February 7, 2018

Yin Day 2018

Spend the day nourishing yourself with practices that strengthen your Yin and experiences that help establish balance for overactive lives; to regenerate the body, cultivate inner peace and restore harmony to your whole being with:

• Yin Yoga

• Meditation

• Qigong

• Breath and other Quiet Practices for mental and physical well-being.

WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2018

10am – 4pm

$89 PER PERSON, INCLUDES LUNCH

LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS

WHERE: YOGA FOR HEALTH EDUCATION • 1200 WEST 11TH ST., SUITE 106, TRAVERSE CITY, MI 49684 • (231) 922-9642

JOIN TAMARA GRAF, AC, DIPL. C.H., NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED IN ACUPUNCTURE AND CHINESE HERBOLOGY, AND LIBBY ROBOLD, YHE DIRECTOR, YOGA THERAPIST & AYURVEDIC HEALTH COUNSELOR, CERTIFIED BY THE NATIONAL AYURVEDIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AND MICHAEL ROBOLD, YHE DIRECTOR, YOGA TEACHER, AND NATURAL FOODS CHEF.


“A DAY OF YIN YOGA IN THE CHINESE NEW YEAR. DEEPLY NOURISH THE YIN WITHIN.”

The Year of the Dog… Loyalty, Exuberance, Good Fortune, Yet Ups and Downs. Be Prepared!

December 21, 2017

Winter Solstice! Hexagram 24 – Return

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice. The Chinese term for Winter Solstice literally means the “extreme of yin” since Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. Symbolically this node is represented by Hexagram 24, which is comprised of one Yang line at the bottom of 5 Yin lines. Hexagram 24’s name is Return – Fu (復). What is returning? The Yang and the light are returning. One of the basic laws of Yin-Yang theory is that of mutual transformation. When something reaches an extreme, then it naturally reverts to the opposite. Now is when Yin has reached its extreme thereby giving birth to Yang. This is why Winter Solstice is the time of many important holidays about lights, about birth and about renewal.

Hexagram 24 | Return

The turning points of Yin and Yang during the year (the Winter and Summer solstices) are important times for protecting our health and wellbeing. What can we do then to stay healthy during this time period? One basic recommendation is go to bed early and sleep a little longer. Winter, and particularly the Solstice, is the time of year that is most yin, a time when we should be getting more rest and experiencing more periods of silence, both physically and mentally. Finding more time for rest and reflection puts us into harmony with the Yin of Winter.  That being said, too much sleep is also not great. Sleep (which is Yin) when excessive damages the Yang, which is why some of the early teachings says excessive sleep injures the Qi. The typical recommendation is that 8-9 hours of sleep is plenty for the average healthy person.

Another seasonal recommendation is to continue moving.

Even though Winter is the time of Yin stillness, as mentioned above the Winter Solstice marks the birth of Yang.  Because movement is Yang it is important for us to “persist in moving” during this time of year. Appropriate exercises include gentle movement such as Tai Chi, Qigong or Yoga. “Yoga for Health” located in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons offers a wonderful variety of all of these!

Blessings,

Tamara Graf

November 22, 2017

Gratitude

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

-G.K.Chesterton

Gratitude is the perfect remedy to uplift your spirit this holiday season.

Blessings,

Tamara Graf

May 26, 2017

Hot cup of the golden Turmeric milk!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup Coconut or Almond milk.
1 1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ginger

Pinch of Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Honey, Maple Syrup

DIRECTIONS:

Sweetened with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to taste with a pinch of Black pepper which increases the absorption of the Turmeric.
Heat the oil in the sauce pan add the spices then whisk in the milk and simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat until hot. Do not boil. Drink and enjoy while hot.

BENEFITS

Turmeric contains tons of nutrients, especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds plus it tastes just delicious! This warm golden milk highlights Turmeric’s bold earthy flavors perfectly mixed with a bit of sweetness. Enjoy this gluten & dairy-free beverage during the day as instead of caffeine or tea. Try a cup before bedtime as an alternative to a snack. Drinking this warm, soothing beverage will make drifting off to sleep easy on your mind and belly.

April 30, 2017

The soul is the same

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A quote to think about today…

“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.”

~Hippocrates

February 5, 2017

Fun facts about Acupuncture

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“There are many misconceptions and ideas about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM.) From the type of needles to the methods used for treatments known as modalities. Acupuncture Fun Facts addresses just a few of these misconceptions and presents some other interesting but little know facts that attempt to show the validity and goodness inherent in the practice of acupuncture today.” ~Acupunture Fun Facts from Infographics Archives

Did you know?

• The United States FDA classified acupuncture needles as medical instruments and assured their safety and effectiveness.

• Acupuncture needles are single-use. sterilized and pre-packaged.

• Even though a needle is inserted into the skin, acupuncture is virtually painless.

• Acupuncture is highly individualized. For example, if 50 people with common colds all got acupuncture, all 50 people may have different acupuncture points and herbs in their treatment.

• In American hospital systems, the use of acupuncture ranks number 1 among all complementary and alternative medicines for which a license is required.

• Many medical doctors today are referring their clients with chronic pain or other difficult diseases to acupuncturists.

• Acupuncture is over 5,000 years old and is one of the oldest practicing forms of medicine known to date.

• When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is safe, effective, and free from negative side effects.

Why wait?

With its roots in ancient civilization and approved by modern medicine, why wait to explore the possible benefits and experience acupuncture for yourself?!

Contact Tamara Graf for a consultation and to make an acupuncture appointment today!


Info via goldentouchacupuncture.org / Feb, 5th, 2017

January 16, 2017

A day of Yin

Join us for a day of Yin Yoga in the Chinese New Year! Mastering the art of stillness, allowing for awareness and peace in times of challenge and change.

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

10am – 4pm

“Deeply nourish the Yin within.”

$89/per person which also includes lunch.

This event is limited to 15 participants – hurry and sign up now!

Located at: Yoga for Health Education

1200 West 11th Street, Suite 106, Traverse City, MI 49684

Call: (231) 922-9642

Spend the day nourishing yourself with practices that strengthen your Yin and experiences that help establish balance for overactive lives; to regenerate the body, cultivate inner peace and restore harmony to your whole being through: Yin Yoga, Qigong breath and other quiet practices for mental and physical well-being.

Hosted by: 

Tamara Graf, RAc. DIPL. C.H., National board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology

Libby Robold, Yhe director, Yoga therapist & Ayurvedic Health Counselor, certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association

Michael Robold, Yhe director, yoga teacher and natural foods chef.


Flyer Front PDF  |  Registration Form PDF

October 19, 2016

The guiding principal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

I am honored to live in Leelanau County, surrounded by gorgeous natural beauty, rolling hills, protected lands and lots of water. Here’s some photos from the area for you to enjoy. Nature provides us the opportunity to recognize our inter-dependence and our inter-connectedness with it.

According to Chinese philosophy man is a microcosm or hologram of the natural world with structural and functional characteristics, corresponding to those of its immediate environment and nature as well as to those of the Universe.

Just as we a a microcosm to the greater universe, Parts of our human body can be viewed as microsystems, or holograms, representing the greater whole. The larger map of our body can be mapped out onto a smaller regions of our body, such as your limbs, hands, feet, face and ear. As a practitioner, I am able to utilize the microsystem on various areas of the body to re-establish balance in the greater whole.

~Tamara

Northern Michigan Nature Photography seen here provided by local Mother/Daughter artists and photographers: Raquel Jackson of Rockwell Art & Design and Char Davis of Dancing Frog Press. Please contact for permission to use. All Rights Reserved. ®

 

October 19, 2016

Welcome

Thanks for visiting!

Our site is currently under construction by Rockwell Art & Design. We’re excited to bring our website up to date with the times, using WordPress, for a desktop and mobile friendly experience.

Please give me a call to set up a consultation or appointment today!

231.329.2026

Best,

Tamara