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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...

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...

December 31, 2018

Winter is the season of loss in Chinese Medicine. As it was written in 2600 B.C. in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Translated by Maoshing Ni), “During the winter months, all things in nature wither, hide, return home, and enter a resting period, just as lakes and rivers freeze and snow falls.”

As the calendar year winds down and we continue this ascent into the darkness, AND as we turn a new page into 2019, I wish you wellness, contentment, and love. These days might fee...

December 13, 2018

Holiday ease? Is that a thing? Probably not entirely.

But my best holiday tip to make your holiday season feel more relaxed is to “find your foundation.”

In yoga, the “foundation” of the pose is whatever is touching the floor. The foundation gives you a source of strength and offers you something to press down into to gather your strength or to engage so that you can find stability and power and a strong hug into the midline to counteract all that wobbling to-and-fro. Your foundation is what...

November 5, 2018

I recently teamed up with Philly Power Yoga and Thrive Pilates (at 20th and Walnut), where I was taking luxuriously-sweaty heated yoga classes this past summer, to offer a winter-themed seasonal health workshop.

This workshop is awesome for anyone who struggles with the dark and the cold. If you have seasonal depression or just feel restless and worn down by winter, this workshop is for you.

We will explore the hidden gifts and opportunities of this special season and we will also address ho...

February 28, 2018

Winter is the water season in Chinese Medicine. The cold, contracted, and dark days of winter ask us to surrender to the lack of illumination and to allow ourselves to be pulled underwater into the depths of our experience.

The water season of winter is so powerful because water is so adaptive. It can flow around any obstacle, and it can easily erode rock given enough time and persistence. It can transform from a still ocean into a tsunami. It can be a waterfall, a puddle, tap water, a bog....

February 16, 2018

Happy New Year!

That’s right! If you missed all those New Year’s Resolutions, today you get to start fresh, as today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year is based on the solar calendar (like our Gregorian calendar) AND on the lunar calendar, thus accounting for the movement of the moon and the tides. Because of this, there is some “drift” each year, meaning that the start date of the Chinese New Year waxes and wanes like the moon.

So take in all of that natural be...

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