My first memory of my first visit to Bali was the scent in the air. As I stepped out of the plane onto the moveable stairway the smell of incense in the warm air embraced me from all directions. It was in that exact moment that I knew I had been here before, many times, perhaps even many lifetimes. I felt at home, this deep sense of safety. Over the last nine years when I disembark from the plane and feel the air on my skin and take a deep breath, the scent drops me into the present immediately. And everywhere you go in Ubud, where I live part-time, the smiles for miles and smell of incense lead you moment to moment to live in gratitude.
Besides incense I also use medicinally the practice of burning S A G E — also known as smudging — which is an ancient spiritual ritual to cleanse a person, a group of people or a space. If you come to my home, anywhere I live, I will ask your permission to smudge you before you enter my sacred space so the energy in my home stays clear.
The ritual burning of herbs is common to many cultures in the world. From the rich #frankincense of the Catholic Church, which is another childhood memory that I love, to the heady incenses of Asia, to the raw energy of brush burning in many native cultures—the purification of space through this modality is a global phenomenon with benefits for everyone.
Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too. From the ancient Celtic druids who used sage as a sacred herb alongside Oak Moss for burning as well as medicinal purposes, to the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon whose Palo Santo (sacred/sainted wood) sage burning ceremonies are still practiced to this day. My heritage of South America, my birthplace, may be one of the reasons why this method of cleansing feels so natural to me.
Smudging also has science supporting its benefits too.
1. Purification
The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, pollution, mold and fungi at bay.
White prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. White sage (Salvia apiana) is also antimicrobial. And both have been shown to repel insects. One 2007 study found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. These effects were preserved for up to 24 hours afterward.
**Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions like pollution, dust, mold, pet dander.
2. Cleansing
Smudging is a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others you pick up going about your day. It cleanses yourself and your space for manifesting through positive energy. Think of this based in the Law of Attraction. This cleansed space helps us to create a vibrational vortex of positivity. Positive energy attracts positive energy. We are vibrational beings attracting like energy. Cleansing negative vibration makes us more magnetic for positive things to flow our way.

You can cleanse not only yourself and your space but your belongs. For instance after you’ve worn your Malas for a while they need to be cleansed. Use smudging as a way to

3. Reduces Stress
A 2016 research project for the University of Mississippi established that white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.

If you believe smudging distresses your day as a part of a coming home ritual, or evening ritual then it will have the impact you want it to have based upon your belief. The stronger you associate distressing with the scent of sage and marry this to the science the better it will work. The better it works, the better it works.

Today is a very good day for sage.

#sage #smudging #purification #healing #sacredspace #cleansing #healer #yogadaily #yogalife #energymedicine #incense #exploremore #baliindonesia #ubud #goodenergy #stressreduction #shamanism #positiveions #seasia #palosanto #peru #southamerica
Photo by Ulrike Lakshmi Reinhold

What is Reiki and Why I Practice Everyday for Happiness

On my #yogaretreats and @alchemyofyoga teacher trainings I am so happy to teach self healing through Reiki. If you are looking for an incredible Gendai Reiki Master Teacher Level 4 then study with the amazing, teacher of love, Marja Jacobsen. She is #Sydney based but travels to U.S as well. I’m so grateful to her for her inspiration!

What Is Reiki?
“Reiki” (ray – key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy,” the energy found in all things. Usui Shiki Ryoh, applies this energy through touch for the purpose of creating the connection with Reiki. When connected with Reiki in a conscious way, an individual has the possibility of healing, awakening, and enlivening through this practice. 

Where Does the Usui System of Reiki Healing Come From?
Usui Shiki Ryoho (the Usui System of Natural Healing or Reiki Healing) is named after its founder, Dr. Mikao Usui.
The Four Aspects: 
Healing Practice, Personal Development, Spiritual Discipline and Mystic Order are the Four Aspects of Usui Shiki Ryoho.
These aspects describe the path of a student and the development of the system itself. This path and this development are not made by human decision but by the natural process of maturation. The human decision is to commit to this practice and follow one’s own path.
In other words, #Reiki is a spiritual healing practice that helps your system balance itself. Balance is always a good thing, because your body can only self-heal when your nervous system is balanced.
Reiki practice is unique in that you can receive a Reiki treatment or you can learn self practice.
Balance means different things at different times. If you are tired, you’ll feel refreshed. If you are anxious, you’ll feel serene. If you are distressed, you’ll feel comforted.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed, you’ll discover a renewed clarity and purpose. And these subjective changes come with physical changes associated with deep relaxation, such as a slower heart rate and easier breathing. Reiki practice is safe, and cannot interfere with any medical care you are receiving.
Some Benefits Include:
Pain management
Reduced anxiety
Reduced depression
Improved sleep
Improved digestion
Enhanced well-being
Stronger self-esteem
Support for substance abuse recovery
Accelerated surgical recovery
Reduced side effects from radiation, chemotherapy and Rx meds
Greater self awareness
Greater ease and satisfaction in relationship
Heightened intuition
Try it and feel for yourself the difference!

Or join me on a yoga retreat or training and let me teach you.

Sedona Yoga Festival February 2018 Use My Discount

It’s time to purchase your tickets for Sedona Yoga Festival!

I can’t wait to hug you Feb 8-11, 2018!
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Take a peek at some of my workshops 🙂
1.) Grow Your Happy: Kundalini Vinyasa Fusion
Yoga teaches us that Happiness is our natural alchemy!
Through #Kundalini and #Vinyasa Yoga, mantra meditation and pranayama we will focus on the last three niyamas necessary for bringing about real, lasting change and cultivating inner joy. Expect upbeat music, loads of laughter and inspiring talk story. Join me to #GrowYourHappy!
2.) How to be a Successful Yoga Teacher: Authenticity, Abundance and Sustainability
Yoga teachers can know all the philosophy and inteligent asana alignment specifics in the world, but many are still at risk of being less dynamic than they could be, and blocking the opportunities and abundance that want to come to them, but can’t. This is because they fall into patterns that don’t serve them such as teaching like everyone else, teaching too much, getting burnt out and not being able to find what makes them special. Therefore, classes don’t build as much as they could, students come and go, instructors have to work harder, not smarter, and it’s less satisfying to teach at all.
In this full day intensive, Silvia Mordini, a well loved “Teacher of Teachers” worldwide, shares all her secrets with you. Learn her best advice gathered from 20 years and over 11,000 hours of teaching. A serial Yogapreneur, Silvia had a 13 year Human Resource career, owned 2 Yoga Studios, founded Alchemy Tours, a 10 year old Spiritual Adventure company and developed the 13 year old international Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training School.

1. She will reveal practical ways to elevate your teaching from good to great!
2. The Essence of great teaching: 5 qualities of Great Teachers
3. How to stay inspired and maintain sustainability
4. The Psychologically Healthy and Authentic Teacher: Acheiving clarity around your Teacher Mission Statement
5. The Psychologically Sound Classroom: Teaching to the Heart of the Student; Creating a Safe & Sacred Space; Assessment of Class Energy, Mood, Style; Teacher & Student Relationship; Honoring the Sacred Seat of the Teacher; Ethical Relationships & Boundaries
6. How to work smarter and gain financial prosperity
3) Alchemy of Balance: Elements, Chakras and Energy Medicine
Experience the 5 elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth), 4 directions (South, West, North, East), and Chakras as an inner and outer map of transformation. These are archetypal and energetic maps that are as metaphorical as they are very real and embodied. Everything we see, taste, touch, feel, and do can be interpreted through the gateway of the elements, directions, and chakras.
During this workshop, we will take time to learn how to tap into these sacred relationships and how to align ourselves in understanding their Alchemy in order to gain insight into healing our body, psyche, emotions, and through us our world.

Each direction can be correlated with a different season, a chakra, an element, a moon phase, a unique stage of development, a physical aspect of our embodiment, and an archetypal qualities.
This Alchemy is a guide to life and to living life from a connected, simple place rooted in the body, and resourcing from the shared experience of all organic processes in spiritual rhythm with Nature.
This workshop opens with a Sacred Circle, call to the Four Directions, and intention setting. We will explore through movement the vibrant practice of Mandala Namaskar, a circular, fluid Vinyasa sequence that includes twists, spirals, flow motion within asanas, culminating in a joyful balance of strength, grace, and creativity that reflects the pulsing rhythms of nature: who is made up of earth, water, fire, air, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Chakras. Expect inspirational music, creative asana and talk story.
Join me to learn practical energy medicine and experience the wisdom each direction, element and chakra holds for you to live a peaceful, happy life!

Angels Believe in You

“You need not believe in angels; angels believe in you. You need not understand angels; angels understand you. You need not see angels; angels see you, bask in your perfection, celebrate your spirit, revel in your light. Angels see you! Angels see Love.” -Steffany Barton
❤️ I always feel the presence of #angels in my life. Maybe it’s something you’ve not given much thought to or you too feel them as your guides. ❤️
All I can say is that not a day goes by that I don’t rely on my angel guides to offer me support. I reach out to them in my prayers and I listen for their messages in my meditation. I ask for their safety when I travel. I write them letters when I journal. They are present in a very real way.

Now I realize by saying this that many reading will think this is too much. I get it. But I’m tired of keeping quiet about the depth of my practices and beliefs. To me angels are all around us and I am so grateful.
When outside in nature I sense them even more.
Grateful for this time this week in #santacruz reconnecting to old and new friends and Mama earth and the blessed water. Gracias por mi Vida!
#selfie #beach #sadhana

Butterfly Medicine Finding Joy

I was asked on the radio program Santa Cruz Socialites about my favorite animal. For me it is always the #butterfly and has been since I as a little girl. I have had countless experiences where they serve me reminders.

Butterfly Symbolism: This animal totem is primarily associated with symbolism of change and transformation.
-Powerful transformation, metamorphosis in your life, personality
-Moving through different life cycles
-Renewal, rebirth
-Lightness of being, playfulness
-Elevation from earthly matters, tuning into emotional or spiritual
-The world of the soul, the psyche

A secondary meaning of the butterfly is about finding joy in life and lightness of being

What I remember about a particular life changing moment was in #Bali. I was working ever more deeply with a local #Shaman to help remove resistant layers to revealing my truest heart. We were at a 8 hour ceremony that started by driving to the holy mountain. Upon arriving we were welcomed at the ashram like atmosphere with tea and meditation in the yoga shala. After receiving instructions and changing out of our clothes, putting on our sarongs and nothing else we prepared to depart. There are no photos except for 1 from the beginning of the hike as we had to leave behind our technology.

We made our way that day to the river to drink from 7 waterfalls in the the river and in the pools found in the Balinese rice fields. Each step was a beautiful ritual to help release our obstacles to joy. It was a purification ceremony unlike any I’ve ever participated in before. To this day it was the hardest ritual I’ve ever done.

I could feel the old layers falling away that I had hidden even from themselves.

I remember at one waterfall holding a straw basket above my head filled with flowers to throw into the river as gratitude, “what pain did I have that I wanted to have washed away.” I replied to myself that I had none. I’ve done the work for years and years.

Then as I was standing there, the first one to go as we go by age and I was the eldest in the group of 7 of us, it finally came to me. I did have pain. I tapped into the pain from losing my Father, Papa, at the age of 25 years old. I had intellectualized the pain, I had addressed much of it, but not all of it.

So it was still there, as unfinished business waiting to be released so I could be transformed fully.

Without this purification ceremony I don’t think I would have completed my metamorphosis into the next stage of my life. To be honest I had held back some of this pain for 10 years because I didn’t want to be done with it. I someone thought completing this life cycle would make me forget my Father.

And in fact it was only going through his transformation that I can now more fully remember more about Papa.

This was a #rebirth for me that day in the rivers and rice fields.

I promised myself, God, the healer that with this life I would truly make the most of it. I would love myself, love my day, and love my life!

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#travel #transforms

Read about Butterfly Totem Here

Key to Happiness Alchemy of Balance

Each day, I ask myself “How do I maintain balance in order to live my best day ever?” As much as I try to stay balanced, I have learned that I can easily lose it.

Chanting, or using rhythmic speaking or singing of words and sounds is a great way to find balance. Om Namah Shivaya is my favorite mantra to repeat. During and after singing this song I feel a quiet but energized sense of equilibrium. And I learned that the elements and chakras are the syllables of Na, Ma, Shi, Va, Ya.

Om Namah Shivaya mantra uses the universal elements that govern each chakra: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. This song allows the chakras to better utilize the fundamental elements that exist in the chakra. When we repeat this mantra, we bring the chakras into balance with our energies. If you need a real time life balance exercise try saying or singing 108 rounds of this mantra, or even just a few.

This mantra also reminds us that we are born perfect (siddha), whole, and balanced. Our only job in this lifetime is to remember how AMAZING WE ARE! What you are experiencing through your journey as a human being is a return to balance where your energies are neither excessive nor deficient, but even.

Even your hands hold the reminder within them as each finger is aligned with an element and a chakra like this:

thumb = Fire Solar Plexus Chakra

first finger = Air Heart Chakra

middle finger = Ether Throat chakra

ring finger = Earth Root Chakra

pinky finger = Water Sacral Chakra

silvia-batik-energy-meditationBalance is easy to find and difficult to maintain: At the end of the day, it’s our responsibility to try. This is the key to happiness.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia


How to Invoke Sacred Space

I’m often asked about what words I say when I call to the #fourdirections to open or close sacred space. Here is one version of Invocation and thru the years of internal study as well as learning from my Shamanism teachers I speak my own voice too.

To the winds of the South
Thank you for the healing light you bring to us
For helping us to shed the deadness of our past the way a snake sheds skin, all at once
Thank you for teaching us the Beauty Way.

To the winds of the West
Mother Sister Jaguar
Thank you for protecting our medicine space
We embrace your wisdom of teaching us the ways
of peace, impeccability, and equanimity.

To the winds of the North
Hummingbird, dear Grandmothers and Grandfathers, Ancient Ones
Thank you for sharing this space with us
We listen for your whispers to us in the wind and to the sacred space within our hearts
Guide us with your grace.

To the winds of the East
Great Eagle, Condor
Thank you for taking us upon your wings to our highest path of destiny
Thank you for Showing us the holy mountains and reminding us to envision our lives from this place.

Mother Earth
We give you thanks, as one of your children, for holding us so sweetly in your womb of love and life as we heal all of our stories, our shadows, our fears.

Father Sun, Grandmother Moon
Star Nations – Star Brothers and Sisters
Great Spirit
You who are known by a thousand names
The unnamable, the nameless one
You who are unknown, yet not unknowable
Thank you for bringing us together
And allowing us to sing the song of Life, one more day.
. . . . . . . . .
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Today’s practice.
#sage for Purification and clearing Portal
#Fall flowers #sunflower medicine
#RoseQuartz 3 hearts for fourth #chakra Anahata
#journaling re: Halloween – Removing all the masks
#Lakshmi mantra with green #agate #malas

#Moon Day #Lunar practice of asana close to earth

Wings of Ascension with Naomi Charanpal Kaur

Wearing #batik skirt from #Bali & Free People #SantaCruz


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Through Alchemy Create Your Own Medicine

Through the Alchemy of Yoga we can create our own medicine, cure our self-created problems and live with the sense of bliss and contentment that all of us are born to experience.

Alchemy is a beautiful word and complex term.

For some, it calls up images of primeval crackpots and charlatans promising to turn lead into gold. For others, it reminds us of the genius of Isaac Newton who, as an alchemist, astronomer, naturalist and physicist came to be known as one of the greatest scientists and mathematicians of all times while also understanding the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of reality.

Ancient alchemists, like their Yogi counterparts, saw all of creation as composed of earth, air, fire, water and space. Through their meditations and explorations of these five elements they created healing and transformative potions that formed the base of much of modern pharmacology. In the process, they unlocked many of the mysteries of the universe and therein contributed to the evolution of humankind.

Alchemy as it relates to the realm of metaphysics is arguably the higher practice of this ancient art. Just as pure gold can be obtained by burning away its impurities and base metals, through Spiritual Alchemy one can move from an imperfect, diseased, ignorant and corrupted state towards wisdom, healing, self-transformation and enlightenment. This is the Alchemy of Yoga, and it is at the core of this sacred science.

Each and every one of us is an alchemist. Our laboratory is our brain. We concoct our potions and elixirs based upon our thoughts. These chemicals then course through our neurological systems and spread into our organs, muscles, bones and tissues. Depending upon the quality of our thoughts and our level of consciousness, we are either creating black magic that will only cause us pain, or we are creating miracle potions that can help us lead the lives we have longed for.

For instance, a chronically agitated, fearful and angry person creates too much adrenaline and cortisol, the primary chemicals associated with our instinctive “fight or flight” response. Our fast-paced, stressed-out culture contributes to this alchemy and such a person finds themselves in increasingly toxic life situations. This often leads to lowered immune function, mental and physical ailments and ultimately serious disease.

The thoughts of a more positive alchemist create serotonin and interleukins. These chemicals boost the immune function, relax our adrenals and promote healing. This leads to a happier life in which greater health and greater achievements and experiences seem to go hand in hand.

Simply put, as we all have heard, “you are what you think.” The hypochondriac becomes sick. The person who thinks negatively creates a reality in which things always seem to go wrong. Those who believe they cannot accomplish something have already seeded their own defeat. The positive person who takes a sugar pill in a blind test of a new medicine may actually experience benefits far beyond what the real drug has to offer. Those who are convinced of their potential are likely to realize it no matter what obstacles arise. Those who see the world filled with light and love often have this reflected back to them as their reality.

The groundbreaking work of Japanese Dr. Masaru Emoto has illuminated this phenomenon, and the crossover between the physical and metaphysical aspects of alchemy, in a unique and remarkable way. Through special photographic techniques, Dr. Emoto has been able to prove that water, in its frozen crystal form, actually responds to words and thoughts. When he exposed water to words of love, compassion and peace, even if not spoken aloud, the water formed beautiful and intricate crystals no matter what language was used. When words of hate, anger and evil were used, no crystals formed and the water appeared muddied and toxic. Water responded similarly to peaceful, melodious music as opposed to heavy metal or rap. You can see these photos by looking up Masaru Imoto on the internet.

If our thoughts and words have the power to impact water, it makes sense that they also influence those around us and impact the patterns we create in our lives. In effect, as we respond to our circumstances, experiences and surroundings, we directly effect how they respond and reflect back to us. We are the alchemists not only of the chemicals coursing through our bodies; we are the creators of our individual worlds.

This is why Yoga, and its sister science of Ayurveda, teach us alchemical techniques that reconstruct the molecules of our beings. Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) and Dharana (single-pointed concentration) help to bring us to deeper levels of inner awareness and balance. Mantra – the repetition of sacred words – actually allows us to access higher universal powers that are healing and transformative. Dhyana (meditation) ultimately crystallizes our consciousness and brings us to Self-realization.
As a practice, you can conduct your own scientific experiment on yourself, serving both as scientist and subject. Find a quiet place where you can lie down undisturbed for several minutes (this can be done after Yoga during Savasana or as a response to a stressful day). Once you are comfortable, note what your emotional state is as you begin. Try to feel the “taste” inside of your body, the current chemical atmosphere of your being. Bring your awareness to your brain, seeing it as your laboratory and your mind as the alchemist. Then, allow your breath to become deep and full. After a few breaths, begin placing the following words in your brain, repeating each one long enough that the emotion of the word begins to permeate your consciousness.

Contentment… repeating this over and over with the breath remaining deep and full, really feeling it, breathing it in and exhaling it throughout your entire being. Do this for a few minutes, noticing the internal chemistry of your body and the subtle shifts that begin to take place.

Serenity… following the same process.

And so forth, spending a few minutes with each emotion. You do not have to memorize these words or this sequence. Choose the words that you know deeply in your heart are the most healing and transformative for you, even letting them arise naturally during the process. When you are done, spend some time noticing any shifts in your inner essence, any different “taste” of being you. Feel the relaxation and pleasure that arises from this practice in every cell of your body and every corner of your mind.

This alchemical process played a great role in my own self-healing. I moved from fear, anger and despondency to openness, compassion and a firm belief in my ability to self-heal. It did not happen overnight, and at times it felt like I was endlessly digging ditches, seeking to pierce the crust of my entrenched emotions and unearth a deeper place in my soul where my true nature was buried. Through faith, devotion and dedication, the work paid off and I was fortunate enough to heal, both physically and emotionally.

Healing, I came to learn afterwards, did not stop there. It is a daily practice in a world where stressful challenges and negative emotions often prevail. We all have this power, to heal ourselves day in and day out. Through the Alchemy of Yoga we can create our own medicine, cure our self-created problems and live with the sense of bliss and contentment that all of hearts long for.

My Healing Story Bali Melukat at Sebatu

I’ve been interested and invested in my own healing since I was 25 years old. That happens when you’re in a hit and run. Truth is that by the time I graduated college I had already seen my fair share of trauma. And by the age of 27 I had suddenly lost my Father, Enrico, to a heart attack.

As a result, I don’t apologize for seeking healing. To be fair, you should also know I admittedly have an ingrained skepticism that has influenced the modalities I’ve used for my own healing. However, from my personal experience I do trust this advice from Caroline Myss because it has proven to be true in my own life:

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind”

“Belief in oneself is required for healing.”

“Healing requires taking action – it is not a passive event.”

“Finding the right healing path requires all or nothing. Once you place conditions on healing, all you can achieve is conditional healing.”

My healing story takes place all over the world. I have sought advice, counsel, insight, clearing from medicine men, acupuncturists, guides, therapists, shamans, doctors, taxi drivers, a Mayan wonder woman, intuitives, readers, Mother Nature and of course from the divine.

I have only love for those that would judge me. I don’t pretend to have the “right” answers for you. I am convinced that part of my dharma is to share my story and its lessons. From there you can discern how it inspires you to take action towards your own deepest healing.

This video is a peek at one of the many healing ceremonies I’ve blessed myself to receive with an open heart and mind. It takes place in Bali. This one is Melukat of which there are six different kinds. It takes place at Sebatu where you’ll see me bathing in the holy water of this holy waterfall.

Melukat defined: Wikipedia (to quote an official source) defines it as “a ceremony of mind and soul and spirit in human.” It is a purification ritual. Think of this as a Spiritual Cleansing. Or even better yet think of it as a karmic cleansing of things acquired in our present life and from past lives.

What I know is that I believe in the power of water to heal. My first water initiation was baptism. Besides air, what we next most need to survive is water. In the chakra system water is a form of energy (prana) associated with emotion, the alchemical realm of the second chakra.

My Belief Statement:P1070877

-I believe in purification.
-I believe in miracles.
-I believe in possibilities.
-I believe in 3rd chances.
-I believe in magic.
-I believe in those things we cannot prove or see with the mind such as Love.
-I believe in living with less pain.
-I believe in actively loving myself.
-I believe in my potential to heal.

I trust a benevolent universe that offers us a three part cycle: hurt, healing, healed.

If any of this is interesting to a point where you have questions but you don’t have anyone to talk to about it or want something more than Google don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am happy to tell you more of my own experiences around the world.

To me all of this falls under the category of self-care. How much, what it involves, whom you ask for help from, and how far you go to prioritize your happiness is up to you. Love yourself, love your day, love your life, Silvia


Melukat derived from the word “lukat”, derived on Balinese-Kawi (old Javanese languages) dictionary means “bersihin, ngicalang” (in Balinese language) “to cleanse or purified (in English). In the Indonesian Dictionary, the word ‘lukat’ means ‘letting go’ (to releasing some stuff), then get the prefix ‘me‘ becomes ‘melukat’, which means doing a job to release something ‘negative’ in the body and soul, through a ritual.