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Welcome Siubhan Clark and Yin Yoga on the Main Line!

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I am SO excited to officially announce our newest addition to the Village Wellness Yoga team... Siubhán!

Siubhán will be offering her own unique style of Yin Yoga, a still and passive practice that encourages the connective tissue to release enhancing the natural range of mobility in the joints, and ultimately help develop greater strength and flexibility across the entire body.

Her class will be held weekly on Friday Mornings from 10:30-11:30 am. You can even stay after class to continue the bliss with Open Acupuncture which starts at noon!

And for all you early birds - check out Stu's Wednesday 6 am class and start your day off with deep connection!


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4 Tips that can help us stay in the FLOW

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4 Tips that can help us stay in the FLOW

Here are 4 ideas that can help us stay in the flow: 

1. Listen to our body - if I'm tired, I sleep/nap - I know, I know you hear me say it all the time- but i think its the most import thing we can do! Do you know that most of us actually need more sleep in the winter - its biology - think about it - we have had electric lights for less than 200 years - we've been around for about 300,000 - before electric light it was common to go to sleep soon after sunset and arise after sunrise - this means more sleep in winter (like 10 hours) and less in summer (like 7 hours). 

2. Meditate. The letting go and stillness present in nature makes this a great time of year to get good at sitting still.  If you’ve been thinking about starting or restarting a meditation practice, now is an auspicious time. There are so many benefits to this simple practice and I really want as many people as possible to get support in meditation.  I have a  10 day downloadable meditation course that a lot of people seem to have gotten some real value out of, check it out if you haven’t yet! I’m proud of it.

3, Be Consciously more Grateful. Again no better time for gratitude than Thanksgiving right? - Spend 5 minutes EVERY day this week immersed in the feeling (real or made-up) of deep gratitude. Try it before you check your email in the morning from you phone in bed. If you’re like me an you use your phone (set to airplane mode) as your clock by your bed, set your lock screen to the word gratitude***. Then when you check the time when you wake up, You’ll be reminded to just close your eyes for a few more minutes and be curious about how much gratitude you might be capable of. Even Oprah raves about it.  =) 

***see below for an image you can use

4. Adopt a Spirit of Generosity Year Round: Ok, this one takes some planning for it to be applicable right now, but what would it look like if you sincerely adopted an outlook on the world that moved through goodness.  Practically speaking, if I see something that I think would be a great present for a friend, I just get it. And then SURPRISE! I just gift it to them! It’s also wonderful to be on the receiving end of this phenomenon. I feel like gifts are about appreciation -  and the Birthdays or the holiday season doesn’t have to be a contrived moment of generosity.  

Thank you so much for being part of our little community

With love and appreciation,

Lance

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Five Element Acupuncture: About Late Summer and The Earth Element

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Five Element Acupuncture: About Late Summer and The Earth Element

Five Element Acupuncture: About Late Summer and The Earth Element
By Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac, CYT

This is the character for the Earth Element

This is the character for the Earth Element

Earth Meditation: for 3 minutes - Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the woods in theLate Summer (harvest time).  What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What is the sense of the air on your skin? Pay attention to how you you feel. 

Now, Imagine standing on the raw earth...feel it beneath your bare feet, ground yourself, notice how the earth supports the weight of your body... Earth is the element of the Late Summer season and represents the energy of support, holding, nurturing, nourishment and abundance.

In Late Summer, the activities of Summer start to slow down while harvest time kicks into gear. The plants and trees offer fruit and vegetables that are ripe and bountiful. Food is available for all animals to get fat and happy before fall approaches. Late summer reminds us that Mother Earth gives us all that we need without asking anything in return.

Five Element Acupuncture theory reminds us that we are one with nature and that we follow energetic movements similar to the natural cycle .  Late Summer is a sweet and nurturing time of year isn't it? The fruit is sweet, the air is sweet, even the light is sweet, right!? And best of all we have a surplus of yummy fruits and veggies, the sweet gifts from the growth and busyness of Spring and Summer. 

So how does this the energetic movement of Earth and Late Summer show up in us? 

In 5 element medicine the goal is to keep the energy moving through this natural cycle of seasons. This will help to imbue us with the gifts of the elements. 

Earth shows up as the emotions of sympathy, empathy and compassion. Its our ability to give and receive caring feelings and mothering energy.

I love this card from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck. It demonstrated the energy of late summer beautifully!

I love this card from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck. It demonstrated the energy of late summer beautifully!

Physically, Earth shows up as our Stomach, the part of us that breaks down and digests food; and the Spleen, which transports nourishment around the body. 

Spiritually, the Earth give us the ability to feel completely nourished, stable, secure and abundant in all areas of our life. We feel so abundant, that we overflow with this energy and are able to share our bounty with others.

When Earth is in balance you have the gifts of nurturing, thoughtfulness, nourishment, taste, sympathy, stability and home.

When Earth is out of balance you may feel obsessive worry or sympathy. You may be self-centered or insecure. You may not be able to give or receive help or care from others. You may feel a lack of abundance, like you dont have enough. You may experience, muscle pain, digestive problems, ulcers, headaches or even cancer. You may also find it hard to lose or gain weight.

***Curious about the rest of the elements? Read my ebook: 5 Element Acupuncture & you. (use the code "ancient wisdom")

If your Late Summer energy or Earth element is feeling stuck here are 4 practices that can help:

1. GIVE! Lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need; give a random gift to someone in your life; volunteer your time at a homeless shelter or food kitchen; Give out hugs; Literally feed your partner or friend =)

2. GRATITUDE! Keep a daily gratitude journal; Give thanks to mama earth and the creatures on her for providing your food before you eat; When you say "Thank You" look the person in the eye and mean it from your heart.  

3. RECEIVE! Consciously accept the thank you's, gifts and offerings of others; Be aware of the processes of taking in food, chewing and digesting; When someone gives you a hug, shakes your hand or gives you a high five..What is it like to really take it in?

4. 5 ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE:  If you have been receiving seasonal acupuncture treatments, now is the perfect time to come in for your Late Summer session. We can help bring Nourishment to your body, mind and soul! If you are new to acupuncture, massage, nutrition, or energy medicine, now is the perfect time to jump into sessions =) 

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5 Natural Ways to Stay Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

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5 Natural Ways to Stay Cool During the Dog Days of Summer

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer! 

Fun Fact Alert: Did you know that these sizzling days are called the Dog Days because its the period when Sirius, the dog star, rises at the same time as the sun?! 

How to stay cool:  When things are working well, our bodies are amazing at keeping us cool! Here are 5 natural ways to help facilitate cooling in the body when AC and swimming aren’t an option ;)


1. Sitali Pranayam

I love sticking my tongue out in public places..;)

I love sticking my tongue out in public places..;)

Yogic Cooling Breath: It’s super simple to do: 

1. Roll your tongue 

2. Take a nice long sip of air through this natural straw 

3. Exhale through the nose. 

Continue for 3 minutes. 

You will feel the cooling effects immediately.  This yogic breath also can help reduce fatigue, fevers, and high blood pressure. 


2. Really Cool Acupuncture Point - Bladder 40 (supporting the middle) 

Try this out! Hold an ice cube (or try peppermint oil - see below) behind the knees! Bladder 40 is an amazing point to cool summer heat!) It also helps with lower back pain, spasms and weakness in the legs, and digestive issues! 


3. Medicinal Grade Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil can be like placing an icepack on the body! Put a drop behind the knees (see above), on the low back, or behind the neck for an instant cool down. You can also add a drop to water. PRECAUTIONS: Make sure you get a medicinal grade essential oil that you can apply directly to the skin. Do not get it in your eyes as it will burn! if you do apply coconut, olive or almond oil to the area. Note that water will amplify the effects but oil will dilute it.  


4. Foods that cool summer heat

Cool as a cucumber ey? Well in Chinese Medicine there are foods that are energetically cooling! Cucumber and Watermelon are both amazing to reduce summer heat. And they just happen to be abundant at this time of year! YUM! 


5. HYDRATE with H20!

Okay this is an obvious one but the most important...drink water! Water helps the body's own natural cooling process more that anything else! I usually recommend my patients drink 1/2 their body weight in water per day. so if you weigh 150 lbs drink 75 oz of water per day.


I hope these help you stay cool naturally!  Oh and don't forget to go swimming!! 

Lots of love,

Lance

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3 Simple ways to be more mindful in challenging situations.

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3 Simple ways to be more mindful in challenging situations.

Hi Folks!

I’ve been thinking about some patients who are going through very challenging times.  The question is how can we be as graceful as possible with those times that really push us to our edge?

3 SIMPLE ways to be more mindfulness in challenging situations!

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is simply the state of being aware or focusing your awareness on the present moment.  This sounds so easy, but when we are faced with these challenges it is sooooo difficult. Here are 3 techniques that will help!

1. Take 3 Bellow Breaths - This is a powerful deep breath! 
Relax your shoulders and take a few deep, full breaths from your abdomen. Exhale powerfully through your nose, followed by deep inhalation by relaxing your belly open. Breathe entirely from your diaphragm, keeping your head, neck, shoulders, and chest relatively still while your belly moves in and out. 

2. Hug someone or yourself! - Here’s the shocking truth: hugs boost our happiness levels. And scientific research is there to show this. Basically, a good hug is the fastest way for you to get oxytocin flowing in your body. Oxytocin, also known as the “love drug”, calms your nervous system and boosts positive emotions. Here’s how a good hug resulting in oxytocin flow affects you: It lowers your blood pressure, especially helpful if you’re feeling anxious. It lowers your cortisol (the stress hormone), enabling a higher quality of sleep. It can increase your social connections and a sense of belonging. * from the happyologist.co.uk

3. Be Creative or Solve a Puzzle! - Being creative or solving a puzzle will help you stay focused and centered on the momentGrab some paper, markers, or crayons!! Color in your grown up coloring book or solve a Rubix cube (i just learned how to do this btw- - very meditative!!) 

Each of these simple acts will help you be more present, more mindful and will create more grace in challenging situations. 
But don't take my word for it! TRY IT OUT!

Hope it helps!!!

Lots of love,
Lance


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In the Spirit of Freedom

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In the Spirit of Freedom

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Nelson Mandela

I hope you are having a great Independence Day!

This day celebrates America’s freedom from the Kingdom of Great Britain, but the meaning of freedom continues to evolve and expand. As Nelson Mandela said: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Nelson Mandela holds a special place in my heart because I moved with my family from South Africa to America in 1986. My father risked everything to come to America so that he could have peace of mind.  While in South Africa, we lived in a middle class white neighborhood outside of Johannesburg where extreme inequality and violence was normal. The average white person's house was roomy, had a swimming pool and maids.  They also had 15 foot brick walls with electric barb wire fencing on top. Even though white people were technically free they had created their own prisons.  Outside our big brick walls it was normal to be carjacked or held at gun point and the government was very controlling.  They censored which books and movies we were allowed to watch and of course, they controlled the news.

During apartheid (1948-1990), non-whites were not considered citizens of South Africa. Their rights were stripped away and they were forced to live in overcrowded shanty towns. Mixed marriages of blacks and whites were illegal, families were torn apart. Buses, water fountains, public bathrooms, beaches, hospitals, and schools we all segregated. Four years after my family left South Africa, Apartheid was finally abolished and Nelson Mandela was released from his 27 year stay in Prison.  That man changed the face of the world and humanity got to see what moving forward together can look like.  

Through my 20's, like many other white males of my generation, I was comfortable with the freedoms in America and I took them for granted.  I had a growing sense of mistrust with our government and I would complain to my parents that America was an unjust country. Now, let me just say that there is plenty of injustice in America, but what I am more interested in just now is the historical context for all of this and where we can go.  My parents lived through a dark mark in human history and they have gratitude each day for the freedoms we enjoy here in America.  And those freedoms are here because of men and women that dared to see and demand for more than what was given to them.  Yes, they fought and died in wars, but they fought for something so much bigger than themselves.  And they knew about a better life to be had because of people who dared to speak it and write it and live it.

The 4 of July, was never really a big deal for me, but as I have developed and studied more of our history, I see how inspired our revolutionary forefathers and foremothers were. And I am grateful for their vision and what they made possible for all of us. The United States, as messy as it's been, was founded and is still being found in the spirit of making life better for EVERYONE.  This is a process, and more than ever, I want to be part of it.

I want to be a freedom founder of our time. How can we dream out loud a vision of the future that gives thanks to where we've come from but isn't afraid to move on? How can we foster more liberty in each other?

The American flag itself beckons us higher.  In the words of Eran Shalev, " … in the 1770s an alternative and revolutionary political cosmology emerged and was enshrined in the new nation’s [flag]: a diffuse constellation of uniform floating stars devoid of a solar center that embodied egalitarian and republican values...The American Revolution would thus give rise to new modes of understanding and communicating the political order: no kingly star overshadowed and dominated others; together they constituted a novel political system in which a plurality of individual stars held together, comprising a unity that was more perfect than its discrete parts.”

As we celebrate our nation’s freedom today, may we continue hold this revolutionary vision to strive for even greater freedom for ourselves, our sisters and brothers from all walks of life, our communities, and our beautiful planet.

In the Spirit of Freedom,
Lance

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Grief and the Gift

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Grief and the Gift

14 month ago, a fellow acupuncturist, Rebecca, passed away after a long dance with cancer.  My wife, Amy, was in the room with her when she took her last breath. What a powerful and ineffable moment. The weight of her passing presses on my heart in unexpected waves. My world is changed.

We all experience grief, whether it's the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, the passing of a beloved pet, the loss of a house or even a special object. 

I work with patients every single day in the treatment room who are going through grief. And though much of it is a mystery, there are 3 things I absolutely know...

One is that grief can show up differently for everyone. It has no timeline and no agenda — no predictable course. Because this is true, I understand there is no right or wrong way to grieve. 

The second is that to heal grief, we must engage a process of authentic allowing. We must let the emotion move — laugh, cry, scream, throw things (not at people) or be still. The more we can allow the feelings that arise within grief, the more we receive the gift of that loss. I know it can be hard to think of the silver lining when grief hits hard, but truly there is medicine here. When we allow grief we become the embodiment and expression of the essence, wisdom, teachings of that person we have lost. 

The third and final knowing I have is that grief asks us all — the community — to hold those who are grieving, even though it's uncomfortable. To give them space to move through it – to cry, to scream, to pull their hair out, to rip their clothes, to feel the heartbreak, to look bad. To, ultimately, help them allow the process. 

So, thank you, my beloved community for holding space for me as I mourn Rebecca. And please know that I and all of the practitioners and staff at Village Wellness are committed to holding space for you, in whatever ways life shows up. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Lots of love,

Lance

P.S. If you would like to read some of the last writings of my friend Rebecca you can find them here

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❤ What is the best time to make love... According to Chinese Medicine?

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❤ What is the best time to make love... According to Chinese Medicine?

❤ What is the best time to make love... According to Chinese Medicine?
By Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher

Did you know that according to Chinese Medicine there is a best time to poop! There is also a best time to eat, to nap, to dream, to meditate and even to make love! I remember being wowed the first time I learned about the Law of Midday/Midnight or The Chinese Clock as its commonly known. Qi moves through the body just like a wave moves through water. The crest of this wave circulates through particular organ systems at different times of the day.

For example from 5-7 am, there is a greater amount of Qi in the Large Intestine. How is this helpful? Well, if you suffer from constipation, you will be more likely to move your bowels at 6 am than at any other time of day!

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? The stomach Qi is strongest from 7-9 am! It is easier to digest anything in the am! At the opposite time, from 7-9 PM the qi is lowest in the stomach, that is why a light dinner is beneficial!

What can you do instead of eating a big dinner? Make love! From 7-9 pm the Qi is in the Heart Protector/Circulation Sex function of the body! This function is responsible for relationships, communication, and the birds and the bees =)

So here are 3 more examples:
Best Time to Meditate: 3-5 Am - Lung time - Connection to Spirit/Breath 
Best Time to Nap: 3-5 PM  - Siesta time! When the Qi is in the Bladder - the storehouse of energy in the body!
Best Time to Dream/be creative: 1-3 AM: Qi in the Liver - creativity and the wandering etheric body (Hun). (know any artists who like to create at that time of the morning?)

What time is it now? check the clock below to see what you could be doing! and if you have any questions feel free to ask! If you are wondering about the health of your internal Chinese Clock, simply book an appointment online, come in  and I can take a look. 

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Passion, Connection & The Stars: An Interview with Astrologer Tara Vogel

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Passion, Connection & The Stars: An Interview with Astrologer Tara Vogel

This is part of a series of interviews I am conducting with practitioners of holistic medicine with the aim of answering this question: "How can we increase our quality of life?” 

I find that people who are drawn to help others tend to be ignited with a deep passion and purpose. These interviews delve into that drive and aim to discover insight and supply tips for living life to its fullest. 

Tara Vogel is an Astrologer practicing at Village Wellness on the Main Line, Philadelphia. She also specializes in Astrology specifically for parents.

Enjoy the interview!
Love,
Lance


Q: Tara, what does an Astrology session involve and how does it help a person go forward?

TARA: When a person books a session with me, I ask for their birth date, time and place. I enter this information into my astrology software and what I see is a flattened out map of where all the planets were in the sky at the moment of their birth. We call this the natal chart. It’s basically the blueprint of their soul, or the soul’s lesson plan in this lifetime, you could say. On this lesson plan, there are lots of symbols which stand for the planets which are in signs and houses and they’re making different aspects to other planets. I interpret that, and what I’m looking at is potential. I’m seeing potential of what the soul wants to learn and explore. I’ll spend some time before the session in the energy of that person. As I look at their chart, things start to jump out at me. I start to get a “feel” for them.

A first-time client session lasts about 90 minutes. We sit down together and have we a conversation about what I see in their chart and how that shows up in their lives.

Clients come to me for several reasons.

  1. They’re curious and open to learning more about themselves.

  2. They’re wondering about astrology and how it really works. They’ve been reading their horoscope and want to understand it more.

  3. They’re pretty aware and awake and are always looking for a way to up-level their life and they use astrology as a tool to do that.

  4. Which is the most common. They're struggling in some area of their life and could use some guidance and a little direction or clarity. Having an astrologer read your natal chart is great for that!

Much of my session with a person is conversation back and forth. I I kind of have the cheat sheet for their soul plan in this lifetime. “This is what your soul is here to experience. How is this showing up for you? How is that working for you?” A lot of times it’s one of those bigger, harder lessons, they might be struggling with it, especially if they’re having a transit. A transit is a cycle of growth that someone is going through in their life based on where the planets are in the sky right now, and how that’s stimulating their natal chart or their soul’s blueprint in this lifetime.

Q: How does astrology integrate with shamanism, acupuncture, and other services at Village Wellness?

TARA: Astrology is about connecting to something bigger than us, some greater intelligence that we’re all a part of. Astrology is about remembering our connection. Long ago, when we needed answers, we looked to the sky.

With shamanism, It’s very much the same. Connecting with the earth, sky, plants, ancestors. There is no separation. There’s magic happening in both. If we think about acupuncture, the intent of acupuncture is to bring your body back into your wholeness.

When I’m looking at a natal chart, my goal is to bring that client back to themselves, to the whole picture or wholeness of who they’ve come to be in this lifetime. In my opinion, acupuncture is a part of a healthy and holistic lifestyle and so is astrology.

Astrology is one way to deeply and intimately get to know ourselves and our “soul’s plan”. I see acupuncture as giving you access to a healthy relationship to your body, mind, and spirit. A good astrologer will help you have access to that body, mind, and spirit connection as well, because your body, mind, and spirit is shown in your natal chart. I guide you towards the highest expression.

Holistic psychotherapy and past life regression (which are also offered at VW) are also other ways to deeply understand yourself. When I look at someone’s natal chart, I can also see about past lives that they’ve had. More importantly, what they’re bringing from those lifetimes, into this lifetime, and what they’re here to really learn and to kind of “get right” and really master in this lifetime.

Q: Tara did you end up helping people in this way? What drew you to astrology? Why did you choose it as your profession?

TARA: My middle daughter was born with special needs, but we didn’t really know what was going on with her for a while, so I spent many years of her life, especially in the beginning, trying to heal her. I had her astrological natal chart read by an astrologer when she was five, and he was able to explain to me how she was emotionally, how her mind worked, the challenges she came to experience, what she needs, and where her gifts are.

He described her so accurately! It was then that I realized that she was living her life according to her soul’s plan, even though it was a very different life than I had imagined for her. It brought me a lot of peace to think there wasn’t anything I needed to fix, I just needed to support her in the highest expression of that plan. And the natal chart shined a light on that plan! When this astrologer was able to explain her by looking at these symbols on a circular map of where the planets were in the sky when she was born, it really blew my mind and I became a crazy woman and a little obsessed with learning everything I could about astrology. I have a lot of Scorpio in my chart, so I love to dive deeply into things, and I really did the deep dive into astrology. That’s when my passion really ignited. It really went from a passion to a profession for me.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your work?

TARA: I’m really passionate about connection. Intimate connection with ourselves and others. If you know a little bit about astrology, I have my Jupitar, Mars, and Venus in Scorpio in the eighth house. This house is about intimate connection. Not only am I here to explore that, but I want to help other people experience it.

We’re so connected to the cosmos, especially the moon, which is our closest celestial body. We know that the moon influences the waters of Mother Earth and our our moods. Humans are made up of mostly water so of course the moon is going to have a strong effect on our body. A child’s body is even made up of more water than an adults, which is why we see it even more in them!

The more we can stay intimately connected with our soul’s plan, shown by the natal chart, the more things will feel “right” in our world. We’ll be more at peace on the inside, because we’re on our path. When I say peace, it doesn’t mean that life is always going to be easy. Of course we all have heartbreaks, hard times, and challenges, as well as the ecstatic times in our life, the success, and the expansion. We have both the expansion and contraction….the in-breath and out-breath.

When we go with our soul plan, then we have the energy at our back guiding us along rather than getting beat up because we’ve been fighting it and human beings can really fight to keep themselves small. There is a deep knowing inside of us when we’re on the right track. You’re unfolding into a more evolved version of yourself.

Q: What are 1-5 healthy habits or lifestyle recommendations you want to offer to the world?

TARA: It’s hard to pick a few, because I have a lot.

My first one is to join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) so you can actually connect to the plants and food that are being grown and harvested around you. You connect to the vital life force inherent in all living things when you eat things that are local and in season. That life force is so strong because the food was just harvested and it actually vitalizes YOU. We need more vibrant beings on the earth! We’re so used to eating old vegetables or dead, over-processed food that we lose our vitality and get grouchy. Go pick some dandelion flowers and put them in your salad (Yes, you can eat them!)

The second recommendation is to walk barefoot on the Earth on a regular basis. If it’s too cold to be barefoot, just get yourself outside because nature heals. Go out and talk to the moon. Let her listen to all of your worries and dreams. Give them all to her. Tap into her wisdom. She has wisdom from the ages that she’s here to offer us. As I said, she’s our closest celestial body and the moon is really our archetype of the mother. A good mother can hold it all. She’s able to hold all of our emotional stuff and give us reassurance that it’s going to be okay. She really does tell you that if you’re truly listening to her. :-)

My third recommendation is to connect to your body on an everyday basis. However it feels good and it doesn’t have to be a workout. It can be yoga, dance, stretching, walking, running, giving yourself a massage, or getting a massage, acupuncture, shiatsu. We’ve all come to experience this plan, that’s mapped out in our astrological natal chart, through the vehicle of this body we have while we’re on the earth. The more we can take care of our body, the more we’re able to do our spiritual work, serve and grow. We, in our society, abuse our bodies a lot and we don’t pay enough attention to them, which is why it’s so critical to focus on keeping them vibrant every single day.

My last recommendation is to work with someone who can give you a broader perspective of yourself. That could be a coach, a holistic therapist, or some kind of healer that you see on a regular basis such as your acupuncturist, shaman or astrologer. Check in with someone, not for their opinion, but so they can remind you of who you are. Any good healer will remind you of that. They’ll mirror back your wholeness and it’s actually you’re wholeness that has the answers you’re looking for.

Q: Do you have a spiritual practice? If so, what is it?

TARA: I have a few spiritual practices. One is ecstatic dance. I find that it’s the most effective way to quiet my mind, connect to my body, feel ME, and express myself in a creative way. Our body knows how to heal itself and when we allow ourselves not to dance, but to be danced by Spirit, God or whatever the name is you give to the organizing intelligence of our Universe, we heal. My favorite ecstatic dance practices are: 5rhythms, Movement Medicine, Soul Motion Azul, and Open Floor. I dance in Philadelphia on a regular basis.

My second spiritual practice is walking our dog, Rosebud, because it forces me to get outside and connect with everything around me.

My third practice is working very closely with the cycles of the moon. Everytime the moon is new (every 29 days) we have the opportunity to begin again. The full moons give us a different kind of opportunity, as well as the first and last quarter moons. This is a really powerful practice and something I love to teach my clients.

Q: What book do you give away the most?

TARA: I love books! The two books that I find myself giving away the most are “Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead” by Tosha Silver and “Pussy: A Reclamation” by Regena Thomashauer.

“Outrageous Openness” is a funny, easy to read book. It’s very uplifting and has you connect to something bigger than yourself.

“Pussy: A Reclamation” is an important book for all of us to read, especially if the title offends you a little, then I would definitely read it! I did some work with Regena years ago and she is the one that taught me that pleasure is one of our biggest teachers, especially as women. She’s doing very important work in the world in this time of the divine feminine reawakening. She’s wild, crazy, and a lot of fun.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

TARA: I have many favorite quotes, but my current favorite is one by Matt Licata who says, “We are conditioned to find a problem where there is an invitation”.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time? What do I like to do for fun?

TARA: I have a strong Capricorn influence in my chart, so I work a lot and don’t have a lot of free time. I’m also a mom with three kids. Having more free time is one of the things that I’m trying to cultivate more of in my life right now.


Main Line Astrologer Tara Vogel

Tara Vogel

Certified Astrologer, Certified Professional Coach

Tara is an astrologer and coach.  She’s passionate about helping people stay connected to their soul’s path through the wisdom of the cosmos.  Each one of us has an astrological natal (birth) chart. It’s a picture of where the planets were in the sky at the moment of your birth and it’s essentially the blueprint of your soul in this lifetime.  It can be used as a powerful vehicle for conscious healing. She believes that exploring and understanding the natal chart is one of the greatest tools we have for developing compassion for ourselves and others.

Tara believes in a holistic approach to living and weaves her knowledge of nutrition and herbalism into her sessions. She’s also trained in the Internal Family Systems method of psychotherapy.  She writes daily on how to use the celestial bodies to support you in your everyday life. Tara also teaches Applied Astrology at an online school for her teacher, Debra Silverman. Astrology, cosmic contemplation, and ecstatic dance are her greatest spiritual tools.  She’s a mom of three and is a Capricorn sun, Libra moon, and Pisces rising.

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Neuroscience, meditation, & a few minutes a day...

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Neuroscience, meditation, & a few minutes a day...

I recently shared an article from Business Insider titled: 'Neuroscience shows that 50-year-olds can have the brains of 25-year-olds if they sit quietly and do nothing for 15 minutes a day'.

Here are the key points:

▪"Neuroscientist Sara Lazar found that people who practiced meditation had more gray matter in the part of the brain linked to decision-making and working memory: the frontal cortex." (after just 8 weeks)

▪"While most people see their cortexes shrink as they age, 50-year-old meditators in the study had the same amount of gray matter as those half their age."

▪"Participants in the study averaged about 27 minutes of the habit a day, but other studies suggest that you can see significant positive changes in just 15 minutes a day."

Creating a younger brain?! This is a major finding and proves just how powerful meditation can be.

Want to get started with meditation here are some helpful tips: 
1. Dont worry if your mind is busy - just practice being still, relaxing, and gently being aware. Allow the mind to just be exactly as it is. 
2. I recommend just 3 minutes a day and slowly building up your time. 
3. Do it daily, create the habit.

Want more help? Try my nifty online meditation course I made for my patients. It includes 11 audio mediations of various lengths and an ebook that helps to demystify meditation. All are welcome to try it out! If you are inspired....hint: use the coupon code: "meditate50"

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The Benefits of Forest Bathing

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The Benefits of Forest Bathing

I have always found going for a walk in the woods to be wondefully theraputic. Over the years it has become an essential part of my self-care routine. Walking in the woods, no matter what the weather is like, helps to clear my mind, provides deeper access to my intuition, and eases my heart. 

A few years ago, I discovered a Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku that completely describes the therapy of walking in the woods.  It has been translated into english as Forest Bathing - taking in the forest atmosphere.  

Studied Benefits (from The Shinrin Yoku Organization) of Forest Bathing include:

  • Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells. (Research Study)

  • Reduced blood pressure

  • Reduced stress (Research Study)

  • Improved mood

  • lowered Cortisol ( Research Study )

  • Increased ability to focus,

  • Helped with ADHD

  • Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness

  • Increased energy level

  • Improved sleep

Forest Bathers also have reported:

  • Deeper and clearer intuition

  • Increased flow of energy

  • Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species

  • Increased flow of eros/life force

  • Deepening of friendships

  • Overall increase in sense of happiness

Looking Deeper - Research & Articles on Forest Bathing

Conclusion

Go for a walk in the woods!!!! You will feel even better than you already do!!!

Love,

Lance

 

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The 3 part breath for overwhelm & anxiety

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The 3 part breath for overwhelm & anxiety

by Lance Isakov, L.Ac.

As someone who has struggled with anxiety, the 3 part breathing technique and me are best buds. It really helps to bring instantaneous calm to moments of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. I have taught this breath to hundreds of patients, it's simple, potent, and brings a calm focus when done right. 

The 3 part breath is actually a teaching tool to make use of you entire lung. The lungs go from the bottom of the rib cage all the way up to the collar bone. Our goal is to fill the entire lung in a smooth and easy breath. 

  • Sit up comfortably and easily, breathing gently through your nose.

  • Imagine your belly is like a bellow. as you expand your belly the breath falls in and as you pull your navel center in and up the breath pushes out.

  • PART 1 - Belly - Place a hand over the belly button. Now as you expand your belly allow the breath to fall in. Hold briefly and exhale by squeezing the navel center towards the spine.

  • PART 2. Chest- Place a hand on your chest. Do Part 1. Hold. Now inhale even more by expanding the upper chest. Hold gently and exhale, chest then belly.

  • PART 3. Colar Bone. Part 1 Inhale. Hold. Part 2 Inhale. Hold. Then inhale a tiny bit more into the very top of the lungs under the collar bone. You will notice that the heart center wants to lift and the shoulders want to drop down and back. Exhale!

  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER. Without holding, Inhale Part 1, Inhale part 2, Inhale Part 3, Exhale part 3, 2, and 1. You will have a smooth breath that fills the entire lung.

  • Continue for 3-5 minutes or as long as you are comfortable.

 

 

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The Healing Art of Hugging

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The Healing Art of Hugging

I love hugging! I'll take any hug I can get! A 1 second squeeze, a 3 second embrace, even a loooong 20 second healing hug! Sure, it can be a bit awkward to linger - but if both parties consent, the research is there to support major healing benefits of a nice long hug!

Here are the Top 3 Health Benefits to a Long Hug - Scientific Proof included!

1. A hug of 10 seconds or more increases Oxytocin.
Also known as the "love hormone", Oxytocin regulates social interaction,  bonding, underlies trust, and is an antidote to feeling down.  When Oxytocin is released it also balances your blood pressure and heart rate. (see the science)

2. Hugs reduce pain, ease Asthma, help with diabetes, and improve our immune systems. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine has carried out hundreds of studies into touch. They have found evidence of significant effects, including enhanced growth in premature babies, diminished pain, decreased autoimmune disease symptoms, and improved immune systems. (see the science)

3. Hugs help with feelings of depression.
Hugging stimilates the production of Serotinin. Low Serotonin has been linked to feelings of loneliness and depression. As Serotonin is released feelings of pleasure, elevated mood and happiness increase. (see the science

So now that we have all the science lets experiment with this healing art for ourselves! For the next week, i challenge you to find one consenting person or loving pet each day to practice a 10 to 20 second hug with. Pay attention to how you feel before and after. so that you can see the benefits for yourself!

I would love to hear from you about your experience so please send me a note!

Happy Hugging! 

Lots of Love,

Lance

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my experience: Part 4 of our 5 part shamanic apprenticeship

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my experience: Part 4 of our 5 part shamanic apprenticeship

Im feeling particularly heart-full in this moment, having just completed part 4 of our 5 part, year long, shamanic apprenticeship with 11 beautiful apprentices.

Our time together was devoted to deepening our healing work using the natural elements, sacred healing objects, breath work, sound vibration, and sacred geometry.

I am SO excited to share this work with you. In fact - I'm going to set up a few special shamanic healing sessions. If you are interested in experiencing this level of shamanic healing work - email me and let me know!

Also if you are interested in becoming a shamanic practitioner or get excited at the idea of joining our next 5 part year long shamanic apprenticeship - please let me know that too! I'm so excited to be part of the medicine tradition!

In other news, I am super grateful to be adding 2 new AMAZING practitioners to our Village Wellness team!! I will tell you lots more details soon but here's a little preview.

Megan is a financial wellness practitioner that is one of the most generous people I know. She is dedicating her precious time (she is the COO of a financial company and mama of a 1 year old) and immense experience to helping us find a right relationship with money. Im bringing her on because finances is one of our biggest stressors in life. And she can help! She is not a financial advisor nor is she trying to sell any financial products. Megan will simply be helping us heal our relationship with money. WOW!

Laura is an amazing sound healer who uses crystal singing bowls to tune the chakras and align your energy - quite a blissful experience! Laura has offered sessions at Village Wellness in the past along with her very popular sound healing workshops. Im so excited to have her back on our team!

Lastly I have an invitation to you. If you are struggling or need ANY support in ANY way in your life please reach out!. If I am unable to help I can at the very least, point you in the right direction!

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Working with our shadow emotions though the lens of Five Element Acupuncture

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Working with our shadow emotions though the lens of Five Element Acupuncture

Our collective attention is, yet again, to the tender subject of suicide with the passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, most notably.  

This has me reflecting on our fast paced, modern world.  Our relative freedom and abundance also comes with immense pressures and intense challenges. Some of these look like the pressure to perform, to be happy, to "look good", or to get it "right."

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Let's look at just one area where this shows up — social media. We see our friends, family, or celebrities, like Anthony Bourdain, living the apparent dream life. This can bring up questions for us either quietly or in a very significant way, that make us question our choices, our lives, our joy. "Why don't I have the dream life?" "What did they do to have such a perfect life?"  These nagging questions push on us to be happy, to perform, to look good, and to conform. 

We live in a culture where having things,  – money, fame, titles, and fancy stuff are cherished above most else, even without a diagnosed mental illness, these pressures can spiral down into what I'll simply call dissatisfaction.

In her article "Regrets of the Dying" Palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware expressed the following 5 "surprisingly common" themes of dissatisfaction from her patients on their deathbed:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. 
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

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Happiness starts with being well

To foster  'true happiness' starts with being well.

Sleep well, eat well, move well, play well, relate well, and work well.

Be generous, live with integrity, and be kind. 

Be your authentic self. express your feelings, be with friends, and have community, commune with nature. 

Remember your true value does not decrease based on someones inability to see your worth. 

Practice taking joy in the little things. 

When we get stuck...Acupuncture and our shadow emotions

In Five Element Acupuncture we understand that emotions are a healthy part of being human. Our bodies are wise and we have emotions for good reason. The goal in acupuncture is to keep it moving - problems arise when we get stuck and stagnation of emotions ensue.  By  understanding  the shadow side of the emotions, we can use them to heal, and take better care of ourselves and those around us. 

The Wood Element – Depression 

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Appropriate anger uprises when we feel violated whether it's physically, emotionally, or mentally. That anger is there to serve us in taking effective action. When there is no appropriate expression/action this uprising energy gets stuck. Eventually the "explosion" upward turns inward and that leads to profound inner turmoil or resignation.  

To Feel Better with the Wood Element:  When you feel violated and anger ensues - take appropriate, safe, ethical, and effective action to right the wrong. A release of anger can be as simple as saying 'no', punching a pillow, or shouting alone from the gut in a safe space like your car with the window up.

The Fire Element – Mistrust & Cynicism  

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Appropriate sadness arises when we feel heart broken or disappointed. This feeling is there is to serve us in creating space, allowing the heart to heal. When there is no appropriate space or expression of sadness, this energy turns inward and brings about cynicism and a deep lack of trust. 

To Feel Better with the Fire Element:  When you feel sad, do your best to allow the feeling and give yourself a safe space to heal. Effective communication, having support through friends and community, or listening to music can be helpful in making room for the shadow side of the Fire element. 

In a world that puts pressure on us to feel happy all the time, remember that beauty thrives in diversity of experience – it's okay to not feel happy.  Give yourself the space and support you need.

Earth Element – Obsessive and Compulsive Worry

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Appropriate empathy arises when we are concerned for the care of others. This feeling is there  to serve us in creating a powerful bond with those we care about. When stuck, this energy turns inward and can bring about obsession, worry, and/or compulsiveness.  

To Feel Better with the Earth Element:  When you begin to feel worry, do your best to allow the feeling and not fight it.  Remember to trust the process.

Practicing the art of gratitude is one of the best remedies for the feelings of worry and obsession.  

Metal Element – Despair

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Appropriate grief arises when we lose someone or something precious to us.  Grief arises to help us create space, mourn and integrate that which we have lost. When we get stuck in grief, this energy can turn inward and bring about feelings of despair.  

To Feel Better with the Metal Element:  When you begin to feel grief, do your best to allow the feeling and not fight it.  Remember to trust the stages of grief.

Creating ceremonies of remembrance and honoring is a powerful way to move the energy. Deep and powerful breathing also moves stuck feelings and relieves heaviness of the heart.

Water Element – Fear & Anxiety

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Appropriate fear arises when we are placed in what we perceive as a dangerous situation. This feeling is there to serve us in creating safety and respect of that danger. When we get stuck in fear, this energy can turn inward and bring about feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.  

To Feel Better with the Water Element:  When you begin to feel fear, do your best to allow the feeling. If appropriate, heed the warning. If you need to move through it, breathe intentionally to promote feelings of courage.  

If you are feeling anxiety, pay attention to what may be the root fear underlying those feelings.

Deep and powerful breaths develop courage to move through the fear. Meditation will also allow you to cultivate perspective so you can sort out what needs to be feared and what doesn't.

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You are not alone & it’s not personal

When our emotions are balanced and flowing, they arise to serve and guide us. If they get stuck, try one of the suggestions above.

You are not alone, even if you’re feeling that way. Know that others are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Reach out! There are friends, family members, community centers, gyms, wellness centers, schools, classes, meet-ups, clubs, support groups, and support hotlines. 

If you or someone you know is struggling and you find this helpful please feel free to share. 

Wishing you a full and abundant life of allowing, presence, and harmony.

Lots of love,

Lance

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 A Who's Who of the BEST Acupuncturists this Side of the Mississippi=)

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A Who's Who of the BEST Acupuncturists this Side of the Mississippi=)

Hope you are having an splendid moment. Did you know we now have an amazing team of FIVE extraordinary, fully accredited, and licensed acupuncturists at Village Wellness?

We ALL practice holistic acupuncture, meaning we treat the person who has symptoms rather than just the symptoms themselves. But we each have our specialities too! 

Here is a handy dandy list so you can keep it in mind when you are booking your appointment: 

  • Gabrielle focuses on helping folks with emotional/mental upsets like anxiety, depression, and overwhelm. She also is amazing at helping with musculoskeletal upsets like aches and pains. Gabrielle also manages our Community Acupuncture Program.
     
  • Lei specializes in women's health issues, hormonal upsets, and fertility support. She is also our Cosmetic & Facial Acupuncture Guru. She can help with those fine lines & wrinkles, bring color to the face, and a sparkle to the eye.
     
  • Carey, specializes in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and is super helfpul for physical injuries, pain, and muscle tightness.
     
  • Karin does Five Element Acupunture and Allergy elimination (NAET). 
     
  • I (Lance) focus on helping folks with spiritual level work. My main interest is helping my patients with Spiritual awakening and aiding them in feeling more like themselves. I also work with people who already feel well and healthy to give them an edge,  expand possibilies,  and help them feel even better! 

Wow! 5 amazing acupuncturists under 1 roof! I believe the greatest transformation comes from the beautiful healing relationship that develops between you and your practitioner. At Village Wellness, each of us is completely committed to this level of healing and transformation!

If you have any questions about who the right practitioner is for you, drop me a line, and we will figure it out together!!

I hope to see you soon!

Lots of love,

Lance

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3 Ways to Practice The Art of Patience

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3 Ways to Practice The Art of Patience

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart...live in the question.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Have you ever felt like you had to explode, break through, create the new — but the timing wasn't quite right, or you rushed into it and your plan didn't end up blossoming?

That's why Patience is one of the aspects of the Wood Element or Springtime Energy — the powerful upward, exploding energy. Like we see in a sprouting tulip, 5 Element Theory understands that brining a vision into fruition requires patience. We must hold the vision and let it ripen before it's ready.

(To understand the Five Elements in context, check out a complimentary copy of the e-Book, Five Element Acupuncture & You. [use code: 'ancientwisdom'])

Patience is a powerful tool.

With patience, we can allow our ideas to percolate to the perfect moment of creation.

We can sit and get to know a stranger, someone different than us, erasing fear and prejudices. With patience comes wisdom, inner strength, and focus. Patience brings better mental and emotional endurance. We all know what it can be like to feel quick to anger. Especially if you're a parent - kids test patience like it's their sole purpose in life. If we actively cultivate patience with tools like breath, curiosity, and choice — we become happier, calmer, and more at home, feeling connected to life!

Now, more than ever, we need to Practice the Art of Patience! We are practiced at never having to wait for anything. We are physically habituated towards instant gratification. Think about it. Any information is available in seconds from our phone. We can purchase almost anything online and have it delivered to us that same day. There's no more going out untethered to everyone you know and love. Our nervous systems wire themselves according to what we repeat most often. This is where we have power.

3 ways to Practice Patience

1. Shift your perspective on a problem (How To): When we shift our perspective, we can unhook ourselves from the well worn grooves and patterns of our nervous system and try on something else.
     a. Think of a challenging situation or problem in your life.
     b. 'Open your mind' by saying "This could mean anything!"
     c. Release any judgements you may already have about the problem.
     d. Be curious and ask yourself, "What is a new way I could look at this problem?" or "What haven't I thought of yet?"

2. Grow Strawberries. Or any other fruits or veggies you enjoy! When you nurture a plant, it  brings you into nature's rhythms. PLUS you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Here's the How-To.

3. Be Creative. Paint. Cook. Knit. Draw. Sing. Write Poetry.  To make good art, we must be patient. Fortunately, creativity has a way of inspiring it.

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. 
- Kurt Vonnegut

Village Wellness  6 Waterloo Ave Berwyn, PA 19312

Village Wellness
6 Waterloo Ave
Berwyn, PA 19312

 

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Stephanie Moore Uses Shamanic Energy to Treat Anxiety and Pain The Wayne native practices at Village Wellness in Berwyn.

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Stephanie Moore Uses Shamanic Energy to Treat Anxiety and Pain The Wayne native practices at Village Wellness in Berwyn.

Originally Published in Main Line Today by MELISSA JACOBS

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To many, shamanic energy medicine might sound a bit out there.

Cleansing chakras, medicine stones and manipulating energy are hallmarks of New Age hocus-pocus. But when shaman Stephanie Moore talks about pain, what she says makes a lot of sense.

Chronic pain—from fibromyalgia to autoimmune disorders to anxiety and even depression—effects people emotionally, physically and spiritually. Western medicine treats diseases on only some of those levels, whereas Moore attacks it systemically.

For example, anxiety is a mental illness that has physical symptoms. It triggers the flight-or-fight response that causes the release of cortisol and adrenaline. Moore can shut off that response. “But if you don’t understand what’s causing it to go off, you’ll leave here and it will go off again,” she says. “That’s why we do the mystical, magical stuff.”

While clients lie on tables, fully clothed, Moore uses medicine stones and her hands to move their energies. Then, she creates a sacred space by chanting and drumming, putting clients and herself into totally relaxed, trance-like states. Then, the talking starts.

To find the origin of their pain, Moore takes clients through their personal histories. “Energy is like a thread,” she explains. “We have to pull it all and get at the root of it, or we’re just plucking weeds.”

Clients can only talk about what they know. Moore gets the rest of the story by communicating with spirits. They aren’t necessarily dead relatives—angels, animals and various energies surround Moore and each client has their own spirit guides. “I ask my guides to connect me to the clients’ [guide],” Moore explains.

But truthfully, Moore doesn’t need the ceremony to “read” clients. Within 10 minutes of meeting someone, and with 100 percent accuracy, she says she can rattle off a decade old physical ailment, an emotional childhood trauma, and something that happened that morning. So why the chanting? “It’s important for people to relax and tell their story from their perspective,” Moore explains. “That tells me where they are, in that moment, and that can guide what we do.”

Generally Moore helps clients break destructive patterns, find forgiveness and create new personal narratives. That’s true with pain caused by mental and physical illnesses. “You need to shift your perspective for a pattern to clear,” she says. “It’s about not being shackled by the past.”

Moore’s past is surprisingly normal. She grew up in Wayne, was raised Catholic and attended the Baldwin School. She married her college sweetheart and worked as an emergency veterinary nurse after they moved to Berwyn.

One day in 2011, Moore was going about her daily routine when she heard the word “shaman,” though it hadn’t been spoken aloud. The experience was so unusual and the word so specific that Moore went to her local library and found a book on shamanism. She’d stayed up all night reading it. The next morning, Moore told her husband that she was meant to be a shaman and the book’s author, Alberto Villoldo, had to be her teacher. Her husband greeted that declaration with more than a bit of skepticism.

Undeterred, Moore attended local meetings about shamanism, and in 2015, enrolled in Villoldo’s course. The 300 hours of training took place in the Berkshires and Andes mountains. “We slept on the ground for a month in a camp with 20 people and studied for 9 to 13 hours per day,” Moore remembers. “We were on detoxifying diets, we did sweat lodges and other rituals. It was a grueling month of bringing up all of my dark stuff. But my teacher taught us to heal ourselves. Then, we had the tools to help other people.”

Moore returned to Berwyn a changed woman. Now, she makes mindful choices about everything, from relationships to the food she eats. She also listens to her spirit guides, which she can now clearly hear. All of that lead her to Berwyn’s Village Wellness, a holistic healing center, and its founder, Lance David Isakov. He helped Moore start her shamanic practice, which is now thriving.

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Sacred Reciprocity – Mending our Relationship with The Earth

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Sacred Reciprocity – Mending our Relationship with The Earth

I recently had the privilege of spending the weekend with 16 other beautiful souls for Part 1 of our 5 Part Shamanic Apprenticeship. It was a wonderful and powerful experience and I am so excited to share my learnings.

One of my biggest takeaways is the deepening of my practice of sacred reciprocity. Sacred Reciprocity is best understood as the heartfelt exchange, gratitude, and acknowledgment for everyone and everything that sustains us.

We are alive because of the balance of this give and take. Think about eating and breathing... We breathe in the waste of plants, Oxygen, while plants breathe in our waste, Carbon Dioxide. We eat life force produced by Mama Earth and we feed her back our waste which is compost for more life. This happens on every level, even the subtle, energetic ones.

Sadly, as we can see from environmental changes and nutritional strife, the balance of give and take with our Mother Earth needs major healing.  She gives unconditionally and we take, take, take. So what can we do to bring back balance?  

Our ancient, earth honoring traditions have built in practices for Sacred Reciprocity; The farmer, who would leave the most prized and precious pieces of corn as an offering of thanks to the Earth at harvest time or the Shaman who would make a despacho, an offering of deep appreciation to the spirits, or simply a pinch of tobacco to a plant before it's used in a healing. 

Many people feel daunted by trying to mend out relationship to the earth, but living in Sacred Reciprocity can be as simple as giving heartfelt thanks or acknowledgement as you walk in the woods, swim in the ocean, or hustle down the sidewalk to the place you need to get to next.  

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but just imagine what would happen if every single human being participated in a sacred relationship of exchange with the Earth?

“When we surrender the need to figure it all out, 
and cultivate the ability to let it all in, 
then our earth walk becomes
a sacred dance of healing service on the planet. 
More than the world needs saving, it needs loving.” -
don Oscar Miro-Quesada

Yours with IMMENSE gratitude, 

Lance

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Back hickies?...heres the scoop about cupping

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Back hickies?...heres the scoop about cupping

Remember the dark circles on Michael Phelps' shoulders during the olympics a few years ago? They are the result of Cupping Therapy, a technique that we incorporate into acupuncture sessions for sports injuries and muscle aches. 

Glass or plastic cups are placed over areas with stagnation. Air is pumped out of the cups creating a suction. The suction releases stagnant blood and energy to the surface creating a bruise. The result is typically  immediate relief of the ache. Its amazing! And those hickies typically disappear in a few days. What's extra amazing is, if you cup an area without stagnation, no bruise will appear! 

I received some cupping for an achy back and neck! it helped so much! these are the marks left - they will dissapear in couple days.

I received some cupping for an achy back and neck! it helped so much! these are the marks left - they will dissapear in couple days.

 

Got aches and pains? Interested in cupping? come try it out - simply book an acupuncture session online. Cupping is incorporated into our Acupuncture sessions on an as needed basis. If you are not in the Philadelphia area, we are happy to give referrals of great practitioners near you. Just Ask

 

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