Kale Yeah!

In the world of healthy vegetables, dark, leafy greens are by far some of the most nutritious foods the earth provides us. There are many leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, watercress, collard greens and dandelion. These are all some of my favorite foods that I eat every day. The greener the leafy green, […]

Kumari, Goddess, Aloe, my Love

Aloe Vera is a true healer with varying medicinal properties and numerous uses both topically and internally by people all over the globe. Aloe is probably most well known as a skin healer since the gooey gel of the plant is vulnerary- it promotes tissue repair. Aloe is healing for wounds or injuries of all […]

Probiotics and Fermented Foods

Probiotics are the healthy or beneficial bacteria that live in and on our bodies. There are as many as 100 trillion bacteria comprised of 1000 different species or strains in the intestinal flora alone. Research shows that these beneficial bacteria assist in proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, as they help produce enzymes. They stimulate the […]

A first response to the Movement Lab

I asked a friend of mine to listen to the first sample of the Movement Lab and write about her experience. Here it is: I just experienced the Gentle Movement sample and already, I can feel the subtle shift in my nervous system and muscular/skeletal systems. Nicky’s peaceful and reverant voice lingers in my mind […]

The Movement Lab

The Movement Lab offers you gentle movement and relaxation guidance. It is an invitation to connect with your body from a place of gentleness and compassion,  using principles of Qigong, to help you achieve greater health, vitality and peace. In 5 to 10 minutes sessions, I talk you through easy and gentle movements intended to increase your […]

What is Qigong?

According to Roger Jahnke, one of my main teachers, Qigong can be translated as the “cultivation of vital energy”. Qigong originated in China over 3000 years ago, and is still practiced in modern day China. The hundreds of different forms that have evolved in the country are based on ancient Daoist ideas, which are also the basis […]

The Energy of Autumn

Today we began our Qigong practice at Alice Keck park. In Qigong we pay close attention to the energetic aspect of each season and how they correlate to our vital organs. In his book “Chi Nei Tsang”, Mantak Chia writes: “The spleen, pancreas, and stomach are the organs through which the earth element functions. Operating […]

The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage

The lymphatic system is one of our bodies’ 11 systems (digestive, circulatory, respiratory, etc) and is an integral part of our immune system. It is comprised of lymph vessels that carry waste material from our cells to lymph nodes where these materials are broken down into safe and useable molecules for our bodies. Lymph nodes […]

The Benefits of Massage for Parkinson’s

Massage is still often perceived as a special treat, something to indulge in. While that is certainly true, people are becoming more and more aware of the significant health benefits of massage therapy. Massage can help increase overall wellness, and can also be incredibly beneficial for people dealing with specific ailments, such as Parkinson’s. It […]

Interesting article on the Alexander Technique

Excellent article on the benefits and application of the Alexander Technique. I have taken a few classes here in Santa Barbara with Ronit Corry, and I highly recommend this type of work to people who feel they could benefit from a having more relaxed posture.