Seasonal Cycles :: Winter

Seasonal Cycles :: Winter

At this time of year, water turns to ice and plants store their energy in their roots. Winter is considered a time of reflection, deep receptivity, and a time of building potency. The season of winter asks us to slow down and store up. 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the water element and Kidney energy. Kidney energy can become depleted with stress, over stimulation, and overwork. And so during this time of year it’s especially important to rest and rejuvenate and nourish new seeds of potential. This is also a wonderful time of year to focus on internal practices like meditation and contemplation.

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Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online is here!

Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online is here!

I am SO delighted to finally open registration to Chinese Medicine for Yoga Online!!

During many of the yoga trainings I've offered, I've heard from students and teachers who want to incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine into their yoga and their life.

So I created this course: Chinese Medicine for Yoga.

This course is designed to provide an overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and the associated meridian system.

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Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

Seasonal Cycles :: Release into Fall

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine this season is related to the metal element and the Lung and Large Intestine. The Lung is considered the most sensitive organ and is very closely connected to immunity so this time of year is a great time to boost the immunity to protect the lung. The Large Intestine is also important this time of year so doing a colon cleanse or a cleanse that has a focus on fiber which will help to clean out the intestines can also be beneficial.

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Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Wellness Wednesday :: Seasonal Practices for Spring

Did you know this is the best time of year to get the heaviness of winter moving again? Right now in the northern hemisphere its spring. New green leaves are popping up around us and everywhere there’s new growth.  During the spring there is a gradual moving up and out. Spring is a time when we move from the internal focus of winter to the expansiveness of summer.

In the Chinese system this is the time of the wood element - its a time to find clarity around our direction and vision. A time when we can invite more creativity into our lives, and a time we can release stuck emotional patterns.

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What is Cupping and How does Cupping Work?

What is Cupping and How does Cupping Work?

Recently, the practice of cupping received an uptick of interest in popular culture so I thought I would provide some general information on the practice here. I use cupping on patients in my Chinese Medicine practice and I've personally received plenty of cupping myself! 

The use of cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years in a wide variety of cultures and traditions around the globe. According to expert accounts, almost every traditional medical system has a healing modality that is similar to "cupping". 

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Teacher Interview :: Dr. Saraswati

Teacher Interview :: Dr. Saraswati

In today's interview I speak with Dr.Saraswati. In particular, Dr.Saraswati works primarily with women. We get into some interesting areas of discussion including some great practices for women who are experiencing menopausal changes and for women of all ages who want to keep their hormonal health at optimum. We even chat a bit about yoga for fertility. And if you're a teacher this isn't one to miss either!  

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Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Depression

Wellness Wednesday :: Remedies for Depression

Depression and low moods affect so many people so I put together a few suggestions and herbs that may help you find more emotional balance.

There are many factors that contribute to a low mood. First, its important to assess whether there could be physiological reasons why you’re feeling the way you are. Thyroid problems, lack of sleep, problems with blood sugar, and low iron or nutrition can all contribute to the symptoms and signs that look like depression. 

There are many studies that now show anti-depressant medications have very low efficacy especially in cases of low to moderate depression. In fact, we now know that mental illness is really not just a psychological or chemical issue in your brain. Depression is actually just a symptom that something else in your system is out of balance.  

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Wellness Wednesday :: Building Immune Strength

Wellness Wednesday :: Building Immune Strength

The season of fall is a time when the strength of our immune system can be especially important. In fact, ancient eastern systems named the season of autumn as the time of year when protecting our immune system was particularly important. In today's video I discuss how to keep your immune system strong and how to stay healthy during this seasonal transition.

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Seasonal Cycles :: Expand into Summer

Seasonal Cycles :: Expand into Summer

According to Chinese Medicine the season of summer is related to the fire element and Heart energy. Ayurveda (the medical system of India) also tells us there is an increase in pitta or fire this time of year. Fire is the most yang element. It is connected to heightened activity, expansion, connection and expression. The Heart which is related to fire governs the spirit and circulation of blood. When the Heart or fire element is disturbed we may experience anxiety, insomnia, a feeling of heat or skin eruptions. 

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