6 February

Late Winter and Our Bodies

In the classical Chinese view of the body, humans are likened more closely to ecosystems or plants, rather than machines as is the dominant narrative in “Western” culture. An interesting article (click here) about the body as machine theory shows how Americans are starting to unpack our conceptions of the body and self, turning to […]

5 January

Flu Season Tips

You may have noticed the especially strong flu season this year. Even with the flu shot, our bodies need all the help they can get to stay in top flu-avoiding form. Here are 7 ways to boost your immune system at this critical time of year: Try to get 8 hours of sleep per night […]

20 October

Incorporating Gratitude Into Your Life

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If you’re anything like me, the shortening days of the fall months can negatively impact my mood. I have found that there are a few things I can do to stay positive during this seasonal transition. I try my best to get outside and move my body despite the weather, keep social engagements with friends, […]

6 October

Beating the Common Cold with Foods in Chinese Medicine

It’s that time of year again when the common cold becomes more common. The best medicine is prevention and there’s a lot you can do at home. Getting plenty of rest, moving your body in a way that brings you joy, breathing mindfully, staying hydrated and eating well are all great ways to maintain health […]

21 September

The Fall, And How To Adjust To One’s Landing

Fall is both a season and a verb describing movement, a change of direction, and sudden action. Herodotus observed, “People are most likely to be seized with maladies during changes; changes of anything, but especially of the seasons.” According to the Huananzi, “Autumn wind brings frost, retreat, decline….The grasses and trees retrench to their roots, […]

7 September

Keeping a Routine in Autumn

According to the seasonal patterns of Chinese medicine theory, autumn is the time of year that it is most important for us to keep to a routine. Many people find that getting back to a routine helps them reign in the wild and crazy times they had throughout the summer and to settle themselves into […]

22 May

Mental Health: Anxiety

Here’s a feeling most of us have experienced to a greater or lesser degree at some point in our lives. Many of us feel it as a tightening or gripping sensation in our chest, while others may feel sudden shortness of breath or just a strange disoriented feeling. Personally, I’ve experienced many different degrees of […]

8 May

Mental Health: Depression

Our bodies are amazing at telling us when something is out of balance and needs to be restored. We come down with a cold when we’ve been working too hard, we get heartburn when we eat types and amounts of foods that don’t agree with our digestion, we feel a pit in our stomach when we go along […]

7 April

Why Meditate?

Choosing and committing to meditation as a practice is the single most important aspect of forming a meditation experience that truly takes us deeper and begins to change our state. If we go to the gym regularly, but sit at a machine with little or minimal weight or resistance, we will see minimal results.  As in any […]

16 March

Knee Pain Exercises

Ahh spring! The days are getting longer and the weather is completely unpredictable, but that doesn’t stop us Oregonians from getting outside after a long, dark winter to run and hike and walk and play. But along with all our renewed activities some of you may be experiencing some knee pain. While some cases of […]