Acupuncture IS medicine.

I’ve lost count of the number of times that my patients have cancelled their appointment due to illness. If you woke up feeling ill on the day you already had a doctors appointment scheduled, would you cancel the appointment? My guess is no, you wouldn’t, you would think it was a fortunate coincidence that you’d be able to be seen and treated right away. I think it’s just the way we are raised in this country, Western medicine is considered “real” medicine and Eastern or Traditional Chinese medicine is … not. Here are some facts that you may be unaware of:

Eastern medicine IS medicine. Same thing as calling fries French, well maybe it’s not the same, but you get my point; in France they are fries, actually that’s not even true, they are frites. But I digress … In China, which by the way, inhabits the majority of the world’s population (nearing 1.5 BILLION!) and other Asian countries, Eastern medicine, is their primary form of medicine. Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world, at 84 years old. And in China it is not uncommon for people to live well past 100. A coincidence? I think not. You might say, I don’t want to live that long, but you would if you felt like you did in your 20’s or 30’s; and they do. Or if all your friends and family were still alive and kicking too; theirs are! Practically until they die, they are active and engaged socially, eating vegetables for breakfast, having tea parties into the evening; not a walker or C-pap machine in sight.

Studies have shown that longevity is affected more significantly by lifestyle than by genetics; 75:25. That means …

Things that are within your control can make ALL the difference in your lifespan.

The moral of the story is; make your health a priority. Show up on time. 🙂

“Acupuncture is more Effective than NSAID’s for Low Back Pain”. Duh.

This is important. If not to you, than certainly to someone you know. There’s generally 1 degree (or less) of separation between you and someone with chronic pain.
There IS a solution to chronic pain, and it’s NOT Vicodin (that literally solves/treats/cures nothing … unless potential opioid addiction and a drug overdose are your goals … I’ll assume not.) Doctors are just humans who have been put on a pedestal by our society, I’m not saying they aren’t valuable, of course they are … a percentage of the time.
The fact you need to consider is that regardless of their schooling, they are still fallible humans who are working within a limited scope of knowledge. And the pedestal they’ve been placed upon (not their fault) very often creates an arrogance that becomes ignorance (their choice) to “alternative“ medicine. Even the fact that medicine outside the scope of practice of western doctors, has been given this term, is all part of the brainwashing of our society. And if you’re saying “nooooooo”, it’s because you’re brainwashed. It’s very effective because it’s been happening since the day you were born. Acupuncture (and other “alternative therapies” are AN alternative to western medicine, an alternative that has virtually zero side effects. An alternative to, the supposedly superior medicine, that has been awarded this scary statistic…
Since 2016 (possibly before that, I’m not sure..) errors in WESTERN medicine are the THIRD LEADING CAUSE of DEATH in the United States. Just recently someone told me their father in-law is now paralyzed after a “routine surgery”. Holy shit. This “medicine“ is responsible for the opioid epidemic. And as far as I know, eastern medicine/acupuncture is one of the only treatments, which has been proven beneficial in the treatment of detoxification from substance abuse.
In my own acupuncture practice I have seen so many examples of people getting significant, sometimes even total, relief from chronic pain. The majority of the time, they were never even offered the suggestion to try acupuncture, even after their doctor, who initially offered only drugs or surgery as treatment, tells them post-surgery, when they’re still in pain, or in worse pain, not to mention in debt … that there was nothing more they could do for them … except a lifetime prescription for more drugs. And you believe them, because they’re a doctor, because that’s what you’ve been taught. This is SO fucked up. I don’t know if it makes me more angry or sad, but it is my mission to change it, to educate people, doctors, everyone and anyone who will listen.
If anyone actually reads this, and has anything to do with a school or college; I’d REALLY love to teach an elective course on Eastern Medicine – why it matters / how you can treat yourself (with stuff you can buy on Amazon!).
This MEDICINE can be an alternative to taking drugs with an encyclopedia’s worth of side effects, or to being treated like a statistic or a diagnosis. And in many cases, an alternative to being led to believe that everything that could be done for you, has been, and now you just have a “bad back”, forever. AND, it offers you the ability to take your health into your own hands, and it can change your life; and it works. For anyone who thinks acupuncture is bullshit, fairy dust, witchcraft or whatever, it’s actually founded on, arguably the most well known SCIENTIFIC fact, everything is energy. If you are interested in disputing that, I will refer you to Einstein, he can explain it better than I. Acupuncture is as simple and profound as that fact. It is simply a way of manipulating your body‘s energy, allowing it’s incredible self-healing mechanism to do exactly that… and be exactly that, incredible.
I don‘t even care if you come to me for acupuncture, of course I’d love it if you did, but more than anything I just want you to know that it exists, and IT WORKS, and 99.9% of the time, without the risk of death … or “oily anal leakage”, “suicidal ideations” or “amnesia … almost never permanent” (for real, that’s an actual quote!).
A relative degree of skepticism can be healthy, but if you are willing to risk some heinous potential side effects (yes, I know they don’t ALL have the potential to make you shit yourself, want to kill yourself, and forget who you are.) … regardless, you’d be a dumbo not to at least try an alternative like acupuncture. Which, by the way, usually has side effects such as, improved sleep, , decreased stress and anxiety, reduction in pain/need for pain relievers, increased energy, focus and an overall sense of wellbeing.
WHEN it works, make sure you tell your doctor… and also that I don‘t think they’re an ignorant, negligent, arrogant imbecile; I just think they should educate themselves on the alternatives, it could change their life too.
This really became WAY more of a thing than I’d intended, I had like 50 other things I was supposed to get done tonight. So, I hope someone read it, and if you are that someone, please share it, like in real life not just on FB. I really do believe it could make a difference in the life of someone you know.
… oh! Also, if YOU are a doctor, don’t be mad at me! 🤓 you’re just an innocent-ish bystander of my passionate tirade, and it is not my intention to insult you … unless you’re one of the ones who treat nurses like shit and never look up from their clipboard when your telling someone what’s wrong with them, and generally just think they’re better than everyone else; then, WTF?!?! Rude.
🤓 – kristen
“Everything is energy. You are energy. Change your energy and you will change your life, and the world.”
Kasim Khan

Shimmering Sloth Pose Got You Down?

the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
“Yoga class really stresses me out” she said, oblivious to the irony.
Example: “It makes me so mad when someone is in my spot at yoga! How am I supposed to get all zen if I can’t have things exactly the way I want them?!”

If You’re Not EnJOYing your Yoga practice, you’re
Doing it Wrong


As I learn, grow and evolve, so too does my style of teaching. If you attend my classes regularly you will find that no two are ever the same, like snowflakes ❄ However, the foundation of all classes will remain consistent; prioritizing breath, moving with intention, and not taking yourself too seriously! If you’re not enjoying your practice, you’re missing out on a majority of the benefit. If your yoga practice is stressing you out, you’re doing it wrong! Yoga should be a joyful experience that makes your heart smile and your insides feel sparkly, not something to just be checked off your to-do list.

Every class will be challenging, yet accessible to students of all levels. How is this possible? Simple. Not easy. Simple. By making breath the focus, we detach from our egos; and when that happens, you naturally start approaching your practice from a place of mindfulness, presence and compassion for yourself. Isn’t that the goal? To be compassionate, empathetic creatures, who lift each other up instead of tear each other down? Somehow we forget, that everything we require, to be able to conduct ourselves with grace, integrity, strength and patience; it’s inside of us. Our overthinking, dramatic, self serving egos, highjack nearly every moment of our lives … because we let it. Mindful breathing is the bridge between our body and mind, it creates moments of clarity and awareness. As we string these moments together into minutes, that clarity expands as well. The active, emotional, thinking brain is no longer driving the crazy train; your yoga practice is now yours. Now you get to choose what kind of experience you will have, and not just in that moment or that class; you get to choose your whole life … or at least be aware that you ARE choosing.

This awareness of, and connection to your breath changes everything. The physical postures are your teachers, they are not the goal. Once you downshift away from your ego, the saying, “its not about the destination, it’s about the journey”, becomes much more than a cliche. You’ll never truly arrive anywhere if you ignore everything you’re meant to learn and notice and appreciate on the way there. And what the hell is the goddamn rush anyway?? Standing Bow in a full split? The “Perfect Triangle”? Who gives a &#%!@??? There will not be a parade and confetti when you master the One Handed Sparkly Seahorse. What will happen is that you will keep going to class, fixating on your new nemesis; reclined Lotus Pretzel perhaps??

I am not saying you shouldn’t want to master postures. You should! Goals are necessary, they propel us forward and give us something to work towards; goals help give our lives purpose. What I am saying is this; the next time you need to drive somewhere far away, try getting there with just the address … and a very strong desire to arrive there.

I want you to be able to balance in Prancing Peacock, Three Fingered Gorilla and every other made up posture you can imagine, I really do; but I want you to enjoy every second of the time you spend trying.
When your breathe, real presence and pure joy are what delivers you into your posture; it won’t even matter because your whole life will have changed. Every single thing you need to feel proud, worthy, capable and accomplished; you will have already discovered inside of you. Majestic Mountain Goat will just be icing on the cake.

This is it, these kids, totally immersed in the joy of the moment, not taking themselves seriously … that’s joy.

© February 18, 2018 Kristen Boze, The Sunshine Factory

This Little Light of Mine

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson