Qi gong to Fall Asleep

  1. Knees to chest, lying on back to 1 min. Breathe 5 times
  1. Lying legs straight, breathe in while placing hands above head. Breathe in through nose, out through mouth
  1. Make fists; place both fists above the Kidneys (or as high up as comfortable), take 3 breaths. Continue down the spine to the tailbone.(when you get to the waist and below, it’s 5 breaths instead of 3)

4.   Put both hands at uterus area (below the navel). Breathe deeply 5 times.

5.   OPTIONAL: Go face down for 1 min.  

If you do this frequently, you will find that you fall asleep before even finishing the set of postures…and you’ll sleep more deeply.

Enjoy!

Marie

 

AUTUMN RECIPE

*SHEPHERD’S BARLEY SOUP

  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 4 carrots grated
  • 2 parsnips, diced
  • 1Tbsp oil
  • 2 Qts water
  • 1 cup barley (substitute buckwheat or long grain rice to make it gluten-free)
  • 1/3 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp sea salt or 1 Tbsp natto miso
  • Parseley

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Saute onion, carrots and parsnips in oil (optional)
  • Add water, barley, ginger. Simmer 1 1/2 hours
  • Add salt or miso and simmer 15 min.
  • Garnish with parsley
  • Serves 8

* This recipe was drawn from Paul Pitchford’s classic book “Healing with Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition .

August Meditation Series

“To be the brook of the world is to move constantly in the path of Virtue..and to return again to infancy”  Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu

Come and experience what it’s like to be a human BEING rather than a human DOING! In this workshop, we will discuss what meditation is (and is not) and gently guide you through a simple meditation experience. Learn tools to let go of the stresses of daily living and live from a center of greater stillness, self-acceptance and peace.

We will also be reading short excerpts from classics on meditation and the art of living a peaceful life.

WHEN:  Wednesdays, August 8th, 22nd and 29th (we skip Aug. 15th), 7:30-8:45 pm

WHERE: 14 Vanderventer Ave, Ste L3C, Port Washington NY 11050

FEE: $60 for 3 sessions, paid on Aug 8th, or $25 per individual class.

I hope you’ll join us!   BLESSINGS,  Marie

A Natural Approach to Insomnia with Marie Regis, L.Ac., June 5th 2018

Spring is a time of New Beginnings. Quality sleep is a pre-requisite to feeling our best. I hope you’ll join me in Roslyn as we explore approaches to sleeping better and reducing stress you may not have heard before…Understand what’s causing you to wake up at night and how you can change that pattern. Learn EASY meditation and mindfulness techniques from a variety of traditions, so you can finally LET GO.. and enjoy this beautiful season.
 
A NATURAL APPROACH TO INSOMNIA:
Tuesday June 5th from 7:30-9:00 pm at Roslyn High School
 
Pease follow the link for more details and to register:  https://www.roslynschools.org

Meditation workshop March 4th 2018 at 7:30 p.m.,

TONIGHT’S THEME: TRUST AS IT APPLIES TO QUANTUM FIELD THEORY

with Marie Regis, L.Ac.

Quantum physics tells us that everything in the Universe is interconnected; that even the smallest unit of matter is mostly space, with tiny particles that appear and disappear apparently randomly.  The language of quantum physics, as described in the movie “What the BLEEP do we know” describes the world as a Field of Infinite Possibilities. Or as my astrologer Judith Star-Medicine  would say, it’s a “Magical Universe”.

Tonight we explore our connection with the Earth, by practicing a grounding meditation, as taught by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, in her book Full Body Presence and CD set by the same name. This practice helps us acquire and cultivate a direct experience of connection with a resource outside of ourselves, helping us cultivate TRUST in ourselves and in Life; we can draw upon this resource at any time to release tension and replenish our vital energy.

LOCATION:14 Vanderventer Ave, Port Washington NY 11050

FEE: $25 per class; $60 for set of three classes.

Recipe for Spring Detox

(This article was borrowed from Mayway.com)

Spring Recipe: Bitter Melon and Fried Eggs

By Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

March 6, 2018 No comments

Bitter melon stir fried with eggs is a very simple, common Chinese therapeutic food dish. In terms of its TCM functions, Ku Gua/Mormodica charantia/bitter melon clears heat, brightens the eyes, detoxifies, and alleviates thirst. Eggs, always a symbol of spring’s rebirth, are a superb source of complete and easily-digestible protein, essential fatty acids and a large array of nutrients. Combined with bitter melon’s ability to clear heat and heat-toxins, the eggs’ ability to nourish Yin and Bloodcreates a dynamic clearing/nourishing combination.

In China, bitter melon is also very well-known for its ability to lower blood sugar levels and is incorporated in to many diabetic diets. At least three compounds in bitter melon have been studied and shown to lower blood sugar levels in mice with both normal blood sugar levels and those with diabetes mellitus. It has also been shown to lower blood lipid levels, which makes it a good part of a diet to prevent metabolic syndrome.

Bitter melon and eggsServes 4

Ingredients:
• 1 bitter melon
• 4 eggs
• 3-4 cloves crushed garlic
• Salt
• Oil

Preparation:
1. Wash bitter melon, cut in half lengthwise.
2. Scrape out seeds and pith with a spoon and discard.
3. Slice width-wise into thin crescent-shaped slices.
4. Soak in water with 1 Tbs. salt for 10 minutes.
5. Blanch slices for a minute in boiling water and set aside.
6. Scramble eggs and set aside.
7. Add oil to pan, stir fry crushed garlic on medium heat.
8. Add bitter melon and stir fry for about 2 minutes.
9. Mix in scrambled eggs, salt to taste.

Meditation series: Embracing the Divine Feminine

“The Nameless is the source of Heaven and Earth, The Named is the Mother of the myriad creatures”

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Dates:  Jan. 24th and 31st, Feb 7th 2018 at 7:30 P.M.

Location: 22A Arrandale Ave, Great Neck NY 11024

The following topics will be explored through meditations and readings:

  • Fierce compassion: Meditation on Kali
  • Alan Watts on Kali and the Divine Feminine
  • Exploring our connectedness with all things, as defined in modern physics’ “Unified Field Theory”

Please register by contacting Marie Regis 516-455-2206

Fee $25 per class or $65 for all three classes paid on first day of class.

I hope you’ll join us!   Blessings, 

Marie

 

Chinese medicine’s perspective on healing bones, by Marie Regis, L.Ac.

Accidents  are jarring events  for the mind and body. We often think of them as wake-up calls, and for good reason. They remind  us that we are vulnerable. That the illusion of control we have is just that: an illusion. They remind us to be grateful for being alive, and for the people in our lives who are supportive. These events can also help us seek out help we normally would not reach out for. Chinese medicine and the teachers and mentors from that community have been a God-send at times when I felt particularly vulnerable.

The Martial Arts tradition is rich in knowledge about how to treat injuries. Martial arts teachers in China were expected to be able to heal the students who were injured under their watch.  Over the centuries many traditional herbal remedies were developed and refined, along with acupuncture and massage protocols for healing bone and tendon injuries. Here are some of their principles and keys to success:

  • When the body suffers a blow, it has particular repercussions which must be addressed:
    • Wind: the word describes the shock waves that the body absorbs when it is hit. This can result in inflammation, pain that travels, disorientation, dizziness or neuropathy. Some acupuncture points, particularly on the hands and feet, head and nape of the neck can address this very well if treated soon after the accident.
    • Qi and Blood stagnation: Poor circulation of the life force, and blood stagnation are typical after a blow. This is made worse by overuse of ice in the days following an injury or during rehab. It is vital that normal circulation be restored to allow the injured tissues to be nourished and heal.  This is done easily with acupuncture when the bone is still healing, and with the application of Chinese herbal liniments (Dit Dat Jiao). Some herbal formulas can be taken internally to support this process. Today these can be taken in the form of teas brewed from the raw herbs, in granule form, or in small pills (Chinese patented remedies).
      1. Zheng gu shui is a famous traditional liniment which can reduce pain and support bone and tendon healing. It is very strong and should be diluted for people with sensitive skin.
      2. Five photo brand first aid antiseptic: another commercially available massage liniment which can be used instead of ice to reduce inflammation and swelling, and eliminate bruising. This one is milder than the first and can be left on overnight. I’d recommend wetting a gauze pad with it and wrapping it around the injured area (do not use if there is an open wound), placing plastic over that, and then a loose ace bandage to keep it in place. The gauze should still be wet in the morning.
  • If you decide to take herbal medicine, seek out the help of an well trained, experienced herbalist.  Chinese herbal medicine far surpasses Western herbalism in its sophistication and precision in treating a wide variety of health problems. A Chinese herbalist will examine you and prescribe an herbal combination that addresses your particular set of symptoms. Two patients with apparently similar injuries may be given very different herbal formulas to address underlying conditions in addition to healing the injured area.
  • It is normal to feel quite tired during the weeks when the bone is healing. It takes a lot of energy to heal bone, a physiologically deep part of the body. Best to rest and avoid stimulants such as caffeine, which promote urination and tend to deplete Calcium from the bones
  • Keeping the digestive system strong is central to healing bones: this allows for effective nutrient absorption by the stomach and intestines, thereby providing nutrients to the bones via the blood. Here are key points in strengthening digestion:
    • Eat lightly cooked foods and avoid raw foods. Salads and other raw vegetables tend to lower metabolism and nutrient absorption in general. They deplete the “Yang”/ Warming energy and make the system cold.
    • Sugar weakens digestion and promotes the overgrowth of yeasts and harmful bacteria, thereby weakening digestion. It must be reduced or avoided
    • Eat at regular intervals and avoid periods of “starvation” – long periods between meals
    • Eat plenty of vegetables: vegetable fiber is what nourishes the healthy gut flora, which play a key role in nutrient assimilation and gut health
  • Avoid excess sexual activity: chances are if you have a broken bone your libido will temporarily decrease naturally. Reducing sexual activity helps you conserve “Essence”, which is the basis of building healthy bones.
  • Be patient: use this opportunity to slow down and step out of the “rat race” . As challenging as this has been for you, ask yourself “what is the gift” in it?