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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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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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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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Do you know 2 people that can benefit from Holistic Medicine?

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Do you know 2 people that can benefit from Holistic Medicine?

I find that, though holistic medicine is making it's way towards the mainstream it's often still viewed as fringe, unconventional and sometimes scary to many people. I would LOVE your help in changing that. 

The Favor: If you know anyone who might benefit from acupuncture or our other holistic medicine services, would you:

1. Share your experience. Talking about acupuncture and what's possible with holistic medicine normalizes it for people who may be too timid to try it themselves. 

2. Invite them to do a free tea time chat to ask their questions and see if the Village Wellness approach is the right fit for them.

If you don't know whether your community would be interested in Acupuncture or holistic medicine, simply share our website with them or invite them to our Facebook page

If your peeps live elsewhere and are interested in trying holistic medicine, I am connected to great practitioners all over the country and would be happy to supply a referral. Just ask by replying to this email.

Thanks so much!

Lance

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The Art of Allowing - How to Let Go

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The Art of Allowing - How to Let Go

by Lance Isakov, L.Ac.

In 5 Element Acupuncture theory, Autumn, represented by the element Metal, is chance to shed what is no longer absolutely essential. The energy (Qi) of our brothers and sisters of the plant world, turns inward and descends down deep into their roots. The trees let go and their leaves fall to the ground creating space for new growth. This letting go also creates rich fertilizer for the future generations. The descent of Qi allows for rest and rejuvenation during the Winter months. This space and stillness gestates energy that is explosively released with the birth of Springtime. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

What is so cool (and often forgotten) is that we ARE nature. What happens outside is mirrored inside. It's not uncommon to feel connected to loss and stripping away while a growing appreciation of beauty comes to the forefront. In Five Element Medicine we understand these things as the movement of the Metal Element. This part of the cycle creates our ability to let go of what no longer serves so that we too can make room for rest, rejuvenation and eventually the re-birth of own new power and possibilities. 

Now letting go is easier said than done, right? Our idea of letting go often means severing or separating thoughts, ideas, things, or even people that we no longer have or want in our lives. But, as you may have experienced, this can be a tricky process. Often, the moment we try to change something it fights back and holds on even harder.
 

So how do we Let it Go? Well the first step is substituting the idea of letting it go with the concept of letting it be. When we let things be, what we are actually letting go of is our expectation of the issue, rather than severing or separating the issue itself. 

This is what the Buddha mean when he taught about letting go of attachment. So the object or issue is still present however our relationship to it has changed. 

An example: If I am holding a pencil in a tight fist, how do I let it go, what do I do? I open my hand. I let go of how I am relating to the pencil, while allowing the pencil to be exactly as it is.

Here's a contemplation practice you can use to apply this perspective to your own life. 

The Art of Allowing: 

  1.  Sit comfortably and easily
  2. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes
  3. Ask yourself the question: "What does it feel like, right now, to allow everything to be exactly as it already is?
  4. Pay attention to what arises and continue to allow everything to be as it is.
  5. When the timer goes off, take a breath, notice how you feel, and then arise. 

Paying attention to your thoughts can be just like watching the leaves dropping from the trees. It provides us with immediate access to space in our experience. Eventually this space will give rise to future possibilities and new growth in our lives. But first things first — let go.

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Your tongue speaks! (and it tells all)

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Your tongue speaks! (and it tells all)

Your tongue speaks! (and it tells all)
By Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist

Here is the third in a series of articles to help explain particular aspects of Chinese Medicine to my patients! As those of you who have come in for acupuncture know, I spend quite a lot of time with diagnostics including reading your pulses and looking at your tongue. This helps me find the root cause of your upset and gives me information to treat you effectively and safely.

Last time we talked about pulses, today we will talk about your TONGUE.

If you've had an acupuncture treatment, then you've been asked to stick out your tongue.  I like to call the tongue the “Chinese X-Rays” (fun fact alert!) as it’s the only internal organ we can see from the outside. 

By observing the color, shape, texture, coat and thickness of the tongue we can see how our whole body is functioning. These observations allow us to detect imbalances in different systems in our body. The tongue changes as the state of your health changes. Unlike reading your pulse which changes very quickly, the changes to the tongue appear more slowly. Therefore the tongue diagnosis is a wonderful, visible, marker of your improvements over the course of your acupuncture sessions. 

So this is the perfect time to grab a mirror or a buddy! Go on, I’ll wait…okay!

A normal tongue is pink in color, medium thickness, has no cracks, ulcers, or teeth marks and has a light white coat on it.  However, just like a snowflake, rarely are two tongues alike. You can monitor your own health level by taking a look in the mirror and tracking changes that occur.

Here’s a common example I see everyday in the treatment room: a red tongue tip! A red tongue indicates heat in general, a red tip indicates heat specifically in the heart.  Heat in the heart typically rises from chronic emotional upset, and can be experienced as anxiety, depression or even excess anger or frustration. Once diagnoses appropriately, acupuncture is a powerful tool to help with these upsets, and, as you feel better, your tongue will change!

Here are some other common examples:
A deep crack down the middle of the tongue: Digestive Issues (Stomach/Spleen Deficiency)
Swollen with teethmarks on the edges: fatigue, poor appetite, shortness of breath, worry (Spleen Qi Deficiency)
Pale Tongue: Dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, memory issues, insomnia (Blood Deficiency)
Quivering Tongue: pain that moves around in the body, cold/flu, rashes, spasms (Wind)
Greasy white coating: feeling of fullness, bloating, lethargy, feeling heavy (Dampness)

So what do you think? Pretty amazing right?! Our bodies have so much to share with us, and sometimes it's all on the tip of your tongue!! 

If you are wondering about your tongue or have questions about your health in general, come on in for a diagnostic session, we can chat, check out your tongue, help you feel better, and maybe even help you THRIVE!! Go ahead and book online =)

P.S. if you write the word tongue a lot, the word starts to look really funny =)

P.P.S. Thank you to Sam, my tongue model, who revealed her health to the world <3

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Introducing Mount Airy Acupuncture

Hi all , A few months ago I moved with my wife Amy, daughter Luna and dog Nimbus from Chester Springs, PA to a wonderful little neighborhood in Mount Airy. (Where is Mount Airy? near Chestnut Hill, 20 minutes outside of Center City. :] ) We absolutely loved being out in the woods in Chester county but wanted to raise Luna in a neighborhood and be bit closer to the city. Well turns out we love our new spot in the world. Its the perfect mix of city and woods, with lots very friendly and diverse folks and a great community spirit.

So I feel like a really lucky guy because I get to spend my time in wonderful Wayne and Mt. Airy!

And I am happy to announce that, just this week, I have opened up an additional office 1 block away from my new home. Mount Airy Acupuncture is a beautiful, super calming and warm space above a really great restaurant called The Grain Exchange right in the heart of Mount Airy's business district.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to expand our wellness community's reach to Philadelphia. It also means that my center city patients now have a much shorter commute for their sessions.

Currently I am in Wayne on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and Mt. Airy on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can access either schedule from the Book Now button.

My utmost goal and what I am most passionate about is to help as many people as I can free up all the energy spent on feeling sick, tired, and stressed and put it toward living a rich life, full of purpose, meaning, and vitality.

I have said it before and I will say it again, thank you so much for allowing me to be on your wellness journey. It is truly a gift for me do be able to share the work I care so deeply about with you.

I really appreciate your support and if there is anything I can help you with please let me know!

with lots of love,

Lance David Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT (610) 203-3747 Wayne Family Wellness Mount Airy Acupuncture Learn to Meditate Online Course

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Life, gratitude, and subtle connection

Hi Everyone,

I am just feeling so grateful and connected to the magic of life and i wanted to share it with you. A couple of days ago i had a severe anaphylactic shock reaction to a wasp sting while hiking with my 3 year old, Luna. Just in case you are wondering - i made it =) And it was with so much grace and many miracles that i did!

Amazingly the perfect people aligned to be present exactly, and i mean exactly when i needed them. 

My neighbors were called by my wife Amy and they happened to be walking right down the street and saw me as i was losing consciousness. They were able to take care of Luna and Nimbus the dog and RAN to my house to get my Epipen. AND then an emergency room doctor just happened to be walking right there! Right there when i needed them most, the universe conspired to shower me with - what i'll just call angels in action. If that alignment of souls did not arise, i might not be here to write this letter. 

Its times like these that really put things into perspective. I just have so much gratitude for life and am so thankful that i have the gift of spending my precious time doing the work i love to do with you. 

And since we never know when the bell will toll for us, i want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your journey, it's truly an honor!

If life gets you down, you get lonely or upsets happen, remember that there is no doubt that a subtle but powerful force connects all of us! 

To a long and happy life!!! 
Lots of Love,
Lance

p.s. Oh and keep your eyes open for coincidences...as Albert Einstein put it "Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.”

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Happy Mother's Day!

To anyone who is a mother, has a mother, is a grand, great, (or freaken awesome) mother, is a godmother, feels like a mother, wants to be a mother, or has heard of a mother,  

 

Happy Mother's Day! 
 

We all are sustained by the archetypal energy of the Mother - here are some of the ways she shows up around the world:Celebrating the Divine Mother

And as always, we honor our collective mother, Earth, and those who are raising their voices in her honor: Standing Up for Mother Earth

With LOTS of love,

The Wayne Family Wellness Collective
Lance, Amy, Andrea, Jenni-Kay, & Joana


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May News - Blossoms on Bloomingdale

We are so grateful that you are part of our growing holistic medicine community in Wayne! With each of our services and classes we are committed to holding space that allows you to truly thrive! Please enjoy our May events below and let us know if there are any offerings that you would like to see added to our menu!

Some quick announcements: 

1. Jenni Kay, our spectacular Holistic Psychotherapist and Yoga Teacher is happy to share that she has added another day to her schedule for individual, partner, & family therapy along with private yoga sessions! She is now available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2pm-7pm. If you are curious about any of these offerings, we invite you to schedule a free tea-time (30 minute consultation) with her.

2. Please feel free to drop in to our weekly community acupuncture group with Andrea on Wednesday eves (info below)!

3. I (Lance) am opening up more hours for my Resonance Healing work. A typical session lasts from 30-60 minutes and is held over the phone or using Skype. The sessions use powerful guided meditations to foster a very strong, usually tangible, healing force. I don't have online booking for this yet so to schedule or chat please email or call (610) 203-3747.

4. Lastly we just announced our next Weekend Kundalini Yoga & Healing Immersioncoming up June 20th-22nd (summer solstice). This time the focus will be on...get ready for it.... Blossoming! a deep exploration of the heart chakra. 

All of the details can be found below or on our website (which is about to get a major update!).

Have a fantastic day! Hope to see you soon!

 

Lance Isakov, M.Ac. on behalf of the The WFW Collective

Amy, Andrea, Jenni Kay, & Joana


Upcoming Events

Weekly Classes

Community Acupuncture
with Andrea Tarka, M.Ac. L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm 

Join us for this dynamic group experience where we explore the sensations of relaxation, calm the nervous system, and ease tension in the body and mind using auricular acupuncture (ear needles) and meditation techniques. 

$35 BOOK NOW

Workshops

Sacred Sound Healing Session
with Lance Isakov, M.Ac. L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Friday May 16th 7:00-8:30 pm 
Join Us to celebrate the Full MOON with this special Kundalini Yoga & Healing Session. The first half of the class is dedicated to opening, stretching, expanding and raising our energy through Kundalini Yoga. During the second half of the class laying in Shivasna (corpse pose) or sitting in meditation, you will bliss out and touch the infinite as you bathe in the AMAZING universal vibrations of the GONG!!!

This class is open to everyone and absolute beginners are encouraged to attend! Please note that this can be a very powerful experience, if you have questions please call Lance at (610) 203-3747. Dress comfortably and bring a mat/towel and blanket. 

$25 or $20 (bring a friend rate)  BOOK NOW
(9 spaces remaining)


Summer / Fire Element
Weekend Kundalini Yoga & Healing Immersion: 
Blossoming - a deep exploration of the heart chakra

with Lance Isakov, M.Ac. L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Weekend of June 20th-22nd  

Friday 7:00-9:30 pm,
Saturday 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
Sunday 9:00-1:00 pm

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.

- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Love is a powerful, mystical, and transcendental force that seems to power the very universe itself. This weekend is dedicated to diving very deep into an exploration of the more subtle qualities of this this force. 

We will use the powerful tools of Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Five Element Acupuncture (optional), and Sound Healing, to open the heart center, to shine, to blossom, and to immerse ourselves into the fullness of our very own essence.

You will leave this weekend feeling expansive, open hearted, and deeply connected.
This immersion is open to all levels of experience and beginners are encouraged to attend!

Call (610) 203-3747 or email Lance with any questions.
 
$220 or $195 (bring a friend rate)  BOOK NOW
(5 spaces remaining)

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:
Register by May 20th and subtract $40 from your price.

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Happy Spring

Can you feel the excitement of your own inner energy reflecting the trembling of nature about to explode with new life?

Shoots will soon be forcing their way through the soil and new leaves are just about to pop out of their buds. It's still early, but if you pay close attention, the potential energy is palpable.

In Five Element Acupuncture Theory this uprising power is associated with the Wood Element. 
The goal in acupuncture 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 wood energy 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 getone-sided headaches or migraines, visionproblems or trouble sleeping. We may get angry or frustrated, or  we may lack visionflexibility, orcreativity

When in balance the springtime energy within brings us the gifts of humilityplanning,decision making, clear perception, creativity, appropriate anger, justice, vision, andflexibility. 

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, pay attention, and have no relationship to your thoughts and feelings. Be conscious and allow your experience to be exactly as it is.  (if you need help getting started Try Lance's Guided Meditations)
  • Stretch! do some yoga, bend your body... loosen your muscles and tendons. Body twists like cat stretch are perfect to open up the wood element meridians of the Liver and Gallbladder
  • Create! even if you are not inspired, just start a creative project. write, draw, dance, sing, paint.

**** We are going to be doing ALL of these practices during our FANTASTIC Spring Kundalini Yoga and Healing Immersion. Will you join us?

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 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 added some NEW events below! including a new Meditation and Guided Relaxation Series and our Annual FREE Community Cleanse!

Wishing you the happiest Springtime!

Love,
Lance, Amy, Andrea, Jenni-Kay, & Joana

Wayne Family Wellness

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February Happenings!

Just know that whatever the groundhog declares on Sunday, the spring energy has already started to churn under our frosty soil.  Deep underground the sap is beginning to rise as internally we begin to feel that inner uprising energy.

Do you feel a readiness for the new?  This new beginning is why the Chinese celebrate
their New Year (also called the Spring Festival) now. So please feel free to go ahead and celebrate! And Happy New Year!


We have a couple events happening THIS weekend so come join us if you can. Today there will be a a free discussion focusing on life beyond addiction with Andrea. Andrea brings a whole-istic, grounded, and personal approach to a topic that affects all of us. 


On Sunday we have a super fun Groundhog's Day celebration where we will be watching the movie Groundhog's Day while creating beautiful mandalas. (whats a mandala?)  Most of us have seen this before so it will a chance to sip tea, share snacks, and laugh.


All the details along with our other February happenings, including Sound Healing, Yoga on Point, 10 day Meditation Course, and Group Acupuncture Sessions (starting this coming week!) are below.


As many of our students know, our classes have been bursting at the seams. So we have taken your advice and will be limiting our class sizes a bit more. If you are immediatley interested in a class, we encourage you to sign up right away to reserve your spot.


Also read about Lance's upcoming Spring Kundalini Immersion Retreat. We know lots of you have been missing Lance's Kundalini Yoga classes. For the time being,  Lance will be offering powerful weekend Yoga and Healing intensives a few times per year. These immersions use all the tools that Lance offers and are aimed at providing the proper context for rich experience and powerful transformation. Remember Lance's classes are open to all levels of experience and  beginners are encouraged to attend!


Okay! Have a wonderful weekend and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


All our Love,


The Wayne Family Wellness Collective

Lance, Andrea, Amy, Jenni-Kay, & Joana

February Weekly Series
Acupuncture & Guided Meditation Series
with Andrea Tarka, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. and
Lance Isakov,  M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Mondays and Wednesdays
The stress of life can leave us feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and insecure in our bodies and our selves. Past traumas and repressed sensations struggle for expression, as we attempt to transform our past and present realities to free our spirits. Join us for this dynamic group experience where we explore the sensations of relaxation, calm the nervous system, and ease tension in the body and mind using auricular acupuncture (ear needles) and meditation techniques.

Acupuncture works best when treatments are frequent and on going since treatments have a cumulative effect. All are welcome and this class is suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners of meditation.

When:
4 MONDAYS with Lance

February 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24 @ 7:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $140/series or $120 with a friend (drop ins welcome - space permitting)
Registration: Space is limited. | Email Us to Register

8 WEDNESDAYS with Andrea
February 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 and
March 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 @ 5:30-6:30 pm
Cost:  $280/series or $240 with a friend (drop ins welcome - space permitting)
Registration: Space is limited. | Email Us to Register

February Workshops

★ Beyond Addiction

with Andrea Tarka, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Saturday, February 1st @ 1:30-3:00 pm

Addiction can be seen through many lenses and described in many ways, but I view addiction as a means to evaluate and interpret life from a very specific perspective. We tend to get caught up in our disease or our recovery, without recognizing our connection to the whole.

This discussion focuses on our life beyond addiction and how to discover who we are in the context of our journey, rather than live as victims of our experiences.

Although this talk is geared for those in recovery or active addiction, all are welcome, including family members and friends of those struggling with these same issues.

Saturday, February 1st @ 1:30-3:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Registration: Space is limited. | Email Us to Register

★ Movie & Mandalas
Wayne Family Wellness Staff
Sunday, February 2nd 2014

Come hangout for a casual afternoon viewing of Groundhog's Day with Bill Murray! We will have mandala coloring books, colored pencils, paper and other art supplies to enjoy ourselves while inviting in contemplations of the bigger life picture.

Date and time: Sunday, February 2nd  (Groundhog's Day) 3-6pm 
Cost: $5 donation to cover supplies
Registration: Space is limited. | Email Us to Register


★ Loving-Kindness Workshop
with Jenni Kay Long, RYT, LSW
Sunday, February 9th 2014
Through a series of gentle heart opening yoga postures and a guided Metta (loving-kindness) meditation, we will relax into our higher selves and deepen our ability to share love with ourselves and others. 
Date and time: Sunday, February 9th, 2-3:30 pm
Cost: $25 / $20 (each) with a friend
Registration: jennikay@waynewellness.com

★ Valentine's Day
Sacred Cosmic Sound Vibration Healing Session
With Lance Isakov, M.Ac.
Friday, February 14th 2014

Join us to celebrate LOVE and the Full MOON with this special Sound Journey Healing Session. During the session while laying in Shivansa (corpse pose) or sitting in meditation, you will bliss out and touch the infinite as you bathe in the AMAZING universal vibrations of the GONG and crystal singing bowls. The session is open to everyone and absolute beginners are encouraged to attend! Please note that this can be a very powerful experience, If you have questions please call Lance at (610) 203-3747. Dress Comfortably and bring a mat/towel and blanket

Date/Time: Friday Feb 14th. 7-8:30 pm

Cost: $25 or $20 (each with a friend)
Registration: Space is very limited and the class tends to fill up quickly. Please Email Us to Register

★ Yoga on Point
with Lance Isakov, M.Ac. and Jenni Kay Long, RYT, LSW
Saturday , February 15th 2014
Restore and align on the physical, mental and spiritual levels. Through gentle yoga you will let go of worldly stresses and come home to your body. Through guided meditation you will gain mental clarity and a tool to stay grounded in ease in your life. Through acupuncture in shivasana, you will experience a deep alignment of chi allowing you to walk out feeling more like yourself and in love with life.
Date/Time: Sat Feb 15th, 3:00-5:00 pm

Cost: $40 or $30 (each) with a friend.
Registration: Space is very limited and the class tends to fill up quickly. Please Email Us to Register
★ 10 Day EASY Meditation Virtual Course
With Lance Isakov, M.Ac.,
Friday, February 14th 2014
Do you want the benefits of meditation but don't have the time, patience, know-how or just can't sit still? This 10 day virtual course is a completely guided adventure into the wonderful world of meditation. Each morning you will receive an informative email with daily tips along with audio guidance for that day's meditation. We will start together meditating for 3 minutes and each new day add 3 more. By the end of the course you will be meditating for 30 minutes and begin to create a habit that will totally enhance the quality of your life. This course is simple, effective, and efficient. Even though it is virtual we will be doing this together with a group of like minded individuals. We will stay in touch via our facebook group, where we can ask each other questions and get the support we need. 

Each day you will:
receive daily meditation tips.

learn about meditation and its effects.
receive step by step audio meditation guidance.
experience the benefits of meditation.
connect with other like minded individuals.


By the end of the course you will have:
Quickly and easily slipped into a daily meditation practice that will totally enhance you life.
received 10 guided meditations, of varied lengths, that you can continue to use at your leisure.  


WhenSunday February 16 to Tuesday February 25th
Cost? $40 or $30 (each) with a friend.
Registration: Please Email to Register
PLAN AHEAD

Spring Kundalini Yoga & Healing Immersion:
our theme: Breakthrough!
with Lance Isakov, M.Ac., CYT
Licensed Acupuncturist & Kundalini Yoga Teacher
April 11th-13th
Friday 7pm-9:15 pm
Saturday 9:00 am -6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am -4:00 pm

“Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.” - Albert Einstein
Are you ready for a breakthrough? There is an immeasurable, powerful creative force that propels the universe into being. This weekend immersion is dedicated to connecting to this life force as fully as possible. We will explore the concept of breakthrough and use powerful tools,  including  Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Five Element Acupuncture, and Sound Healing, to foster and inspire new possibilities of growth within us. You will leave this weekend with a clear outlook charged with potential energy, a connection with your intentions and a plan in hand.
This immersion is open to all levels of experience and Beginners are encouraged to attend!

When:
Friday April 11th, 7:00-9:15 pm
Satueday Aprill 12th, 9:00-6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00-4:00 am

Cost: $220 or $195 (each) with a friend.
Registration: Space is limited to 10 people. For more info or to register please email us.
VIRTUAL COURSES
Lance's Guided Meditation Course
Anytime, Anyplace

a meditation course designed for
those of us who can't sit still!

  
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Should I go on a cleanse?

Should I go on a cleanse?...and I'm literally eating a piece of pizza (gluten free mind you) while I'm asking that question...Is it just me or does your mind work like that too?

Listen, we all want to eat well, look good, feel awesome, and perform amazingly. But even with the abundance of information available to us I still am not sure what is THE healthiest way to eat. Is it vegetarian? is it paleo? Is it a shake in the morning? When I go online, I find hundreds of different (and even opposing) recommended ways of eating that all say...this is it! This is the healthiest diet for you! 


More often than not with my patients, I find that our diet is the most potent tool we have in our control that will create more health and vitality. The problem is changing our diet can be one of the hardest things to do.

That is why I invited Antanas, our resident nourishment expert, to speak about his take on it all and help us answer the fundamental question: How can I best nourish myself? 

If you are interested in attending Antanas'  talk this coming Saturday please let us know. All the details are below in the workshop section! Also for a little more on Antanas read his recent blog post.

Hope to see you soon!
Love,
Lance

p.s. Jenni Kay wanted me to let you know that her mindfulness program will now start next week due to the snow. She has 1 spot open if anyone is interested. For more info please contact Jenni Kay!

Wayne Family Wellness
A holistic medicine cooperative on the Philadelphia Mainline

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On a personal note...

Jenni-Kay here. It is with much excitement and gratitude that I am offering the upcoming “Mindfulness for Everyday Life” 8 week program at Wayne Family Wellness. 

This program is very special to me as it is the fruit of, not only my education and professional experience, but also my own personal healing journey. And, though it is challenging for me to be so personal in such a public forum, I want to share a little of my journey with you. My wish is that a glimmer of light will shine from my story and help others who may be suffering. So here it goes...

I spent most of my twentieth year of life curled up in a ball, weeping in the corner of my lightless bedroom.  Overcome with anxiety, riddled with panic, I hid from the world like a bear in hibernation.

This period of dark despair was preceded by an adolescence colored by chronic stress and anxiety. I pushed through the overwhelm with a calendar chock full of activity and an immoveable smile on my face.  The world saw a happy, perfect girl, but my insides were crumbling.

My body shut down under the pressure and I would have fainting spells, lasting two weeks at a time, landing me on the floor two or three times a day.  I began to believe that I was no good; that my body was my enemy; that life was never going to get better, and finally decided to stick to my dark bedroom. 

I was twenty-one years old and on the brink of disappearing for good, when by some miracle I was introduced to a therapist who taught me how to breathe.  While it may sound simple, his gentle guidance saved my life.  I started counting my breaths and my bouts of panic slowly began to deescalate.  The fainting spells became shorter and I spent a little less time falling apart in the corner of my bedroom all alone.

Then yoga entered the scene.  When I laid down in relaxation pose at the end of my first class, my legs felt relaxed in a way that I had never experienced before.  Over the next several weeks, I started to realize that my body had the capacity to live.  I could stand without fainting.  I could move through postures – I had that ability.  I had the strength to stand and walk and so much more. 

I threw my remaining medication in the trash (which I am not recommending here!) and allowed my breath to guide me back to balance.  With the support of my therapist and a few very close friends – who kept knocking on my door throughout my period of hiding – I learned that it was okay to tell my story, to own my experience, and that there was hope for me yet.

After a few rocky (let me be honest, very rocky) years of healing, I became a certified yoga instructor and clinical social worker/therapist with a deep and unshakeable desire to offer others the same space that I had been blessed with: a place to fall apart, to heal, to learn, a safe place to become more whole.

While my own healing journey is not complete, I am filled with gratitude that I’ve found balance, stability, and the tools that I need to be okay… and thrive.

We all have our painful stories that involve dark corners, weeping, and despair.  While our experiences are unique to each of us, most of us would agree that suffering alone by yourself is the greatest hell of all.

This is what drove me to create the "Mindfulness for Everyday Life" program. I am offering a healing relationship, a holding space, and powerful tools, to bring you to life even more fully. 

If you are in any way curious about the program, join me for a FREE, 1 hour tele-course this Sunday, January 19th at 2pm, through which we will explore the topic of mindfulness and learn three techniques that will help you begin to feel better now.

There will also be time for you to ask questions about the upcoming “Mindfulness for Everyday Life” program that begins this coming Tuesday. 

Check out the information below and let me know if you have any questions.

With love,

Jenni Kay

Jenni Kay Long, RYT, MSS, LSW
Holistic Psychotherapist / Yoga Teacher
Wayne Family Wellness 
 

★ Tele-class: 3 Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Feel Better Now

When: This Sunday, January 19th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE
Where: Class takes place virtually by phone.
Register: send an email to: jennikay@waynewellness.com. Once registered you will receive the telephone number and PIN for the class. Those who register will also receive an email recording of the class. 

"The tools we have been given in this [mindfulness] class have helped me to turn down the volume and deal with and reduce the effects of stress.  Great class." - Steve
"Jenni Kay brings such genuine warmth, passion, love, and skill to the work that she does; you will be soothed by her presence!  She skillfully integrates her work as a therapist and yoga/meditation teacher in ways that address the whole person, and creates a safe environment where people can be exactly as they are." - Ashley 
"Throughout the short four months that I’ve known Jenni Kay, she has taught me so much about my mind and my body’s relationship to one another through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. As a trauma survivor, this has been and will continue to be a crucial element in my personal growth and healing. As my teacher and as my friend, she has taught me that it’s safe to be as I am, wherever I am, and that my mind and my body can heal themselves if given the proper care. Jenni Kay is a gentle, sturdy soul, and has been my teacher inside and outside of the classroom."  -Trish

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Lets Talk Cleanse

Lets Talk Cleanse
By Antanas Vainus, BodyMind Nourishment Coach


This time of year we often want to hold on to the memories of the holidays, but we want to let go of the 'holiday eating' ...With the new year upon us, it's a good time to 'talk cleanse'!

Let me briefly introduce myself… I'm Antanas, a BodyMind Nourishment Coach and a food magician.  A food magician is someone who has a deep understanding of nutrition and the body-mind relationship as well as exquisite culinary skill to create food that is delicious and deeply nourishing.

I want to invite you into an exciting conversation  about deep self-care. we'll start with exploring what and how to cleanse.  we may cover  juicing, blending, nourishing broths, green smoothies - sweet and savory, may even get into colon health, trampolines and dancing. the cleansing conversation is a fine line.  How do we cleanse in a healthy way that does not slow us down?  It's easy to get excited about detoxing -- getting unsupportive things out of the body. However in my experience, cleansing and detoxing are usually pretty unsustainable. the merry-go-round ride can become exhausting -- round and round we go. eat 'good' stuff, eat 'bad' stuff, get rid of 'bad' stuff, eat more 'good' stuff, etc, etc, etc.

If this is a familiar pattern and you're tired of the up and down, on-off, good-bad thinking, I invite you to come join me on saturday jan 25 at 2pm for a conversation to help you get off that ride and find a way back to nourishment - which cleanses and builds at the same time!

bring your friends and curiosity -- because there IS a way to have a deeply nourishing and loving relationship with our food... and ourselves!

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UPCOMING EVENTS:
Let's Talk Cleanse: A Facilitated Conversation
 Saturday January 25th 2-4pm
Wayne Family Wellness - Wayne, PA

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January Happenings
Upcoming Programs - SEE THEM all on our events page =)

★ Mindfulness for Everyday Life
with Jenni Kay Long, RYT, LSW

Does life ever seem to spiral out of control and land you in a state of anxiety and panic, or leave you feeling overwhelmed? This is a program for everyday people who are trying to find balance and rest in the midst of “everyday chaos”. Through an integration of holistic therapy, group mindfulness and meditation, yoga and relaxation, we will learn how to reduce stress, create balance in our work and home lives, and live (mind)FULLY.

Dates: January 21st - March 11th 2014
Cost: $475 (Payment plans available)

The program includes:

  • 8 weekly mindfulness group sessions (Tuesday evenings, 6-7:30 pm)  
  • 2 (30 minute) individual holistic psychotherapy sessions
  • 2 group relaxation workshops
RegistrationTo register or for more information, send an email to jennikay@waynewellness.com.
Upcoming Workshops
★Sat Jan 4th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Yoga on Point
with Lance Isakov, M.Ac. and Jenni Kay Long, RYT, LSW

Restore and align on the physical, mental and spiritual levels. Through gentle yoga you will let go of worldly stresses and come home to your body. Through guided meditation you will gain mental clarity and a tool to stay grounded in ease in your life. Through acupuncture in shivasana, you will experience a deep alignment of chi allowing you to walk out feeling more like yourself and in love with life.

Cost: $25 or $20 (each) with a friend
RSVP: 2 SPACES LEFT. | Email us to Register

★Sun Jan 12th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Yoga for Insomnia
with Jenni Kay Long, RYT, LSW and Jess Eagen, ERYT-200 

Insomnia is an incredibly frustrating ailment that's often made worse by the fact that those who suffer from it don't truly understand what's causing it or know what (exactly) they can do to move beyond it.  
This three hour workshop will include:
-Restorative yoga sequence
-Lecture/discussion on the causes of insomnia as well as the preventative and curative measures we can take to keep ourselves sleeping soundly
-Yoga Nidra, a practice specifically designed to support sleep 

Everyone (even the "non-flexible") are welcome and all who attend will leave with access to audio recordings of the Yoga Nidra practice and the restorative sequence.


Cost: $25 or $20 (each) with a friend
RSVP: Space is limited. | Email us to Register
★ Fri Jan 17th 7:00 pm - 8:00  pm

Sacred Cosmic Sound Vibration Healing Session

with Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac. Dipl. Ac. 
Join Us to celebrate the Full MOON with this special Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Class. The first half of the class is dedicated to opening, stretching, expanding and raising our energy through Kundalini Yoga. During the second half of the class laying in Shivasna (corpse pose) or sitting in meditation, you will bliss out and touch the infinite as you bathe in the AMAZING universal vibrations of the GONG!!! This class is open to everyone and absolute beginners are encouraged to attend! Please note that this can be a very powerful experience, if you have questions please call Lance at (610) 203-3747. Dress comfortably and bring a mat/towel and blanket. 

Cost: $25 or $20 (each) with a friend 
RSVP: Space is limited. Email us to Register 

★Thurs Jan 9th 6:30-8:00 & Sat Jan 25th 2:00-4:00
Let's Talk Cleanse: A Facilitated Conversation 
with Antanas Vainius, BodyMind Nourishment Coach

Antanas Vainius, our BodyMind Nourishment Coach and resident food magician, will lead two conversations about cleansing and detoxification - on Thursday, January 9th from 6:30-8:00 pm and Saturday, January 25th from 2-4 pm.  

This is brainstorming session to support your new years' resolutions and inspire a healthier and more sustainable way of eating and doing self-care. The goal is to help you understand how to create and succeed at YOUR perfect cleanse; and after your cleanse, discover how to nourish yourself in a delicious and sustainable way.  As a food magician, Antanas will help you discover how to reconnect pleasure with nutrition. In fact, food that is not both enjoyable and nutritious is a dead end - just like ALL diets.  Only by bringing nutrition and pleasure back together do we have a chance to take back our sanity and power and find our way back to our Center. 


You will learn about all the necessary tools to cleanse successfully and shortcuts that make it easy.  Also we will explore the possibility of doing a cleanse together as a community - incorporating the many resources of WFW to support us to go deeper and have longer lasting benefits.   

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS and let's get healthy and happy together in 2014!

Cost: Sliding Scale $25-45
RSVP: Space is limited. | Email us to Register

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Happy Holidays!

We have some GIFTS to share with you!

GIFT #1. Self Care Ideas
Grab a cup of tea and read Jenni Kay's new article entitled Self Care for the Holidays.

GIFT #2. 3 Minutes of Bliss
Take some time over the next couple days to download and enjoy this Short Guided Audio Meditation from Lance's 10 Day Meditation Program

GIFT #3 Inspiring Song
We were so touched by this amazing story and song. We hope you enjoy it too!

Wishing you the MOST amazing holiday time & new year EVER.

Lots of love,

The Wayne Family Wellness Collective
Lance, Amy, Andrea, Jenni Kay, and Joanna

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January - March
Mindfulness for Everyday Life (program)
with Jenni Kay Long, LSW

Sat Jan 4th
3:00-4:30 pm
Yoga on Point
with Lance and Jenni Kay
$25 or $20 (each) with a friend
Register | Details

Sun Jan 12th 
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Yoga for Insomnia 
with Jenni Kay and Jess
$25 or $20 (each) with a friend 
Register | Details

Fri Jan 17th  
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Gong Meditation 
with Lance
$25 or $20 (each) with a friend 
Register | Details


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Self Care for the Holidays

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Self Care for the Holidays

 

Self Care for the Holidays

By Jenni-Kay Long, 

Holistic Psychotherapist

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the holiday hoopla?  

While some of us are preparing for days filled with extended family and busyness… others of us are wondering how we will fill our time with a lack of family and friends to share the holidays with.  Either way, emotions are abundant this time of year and it can be difficult to take good care of ourselves in the midst of all the fanfare. 

Here are a few self-care tips for the holidays:  

1. Make a plan

When our stress and anxiety levels are soaring, it is difficult to remember how to soothe ourselves, get grounded, and re-group.  And it is especially challenging at holiday time when our senses are over stimulated with noise, lights, and people.  

So, before the company arrives and you are in the throws of activity (or in a slump of lonely melancholy), take a few minutes and make a plan.  Write down on a note card or small slip of paper five things that you can do to take good care of yourself when you are feeling stressed/anxious/overwhelmed.  

Need some ideas?  You might: take a walk; make a cup of tea; enjoy ten deep breaths.  Be sure and write down one thing that involves another person, i.e.: Call a friend.   

When things get difficult, pull out your plan and offer yourself a few moments of self-love.  

2. Take breaks

Constant hustle and bustle will tax the strongest of nerves so be sure and take breaks when you need them.  A five-minute mini-retreat to your bedroom/the bathroom/ the backyard, ect. isn’t too noticeable to everyone else and will give you the time and space you need to breathe and re-group.   Don’t worry, the holiday will still be there when you get back.  (If that sounds terrible, gently reminder yourself that the holiday hoopla will be over for good in a just a couple of short weeks.  This doesn’t last forever and your life will soon get back to normal.) 

3. Nourish yourself

Holidays tend to drastically change our routine (and put pressure on us to be jolly about it) so it is important to nourish your body throughout the winter festivities.  While you may be surrounded by delectable pies and pastries, remember to supplement the sweets with good food that is grounding and that will balance out the sugar high.  Let your body be your ally – take care of it so that it will help take care of the rest of you, particularly your mind and emotions.   

4. Reach out for support

It doesn’t always work to vent about our family/friends to our family/friends.  You might consider reaching out to a therapist for support.  Gift yourself the time and space to connect with a professional who will listen non-judgmentally, confidentially, and walk with you through the holiday season and into the New Year.  

Or, consider scheduling a massage, acupuncture session, or taking a yoga class.  You might set up a time to have tea with a friend.  You know yourself best… take a moment and consider who you might reach out to for support and then make it happen.   

About the writer       

Jenni Kay Long, LSW, is a holistic psychotherapist, group facilitator, and yoga teacher at Wayne Family Wellness (waynewellness.com) in Wayne, Pennsylvania. For more information about Jenni Kay and her work, send her an email (jennikay@waynewellness.com) – she’d love to hear from you! 

 

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