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January 15, 2020

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January 15, 2020

Winter is the best time of year to go deep within yourself and connect with your inner reserves. As winter wears on, here are a few simple tips to help you make the most of this season.

Rest. The Chinese classics advise us to go to bed when it gets dark and to rise AFTER the sun. Don’t be afraid to let yourself surrender to sleep. Practice conserving your energy so that you’re ready for spring.

Protect Yourself from Cold. Excess cold can cause us to feel paralyzed, frozen, or stuck. On a phy...

January 1, 2020

The ancient Masters

didn't try to educate the people,

but kindly taught them to not-know.

When they think that they know the answers,

people are difficult to guide.

When they know that they don't know,

people can find their own way.

If you want to learn how to govern,

avoid being clever or rich.

The simplest pattern is the clearest.

Content with an ordinary life,

you can show all people the way

back to their own true nature. 

~Tao Te Ching chapter 65 by Lao Tzu, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane Engli...

December 16, 2019

I recently walked around the West Philly coffee shops to hang flyers for my “Winter, Rest” yoga workshop. (You can see details here.)

While I was hanging flyers, I was removing the flyers from my “Intro to Acupuncture” event, which was already done at that point. At Milk & Honey cafe, I found this little note written on my flyer:

“She’s kind, attentive & awesome. I’m a client.”

It was so sweet to receive a secret endorsement. I took the flyer off the bulletin board and brought it home with me...

December 1, 2019

My favorite early morning ritual has been to wake up and take an upright seat on my couch with legs crossed beneath me, close my eyes (or stare at the flickering tree branches back-lit out the dark window) and breathe all the way down into my kidneys.

Your kidneys are located at the back of your body tucked (mostly) beneath your low ribs. Another way to find them is to grab onto the natural curve of your waist (where your waist turns inwards) then dart your thumbs up. You are now approximat...

November 14, 2019

We’re in the time of year (autumn) associated with the organs of the Lung (Chinese Medicine uses the singular to refer to the two lungs) and the Large Intestine. 

While autumn is a season of decline, it’s also a season of great inspiration. The leaves flash their most beautiful colors before they die off and drop down. Nature makes a grand show as the passing of this season propels us to make more time to reflect and retreat. 

Autumn is naturally a little melancholic. The associated emotion...

November 3, 2019

The Lung (Chinese Medicine uses the singular to refer to the two lungs) is said to be the “Commander of the Qi” which helps to set the rhythms for our body, mind, and spirit.

In this way, the Lung, our posture, and how we are breathing, sets the tone for our entire lived experience. When the breath slows, we feel steady and at ease. When we stand up straight but without tension, we feel powerful and strong. When the breath compresses, quickens, or is held, we start to feel panicky and fas...

October 31, 2019

The Lung (Chinese Medicine uses the singular to refer to the two lungs) is said to be the “Commander of the Qi” which helps to set the rhythms for our body, mind, and spirit.

In this way, the Lung, our posture, and how we are breathing, sets the tone for our entire lived experience. When the breath slows, we feel steady and at ease. When we stand up straight but without tension, we feel powerful and strong. When the breath compresses, quickens, or is held, we start to feel panicky and fast,...

October 12, 2019

I recently started watching the three-part Bill Gates documentary series (“Inside Bill’s Brain”) on Netflix. The first episode is all about sanitation. I was shocked to learn that 4 billion people (more than 50% of this planet’s population!!!!!) do not have access to good sanitation (or to sanitation at all really). 

I guess that I knew that on some level but seeing the images of overflowing pit latrines and raw sewage being scooped up and dumped out into gorgeous rivers (and then reflectin...

September 28, 2019

These past few weeks have been busy for me. Busier than I’ve asked for. I like to stay engaged in life but I don’t like feeling overwhelmed by too many “to-dos”! The cooling weather and the darkening days have been reminding me of autumn’s most essential gift. A reminder to take it down a notch, to chill out, to keep your cool. 

As the weather shifts, It feels like the right time for a big exhale. Cozy sweater season is on its way. Soon there will be more desire to snuggle in with a steamin...

September 14, 2019

Autumn is often a time when melancholy sets in. The beauty in nature peaks as the leaves turn, then slowly, or suddenly, the trees are stripped bare.

The energy in nature is moving downwards in autumn, and so this is an excellent time of year to let go. Letting go can look drastic. Maybe you clean out that closet, room, or drawer in one fell swoop. Or it can be gradual. Maybe you begin to assess the quality of relationships in your life and vow to communicate more authentically so that you...

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