Coquelicot Gilland

Coquelicot's work has evolved through her more than 20 years of experience of being a minister with the Association & Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP). To every session, Coquelicot brings her intuition and vast knowledge base. Then she gets out of the way to let something else arise; she makes room for a larger knowledge, and invites grace to enter. Coquelicot has a capacity for deep listening, listening beyond the limits of her personality and academic learning. By dropping and melting into something much larger than herself, she becomes simultaneously a student and a teacher, a facilitator and a catalyst. From there, she supports people to free themselves from the internal obstacles that block their innate ability to access this source directly.

Practices From Awakening the Spine

by Vanda Scaravelli

Some of the well-known variations of "Pranayama" are listed here to illustrate the benefits obtained by the body during breathing practice.

As you exhale you can feel the spine elongating in two opposite directions, dividing the body in two opposite parts.

Nadi (breathing from alternate nostrils)
Nadi implies breathing only with one nostril at a time. With the point of your finger press against that little bone that sticks out in the middle of the nose in order to interrupt the passage of air from that side, and breath through the other nostril.

Inhale from one nostril and exhale from the other; inhale from the same nostril and exhale from the other; inhale from the same one and exhale from the other, and so on and on.

To block the passage of air, use the thumb and the fourth finger, bending the other finger slightly against the palm of the hand.

This frees the forehead from pressure and strain and makes headaches disappear.

While retaining the air after inhalation (when the lungs are full of air), do not hold the lungs in tension. On the contrary, relax the other parts of your body by dropping the weight into the ground below and send the air all about the lungs.

When holding after exhalation (when the lungs are empty) the abdominal muscles are drawn together pushed inside towards the back, forming a hollow. One feels as though the front and the back skin of the abdomen almost touch.

It is important not to hold for a long time when the lungs are empty, as this can be dangerous.
By relaxing the base of the spine the feeling of gravity increases and the upper part of the lungs can expand and broaden.

Stretching the tongue forward is of the greatest importance: the tongue increases in length and its edges are strengthened. This improves the throat muscles making speech more articulate, while the thyroid and other glands (such as the parathyroid) will also benefit.

While inhaling, extend the tip of your tongue, throwing it out completely and curling its edges. This will form a small channel in the tongue from which the saliva will be sucked little by little while inhaling. Gradually throw your head back until your ears touch the base of the skull.

Now roll your tongue inside as if you wanted to swallow it. Bring your head down towards the chest, tucking the chin well in and after a few seconds of retention, exhale, keeping your head down. Then push your tongue out anew and start again to inhale.

The "lion" pose.
In the lion pose the mouth opens completely and the tongue is exposed in all its length and breadth. It also gives the throat and the lower part of the neck, which cannot otherwise be actively involved, the chance to open.

Inhale with your mouth closed. Exhale with your mouth wide open, throwing your tongue totally out and • spreading it in all its width by unfolding the edges and, at the same time, pushing it out and down, as if you wanted to touch the chin with it.

You will feel the extension in your muscles, not only along your throat and neck, but even behind your ears, in the same way as when you yawn. -

When you have finished your breathing exercises lie down in "Savasana",* even if only for a few minutes, completely relaxed, breathing naturally and abandoning your body totally to the earth. Do not try to think or meditate but slow down your thoughts. When something comes into your mind, try to increase the space of emptiness between one thought and another.

"Savasana is silence of the body and the mind".
* Savasana means to lie supine on the floor with both legs stretched and close to each other, arms extended along the hips, and hands on the ground with palms down. The body in contact with the soil becomes more and more rested and, if you let your head roll once or twice from right to left and from left to right very, very slowly, you will start to relax.

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Coquelicot teaches didactically, experientially and by example. She brings to each session a lifetime's worth of tools, exercises and practices that I use at home to further my own development. Her genius combines intuition, sensing and a comprehensive knowledge of human emotional and biological development. What I've learned from her has not only given me a deeper understanding of my own patterns, dynamics and behaviors, it's also enhanced my understanding of others. I am a far more compassionate person thanks Coquelicot. In fact to the degree that I am a more evolved being in any regard, Coquelicot was instrumental in my transformation.

-L. M. Artist and wellness ally

"Dear God:

Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart and my life. Remove the have nots, the can nots and the do nots that I have in my mind. Erase the will nots,
may nots,
might nots that may find a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots, would nots and should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all,
Dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind,
my heart and my life, all of the 'am nots' that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough. Amen."
- Author unknown, The Knots Prayer

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