Tuesday was the Fall Equinox. We think of the equinox as a day of 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. It’s also a time when we transition from Late Summer to Autumn, from the time of the spleen to the season of the lungs. It can be 80 degrees and then 60 degrees during this transition season. To keep balanced keep some of your Late Summer habits while incorporating Autumn’s metal energy activities, like meditation, into your schedule. We’re still in an outwards season but moving towards more quiet and inward moments. A way to do that is have a potluck and incorporate some hot spices to your foods. Let us know what are some of your favorite Autumn activities! Open House 9/26 5:30pm We will be sampling Farmacy Tea’s and Brilliant By Nature’s Beauty Products. There will be complimentary smoothies made with Green Magma and chia seeds, along with some light refreshments. If you get in early, you could take part in a refreshing foot bath using Brilliant By Nature’s Beauty Products. There will be mini acupuncture treatments and chair massage by massage therapist Ed Goll. Give away prizes include Dr. Lee’s self designed t-shirts... View Article
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In Chinese Medicine, there is a fifth season, the Late Summer. The spleen and stomach are ruled by Late Summer. Yang is receding and Yin starts its role of becoming the dominant energy. Yang has a fiery energy and Yin is a cooler energy. Enjoy the heat that August brings, eat your watermelon and cucumbers, but start to introduce mustard greens to keep that stomach fire burning as the weather shifts to cooler temperatures. Earth is the element of Late Summer. The earth is giving us an abundance of vegetables and fruits. We may feel the need to eat all we can, but try and canning or pickling to store fresh foods for winter. Don’t fall let Earth’s energy become excessively lethargic and foggy. Try to start a meditation ritual that will keep your head clear during this transitional season. A half cup of cooked Swiss chard provides a huge amount of both lutein and zeaxanthin. These plant chemicals, known as carotenoids, protect your retinas from the damage of aging, according to Harvard researchers. That’s because both nutrients, which are actually pigments, appear to accumulate in your retinas, where they absorb the type of shortwave light rays that can damage... View Article
Iced Chrysanthemum Tea Chrysanthemum is a delicious hot day drink. The flowers’ properties are slightly cold, sweet and bitter. It works with the Lung and Liver meridians and its actions are to expel wind heat, calm liver yang rising, clear liver heat and benefit the eyes. To make the tea, poor hot water over one 1 tablespoon of herb. Let it steep over night, on the counter or in the fridge, and you’ll have a medicinal infusion ready for your the next day. It can sometimes feel too hot and humid to get your exercise in, but keeping your heart pumping and muscles loose are important in all seasons! Start off your session with a few rounds of sun salutation and then move into pigeon pose. Exhale and lean forward, leading with your heart and head toward the floor. Repeat, moving like a wave through your spine: Roll up on the inhale, and reverse as you release on the exhale. Do this 5 to 10 times, then rest your head on your thumbs or the backs of your hands. Follow the link the this website to find more poses.
In Chinese medicine, the summer season is related to the heart and it is the season of Fire and Yang. It’s a time that offers tremendous growth, but make sure you don’t get swept up in the heat of the moment. It can be a challenge to keep grounded during the summer. There’s always some event going on, the beach is always calling or the heat alone can be too much. Living within the seasons help to stay grounded. Wake early with the sun and go to be bed later than you would during the winter. Work yoga into your daily routine. On the weekends, take a nap during the afternoon and make sure to get exercise during the cooler times of the day. Water is fire’s opposing element, which means you should find ways to incorporate it into your day. Always, always make sure you stay hydrated during the summer months. Drinking water helps eliminate toxins, allowing your body to focus on other tasks. Take cold showers, or baths, and find time to swim to cool your body down. Tomorrow will be the longest day this year, take advantage and watch the sun rise and set. Fill your day... View Article