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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...

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...

July 15, 2019

Summer is HOT. And summer is generally the most social time of year! Sometimes the intensity of expending so much energy with potlucks, bbqs, picnics, concerts, and even vacations can start to wear us down. 

That’s why it’s necessary to come back to our own experience and to move through this season of maximum expansion (maximum heat and light) with an awareness of what we really need. 

While it feels wonderful to expand outwards, to enjoy more daylight and perhaps a more jam-packed social s...

June 1, 2019

In Buddhism, it’s sometimes said that there is no dharma (no teaching). My understanding of the “no-dharma dharma” is that every lesson that we learn in life happens IN CONTEXT. A teaching will not be received in the same way by two different people.

That’s why general weight-loss or health advice often falls short. It’s too general. It hasn’t taken into account an individual’s particular experiences, habits, and patterns of thinking or behavior. It hasn’t been taught in a way that’s digest...

May 15, 2019

I’m constantly surprised, in a great way, by the people I work with. Someone can come in one week with anxiety and the next week with knee pain. I know that someone is starting to feel better when the smaller complaints start getting voiced.

When I did my acupuncture school interview, I said that I wanted to never be bored. And y’all can bet that I have NEVER have a boring day in my acupuncture practice EVER. The practice of medicine keeps me completely engaged with the unfolding of life. T...

May 2, 2019

I recently spent four days at a Five Element Acupuncture retreat. Most of the people had been practicing acupuncture for more than 20 years. The two women leading the workshop had 95 years of experience between them.

It’s hard to not compare. To not assume that I wouldn’t not do well simply because I don’t have that length of learning behind me.

We spent four days seeing patients and taking turns interviewing patients, taking pulses, locating points, needling, treating. Those four days were...

March 1, 2019

With the last of the snow safely (I think?) behind us, my thoughts have turned to the energy of spring, a brand new cycle of the year. If you’ve saved up enough juju during the wintertime, you’re probably itching to get outside and get moving.

This fabulous NPR podcast on the science related to movement has four tips to help you incorporate more movement into your life. It’s great for those of us who already move around a lot and those of us who need some support to get moving a bit more.

My...

November 12, 2018

There’s a thing in yoga called “dropbacks.” You start by kneeling, or (more commonly) standing, then you drop your head behind you, arc your heart to the sky, and backbend so deeply that you end up stretching your arms out and overhead and behind you, then drop into a wheel pose, sometimes called upward-facing bow (pictured above). It’s SCARY, and it’s great for building confidence.

Before a few weeks ago, when I attended a yoga class on Daylight Savings with the appropriate theme of “Fall...

October 1, 2018

Do you crave a resting place?

So many of us are stressed-out beyond what we think is healthy! It’s easy to get all-consumed by work, by life, by our relationships.

When you reach your max, or ideally before, what you need is a nice time out.

Though it doesn’t always sound relaxing to lie around with needles, many people find acupuncture a pleasant break, an amazing reset, an opportunity to really check in and find out how you feel.

I made this (less than one minute!) video to help you define w...

September 14, 2018

A few weeks ago, I felt crushed by despair after a big disappointment at my (other) work. As the (part-time) Wellness Administrator at Drexel University, I oversee employee wellness opportunities for 5,000 people who have become so incredibly dear to my heart.

In the treatment room, I work singularly, one-on-one, and at Drexel, I touch 5,000 people all at once (!!!) every time I offer a new event, program, or initiative. The two seem very different sometimes, but both are aligned with my vi...

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