In order to protect patients and their families, Window of Heaven Acupuncture & Yoga, Inc. will be closed for in-person appointments until the COVID-19 pandemic threat has passed. Courtney is available for phone consults until reopening.

Mind/Body Connection

Taking Control Of The Never Ending To-Do List

At any given moment life is a certain amount of busy. What is important to realize is there are events in life that produce more stress on our bodies than we know or even think they should. I’ve always liked the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory as it quantifies stress in a very objective way. It says divorce is …

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The Power and The Possibilities of Long Term Planning

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”― Henry David Thoreau This weekend we drove to Vermont for a Christmas party. En route we passed a big apple orchard that we’ve been driving past for years.  To …

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How to Receive During The Season of Giving

In the midst of this holiday season as everyone is thinking about shopping and making New Year’s Resolutions I want to bring your mind back to the concept of Receiving. By the end of the year most of us will be a little more broke and a little more depleted from travel, desserts, and shopping in …

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Anniversaries: Honoring The Good, The Bad and The Horrid

I have this new rule for blogging. If I hear of something more than 4 or 5 times from my patients in a two-week period I write about it. Call me silly, but this whole sharing a universe thing makes me think we are subject to the same twists and turns of fate. So today …

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Stillness: The Power of Doing Nothing With Intention

In Chinese Medicine we use the phrase “nourishing the yin,” to describe rebuilding and supporting the production of body fluids. Western Medicine might see “yin deficiency” as hormonal depletion or adrenal exhaustion. But we think of it as a liquid deficiency, everything has dried up. We are born with an adequate amount of yin and …

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Savasana: A Guide To The Most Beloved Of Postures

Some yoga teachers worry about inversions, others worry about forward folds, I am obsessed with Savasana. Yes, you could do some serious damage in headstand and a forward fold with a herniated disk is terrible. These are plenty of things to worry about. As a teacher I’m trained to always be looking for the person …

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Releasing Summer, Accepting October

Yesterday I finally accepted October. It always takes me a long time, some years longer than others. I hold on childishly to the idea that the sun will again deeply warm the earth and the trees will grow heavy with green again. At some point every year something inside me shifts and I stop wanting …

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Unfulfilled Desires: Why They Just Won’t Go Away

The amazing feature of Chinese Medicine that continues to astound me is the focus on the spiritual. There is no “soul” or “spirit” in Western medicine. There is no association with specific emotions and specific ailments. But in Chinese Medicine an upstirring of a certain emotion is diagnostic of a pattern and warrants inquiry into …

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Ending the Incessant Elevator Speech

This weekend was my 10th year reunion from college (yes I’m young-that’s okay). As my husband and I met at college we both headed up to Bennington College this weekend to be wowed by beautiful foliage, amazingly brilliant people (including the remarkable new president who has a 2 week old baby), tasty local food, good conversation …

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Hitting the Ground Running: Why Speedy Recoveries Are Overrated

This has been the summer of weddings. Three weeks ago we were in Colorado, then we were in London and soon we will be driving south for a beach wedding in mid September. It has been an exceptional amount of travel in a teeny amount of time and I am an easily overwhelmed traveler. With …

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