立 冬  Beginning of Winter

 Hope you are doing well! November 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!


立 冬  Beginning of Winter Saturday November 6th marks the beginning of Winter in the Chinese calendar. Daylight saving time with be this weekend and you should be feeling the effects of colder weather and less daylight. Seasonal Affective disorder “SAD” affects many people, but do not feel “SAD” embrace YIN! Yin is darker, cooling, and a great time of year for meditation. That is why we will share a good meditation practice in the Qigong section below. Winter element is water and is the time that the Kidneys are strong. Kidneys are the root in Chinese medicine and is the “generative force” or basically reproductive energy and hormones that maintain our body.  Everytime you get acupuncture we are harmonizing this force in your body.


Winter’s rhythm embodies the seed. the embryo, the potiential. This time of long nights and little light tends to draw folks into a solitary life allowing plenty of time to reflect on dreams and plans for the future. Winters color is blue, not the feeling blue, but just a retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. Much wisdom can be gained in winter. The body is changing from a weak yin state to a strong yin state. Qi deficiency can occur in the kidneys. the qi will go deep into the body (hibernate) in winter. Focus the mind on raising the spirit (mind) and be more physically active. 


Massage: the ears, kidneys (lower back), and KD1 “yongquan” bottom on the feet in winter.


Water is the element of winter, so you should be sure to drink plenty of it. Dry skin and lungs can be caused by dry heat in the home and freezing weather outside. Water helps to keep the kidneys nourished and clean.

Food for Winter: Steamed Watercress, oats, quinoa, amarenth, citrus peel, miso, seawed, warm hearty soups, whole grains, blackbeans and kidney beans, steamed wintergreens, and bone broth.

Qigong of the month: Zuowang means “Sitting and forgetting”. Origin is from  Jingzuo 靜坐 “quiet sitting” Qin dynasty 221-206 BC. Zuowang 坐忘  “sitting and forgetting” made popular in Tang dynasty  618-907 AD. It is a Taoist “wu wei” pure awareness meditation. 

Healthwise, still quiet sitting therapy can help with various problems like: dizziness, lightheadedness, palpations, restlessness, insomnia, blurred vision, tinnitus, panic attacks, anxiety, moodiness, forgetfulness, weak constitution, weak digestion, and those lacking motivation. Jingzuo/zuowang was used in sanitariums in the treatment of tuberculosis. It is more effective when added to qigong and tai chi movement therapy. 

Health depends on breathing. We cannot live long if our breathing stops. Breathing helps with the circulation of blood and lymph. Exhale releases carbon dioxide and inhale brings in oxygen. Blood can be blocked by incorrect breathing. Also half of our blood is deposited in our abdomen, so poor abdominal breathing can result in stagnation of blood flow and this can cause malfunctions in internal organs. 

Zuowang pointers:

1. Keep the body still

2. Keep the mind still

3. Tune out all thoughts, lose the self/ego.

We’ll use Zhuangzhi’s (369-286 bc) “Listen to breathing” Mind tranqility method. Gather your thoughts and heart-mind before starting , Listen to nose and lungs, listen to the inhale and exhale. Listen to the qi, listen no more, merge with the Dao the great void, Wuji.

Key points: breath with the nose, eyelids are like curtins or closed, use the lower dan tien, noiseless breathing that slowly lengthens. *the chattering of the mind may interrupt the breath, bring awareness back to the breath. *Let go of everything, forget everything. *dwell in own being: present and empty *release and forget moment after moment,. Release and forget even releasing and forgetting.

Staff hours:

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.

Chae’s hours: Monday 9 am-2 pm, Tues. 4-7 pm, Wed. 9 am-1 pm, Thurs. 4-7 pm, Fri. 9am-2 pm, Sat. 2-5 pm (every other Saturday).

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