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Lance's Spring Letter 2016

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Lance's Spring Letter 2016

In spite of our recent cold spell (and apparently more snow coming tonight), new life is being created right before our eyes! 

From the deep, quiet and cold stillness of winter, nature, now a little warmer and sunnier, is exploding with new life. Shoots are forcing their way through the soil and leaves are popping out of their buds. Go for a walk in the woods and you will see some bright new leaves popping out and you'll hear birds chirping. Spring is a time of birth, new life, new possibilities. The vision and potential of the acorn seed is following its plan and beginning to turn earth and the elements into a beautiful oak tree.
 
As humans living busy and technological lives, its easy to forget that we too are part of this cycle of nature. We too have the springtime energy within us. We create new life, give birth to creative projects, make plans and follow through. We have the same flexibility of a tree that finds its way towards the sun no matter what obstacles are in its path. We have the same power of a blade of grass pushing through a cement sidewalk. 
 
In 5 element acupuncture the goal is to keep the energy moving through this natural cycle. When it gets stuck, that's when dis-ease, pain or upset occur. When the powerful uprising spring energy (wood element) within us gets stuck we have particular experiences. For example on the physical level we may feel like our tendons and muscles are tight, we may get one-sided headaches or migraines, vision problems or trouble sleeping. We may get angry or frustrated, or  we may lack vision, flexibility, or creativity. 

When in balance the springtime energy within brings us the gifts of humility, planning, decision making, clear perception, creativity, appropriate anger, justice, vision and flexibility. 

If your springtime energy or wood element is feeling stuck here are a couple exercises that can help!

  • Meditate! Set your alarm for 20 minutes, sit up straight, be still, relax, and pay attention. If you want to learn with me - i offer 2 ways: in person (starting tomorrow!) or online (use the newsletter member discount code: "meditate50" )
     
  • Create! even if you are not inspired, just start a creative project. write, draw, dance, sing, paint. You will see the creative juice begin to flow before your eyes! 
     
  • Cleanse! Its a kind of "internal" spring cleaning! Spring is the perfect time to lighten the body and clear some of our winter storage. Some simple tips:  Eat lighter, include spring greens, and take a break from the sugar and processed foods. We also still have some room in our 21 Day Nutritionist Guided Spring CleanseSpring Clean! includes Private nutritional consults, Group support, and even Yoga and Acupuncture! note: The early bird discount ends soon (more info below)

If you have been receiving seasonal acupuncture treatments, now is the perfect time to come in for your spring session. We can help bring smooth movement and new life to your body, mind and soul! Please feel free to use the handy Online Scheduler. If you are new to acupuncture now is the perfect time to spring into sessions, give us a call at (610) 203-3747 or book online to set up your initial appointment =) Also if you know anyone who may be interested please feel free to pass on this newsletter! (there is a link at the bottom) 

We have some fantastic courses coming up...stay tuned for our full April schedule!

Enjoy our current events listed below.

Wishing you the happiest Springtime with new growth and freedom!

Love,

Lance
  

Lance David Isakov, M.Ac. L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., CYT
(610) 203-3747

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Practitioner Spotlight:
Britta Bissecker 
Reiki Master, Access Bars Therapist

Natural healing and holistic health has been a focus of mine for the last 22 years. I am constantly amazed by the variety of modalities that are available to help one find balance, relaxation and harmony within one’s body and mind, and in relation to the world around us...read more –>


Event Spotlight:
Spring Clean! 
a 21 day guided community cleanse with Rachel & Lance
Starts April 11th.

Feeling sluggish and tired after winter? Carrying extra pounds? Burdened by sugar cravings? Ready to revitalize and restore in preparation for the abundance of spring and summer? Kick start a new season of wellness with Rachel and Lance! Read more –>

Save $ with the Early Bird Registration (ends Sunday Mar. 27th)


Healing Arts Spotlight
Zero Balancing with Sharon


Developed by an Osteopath and Acupuncturist, Zero Balancing (ZB) is a hands-on body-mind therapy system which combines energy concepts from acupuncture with knowledge of physical body structure and movement from Osteopathy. .Read more –>Reminders

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4 Lessons from the "almost Spring"

by Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher
edited by Amy Isakov


These are actual quotes I have heard this past week:

"I am losing my mind"
"I am ready to lay on a beach" 
"When is this going to be over?" "I have cabin fever!"
"3 more inches!?" 
"I can't wait to get my schedule back and get my kids in school!!"

Sound familiar?

This can be a frustrating time of year in the cycle of seasons.  We know spring is around the corner, in fact we are feeling a bubbling, sometimes pushing up of its energy deep within us, but alas - snow still covers the ground, the air is still frozen, and the spring equinox is still about a month away.


Each time of year has it’s own gifts and challenges in the cycle of the Five Elements. So, what in tarnation are those gifts of this "almost Spring" time of year?!


Here are four gifts to ponder:


Potential Energy - In nature the bulbs and seeds lay dormant and still in the winter. As the sun gets stronger and stronger, those seeds begin to gently stir and the energy begins to slowly build up until, BAM! There is a Crocus! Life has begun again and it brings us to our knees. This is the same stirring you are feeling within you. Your energy is getting ready to burst into life. What will you create?

Creativity - Part of our feeling of angst is that we are so aware of this potential energy but it just feels like it hits a barrier. Like a blade of grass trying to push through a concrete sidewalk. It builds up in us and pushes against the diaphragm. (the end of  liver/springtime energy channel) Emotionally we feel frustrated. Frustration is this powerful uprising creative energy- that’s stuck. What is called for is making room for more expression and possibly creating new ways of letting “it” out. Perhaps now is a good time to start writing down ideas and thinking about what you need to align in order to take effective action in the spring time.  Even if you can't take action, you can get out a pencil and paper and leave it on your desk.  Just leave it there so when an Idea comes, you’re ready.  Allow the bubbling and pushing of Spring to abide, knowing it is creating life.

Patience - Take a breath.  Flowers that pop up too early often don't make it due to an early refreeze.  If only they had waited! That is the lesson of patience. Though we are feeling the need to spring forward, we need to wait for the appropriate time, even though it can feel challenging.  That will ensure steady and healthy growth to maturity.  Remember, there is a time for every purpose under heaven.
Potent wildflowers. The view of the Five Elements recognizes the cycle of perpetual life giving. Water gives life to Wood, Winter gives life to Spring. And the deeper the winter the more powerful the spring.  If you have ever grown tulips, you know this first hand. With tulips, you have to emulate winter by storing the bulbs (in soil) in the freezer for a few months. Doing this creates healthy, vital flowers once they go in the ground for spring. It’s the same in us. A deep and still winter will allow for the birth of a powerful creative surge! Can you feel it?  It will be worth the cold and the wait.


I’m letting my planning for an upcoming course be fueled by these energies.  I am really looking forward to exploring Potential Energy, Creativity, Patience, and Potent Wildflowers in my Kundalini Yoga & Healing weekend intensive in April.  For all those who feel called to really take this deep and see where we can go together, I am excited to join you on this journey.


More info on the Spring Kundalini Yoga & Healing Immersion can be found here.


Meanwhile: turn this up loud and see how it feels, you’ll realize that you are not alone…


Hope too see you soon!  


Love,

Lance

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