Join Justina Waschuk, A Registered Acupuncturist and Doctor of
Traditional Chinese Medicine, for an evening of exploring and
intertwining the ancient practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine
and Yoga through movement, breathwork, and acupuncture.
This beautiful combination is designed to destress and ease the weight of daily life, stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and harmonize the body as a whole.
Invite yourself to slow down, breathe, and be where you are now.
One of the clearest ways Chinese Medicine and Yoga are similar is that they both recognize the existence of an energetic life force, called Prana or Qi, that pervades in all things.
In Chinese medicine, this life force is carried through the body by channels known as meridians (or in yoga -nadis). Meridians can’t be seen by the naked eye, but they are thought to transmit information throughout the body to obtain optimal functionality and vitality by unifying mind, body and spirit. The intricate network of channels are linked to the energy of specific organs in the body, meaning that when the energy of the networks are open and flowing freely, then all the organs of the body are in balance. Not only that, the meridians are containers that hold the body’s vital substances, such as blood and body fluids, that nourish the skin, muscles, vessels, bones and spirit.
As a complimentary, Yoga incorporates movement and postures that activates the energetic system by compressing, opening, or lengthening, which in turn, awakens the meridians and frees energy to circulate. With this in mind, one can see how different yoga postures will affect different meridians. While the movements and poses in Yoga are extremely beneficial in allowing the energy to move freely through the body, this is a broader more general enabling of circulation, whereas Acupuncture goes deeper, working with specific points that have functions, either dispersing Qi blockages throughout the body or strengthening a specific function of one of the vital substances or organs. Acupuncture is a perfect sequel to Yoga with respect to reinforcing the bodies’ energy to move freely and attain ultimate health physically, mentally and spiritually.
Daily events and lifestyle can cause strain or energetic stagnation, which puts the body under pressure and stress. This ultimately leads to imbalances in the body. In accordance to Chinese Medicine Organ Theory, examples of such imbalances are:
the Liver in overdrive leading to stress and anger, a deficient Spleen causing bloating, or deficient Kidneys causing lower back pain. All these are signs that the energy of the body is imbalanced and requires some care and attention to bring itself back to centre and balance. Imbalances can produce effects physically, mentally and emotionally; all three are as equally exposed are each other when it comes to sickness, pain and blocked Qi flow. In Chinese Medicine, these imbalances are called “patterns of disharmony”, and it is the practitioner’s responsibility to identify the pattern in order to bring the body back to a place of harmony.