Hope you are doing well! September has arrived and that means we are in the last quarter of the year.
Insurance notice: Most plans renew with the calendar year, so if you have visits that can be used and already met your deductible now is the time to use them! Also, reminder for our package holders that expire a year after purchase. If you are unable to use them, you have the option to gift them as well!
White Dew passed on September 7th. It marks a shift in the year as Fall is arriving and the weather is now getting cooler. Yin is increasing (coolness, increase in darkness) and days are getting shorter. We are actually in “Indian Summer” so I’ll give some advice for both “Indian Summer” and Fall. The body changes from Yang to Yin. Lungs are first to experience the change and may be aggravated by late seasonal pollen. You can use a neti pot or try some eucalyptus oil to help the lungs. To maintain the lungs from dryness, be sure to consume a proper amount of water. Massage the chest from the center outward and the Lung channel from the front shoulder/collar bone down to the nail of the thumb. Also helpful is to wear clothes that do not overexpose the skin as the mornings and nights will be cooler.
Indian Summer rhythm is grounding and centering. A time of balance and preparing for the cold winter and letting go of the playfulness of summer, and moving towards getting serious about the necessities of life. The color is yellow, so it is a good time to cleanse the immune system with some fasting by having more fruit and vegetable juices. This is also a great time to set roots for a new job or home. Earth is stable and solid. Decisions made in late summer prove to be beneficial for one’s job or home. The spleens is most active in late summer, so eat the fresh fruits and cooked vegetables from summer’s bounty to keep the spleen at optimal performance. Continue to avoid raw salads and vegetables as this can harm the spleen.
Fall or Autumn’s rhythm embodies completion. Peace and contentment flow freely during this season. The color is White and represents a void of judgement and acceptance of what is. Metal is the element of the season. “Strong as steel” best describes the person who has mastered the metal element. They have the ability to change and endure the challenges that bring wisdom and perfection. Temperance is the virtue necessary to master the mind and balance the spirit. The points 22.01 (Chong Zi) and 22.02 (Chong Xian) are also very useful for the lungs. They are at the inside of the palm in the webbing of the index and thumb. Press and massage them to assist the lungs from common cold, allergies, and sinus congestion. Eat apples, pears, and zucchini. If you have access to a Asian market, get some Nagaimo (Shan Yao in Chinese) and fresh Lily Bulb as well which are good for your lungs.
Qigong of the Month: Hun Yuan qigong*
Hun Yuan means “primordial”. It is a qigong that helps you “return to origin” or your natural original state before we were born in our mother’s womb. The ancients felt this state was very important to return to in our life to help restore our Qi and mind. The father of modern qigong Hu Yaozhen taught this and so there are a few videos available on YouTube. I choose this one for patients because it does not require special breathing and it is good to focus on the movements in a slow and flowing way. It also has stillness in it to help center and clear the mind. Lastly I choose this because it is simple, not very long, and easy to learn. It is not a replacement for medical attention and if you do feel uncomfortable doing it, just stop and go for a walk.
This is a primordial qigong so when beginning, open the mind, allow it to expand and see infinitely into the universe in all directions, gather the life force of the universe, blend internally and externally with the universe as the work to purify and detox our shen (mind), Qi (vitals), and Jing (essence).
*our method here has some minor variation to the official Hunyuan Qigong of Feng Zhiqiang. Some simplification and modification is made.
Linda’s hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11am – 7 pm, Fri. 12-4 pm
Matthew’s hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2 pm to 7 pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 12 pm, and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.
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