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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of spiritual healing that uses "universal life energy" which is channeled through the healers hand to the recipient. Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese name that consists of 2 words; Rei and Ki meaning spiritually guided life energy (universal life energy).

It is an energy that animates us all and surrounds us. This energy is known to many ancient cultures and traditions under various names. The Indian “prana”, the Chinese “chi” and the Japanese ki all refer to the same universal energy. My teaching of Reiki is based on the system established by Usui Mikao but also incorporates knowledge and understanding from the ancient Vedic culture.

5 Reiki Principles

Fundamentally Reiki involves channeling the Universal life force or the cosmic force into the body. Its use as a healing system can be expanded to form the basis of one’s way of existence in Life. The 5 Reiki principles form a fundamental basis for Reiki practice but should provide the ethical and moral basis for the life of any Reiki practitioner or teacher.

1. Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitude
2. Just for today, I will not worry
3. Just for today, I will not be angry
4. Just for today, I will do my work honestly
5. Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbors and every living thing



Benefits of Reiki

Current literature and research have reported various benefits from Reiki treatments. It is now an acceptable form of holistic healing and finds application in some clinical and hospice environment. The list of benefits is by far not all inclusive but offers a good overview to anyone who considers taking a treatment or a course. Please contact the school for more information.

What are the benefits and effects of Reiki?

  • Reiki healing can help minimize your sense of helplessness when facing disease or the consistent stress of modern society as it promotes natural self healing
  • Reiki healing can be used in conjunction with standard medical procedures and religious beliefs without conflict.
  • Reiki healing can be used to help ease stress and tension. Reiki energy can lead the recipient into a deep state of relaxation and rest, and aid in the release of blocked and suppressed feelings.
  • Reiki balances the energies in the body and strengthens the immune system.
  • Reiki can be used successfully to treat and relieve pain.
  • It clears toxins and enhances personal awareness, albeit promoting creativity.
  • Reiki adapts to the natural needs of the receiver and can support ones meditation practice




Reiki Treatment at the Kailash School of Yoga and Holistic Healing

Duration One to one and a half hours
Arrangements Treatments can be arranged With Yogi Sivadas or one of his staff members (Clients can choose) from 1 day to 1 week in advance
Suggestion Do not eat up to 2 hours beforehand & wear comfortable and loose clothing, bring a bottle of water as many people feel thirsty following a treatment.
Sessions The session will begin with a chat with the Reiki healer to determine whether you have any specific ailments or issues that you would like to work on.

1000 Rupees per hour with the teacher


What happens in a Reiki Treatment?

When you receive a Reiki treatment you relax, fully clothed, on a couch or mat while the healer holds his hands on or above you. In the western world many practitioners use the standard hand positions and commonly a full treatment is given covering all the important organs of the body as well as the 7 major chakras. When you take a course in Reiki (1, 2,3) more details about the effect of Reiki on the body, the chakras and the aura will be offered.

The energy flows wherever it is required and can normally be felt as a warm sensation or tingling in the body. Receiving Reiki is a very relaxing and soothing experience but don’t worry if you don’t feel anything. Reiki still works regardless of whether you believe in it or have doubts. Most people will experience a sense of lightness (physically, mentally and emotionally) following the healing. For some conditions more than one session may be required or regular treatment may be recommended. Please note that Reiki is not a substitute to modern medical treatment but aims to complement any treatment that the client receives from their medical doctor already.



Reiki Courses / Attunements

Who can learn Reiki?

Anyone can "learn" Reiki. The ability to use Reiki is given via an attunement or initiation. When attending a Reiki course the participant gets attuned by a Reiki master through a simple process which opens the person to receive and utilize more of the Universal Life Energy. The attunements themselves have a very powerful, balancing and healing effect. Once attuned Reiki is easy to use and your ability to use Reiki will never leave you. In recent years many new symbols have been channeled and can be used by any Reiki 2 and 3 Practitioner.

The Kailash School of Yoga and Holistic Healing offers courses in Reiki 1, 2 and 3. Upon completion of any of those courses, students will receive a manual, a certificate and a lineage list. This will ensure that students can practice Reiki in their country of residency and (in the case of Reiki 2 and 3) take it to a professional level by registering with a national organization. (If you wish to become a professional Reiki healer please take notice of the regulations pertaining to holistic treatments in your country of residence. Insurance may be required!)


Reiki courses 1, 2 and 3 offered by Kailash School of Yoga and Holistic Healing

Reiki 1 courses
Duration 2 or 3 days

History of Reiki and its benefits; how Reiki affects the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual body; how Reiki can be used to work with the Aura and Chakras; Attunement

Following the attunement by the teacher basic hand positions are shown to the students and they will have proficient time to practice on one another and experience the flow of energy

Cost 3000 Rupees

Reiki 2 courses
Duration 2 or 3 days
Content Attunement; Students receive the 3 Usui Reiki Symbols; further hand positions for giving Reiki treatments, (students will have proficient time to practice with the symbols on one another and experiment with their stronger healing abilities in a safe environment.
Cost 5000 Rupees

Reiki 3 courses
Duration 2 or 3 days
Content Attunement, Students receive the Master symbol and learn the attunement process; Practice time, short info about setting up a Reiki business, responsibilities of a teacher
Cost 15,000 Rupees

Intensive courses and general prices
Duration 21 days
Content Reiki 1,2,3 attunements, topics as covered above

Please contact the School for details

This long term intensive course will only be offered upon discussion with the teacher and applicants who wish to engage in this course are advised to contact the school and teacher for further details.



Reiki History

“Hands on healing” has been known for many centuries and is an integral part of healing in many indigenous and other cultures. There have been various publications regarding the origin of Reiki and many diverse ideas as to how it was integrated into human societies. Some people claim reiki came from non terrestrial beings (the stars) while others claim it developed in Atlantis, Egypt, India or Tibet. We only know for certain that Reiki was "rediscovered" in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui during the beginning of the 20th century. There are 3 people that played a pivotal role in the history of Reiki: Dr Mikao Usui,
Dr Hayashi
, and Mrs Hawayo Takata.


Usui Mikao (1865 –1926) is the founder of Reiki, a form of spiritual practice used as a complementary therapy for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental diseases. He was born August 15, 1865 in the village of Yago in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture, Japan. Usui Sensei had an avid interest in learning and worked hard at his studies. He traveled to Europe and China to further his education. His curriculum included medicine, psychology, and religion.

In 1914 Usui's personal and business life was failing. As a sensitive spiritualist, Usui Sensei had previously spent much time meditating at power spots on Mt. Kurama. So he decided to travel to this holy mountain, where he enrolled in Isyu Guo, a twenty-one-day training course. We do not know for certain what he was required to do during this training, but it is likely that fasting, meditation, chanting and prayers were part of the practice. In addition, we know there is a small waterfall on Mt. Kurama where even today people go to meditate. This meditation involves standing under the waterfall and allowing the waters to strike and flow over the top of the head, a practice which is said to activate the crown chakra. It was during the Isyu Guo training that the great Reiki energy entered his crown chakra. This greatly enhanced his healing abilities and he realized he had received a wonderful new gift - the ability to give healing to others without depleting his own energy.

Since then he has spread Reiki. He founded the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai and initiated various students into Reiki Masters. It wasn't long before he developed a large following of students. At some point in the 1920's, he met the man who would become his principle benefactor and assist him by financing a series of clinics in Japan where people could go to be healed with Reiki, and where documented records could be kept on the client's progress. This benefactor was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, a retired navy officer. Upon the transition of Dr. Usui, Dr. Hayashi continued the work of spreading Reiki & documenting its effectiveness.
Dr Mikao Usui passed away on March 9th 1926 at the age of 62. He is buried in Saihoji Temple in Suginami-Ku, Tokyo. Later his students created and erected a large memorial stone next to his grave describing his life and work. Much of the new information about Usui Sensei comes from the translation of this memorial.


The clinic that Dr. Hayashi worked in was located in Tokyo. Due to its location and the fact that Dr. Hayashi came from a very prominent family, it attracted clients from the highest ranks of Japanese society, including the royal family.

It was into this clinic that a young woman, Hawayo Takata who would someday be the sole bearer of the Reiki torch, entered in the fall of 1935.


Hawayo Takata was born into a poor, partially Japanese family in Hawaii. Her life included many struggles up to the Fall of 1935 including her husband's death at the young age of thirty-five and severe stress and physical problems which came after it. Family circumstances warranted a trip to Japan, and throughout her stay she sought help with her various physical and emotional issues. During her stay at Dr. Hayashi's clinic, she was amazed at how effective the Reiki treatments were and repeatedly asked to be allowed to become a practitioner. Such a position was hardly a woman's place in the Japan of that era, so she was always flatly turned down. Eventually Takata was intiated and left in 1936 being a full Reiki Master. She initiated hundreds of people in the west until she passed away.

Reiki history is not changing however, the information we obtain about Reiki and its founder Dr Mikao Usui is increasing. A couple of years ago we only had Mrs Takata's version of the development and history of Reiki and its achievements. This version is still widely taught although there appear to be some points in that version of Reiki history that cannot be verified. There is a possibility that Mrs Takata had to adapt and modify Reiki history to the western mind in order to be successful and suit the times. Thanks to the work of Reiki Masters like Frank Arjava Petter, William L. Rand and many others we have more complete and factual information about Reiki and its origins today.

My conclusion concerning the history of Reiki is that Frank Arjava Petter, and William L. Rand further developed Reiki in America. Their system of Reiki and all of the Usui Mikao Reiki is based on Buddhist philosophy, meditations and teachings which in turn have a strong link and connection to the ancient Vedic knowledge and culture. It is hence my understanding that Reiki is deeply rooted and connected to the Vedic culture of India.

Reiki in Japan

It was for many years believed that the practice of Reiki had died out in Japan but now new information about Reiki in Japan is coming to light. The Japanese Reiki system is slightly different from the Reiki that is used in the west. Written and oral information is translated from Japanese as it becomes available, including Dr Usui's manual. There are now some books available that cover these new findings and you can find some of these publications easily on the web.


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