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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A Beautiful New Video Series about Health Care in Nepal

A Beautiful New Video Series about Health Care in Nepal

In 2011 I volunteered with a wonderful organization called the Acupuncture Relief Project (ARP) providing primary medical care in rural Nepal. It was a life changing opportunity. I gained unparalleled experience in the field in addition to being provided the space to grow as a person and practitioner.  

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How does acupuncture work?

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture involves working with the bodies Qi. Qi is considered the basic life force that runs through absolutely everything including our bodies. Qi travels along channels or meridians in the body. These channels are related to internal organs, certain emotional states, bodily tissues and/or fluids. Sometimes the Qi in these channels becomes stagnant and deficient. When this happens the Qi is not able to nourish the body and promote healing.

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Can Acupuncture Help Anxiety?

Can Acupuncture Help Anxiety?

Did you know that acupuncture can help with anxiety and other emotional difficulties? Anxiety is a normal response to stress or danger. When this reaction occurs frequently, at inappropriate times, or chronically it is considered a disorder. Symptoms vary depending on severity, but can happen suddenly or gradually. Additionally those with an anxiety disorder are twice as likely to experience depression.

Anxiety and its accompanying symptoms are most often considered a disorder of the spirit in Chinese Medicine (TCM).

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What are the five elements in Chinese Medicine?

What are the five elements in Chinese Medicine?

The five elements are used within the medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine to describe cycles or patterns that exist in nature, in health, and in disease.

The five elements are five phases of a cycle and each element describes a point where energy changes direction. All elements are connected. Some elements nourish each other and some elements control each other. We can see these cycles clearly when we look at the movement of the seasons. Each element also has a related color, sound, smell, emotion and even internal organs.  

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What are Meridians?

What are Meridians?

In my private medical practice people ask me all the time "What are meridians? and how do they work?" According to ancient medical systems like Traditional Chinese Medicine our bodies have an energetic or subtle body. This subtle body is made up of meridians, nadis, or channels. These channels act as pathways where Qi, Prana and blood flows. They vary in size and importance and they comprise an invisible lattice that connects all organs and transmits information related to every process in the body and mind.

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China Trip: The First Week

China Trip: The First Week

It has been almost a week since I left my beautiful home of Vitoria BC and ventured into a deep exploration of one of the places my medicine is rooted. In December 2012 I completed classes for my doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been a journey totaling almost 7 years! I have been fortunate enough to be practicing part time privately for the last number of years while I was finishing this final level of study.

To complete my formal TCM training (the learning will never stop for a health geek like me) I have traveled to Shen Yang, a city in North Eastern China, and will spend the next 2 months interning at Liaoning University Of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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