The Bright Yang of Pride

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The Bright Yang of Pride

I'm not sure if there is a correlation between the arrival of the summer solstice and gay pride month, but I would like to think that there is.  The timing, in fact, was meant to fall roughly on the anniversary of the famous Stonewall riots which sparked the gay rights movement. 

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Acupuncture Sound Bath for Your Practical Everyday Life

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Acupuncture Sound Bath for Your Practical Everyday Life

Working with the combination of acupuncture and sound therapy stimulates a creative environment where resilience is amplified.  In our personal lives, families and workplace organizations, we often feel overstressed, and thus lack creativity and aliveness.  Healing vibrations enliven and animate our imagination, rejuvenate the energy in our bodies, and therefore, revive the vigor in our spirits to go back out there and give it everything we’ve got.

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"Its use came into my hands"

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"Its use came into my hands"

I recently came across this phrase in a book on Kampo, the Japanese system of herbal medicine with close ties to classical Chinese herbal traditions. I was strangely moved; for as a student and young practitioner in this tradition of herbalism, the saying seemed to describe so well my experience of learning this vast, complex, and subtle art: a sense of being taught not only by my teachers but by the tradition itself.

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Ring in the Spring with BAP

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Ring in the Spring with BAP

Congratulations on moving through another winter and keeping hope alive :) 

In these unprecedented and trying times, we could all stand to strengthen our capacity for hope.  It just so happens that the spring season, as seen through the eyes of Chinese medical cosmology, gives us exactly this opportunity. 

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Sleep 101: BAP's Starter Guide to Catching Zzz's

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Sleep 101: BAP's Starter Guide to Catching Zzz's

Sleep. For some it’s elusive, for other’s it’s a nuisance, but for everyone it’s essential.  And here in our clinic, in “the city that never sleeps,” we hear a lot about people’s relationship to rest.

Researchers loosely agree that 7-9 hours is the necessary snoozing time needed by the average adult. But many New Yorkers spend their days actively fighting to beat this basic need. 

In fact, disrupted sleep cycles are at the root of so many of symptoms that we see here at BAP, that we’ve put together a short guide to good sleep hygiene...

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BAP, A Safe Space: Now and Always

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BAP, A Safe Space: Now and Always

We have entered into some uncharted waters. While what is happening in our collective reality has hints of patterns from the past, there has never been another now.... We are at a place now in history where we need all hands on deck, all organ systems in full working order, and all past behind us.

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Travel with Dietary Dignity! 5 Strategies for Navigating Food Sensitivities on the Road

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Travel with Dietary Dignity! 5 Strategies for Navigating Food Sensitivities on the Road

It’s that time again!  The holidays are upon us and we are off to join friends and family to celebrate and bring in a New Year.  At the center of every celebration is likely a feast or at least a great cocktail hour!   The question is – can you handle all the food, booze and deserts that come across your palette? Do you struggle when you travel to keep your diet in line? 

Here are my 5 simple and smart tips for making it through this year’s holiday travel schedule by all modes of travel. 

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Winter Letter from Serra Chase

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Winter Letter from Serra Chase

We are now in the deepest, darkest, most still, and receptive time in the wheel of the year as the Yin energy is full. On the winter solstice (DEC 21) the tiniest spark of Yang Qi appears in the darkness to lift us up into lighter times. This miracle of the return of the light is what all of our winter holiday festivals are based on.  Listen into the magic of this time...

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Still I Rise

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Still I Rise

It's been a wild ride this week. And wherever you may be on that rollercoaster, we just want to remind you that we are here for you. With massage, sound baths, acupuncture, reiki, leadership coaching, and therapy you can treat yourself to you-time and tune into what's important. In the meantime, here's a little inspiration from the wonderful Maya Angelou:

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Recipe: Chicken Soup for Cold Season

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Recipe: Chicken Soup for Cold Season

The following recipe combines the benefits of bone broth with Chinese herbs. Many of us have already experienced a cold this fall as the seasons make their shift. Eating this soup periodically can help keep our immune systems...

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Divination Games: What does it all mean?

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Divination Games: What does it all mean?

Divination is an old-fashioned word for how we can provoke the universe into furnishing us with signs and symbols to guide us along our path in life. And learning to navigate that world is the theme of Jonathan Edwards upcoming workshop series at BAP.  In this interview Jonathan talks about what we can expect from his class, the role divination plays in his work as a healer, and how plants can be our guides through the world of dreams and symbols.

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What the F* is Reiki?

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What the F* is Reiki?

There's no two bits about it, Reiki is gaining some major-momentous-universe-force right now. Reiki may have been something you associate with your hippie neighbor, but there's a reason why more hospitals, nursing homes, day care centers, health care communities and all kinds of celebrities are turning towards this healing modality...

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5 Tips for Meal Planning

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5 Tips for Meal Planning

Getting meals on the table day-in and day-out isn't easy.  We are busy.  We are tired.  We are overwhelmed by the thought of cooking every night.  Cooking for yourself gives you control over what you are eating, saves a ton of money, and makes you feel better almost immediately.   Changing your habits around cooking is easier than you think. Here are my top 5 strategies for conquering meal planning . . .

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Orlando's Impact: 7 Tips for Healing

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Orlando's Impact: 7 Tips for Healing

Shortly after the horrific Orlando shootings, my practice made a drastic shift. Anxiety/PTSD/Depression/Insomnia made up about 15% of my practice before the massacre.  In the days, weeks, and months that followed this percentage shot up to well over 50%.  The LGBTQ community is experiencing a collective trauma response that deserves to be recognized. Many of our community members face trauma triggers in everyday life from past experiences.  ..Even though

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Taking Action In the Season of Metal: Answering Standing Rock's Call

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Taking Action In the Season of Metal: Answering Standing Rock's Call

Imagine our world map without borders. Zoom out and see the Earth as it is.  It is amazing to think it's only been 45 years since that first photo of Earth from the NASA Lunar Orbiter 1 was taken.  This was the first time in history that humans could actually see the planet as a whole and while  that pivotal moment changed our consciousness to some degree, the magnitude of critical imbalances on the earth now calls for another level of action...

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How Sound Heals Trauma and Activates the Passion to Live Your Purpose

How Sound Heals Trauma and Activates the Passion to Live Your Purpose

Sound healing opens us to the vision of our life purpose beyond our trauma, and gives us the strength and resilience to stay focused and engaged with this higher purpose.  It is a tool for healing, a friend, ally and catalyst for leadership, because it stimulates the development of our consciousness.  Sound cultivates the embodied confidence to see clearly and move through the patterns that block us from stepping into the power of our gifts and serve wholeheartedly.

 

 

Discipline: the Unsexy Key to Creativity

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Discipline: the Unsexy Key to Creativity

Discipline isn’t only about hard work or deprivation, though. It’s about being strict in some ways, but generous in others. It’s about giving yourself the things that you really love. Taking the time to treat yourself with care

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