Awakened Reiki Yoga
Awakened Reiki Yoga provides a holistic approach to everyday living with spiritual intelligence through workshops, classes, and one-on-one complementary alternative medical care supported by spiritual centering modalities. Founded in 2009 by Rev. Angie Collins, RMT, Intuitive Medium.
Q & A with Angie:
Where are you from? How long in the Greater Knoxville area? I am from a small town in Pennsylvania called Oxford . It is in the south east region and it is part of “Amish Country”. I always had BIG dreams of living abroad and travelling.
I travelled to various regions of North America and the Caribbean and all of those experiences ultimately moved me here. While living in San Diego I received a dream about duck pond in fountain city that brought me to Knoxville . This is the one place where I have felt completely at home. I have been here for three years and it seems new, yet it feels like I have been here for many years. I love it!
What brought you to Alternative Health and the field/product you’re involved with? I feel that my call to complementary/Alternative health was based on personal experiences as a child with my intuitive development, and being raised by an open-minded, faith healing mother. She told me about Reiki, and years later my desire to heal came out of dormancy with a call by Spirit. As an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual counselor, I have integrated the cultivation of seeds of true faith in ones heart as the catalyst for spiritual mind- body healing. This method treats the whole person. This is my dream for the world, to live fully present and aware.
What do you like to do in your spare time? What do you do for fun? In my spare time, I enjoy spending time celebrating life! I am a musician and I enjoy playing guitar, djembe drumming, singing, dancing, and painting. I love creating. Being creative inspires my family and me to broaden our horizons. Art and music are transcendent to culture, ideologies and can deliver messages that can change a person’s life more than words that fall upon ears that are not ready to hear.
What are you most proud of in your life? I am most proud of my family and our happiness and love. I have a wonderful husband named Bob and two beautiful children Jonah and Micah. We also have a menagerie of very spoiled animals: Peatie (Peanut) the cat, Snips our dog and our newest edition, Bodhi our other sweet dog. We have so much love to give, and even though that is not something that we can own, we can only give and receive freely, I am so proud that in our human experience, we are not marred by the adversity, and lower thinking that tries to dampen the Light of our world.
So tell me about how you got started in your work? Truth be told I started my work when I was 12 not really being conscious at such a tender age as to what I was doing. My mother was very ill with cancer and fought a 13 year battle. We would share a room in the house that I grew up in. During the night, she would cry from the pain that the cancer had given her. I would push my bed up to hers at night and lay hands on her Sacral Chakra, and stroke her head until she fell asleep. In the morning she would wake up with a bright, brave smile and say “Thank you for helping me last night”. It was such a sacred experience to connect intimately with my mother in her time of need. As I was learning the practice and principles of Reiki, I was taken back to that sacred and beautiful time I was able to spend with my mom and I knew that this is the work that I am created for.
How would you describe your studio to someone? My studio is my home and I like to provide a safe haven for those that enter. This is the place where anyone that walks through my threshold is welcomed with love. We have a waiting room/classroom space where relaxing music or exotic locals are displayed on our media center. I like to keep the lighting low, and the energy high. The sweet scent of incense clears your energy field and your mind. Our healing room is filled with inspirational images, quotes, and crystals. I like to think of it as an embryonic space. You are taken back to a state of mind in which you are surrounded by the energy of love and healing so that when you leave, you are birthing yourself back into the world with a greater sense of intention.
What services do you offer? I happily offer a wide variety of services! Some of my offerings include: Reiki therapy, spiritual counsel, holistic business consulting, Reiki certification courses, and intuitive readings. In functionality of home and lifestyle, I bless and clear the energy in homes, teach nutritional cooking, and provide familial coaching to help families develop a harmonious dynamic. I have also expanded my services to URBhana Creative Life Center with private yoga coaching and MoolMani Goddess Yoga classes that were founded and developed at URBhana. In the world of community activism I am the founder of WAVV: Women Against Verbal Violence and have become an advocate and a voice to those that are subjected to abusive situations while giving them holistic and spiritual tools for personal empowerment. I also have a Naturopathic substance abuse rehabilitation program that interfaces with allopathic professionals for comprehensive care. Healing for everyone!
What do you think the publics perception about holistic health is? The public perception of holistic health and awareness is burgeoning into a great love and acceptance for it. What was once viewed as a bohemian lifestyle or seen as something that could be thought of as irresponsible (i.e. choosing naturopathic medicine versus allopathic) is now being viewed as a viable option for comprehensive care. The media and entertainment industry is beginning to integrate such holistic influential ideas like detoxing cleanses, natural births, and vision boards in mainstream movies. The best example I have of witnessing the shift of transformation and integration is when I was sitting in Earth Fare Grocery store having lunch with some friends. Across from us at a different booth were men dressed in business suits having a power lunch over juice. We complemented them on their healthy choice and it gave us inspiration that this information is not falling on deaf ears any longer!
What advice do you have for people looking to get into your field of practice? The advice that I would give anyone that wants to provide holistic health care, spiritual care, or energy healing would be to bring impregnable integrity and authenticity into the collective. There is no room for competitive attitudes, or lackadaisical approach to your own personal care. When people see you in your authenticity work on yourself, they will be more inclined to trust in your offerings. The power of intention is the catalyst to all types of healing and is the key to longevity in this calling that so happens to be a business.
What is your most proud accomplishment thus far with your business? I am most grateful for and very honored by the relationships that I have forged with my clients, and the public. I am so excited to serve this community and am very proud of the fact that Awakened Reiki Yoga has garnered so much abundance in such a short period of time. I know that this has a lot to do with those that paved the way for me to develop and I am proud to share my success with the pioneers of the holistic healing community that have worked so diligently and with so much integrity to bring the validity of the practice into the heart of Knoxville.