Mararikkulam North, Kerala, India – Day 3 – Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort – My Reiki Master Teacher Training Begins

I woke up feeling very excited for my first 6:00pm Reiki Master Teacher Training Workshop with Dr. V. P. Rajasekharan!

Dr. Raj. as we call him, is a Carnoustie resident Yoga professor, Reiki Master and Pranic Healer with a PhD in yoga & MD in Alternative Medicine and Diploma in Pranic Healing. He is a seventy-something year old yogi and a student of Swami Satyananda Saraswati who initiated Dr. Raj into the intricacies of esoteric yoga.

After yesterday’s Reiki session with Dr. Raj we talked as he prepared me for my Reiki Master Teacher Training Workshop starting this day. He gave me 5 manuals – 4 in-depth Reiki manuals for Level 1, Level 2, Level 3A & Level 3B as well as a very thick manual called “Healing at Carnoustie – Be Your Own Healer”, all written by Dr. Raj. The healing manual covers all traditional yoga, traditional meditations, and energy healing he teaches at Carnoustie.


Dr. Raj explained that his traditional teachings of the Usui Healing System incorporates a deep study and understanding of the symbols along with traditional yoga mediations practices.

To prepare for tonight’s session and over the next 5 days, Dr. Raj wanted me to review all the Reiki manuals, study and memorize all symbols and start reading about the two main groups of yoga –  Bhakthi Group and Pranasamyamana Group, from his healing manual.

  • The Bhakthi Group of yoga – yoga for the attitude of the mind.  These are Karma yoga – yoga of action, Bhakthi yoga – yoga of devotion, and Jnana yoga – yoga of spiritual wisdom.
  • The Pranasamyamana Group of yoga – yoga for controlling and purifying the prana. These are Mantra yoga – repetition of holy symbols, Hatha yoga – physiological yoga, Raja yoga – traditional Ashtanga yoga or Patanjali yoga, and Kundalini yoga – Kriya yoga.

AND…for this day and every day of my life hereafter….I would practice the Reiki Meditation taught in Level 3A and make the Reiki Principles my way of life.

Dr. Raj told me, to be a Reiki Master Teacher is a considerable responsibility where one walks the spiritual path.

I was exactly where I should be!!!!

I was up and out of my villa at 6:30am for 7:00am Healing yoga!

I set up my yoga mat at the amphi theatre location:

Carnoustie - Morning Healing Yoga

Incense Bowl:

Carnoustie - Incense Bowl - Morning Yoga

Then walked to the beach to watch the fishermen bring in their nets.  Carnoustie is located within a small fishing village and these fishermen live next to the resort and fish off the beach.  The fishermen work as a team. One fisherman goes out and collects the nets.  He paddles back to shore with it.  The other fishermen greet him at the shoreline where together they watch the waves so the paddler can paddle in with the safest wave. When the paddler sees the safest wave he starts paddling fast to shore. The others grab the bow and pull the boat up onto shore where they next, begin to unravel the nets and pull the small fish caught in it, out to drop on a tarp beneath the net.

Here is a path that leads to the fishermans’s homes:


After yoga I returned to the gardens to see the butterflies!

As I walked to breakfast, I was greeted with a smile – as always – from all those who work at Carnoustie!!!

Carnoustie - Always a Smile!

I drank my morning detox tea then enjoyed my Pitta Vata Vegetarian breakfast with Fenugreek herbal water!

My three Ayurvedic treatments this day were Abhyangam, Siroksheeradhara and Nasyam.

Carnoustie - Spa Treatment Room

Here they are as described from the resort’s website:

Abhyangam – the greatest expression of self-love. It is believed that the effects of Abhyangam are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Abhyanga is infusing the body with ‘prana’ or vital life force. When we infuse all our cells with love, they are revitalised and energised. It involves massaging of the body with warm oil infused with healing herbs and balancing essential oils. Abhyangam moves ‘Prana’ (vital life force energy)withinthebodytherebynourishingand revitalizingallbodyorgans.Itaidstheremoval of toxins and stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It boosts the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and allows for the removal of stagnant waste.

Siroksheeradhara – involves pouring of warm medicated milk specifically on the forehead or on specific points on the body in a gentle uninterrupted stream and is often accompanied by a gentle massage. Pouring of medicated milk on the forehead is known to stimulate and soothe the hypothalamus, thereby regulating the functions of the pituitary gland and inducing sleep. It has a calming and cooling effect and relaxes the central nervous system. This therapy is highly beneficial for vata and pita disorders and is recommended in certain neurological conditions especially those accompanied by burning sensation and numbness, for stress reductions and for treating headaches, migraine, anxiety and insomnia. Besides its calming effect, the treatment nourishes the skin, aids proper blood circulation of the body, lubricates the joints, relieves pain and stiffness of the muscles and joints and is known to be useful for treating arthritis.

Nasyam – is a very effective treatment for illnesses in the head region. Medicated oil/ herbal juices/herbal powders/medicated milk are administered through the nose for a specific period of time as prescribed by the doctor. There are different kinds of Nasyams based on the difference in the type of medicines/oils used.The treatment removes excess humors accumulated in the different sinus cavities and throat and cleanses them thereby increasing oxygen supply to the brain. Nasyam is highly effective for treating migraine, anxiety disorder, chronic stress, hormonal imbalances, paralysis, epilepsy mental disorders, premature graying and falling of hair, loss of smell and taste and is often prescribed to improve voice clarity.

Next was my Pitta Vata Vegetarian lunch!

Back in my villa, I settled in to study Reiki for the next few hours before heading to the restaurant to drink my evening detox tea then 5:00pm Advanced Yoga.

Pictures of my deck as I studied:

Evening Advanced Yoga with Mr. Gopalakrishna Pillai, a Resident Yoga teacher at Carnoustie.  I arrived early to be able to settle in and was able to take these pictures of Gopal, as he introduced himself to me, as he warmed up for class!!

GoPal is 74 years old!

After yoga I attended my Reiki class with Dr. Raj!!  It was intense with a lot of information!!!  I had SO much to study and learn!!!!!

I went for dinner with my head swirling with Reiki!

My Pitta Vata Vegetarian dinner!

Feeling healthy, happy, filled with Reiki and relaxed….I returned to my villa for a wonderful night’s sleep!

S,  <3 <3 <3

One Comment Add yours

  1. mama says:

    Day #3, a very full and happy day and the Master Teacher Training begins, you will do just great Stephanie.😍 Sleep must come easy in this space, enjoy and drink in the peace.👵🏻✨😘

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