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Angelika Bendrich, RPC, CNP

Department(s): Faculty

Angelika Bendrich is a Registered Practicing Counsellor, (RPC), Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP), and honours graduate of The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto. She is the founder of Fundamentals of Life Services in Surrey, BC and, as Reiki Master/Teacher, the owner and founder of REIKIWORKS. Angelika’s career in the healing arts spans two decades. Her journey through a life threatening illness gave her a renewed perspective on living, which she incorporates into her work.In life and in work Angelika leads with her heart in providing a compassionate healing space of safety, acceptance and respect, inspired by a deep passion to help individuals with life transition challenges. She has had the ability to see into the very heart and soul of people since she was a little girl. She holds the sacred Truth she sees in others and reflects it back to them until they are ready to see it for themselves. Her vision is to co-create a more peaceful, loving and harmonious world by helping people to create more peaceful, loving and harmonious lives. Angelika teaches Psychology of Disease and Ayurveda: Mind/Body Healing at Institute of Holistic Nutrition’s Online program.

POD012 The Psychology of Disease

The Psychology of Disease offers an introduction to the field of Energy Medicine. This well investigated branch of integrative and alternative medicine studies how biological, social and psychological factors influence health and illness. This course introduces students to the fundamental premise that our physical body demonstrably corresponds to our psychology. The energy of our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can express themselves as matter in the form of a condition or disease.
Students explore the energy centres of the body; the chakra system to understand how the body speaks through its own vocabulary. Its language is physical signs and symptoms that are tied to memories, environment or experiences, energetically creating an imbalance. The course looks at how chakras conduct the ten major systems of the body, particularly the endocrine system, and how increasing awareness of one’s thought patterns can inhibit or assist our health and our ability to achieve balance.
The Psychology of Disease is a unique course of personal self-development from self-knowledge and self-awareness that will inform future practitioners how to guide their clients to look for clues surrounding their health and work to unpack energetic blockages for deep healing.
Students will be taught and evaluated on introductory principles of energy medicine such as the biology of belief, therapeutic applications of subtle energies, the chakra system, as well as assignments to learn strategies that manifest wellness including the profound impact of food.

Learning Outcomes

• Understand the physical, mental, and spiritual connections to health and illness
• How to identify thought patterns and belief systems that contribute to disease/health imbalances
• Be able to confidently provide recommendations for reframing stressors to shift perspectives, that can positively shift health outcomes
• Awareness of traditional and contemporary energy medicine modalities and techniques to build into one’s practice
• Getting out of the way of, and trusting your intuition
• Discernment around how and when to discuss the purpose of disease and the language of illness with clients

The Psychology of Disease is a personal development course that combines well-established mainstream science in chemistry and biology with quantum physics evidence that shows us there is no difference between energy and matter. Whether students look at chakras as literal places in the body, or metaphoric ones, this course will increase self-awareness to activate mind/body connections that optimize healing. Energy Medicine is at the forefront of driving curiosity to acknowledge and provide practitioners with the opportunity to learn how nature organizes itself, at all levels, for the greatest impact to healing.

AMB02 Ayurveda: Mind/Body Healing
This course incorporates the philosophy of Holistic Nutrition with spiritual and psychological approaches towards attaining optimal health, through the connection and benefits of sound body and mind. This course will explain the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world. Students will learn about the three forces – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, that combine in each being into a distinct constitution. Practical dietary and lifestyle recommendations for different constitutions will also be explored in real case studies.