Kamala answers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

 

Stress Management Programs

"When one of us evolves, our collective consciousness shifts and vibrates at a higher level," says Stacy Kamala Waltman. "We are all interconnected and interdependent. Let's wake up from our trance and see clearly."



  • Q. How do Stress Management Programs like Yoga increase productivity, efficiency and job performance?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman, Meditation Master and Advanced Life Coach (www.kamalayoga.com):

    "Yoga, in its full spectrum approach to balance and health on all levels utilizes the body, breath, mind, and subtle energetic systems in a synergistic whole.

    Yoga is not just physical; it is an ethical, conscious, aware and holistic approach to life. The Sanskrit word, yoga literally means yoke or union so when yoga neophytes say, "Do more Yoga!" That’s like saying, "Do more union!"

    We don't DO yoga. We are either in yoga or we are not. We are either balanced or we are unbalanced.

    True yoga transforms how the mind, breath, body and emotions respond to stress in an interconnected dynamic.

    Just as the body can learn a new standing posture that eventually becomes ingrained, so the mind can learn new thought patterns and ways of shifting awareness though meditation and yoga nidra. 

    Additionally with practice, the nervous system can learn to manage stress through breathing techniques called pranayama. Over a period of re-training in a yogic holistic practice, when challenges arrive in any environment, they begin to flow through rather than overwhelm us.  As a result, we become more conscious; efficient, clear, balanced and compassionate rather than reactionary, numb, robotic or punitive."


  • Q. Is Yoga a religion or cult?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:

    "Yoga is a holistic approach to health and balance. It is not associated with any religion although it is spiritual; the practice connects us with our highest and most lighthearted state.

    Meditation techniques have been used in many religious traditions: Catholic, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, etc. The tools used in a yoga practice include every area of one's life including healthy food choices, reverence for the Divine, flexibility in mind and body and deep connection to the breath. When all areas of our lives are in balance we tend to be truly happy, healthy and more loving to ourselves and others."

    “I have learned so much from God that I can no longer call myself A
    Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist or a Jew. The truth
    has shared so much of Itself with me that I can no longer
    call myself a man, a woman, and angel or even pure Soul.
    Love has befriended Hafiz so completely. It has turned to
    ash and freed me of every concept and image my
    mind has ever known.” ~ Hafiz


  • Q. Why is it important to meditate?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "You can learn to be more present with better attention to details by practicing a little meditate every single day. Through meditation you will learn to practice a set of skills which focuses your attention on one point and trains you to be fully present in the moment. Studies show that brain size and intellectual capacity increase as a direct result of a daily meditation practice."

  • Q. What is Yoga Nidra?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "Yoga Nidra is often referred to as deep relaxation although that is not entirely true. Yoga Nidra is actually dynamic sleep. It is the place between deep rest and alertness often referred to as Turiya. Successfully practiced, Yoga Nidra helps calm the mind, teaches us how to let go rather than hold on, calms anxious energy, removes depression, increases access to inner knowledge and creativity, develops memory and deeply relaxes the entire body."
  • Q. What is Prana? People say it is the breath. Is this true?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "Prana is not the breath as many undereducated people report. However, one of the ways we control our prana is through the breath as we develop the capacity of the lungs to contain it. Prana is the life force, the intelligence of the universe. It is the energy behind all things." I will be offering a pranayama program in the near future which will help you access more prana and enliven your entire life.

  • Q. What 's the difference between judgment and discernment?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "Discernment is the ability to look at a snake and decide that because of its nature, it 's not a good idea to put the snake on your lap and pet it like you would a little kitten. Judgment is assessing the snake 's nature and putting it on your lap anyway then deciding the snake is bad if it bites. Or worse, punishing the snake by harming it or killing it because of its nature."
  • Q.How can I be more present and pay better attention?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "Begin to train your mind rather than let it wander here and there. There tends to be a direct relationship between people who sit in front of the TV and the lack of ability to stay focused. A step in the right direction would be to turn off the TV. Sign up for one of my classes and you will receive further benefit.

  • Q.What can I expect if I meditate daily?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "A little bit of meditation every day strengthens your mind, increases the attention span, lowers blood pressure, focuses thought, balances the emotions and generally gives a daily scrubbing to the mind. Repeating a mantra is like bathing in a sound bath. Sonic cleaning is the most efficient of all cleaning techniques and, in meditation, this is how you are cleaning your mind, with sound. If you want to learn to be in control of your thoughts rather than your thoughts controlling you, learn to meditate by first concentrating the mind with the sound of your mantra."
  • Q.How do I quit the ego?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "We don 't want to quit the ego. We just want to make sure the ego is not in charge. This takes some training. You can gain mastery in this by learning daily meditation. I teach a Customized Meditation Coaching program that is phenomenal, gentle and supportive. You will receive great benefit from learning these techniques."

  • Q.How can I learn how to love and not abuse myself?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "You have learned to abuse yourself and you can learn to love yourself. Each habit takes repetition and reinforcement. Decide to do it differently than you have done it before. Practice your new skills. Be sweet to yourself when you don't do it perfectly. Take my 'Learning to Love Yourself' Program. Learn to meditate. Give up your ideas of perfectionism and the stress it engenders.

  • Q.When meditating, why is it important for the spine to be straight? Can't I just lay down while I meditate?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "A straight yet comfortable spine allows the energy channels within the body to flow freely. Additionally, it is often difficult to not fall asleep when we are laying down. If you like to lay down, try Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is another tool to train the mind but it is done in Shavasana (laying flat on your back). It is a wonderfully restorative practice."

  • Q.Why do so many of us try to over-control things, people, experiences, etc.?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman:
    "The ego loves to categorize, compartmentalize and remain in either/or thinking. These behaviors give us a false sense of control and security. With training though, we can get past these ideas of excessive effort and begin to learn to 'lean into' the Divine. However, in my experience, this takes vigilance and constant awareness as there is almost a magnetic charge pulling us into contracted rather than expanded thinking. This is one of the reasons I am such a big advocate of Meditation. We learn to deactivate this habitual thinking through daily meditation. I teach a Customized Meditation Coaching Program for those who have tried mediation but are unable to establish a daily practice. There is also a program for those who have never meditated before: Customized Meditation Training."

  • Q.Can you please list some links regarding people who meditate and credible sources as references?

    Stacy Kamala Waltman :
    As requested, here are some useful links.

  1. ABC News article on Doctor 's prescribing meditation as alternative to conventional medicine:
    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_AlternativeNews/meditation-prescribed-doctors-study-finds/story?id=13563912&sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4dc9cc132b8eb630%2C0

  2. The brains of Buddhist monks are scanned and show amazing results:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12661646

  3. Harvard Science article on meditation increasing brain size: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2006/02/meditation-found-to-increase-brain-size/

  4. Huffington post article on meditation giving kids an academic edge: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanne-ball/meditation-students_b_852352.html?ref=fb&src=sp

  5. Mayo Clinic on meditation for stress reduction: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070

  6. Psychology Today on the benefits of meditation: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200304/the-benefits-meditation

  7. NY Times article about meditation preventing depression: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/health/research/03regimens.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y