Shamanic Practices

Krista began her studies of Shamanism in 2009. She experienced her first shamanic journey while studying yoga in India. She has attended numerous shamanic healing ceremonies and shamanic workshops. Most recently, she completed the “Harner’s Shamanic Counseling Program,” in Novato, California, where she studied with faculty member April Tuck of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies. While there, she was privileged to meet and be inspired by Michael Harner, the founder of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and the author of the seminal book, The Way of the Shaman. Krista also practices sweat lodge in the Lakota tradition and has participated in Vision Quest, a life-changing experience that strengthened her desire to develop a shamanic practice. In addition to her advanced yoga practice, shamanism has been a sustaining joy.

Shamanic Yoga

The imagination is the origin of dreams, art, and other distortions, divine as well as banal, of “reality.” It is also our primary portal onto the truth of who and what we are. All ancient wisdom centers on acceptance of there being only the thinnest membrane between what is, and what is imagined. Shamanism reaches back, past the modern binary of “real” and “not real,” past clinical distinctions regarding the boundaries of normalcy, to a time when imagination was not unreality, but another reality. It is this other reality, a place of self-revelation and healing, that we seek to access and occupy by “journeying” to locations in all of us, places where spirit animals and spirit teachers reside and exist to guide us.

Yoga is, arguably, the oldest holistic health-maintenance regime in the world. Its practice may range from the gentlest guided movements to contortionist exhibitions of athleticism. At its best, it honors each body’s limits, and optimizes healthy movement, breathing, and meditation within those limits.

We will fuse the ancient practices of shamanism and yoga. Each session will begin with a shamanic journey to the lower and upper realms followed by a yoga practice that honors each individual’s relative strength, endurance, and flexibility. Each practice will be noncompetitive, and will center exclusively on healing the mind, body, and spirit.

Neither shamanism nor yoga exists to replace or augment other belief systems, and, together, humbly celebrate all positive manifestations of faith and spirituality.

Shamanic Counseling 

Harner Shamanic Counseling (HSC) is a spiritual rather than a psychological system, and therefore it is not necessary for the HSC counselor to be a clinical psychologist or to have been trained in any other related scientific/humanistic field. It is, however, essential that the counselor be an experienced practitioner of practical shamanism and a devoted follower of the Harner technique. Most importantly, the counselor must be a wise, empathetic, compassionate individual.

The shamanic system recognizes two conscious states, the ordinary state of consciousness (OSC) and the non-ordinary state of consciousness (NOSC); the latter is also referred to as the shamanic state of consciousness. The OSC is self-explanatory. The NOSC involves those states in which the shaman “journeys” to levels of awareness from which s/he may retrieve information regarding healing.

There are three “worlds,” or realms of awareness within the NSOC: the upper, middle, and lower. The middle world is akin, or at least most resembles and seems connected to, what we recognize as “the world.” The upper and lower worlds are populated by compassionate spirits, helpful beings, some animal-seeming, some human-seeming. It is to these realms that the client will be guided to find her/his/their teachers.

Anyone interested in individual or group sessions of Shamanic Yoga , or in Shamanic counseling should contact Krista at kristayogagirl.com.