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Yoga Nidra originated in India for the purpose of increasing awareness of oneself.  The expansion of consciousness is a never ending and compounding experience, and the more you use it, the more extensive your awareness will become. Yoga Nidra means “yogic sleep” although it is not sleep.  It is a state on conscious Deep Sleep.  Confused?  With meditation, you remain in the Waking State of consciousness, and gently focus the mind, whilce allowing thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise.  In Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking State, go past the Dreaming State, and go to Deep Sleep but remain awake.


  • Profound experience of muscular, mental and emotional relaxation
  • Transforms stress
  • Improves the daily lives of people suffering chronic degenerative diseases
  • Helps in regaining the point of balance and harmony in every sphere of existence
  • Has been known to help with decreasing a persons’ requirements of analgesics and sedative drugs

Yoga Nidra is achieved while reclining in a comfortable chair, while wearing comfortable clothes. The price for the Initial Class  $50.00.  This class should last approximately 2 hours and is required before attending additional Yoga Nidra Classes).After you have attended the Initial Class, you may attend any scheduled class for $25.00. #mce_temp_url#

Yoga + Touch + Hypnosis =  Hypno Yoga
Hypnoyoga adds great physical benefits to the body.
Hypnoyoga brings serenity and calm to the mind.

What does it do?

Combines the processes of Yoga and Hypnosis and results in a method of hypnotherapy that heightens your awareness. People use HypnoYoga just for the sheer joy it engenders; the sense of well-being and self-worth.  It refreshes and re-energizes the mind and body when your forces are low.   HypnoYoga reaches depths of relaxation and heightens awareness difficult to achieve with regular Yoga because it lets you speak directly to the subconscious while your senses are sharp. I  offer different HypnoYoga Classes for different behaviors such as Weight Loss, Positive Thinking, Abundance, etc

For those of you who are afraid of losing control during a session or barking like a dog after you leave my office, please read on!


Printed in Employee Magazine, December 1996



 Have you ever watched a stage hypnosis show? They are very funny. But afterward, you may have wondered why anyone would volunteer to look so silly. And beyond that, what practical, therapeutic application is there for hypnosis?

 First, let’s dispel any negative ideas you may have from seeing a stage hypnosis show. Stage show volunteers make a subconscious agreement to go into trance by the very act of volunteering. There are always one or two who volunteer to prove that hypnosis will not work for them, but a good stage hypnotist will spot them.

 If the subjects act silly during a show they can blame the hypnotist, “He made me do it!” Whether they realize it consciously or not, they were perfectly willing (at some level) to do whatever was suggested or they would not have done it!

 The number one fear people have about hypnosis is thinking that they will be out of control. If I could use hypnosis to control others I would have the world’s most cooperative teenager. He would cheerfully do the dishes and empty the trash. Naturally, he’d get straight As and never talk back. Hypnotherapists would make a fortune turning the rest of the world’s teens into perfect specimens!

 The truth is that you are in complete control during a hypnotic trance. No one can hypnotize you against your will and no one can make you do anything that goes against your morals, beliefs, ethics or principles while in a hypnotic trance. If you find a suggestion to be offensive, you can simply bring yourself back to full awareness. You are able to lie while in trance, so you are unlikely to tell the hypnotherapist your deepest secrets.

 Hypnosis is simply a natural state of deep physical and mental relaxation. We pass through the hypnotic state daily as we go to sleep at night and as we awaken in the morning.

 We are often in a light hypnotic trance when we are engrossed in reading a good book or watching a movie. And we certainly experience highway hypnosis when we are driving that same stretch of road for the 1,000th time! How many of you have noticed that you sometimes lose your awareness of time and your surroundings while driving?

 Benefits abound during a hypnotic trance. For example, 15 minutes of hypnosis is equal to an hour of deep, restful sleep. A two hour afternoon nap can be accomplished with a 30 minute trance. A relaxed person accomplishes twice the work of a tense, nervous person with half the effort.

 There are many uses for hypnosis. The two which have received the most attention are smoking cessation and weight reduction. 30% of the people who use hypnosis to stop smoking never think about cigarettes again! And as most of us already know, diets do not work. Hypnosis works to uncover and eliminate the underlying cause of the excess weight.

 Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for self-improvement because it helps us tap our inner resources. Each of us has the answers to our problems within our subconscious. Hypnosis creates a bridge from the conscious mind to the subconscious. Your answers are then easily accessed.

 I am often asked what issues interest people who seek help from a hypnotherapist. There is an endless list of areas that can be addressed with hypnotherapy besides smoking and weight loss. Clients often wish to work on improving self-esteem, enhancing creativity, improving sports performance, relieving insomnia, tapping into their spirituality, overcoming issues of codependency, and for healing past traumas, to name just a few. I always recommend that my clients learn self hypnosis. It reinforces the work from their private sessions and speeds their recovery process. At the same time it will reduce their stress immensely.

 During hypnosis you are tapping into the power of your subconscious. The subconscious accepts suggestions without evaluating or analyzing. New positive information can easily be added and our experience of life permanently altered. The subconscious cannot tell the difference between a visualization and an actual event. We can visualize what we want in a given situation and the subconscious will match our inner reality (what we have imagined) to our outward experience.

 You can use the power of your imagination to create coping strategies for whatever life hands you. For example, creating the image in your mind of a beautiful garden or a tropical island during an dental visit would be an excellent way of coping with a potentially unpleasant activity.

 Take a moment right now to think of an area in your life which could be improved through positive programming and deep relaxation. My clients consistently report that they sleep more soundly and they are better able to cope with stress following their sessions.

 These are just two side benefits to resolving core issues permanently with hypnotherapy.

 Why not give it a try?

As you all know, the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as I’m sure you are all performing your monthly breast exams, do you really know what you are looking for? I have life-like breast models, approved by the American Cancer Society, that contain 5 tumors. I was unpleasantly surprised that most women could not find the largest one because of where it was located.
So, during October, I will be accepting appointments to teach Comprehensive Breast Exams to anyone interested for $20.00 each. If you would like to get a large group together, or would prefer me to come to you, the price will be $15.00 per person for greater than 10 people.
This class will take approximately 1 hour of your time, and just might save your life.
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There are a lot of misconceptions about Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy out there and I’d really like to clear them up. TV shows and movies have misrepresented this field for years. When people come to see me, they are nervous but are usually out of options to help them. Once I have answered all their questions and conducted the session, they are so excited. I always give you the safeguard that if you don’t like the feeling of hypnosis, you just need to count 1-5 and you’ll be “out” of hypnosis. This is because all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, and I am merely the guide. Nobody has ever used this safeguard. They are most likely to complain “Oh, please, 10 more minutes” because it is the most relaxed they’ve been in a long time.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you go to sleep, or that I’ll make you do something. Hypnosis is the opposite of sleep. It is a focused awareness. And because you hear every word I say, you still have free will to ignore anything that is said. That is why all you need for hypnotherapy to work is the motivation to change the behavior.
We all spend approximately 7 hours a day in the “hypnotic state”. Yes, you do, too. When you’ve been working at the computer and it feels like 10 minutes have gone by and it’s been 2 hours. When you cry at a movie or jump when the man with the axe jumps out during a horror movie. How about when you’ve slept 8 hours but dreamt about work and the next day you feel like you haven’t slept a wink. Your subconscious, which controls your body, doesn’t know the difference between fact or fiction, so it believes you were at work all night so of course you’re tired.
It is because the subconscious believes everything you tell it that makes hypnotherapy so successful. With neuroscience permitting us incredible insight into brain function, we can now use hypnosis to manifest biological and psychological miracles that our forefathers would have considered “pure magic”.
Hypnosis is the catalyst that can break the cords that tie us down to mediocrity. Whether it’s losing weight, stopping smoking, increasing study skills, improving sales skills, removing fears and phobias, managing pain, etc; hypnosis can help because it is the gateway to our highest consciousness. We all have this amazing subconscious part of our brains that can enhance whatever we can imagine.
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As always, Take Care