You’re Invited! Free Yoga Classes September-November

I have posted 2 new yoga class series and wanted to invite you to attend. My classes are all levels, focused on the beginner as well as the advanced student. You are welcome to join anytime, and participate at the level that works for you or you may simply rest on the mat and take a break from your day. ūüôā

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Energizing Vinysasa Flow

Enjoy a fun, energizing, flow class focused on detox & stress reduction. Sequence rooted in power Vinyasa to enhance your fluidity and strength. Use your breath to build heat, release toxins, & regain focus. All levels and everyone welcome! Feel free to invite a friend.

When:
9/6 Thursday 1:15-2:15
9/12 Wednesday 2:15-3:15
9/27 Thursday 1:15-2:15
10/4 Thursday 1:15-2:15
10/11 Thursday 11:45-12:45
10/18 Thursday 2:15-3:15
10/24 Wednesday 12:15-1:15
11/1 Thursday 1:15-2:15
11/8 Thursday 11:45-12:45
11/15 Thursday 1:15-2:15
11/21 Wednesday 1:15-2:15
11/29 Thursday 1:15-2:15

Restorative Flow Yoga

Refresh & restore deeply with mindfulness. Focus on your breath as a tool to enhance the elasticity of your fascia and heal your connective tissues. Gentle supported poses are held longer to allow the body & mind to release tension so you may fully relax for an extended Savasana. All levels and everyone welcome! Feel free to invite a friend.

When:
9/20 Thursday 1:15-2:15
10/4 Thursday 5:15-6:15

As space is limited, it is helpful to me if you register for the classes online or let me know and I’ll register you.

Mats provided. ‚ėļ

Where:
All Classes are held in Winter Garden Atrium at the Medical Dental Building, on the 3rd floor  509 Olive Way Seattle, WA 98101

Cost:
Free

Classes are be posted Online for easy reference and registration.

Thank you for being a part of my practice!

Peace and health,

Desiree

Celebrating 20 Years! + 3 New Services

This month I’m celebrating 20 years in business!

I’m excited to introduce 3 new services at a special event rate for you!

Thank you for being a part of my practice!

Peace and health,

Desiree

New Package: Acupuncture + Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy

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For A Limited Time. Purchase Between 8/8-8/12.

Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself.

Acupuncture + Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy Package Special Offer $144 ($180 Value)

Indulge yourself with this luxurious wellness treatment package! Includes 30-Minute Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy with your Acupuncture treatment. This serene treatment integrates Eastern Medicine, Thermal, and Salt Mineral Therapies to provide deep healing and relaxation.

New Service: Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy

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For A Limited Time. Purchase Between 8/8-8/12.

Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself.

Himalayan Salt Stone Therapy 60 Minutes. Special Offer $112 ($140 Value)

Your luxuriant treatment integrates Eastern Medicine, Thermal, and Salt Mineral Therapies to provide you with healing benefits including:
* Enhanced Circulation
* Restored Sense of Wellness
* Reduced Inflammation
* Restful Sleep
* Deep Relaxation
* Lifted Mood

New Service: Dry Brush Skin Detox + Silk Polish

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For A Limited Time. Purchase Between 8/8-8/12.

Give As Gifts Or Treat Yourself.

Dry Brush Skin Detox & Silk Polish Special Offer $64 ($80 Value)

Combining East and West philosophies, I created this exclusive 3-step protocol to enhance your weight loss and wellness treatments while giving you glowing skin.

First your skin is gently brushed with exfoliating gloves to remove dry skin and activate your lymphatic system. Next, Ayurvedic silk gloves polish and infuse your skin with nourishing silk amino acids, while further detoxifying your lymphatic system.

Your skin will then relish a hydrating mist infused with rose and citrus.

Optional Add-on: Get the ultimate glow with an application of organic hydrating balm for an additional $15.

Yoga Classes July & August

I have added more Free Yoga classes for you based on your feedback and requests for class times and yoga styles.

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Energizing & Balancing Yoga Flow Class-Free

Enjoy a fun, energizing, flow class focused on detox & stress reduction. Get energized and centered while increasing your mental focus! All levels and everyone welcome! Feel free to invite a friend.

When:
Thursday July 12th 5:15-6:15
Wednesday July 25th 12:15-1:15
Wednesday August 1st 12:15-1:15
Thursday August 2nd 10:45-11:45
Thursday August 9th 11:45-12:45
Thursday August 16th 10:45-11:45
Wednesday August 22nd 12:45-1:45
Thursday August 23rd 1:15-2:15
Wednesday August 29th 12:15-1:15
Thursday August 30th 5:15-6:16
Friday August 31st 1:15-2:15

Restorative Flow Yoga Class-Free

Rest deeply with mindfulness. Gentle supported poses are held longer to allow the body & mind to release tension so you may fully relax for an extended Savasana. All levels and everyone welcome! Feel free to invite a friend.

When:
Thursday July 12th 11:10-11:50
Thursday July 26th 11:10-11:50
Thursday August 9th 5:15-6:15

As space is limited, it is helpful to me if you register for the classes online or let me know and I’ll enroll you.

Mats provided. ‚ėļ

Where:
All Classes are held in Winter Garden Atrium at the Medical Dental Building, on the 3rd floor
509 Olive Way Seattle, WA 98101

Cost:
Free

Classes are posted Online for easy reference and registration.

Thank you for being a part of my practice!

Peace and health,

Desiree

 

Mudra: Make A Fist, Heal Your Emotions

Mushti MudraMudra is a Sanskrit term for gesture, mark or seal and is used in yoga, meditation and other types of healing.

There are numerous mudras, each with a specific purpose and benefit.  As a perpetual student of Eastern Medicine and energy healing, I feel its important to reference the similarities of these sciences.

In Chinese medicine, the hand is one of many microsystems or fractals in our body with acupuncture points (Marma points in the Ayurvedic system).  Mudras, acupuncture, and massage therapy activate the energy in these points.  In both systems, the palmar surface of the hand contains the internal organ points, and relates to the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the organ.

The Mushti Mudra, pictured above, heals our restrained emotions and digestion.  Anger and frustration are connected to the liver; grief and letting go are connected to the lungs and large intestine.

We all know being upset stagnates our digestion.  Often we will try to soothe our feelings by either not eating or overeating; both responses make the problem worse.  When we make a fist, the Mushti Mudra activates these points and starts the healing process in both your mind and body.  Essentially you are telling your brain to wring out your emotions and your gut.

 

Next time you feel upset, try this easy Mushti Mudra:

 

  1. Inhale and make a fist, squeezing your thumb over your fingers
  2. Exhale and let your fist relax open.

 

As you inhale and exhale notice the sensation of your breath through your body, and how your body feels afterward.  Also note if you felt the emotional or the physical discomfort first.  This will help you get in tune with and heal your body.

I like to start with both hands at the same time, then alternate between left and right one at a time, and then back to both hands together.

I’d love to hear how this mudra works for you.¬† Send me an email if you have questions or would like to share your experience.

 

 

Shirodhara New Service At Merulli Acupuncture

 

Special offer for you: 

Schedule your Shirodhara session by February 29th and receive $25 off  Book Now

 

Restorative Shirodhara oil massage of the 3rd eye Chakra (Anja), soothes your body and mind.

 

I’m excited to offer Shirodhara to my patients. Shirodhara is a deeply nourishing Ayurvedic treatment that calms the body and mind.

 

Benefits of Shirodhara:

 

  • Reduces headaches, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and irritability
  • Leaves your hair soft and silky, and prevents hair fall
  • Regulates the endocrine system
  • Softens facial lines and refreshes your complexion
  • Improves sleep
  • Engages your parasympathetic nervous system, providing deep relaxation¬†and mental clarity
  • Enhances other therapies, such as yoga, acupuncture, massage and meditation

 

Journey through a seamless rhythm of traditional Tibetan bodywork modalities that conclude with the pouring of a luxurious stream of warm infused oil over the forehead. Available at the Seattle clinic location.

$90.  45-60 minute session.  Book Now

 

Preview

Easy Healthy Blueberry Dessert

Easy 6 ingredient healthy blueberry dessert

Here is an easy healthy blueberry dessert to celebrate the summer!¬† The Summer Solstice is technically 11 days away, but I’m declaring it summer right now anyway.¬† Even though it rained 2 days ago, it’s been pretty sunny and warm in Seattle and Anacortes.¬† I even felt ashamed running inside on the treadmill and wasting that fresh air and healthy sunlight.

Whole foods on Westlake had a screaming deal on organic blueberries so I thought I’d share this¬† recipe (if you want to call it that-it’s more of a throw in a bowl dessert).¬† You’ve probably heard that blueberries are full of antioxidants, and great for your skin, but these are also full of rich summer flavor.¬† (I was actually lured to the display by the balmy scent…that is my rule, I must smell berries before I see them or I won’t buy them).

Items needed: Organic if possible.

  • Pint of blueberries
  • Nectarine or honey mango is a nice option
  • Banana
  • Walnuts
  • Greek Yogurt-Plain, unsweetened
  • Coconut Milk-Organic regular-NOT low fat (Why? See note below)

I’m not big on measuring when cooking as its kind of constraining so I’ll leave the proportions up to your liking.¬† Cut up the banana and nectarine and toss in a bowl with the berries.¬† Put a scoop or so of the Greek yogurt and drizzle I mean pour coconut milk over the top and sprinkle with walnuts.¬† That’s it, you’re done.¬† You can break up the walnuts with your fingers-no need for fancy tools or grinder.¬† If you are entertaining a vegan or a non-dairy diner, be kind and omit the yogurt.¬† They will appreciate your thoughtfulness.¬† This dessert is also gluten-free, BTW.¬† (I’m not a vegan myself but feel its important to be aware of others eating preferences.)¬† I prefer to eat the fruit at room temperature (its an Acupuncturist thing-don’t want to put out the digestive fire) but feel free to serve chilled if you like.¬† The berries are a nice flavor contrast to the creaminess of the banana and the floral note of the nectarine.¬† The walnuts and yogurt add protein and healthy fat, and the banana texture gets along really well with the walnuts.¬† The color palette is quite appetizing too.¬† Hope I don’t sound like a snob here but these things matter.

Easy 6 ingredient healthy blueberry dessert

Thai Kitchen is my favorite organic coconut milk.¬† It’s thicker and more creamy than the 365 Whole Foods brand, and readily available at most grocery stores.¬† The reduced or low fat version just has more water, so if you really want have less fat you can buy this and water it down.¬† I would keep the fat content so your brain is satiated, and you won’t crave more sugar or something else to make up for it.¬† I still haven’t found coconut milk in a lined can to protect from the aluminum, so if anyone knows of a brand let me know and I’ll post it.¬† Anyone who’s been around me knows I love coconut milk and use this in place of cream in coffee, hot chocolate and in soups like clam/seafood chowder or other “cream” based broths.¬† Coconut milk is non-dairy and also vegan friendly.

Enjoy!