Meet The Singing Dragon Author: Karla Helbert

As part of our Meet The Singing Dragon Author series, we speak to authors to discuss their motivation for entering their respective industries, inspiration for writing their books, what challenges they faced and who they would recommend their books to. Is there a specific Singing Dragon author you would like to hear from? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation using #MeetTheSDAuthor.

Karla Helbert, author of The Chakras in Grief and Trauma: A Tantric Guide to Energetic Wholeness

How did you become interested in yoga therapy and aromatherapy?
I became interested in aromatherapy in the early 90’s and have studied it ever since. I have long been drawn to essential oils for therapeutic, emotional and spiritual uses. I began taking yoga classes around 1999 and after a year, decided to take a teacher training and it was life changing. It brought together all the aspects of spiritual life that I had been seeking for years, one which addresses humans as whole beings—physically, emotionally, energetically, spiritually. As a psychotherapist, I was able to bring the principles and teachings of yoga into my practice with clients and can see the effectiveness not only of asana (poses), meditation and breathwork, but also how the philosophy and ethical underpinnings of yoga support and create change. The essential teaching of yoga is wholeness and that our true nature is and has always been whole, that we can be not other way. Life, pain, grief, heartbreak, challenges, cause us to forget our essential wholeness, but all the teachings and branches of yoga remind us of this truth.

How did you begin your career and were there any challenges in entering this field?
Initially, I was working in a retail setting, trying to finish my undergraduate degree in English literature, and needed extra money so I started working part time as a direct care worker in a school for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, but who were also dealing with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties. I happen to be one of those people who naturally good at that kind of work, which I never would have known. I decided to become a psychotherapist because of my work with those kids, teens and adults as well. As I grew into my own as a therapist, I began adding adjunct, alternative therapies to my work—yoga, aromatherapy, energy work. I also became a certified yoga therapist as well as a yoga teacher. The challenge I have faced in the field of psychotherapy and counseling, is that theories on energetics and the subtle body are not generally taught to students, and due to the Western medical model, are often dismissed. It is very difficult to help people without seeing the whole person. We are more than our mental bodies—we are physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual beings. When my own son died in 2006, my entire life was altered, to say the least. All the things I am trained in also eventually became my own supports—yoga, aromatherapy, meditation. Over time, I was able to integrate these into a specialty in traumatic grief. That was not a path I sought but one I found myself on. I realized that I am in a position to be able to support others on the same road and feel that this is also a way of making meaning and remaining connected to my child. This kind of work cannot be done without addressing the whole person—body, mind, emotions, energy, spirit.

What did you enjoy about writing the book?
This book grew from the Tantra yoga chapter of my book Yoga for Grief & Loss, also published by Singing Dragon, but the amount of information I wanted to share could never have fit into one chapter, so this book was born during the writing of the other. The process of engaging with the complexity of the chakras, and writing about them in this way, was an extraordinary experience—which I hope translates to an extraordinary experience for the reader! There is not a lot of information out there on this particular topic available for research, so I had to learn from my own experiences and in-depth exploration of the chakras. It often felt often as though the information was being revealed to me. The experiential aspect of diving into the depths of each of these energy centers, was profound. The writing of each chapter was an exploratory expedition into each one of the chakras. I was able to achieve a functional trance-like state even as I wrote meditations and prompts, imagining and seeing the energetic layers of each of the exercises and how they support the reader through an individual journey through the subtle energy of your own system. It was pretty cool.

To whom would you recommend the book?
This book is for any reader interested in alternative methods of finding support and a path for moving toward wholeness even in the midst of grief and trauma. I think readers will find the information novel, but also very familiar, because they will have experienced much of what the book shares on energetic, emotional, physical and spiritual levels. The book is for anyone with an interest in alternative, gentle, non-invasive and non-harming ways of dealing with trauma, pain, heartbreak, grief and loss. It is also beneficial for counselors and therapists, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and energy practitioners including practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, herbalism, aromatherapy, acupressure and body work—anyone who works with grieving and traumatized people.


The Chakras in Grief and Trauma
A Tantric Guide to Energetic Wholeness

Karla Helbert

This innovative guide to the chakras explains how grief and trauma impacts on every level of our being, and provides the tools to help clients experiencing trauma and grief by influencing, balancing and nurturing the chakra system. The book provides thorough and clear explorations of each chakra, their connections to each other, and tantric ways of working with energy. It features over 100 expressive and experiential exercises.

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Meet the Singing Dragon Author: Rebecca Avern

As part of our Meet The Singing Dragon Author series, we speak to authors to discuss their motivation for entering their respective industries, inspiration for writing their books, what challenges they faced and to whom they would recommend their books. Is there a specific Singing Dragon author you would like to hear from? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation using #MeetTheSDAuthor.

Rebecca Avern, author of Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers

How did you become interested in paediatric acupuncture?
I began treating children twenty years ago and was immediately struck by how quickly they responded to treatment. When I had my own children, I became more and more aware of how many young people are struggling either with their physical or psychological health, or are simply not thriving. I realised that many of the issues they were struggling with were well suited to being treated with acupuncture. I love working with children and it has become my mission in life to enable more of them to receive acupuncture treatment, by writing and teaching about it. Continue reading

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Mitochondria in Health and Disease

Ray Griffiths MBANT is a nutritional therapist and lecturer with an MSc in Personalized Nutrition. Ray lectures on a diverse range of subjects such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, ageing and mitochondria. In his book, Mitochondria in Health and Disease, he explores the roles mitochondria play in human health, and how to optimize mitochondrial function through personalized nutrition. Here, he discusses the role mitochondria played in the process of evolution and what we understand about mitochondria today.

When we think of mitochondria, we usually limit our ideas of this microscopic organelle to their role as a producer of energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – and what a magnificent job they do, but they are also involved in so many more roles beyond ATP synthesis!

To fully understand the vital part mighty mitochondria play in health and disease we have to journey back millions of years to see how these mitochondrial pioneers of evolution were once bacteria in their own right. Through a symbiotic union with another organism, mitochondria were at the heart of a quantum leap in evolution – cells powered by mitochondria were able to drive genetic creativity to produce the astounding array of animal, plant and fungi species we see all around us. Without mitochondria, none of this would be remotely possible! Continue reading

Meet the Singing Dragon Author: Ilkay Zihni Chirali

As part of our Meet The Singing Dragon Author series, we speak to authors to discuss their motivation for entering their respective industries, inspiration for writing their books, what challenges they faced and who they would recommend their books to. Is there a specific Singing Dragon author you would like to hear from? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation using #MeetTheSDAuthor.

Ilkay Zihni Chirali, author of Cupping Therapy for Bodyworkers

How did you become interested in cupping therapy? Were there any challenges in entering this field?
I would not be exaggerating if I said that I was born into the cupping therapy world! My grandmother, who at the time was living with us in Lemba in Cyprus, was a renowned midwife and herbalist. She would often use this technique to treat the expectant mothers for their various complaints, including colds and muscular aches and pains. It was my mother’s duty – and, much later, mine – to wash and clean up the cups after each use. Later on in 1982, when I studied traditional Chinese medicine in Melbourne, Australia, to my surprise I discovered that cupping therapy is also part of the traditional Chinese medicine treatment tools. Needless to say I was so familiar with the techniques that our professor, Dr Wang, asked if I could assist him during the sessions!
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Listen to Ray Griffiths on the Positive Health Podcast

Ray Griffiths, author of Mitochondria in Health and Disease, is interviewed by Benjamin Brown, ND on this episode of the Positive Health Podcast. The interview discusses the functions and characteristics of the mitochondria, their relevance to health, and the role of nutrition and lifestyle medicine in improving mitochondrial function.

 

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Meet the Singing Dragon Author: Nicola Harvey

As part of our Meet The Singing Dragon Author series, we speak to authors to discuss their motivation for entering their respective industries, inspiration for writing their books, what challenges they faced and who they would recommend their books to. Is there a specific Singing Dragon author you would like to hear from? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation using #MeetTheSDAuthor.

Nicola Harvey, author of Mindful Little Yogis

How did you become interested in mindfulness for children? Were there any challenges in breaking into this field?
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Scroll down to see an exclusive extract from What the Hell Just Happened?!, or click here to read the full story behind the creation of the book, as told by Richy himself.

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Meet The Singing Dragon Author: Dr. Steffany Moonaz

As part of our Meet The Singing Dragon Author series, we speak to authors to discuss their motivation for entering their respective industries, inspiration for writing their books, what challenges they faced and who they would recommend their books to. Is there a specific Singing Dragon author you would like to hear from? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation using #MeetTheSDAuthor.

Dr. Steffany Moonaz, author of Yoga Therapy for Arthritis

How did you become interested in yoga therapy? Were there any challenges you faced in entering this industry?
I started working as a yoga therapist before I knew what yoga therapy was. After my 200-hour training, I was hired by Johns Hopkins University to help develop a yoga program for people with arthritis. My training was essentially safe, but largely inadequate to meet their needs, so we learned from each other. I brought the fullness of my yoga training and they brought the fullness of their arthritis, and together we figured out what worked, what was most helpful, what needed further adaptation. Since then, with additional training as both a yoga therapist and a scientist focusing exclusively on this population, I’ve come a long way. I’m proud to say that since learning about yoga therapy, I’ve been actively involved in the professionalization of the field and its representation in the broader movement of integrative health. There was so little work being done specifically in arthritis when I got my start, despite how prevalent it is. I was basically handed my dharma and have been following it ever since.

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Meet The Singing Dragon Author: Lydia Bosson

As part of our Meet The Singing Dragon Author series, we speak to authors to discuss their motivation for entering their respective industries, inspiration for writing their books, what challenges they faced and who they would recommend their books to. Is there a specific Singing Dragon author you would like to hear from? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation using #MeetTheSDAuthor.

Lydia Bosson, author of Hydrosol Therapy

How did you become interested in aromatherapy?
I discovered aromatherapy about thirty years ago. A friend had given me an essential oil of lavender and one of neroli. As the effect of these two essences impressed me so much, I decided to deepen this knowledge. Subsequently, I tried many essential oils and hydrosols on myself and those around me. The rest is history – and fortunately, the collective spirit has opened up to alternative medicine in recent years. Continue reading