Winter-Spring 2008 Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Winter into Spring Greetings
  • Restorative Qigong and Meditation
  • Weekly Qigong in Eugene
  • Registration
  • Food and Environmental Sensitivity Testing Dates
  • Five Minute Acupressure Facial
  • Food as Medicine Cooking Class

 

 


 

 

WINTER INTO SPRING GREETINGS

Nourishing self-care is important in a year that promises to bring many changes to us personally, financially, environmentally and politically. This is the “year of the rat,” according to the Chinese Zodiac, and is reputed to be a year of hard work and activity. In any year it is easy to take care of business and forget to take care of ourselves. We often get caught in the cycle of putting internal pressure on ourselves, as well as feeling the external pressure of circumstances. People come into my office because the effects of stress have created tension and pain, wreaked havoc on the digestive system, caused hormone imbalance, decreased the effectiveness of their immune system, and disturbed sleep patterns or mental equilibrium.

I continually find that most of us do not recognize the need to relax and replenish. Even if we do, we are not sure how to really let go of tension in our muscles, nervous system and thinking patterns. Look for clues about your need to relax and refocus in physical sensations and mental outlook. Ask yourself if you are happy. Notice if you feel tired or have nervous energy, feel overly emotional, irritable, fuzzy headed, anxious or preoccupied.

Find ways to draw your awareness away from the external hustle and bustle and inward to the you that looks out from behind your eyes. Slow your breath and soften your body to create some space physically and mentally. Listen to the “still small voice” of intuition that is a faithful friend and guide.

Nourishment and satisfaction come from basic things like laughing, moving, loving and letting ourselves be loved, helping and asking for help, cooking and eating food that tastes good and is good for you too. You can also take a few things off your “to do” list. Take a nap. Stretch, walk, run, swim or work on your hobby.

Below you will see classes and events that are designed to help cultivate nourishing self-care. They include restorative qigong movement and meditation, food sensitivity testing, self-care acupressure facial, and a workshop for cooking (and eating) food prepared according to the principles of Chinese dietary therapy.

As spring moves into summer I hope to offer more workshops that foster creativity and nature experiences. I will be advertising classes in the Eugene Weekly this year so stay tuned.

With warm regards to everyone,
Kamala Quale

 

 


 

 

RESTORATIVE QIGONG and MEDITATION

In this class you will learn how to use qigong movements, breathing, and meditation to reduce stress, relax body and mind, and replenish energy. Qigong practices “nourish life” by stretching and opening the body, regulating the breath and promoting the circulation of blood and energy to the internal organs. The movement forms and walking styles are graceful and meditative. They connect us with the joy of living and our oneness with the universe. This class will include meditation techniques for standing, sitting and lying down.

This workshop is open to all levels of practitioners, from beginning to advanced. It is also good for anyone who is recovering from illness.

When: Saturday, March 8
Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Location: Moon and Lotus Yurt, near Lorane, Oregon

Fee: $15-30

 

 


 

 

WEEKLY QIGONG

This weekly series will build on the learning in the Restorative Qigong workshop. We will practice movement and walking forms of qigong from the Jin Jing Gong and the Mt Emei shamanic lineages. We will concentrate on movements that harmonize digestion and regulate the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians which are especially activated in the spring. When the Liver and Gall Bladder energy is imbalanced we may experience, headaches, neck and shoulder tension, digestive problems, indecision, depression, allergies.
This class is open to all levels of practitioners.

Thursday evenings: March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17
Time: 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: 1844 Lincoln St., Eugene

Fee: $45 if paid at first class, or $10/class drop in

 

 


 

 

REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES

Please pre-register for all classes that you wish to attend by calling the office at
345-2220. We will give you directions and let you know any other important information.

 

 


 

 

FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY TESTING

Dr. Carole Warner, N.D.,LAc, will be at the Moon and Lotus Lincoln St. office on Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, and March 14 and 15. Please call the office to schedule your appointment. These are the last two dates that Dr. Warner will be here before she leaves on her 4-6 month journey to hike the Appalachian Trail. Dr. Brenda McCool, N.D. will be here to do food and environmental testing while Dr. Warner is away.

Eliminating food sensitivities from your diet helps to reduce inflammation, strengthen your immune system and ease health issues like joint pain, chronic asthma, sinusitis, low energy, digestive problems and many others. Our food is our medicine. Eating food that really nourishes you is one of the best investments you can make in your health.

$150. to test 220 foods
$195 to test 220 foods and 75 environmental and household items

 

 


 

 

FIVE MINUTE ACUPRESSURE FACIAL AND TEA

Rejuvenate your face with a five minute acupressure facial. In this easy and enjoyable workshop, Kamala will teach you to give yourself a facial, and we will enjoy some special Chinese herbal tea that enhances the skin and face. You will love it.

When: Saturday, April 5th
Time: 10 am – noon

Location: 1844 Lincoln St., Eugene

Fee: $30

 

 


 

 

FOOD AS MEDICINE: THE WISDOM AND PRACTICE OF CHINESE DIETARY THERAPY FOR IMPROVING HEALTH

Learn about the energetic nature of food and enjoy eating it in this wonderful workshop with master cook and food specialist, Ellen Goldsmith, MSOM, LAc. The principles of Chinese dietary therapy teach you how to cook in a way that improves your health and prevents illness. The food, the venue (Moon and Lotus yurt) and the weather should be great. We will cook with foods that are hypoallergenic for most people.

Ellen teaches Chinese Dietary Therapy classes for the Classical Chinese Medicine program at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland. She has been in the field of Asian medicine for over 20 years, and currently practices acupuncture, Asian bodywork, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese dietary therapy at Pearl Natural Health in Portland, Oregon.

When: Saturday, May 31
Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Location: Moon and Lotus Yurt, near Lorane, Oregon

Fee: $85 (includes lunch and handouts)

Practitioners can get CEU’s for this workshop.