the most expanded, healthiest, and happiest version of yourself. We integrate all aspects of self. We face darkness, transmute it, and transform. We restore energy flow, calling on your Higher Self and on the Universal Flow (known by many names).
Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner
Citrinī Nata Devi, PhD, E-RYT(500), C-IAYT, CCTP
Citrinī is passionate about supporting each of us in being our healthiest, happiest, most integrated and most actualized selves. She has had long-standing interests in Eastern perspectives on mental and physical health, in the connections between mind, body and spirit, in the promotion of well-being, in stress-related concerns, and in alternative and complementary approaches to healing. She worked as a psychologist in private practice for over 15 years, and completed her doctorate in psychology in 2004 with a dissertation focusing on the mental health benefits of yoga practice for at-risk youth in a partial hospitalization program. Citrinī is certified in TriYoga® Basics through Level 3. She has been a senior-level TriYoga instructor since 2000, as well as a senior-level TriYoga teacher trainer. TriYoga is deeply energy- and breath-based, inspired by the spontaneous flow of Universal Energy. Citrinī is also a certified Reiki practitioner and is a skilled practitioner in clearing and moving energy, using the full spectrum of yoga practices including breathwork (prāṇāyāma), visualization, concentration practices (dhāraṇa), sound vibration, mantra, and meditation (dhyāna) to allow healing and transformation to occur as the energy flows more freely and calmly. Citrinī continuously seeks to develop her energy healing practices, skills, and intuition. She has been a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) since 2006 and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with IAYT since 2017. She has also been registered as an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level since Feb 2013 and at the 200-hour level since Dec 2009 (and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) since February 2005). She has completed Amy Weintraub’s Lifeforce Yoga Practitioner training (2006), prenatal yoga training (2008), and Mind-Body Intelligence Training (2006). Much of Citrinī’s professional life, publications and professional and academic presentations have focused on the intersection and integration of psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation practices. She loves to support physical, mental, energetic, and spiritual wellness and health at all levels – individual, familial, communal, planetary.
Please note: Holistic health and wellness services are not diagnostic or medical treatment. Citrinī is not a medical professional. These services are not meant to replace–but rather supplement and enhance–Western and Eastern treatment modalities, supporting one’s best health, healing and well-being.