Acupuncture & Yin Yoga for the Spring Equinox
- Mar 22, 2018
Join Melissa Murtha, LAc, MSTOM and Brynn Cunningham, RYT-200, for a unique acupuncture and yoga event to usher in the spring season. Brynn will guide students through yin yoga poses, performed mostly in seated and reclined positions and held between one and five minutes. Yin poses target the joints and connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and lower back on the physical level with a deep release of tight muscles and stiffness deep within the body.
While students are holding the still, grounding Yin postures, Melissa will insert acupuncture beads, seeds or needles into the ears and various parts of the body with the intention of clearing the pathways of the late winter organs of the kidneys and rrinary bladder, associated with the water element, while strengthening the spring organs of the liver and gallbladder, associated with the wood element.
According to the Yin Yoga Meridian Theory, when we practice certain poses while applying deep, mindful breathing, we facilitate healing and balance energy through the compression and stretching of meridians. The combination of acupuncture further facilitates healing.
Melissa and Brynn will lead students in meditation as they recline in complete surrender and attune themselves with the transition of the seasons. Class will end with an extended supported Svasana and Yoga Nidra.
*Wear loose-fitting, flowy pants or long shorts to allow accessibility to meridians lines of the legs.
Melissa Murtha, LAc., is a Uniontown native who had always been interested in the self-healing power of the human body. She developed her desire to be an acupuncturist as early as her sophomore year of high school. After earning a BA in psychology from LaSalle University, she and her husband moved to Chicago so she could attend the renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she received her Master's of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine. Upon passing her National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine board exams, she moved back to her hometown, where she has had a practice since then with Braun Chiropractic PC. Two years ago, she expanded her practice, forming Red Lily Acupuncture LLC and opened a second location in Greensburg, PA. She and her husband have three amazing daughters.