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Celebrate Earth Yang Dog Year 2018

The Chinese New Year is celebrated on February 16th, 2018, and this is the year of the Earth Yang Dog. In Chinese Medicine we look at how the 5 elements of wood, earth, water, fire and metal affect each of us both internally with our emotions, and physiologically. In the outer world, the elements also affect the overall nature of each year and can have a direct influence on us. We are coming into an Earth year, and the qualities that will temper this year will be those of stability, foresight, perseverance and introspection. The year will be quite harmonious if we use these markers as our guides.

Yang is the active state, and so we may have a lot of energy this year. We will have to continue to practice lots of self-care and self-compassion as we navigate all that is on our plate so we do not exhaust ourselves. Starting new habits will be easier and if we allow ourselves to remember the imperfect beings we are, we will find more happiness.

Dogs are by nature loyal, the truest of friends, honest and communicative. In this Yang Earth Dog year of 2018, we will do best in relationships and business through straight-forward and authentic communication. Just like the dog, we will want to be observant and deliberate in trusting others or in dealings. A strong sense of responsibility to the social welfare of our fellow human and the planet will help us all gain a stronghold in material and spiritual wealth. We must set aside our tendencies to be defensive, self-righteous, and overly critical of others, working instead for the benefit of greater balance in sisterhood and brotherhood to make the greatest impact and to become more loving. The dog can be practical and also very helpful, and these energies can be tapped into to keep us on track. Out of balance the energies can present as an underlying worry and anxiety about life. To overcome these tendencies, be hard working and don’t give up, but remember to balance with play and asking for support. Use your moral compass and intuition as your guide to find the right people to align with and the places to be, that will benefit you most. There could be some unforeseeable blocks this year, and especially with money. Be careful with risks and have alternate plans for things if and when they shift. Getting outdoors for mindful movement and grounding will help you to recharge and reframe.

Enjoy the playful dog energies and romp around!

Lol and Namaste,


Lessons on Abundance

As I think back over this last year, and the lessons that I have learned, the one that has been emphasized over and over to me, is that we live in an abundant world! If you knew my whole story, you would know that I have not always felt this way, that I have been very poor most of my adult life (although comfortable and always well-fed), and that this has been a long journey. Perhaps like many of you, I did not know that I could have enough, or any sort of wealth (without a price). This was my belief. This poverty consciousness had me feeling lack in many areas, and it didn’t feel good, because if you have experienced this, (and most of us have), at the root of it, we don’t think we deserve the abundance, or somehow we are not good enough, or being punished. There is a lot of shame at the root of this, so you can see why so many of us don’t want to even look at it. Doing our inner work is messy, and looking at it is uncomfortable at it’s best. Until this last year, even when I was able to have enough clothes, or a nice enough car, or a nice place to live, there was always an area of lack in my life. (I should say that I am not 100% out of this paradigm, but I have shifted and still am greatly.) This often (like most of you) carried over into my health. We say to ourselves, and even cry out to all, that health care should be a Universal right! But underneath that, we have a hard time feeling like we can spend a certain amount on our health. Some of us are stuck with that we can’t afford bodywork (or certainly not more than once a month!), some of us are that we can’t afford the quality supplements, some of us are telling ourselves that we can’t afford organic. This is a shift that I guarantee you, you can make, but it’s going to take some risk.

When I was in school to get my Amma Therapy training, I began purchasing all organic. My food bill was high, but I knew that this was where I needed to put my money. And every time that I committed to my health, the Universe/God, has had my back. In 2016, I was in a car accident in which another car drove into my car. I wasn’t badly hurt, but I did have whiplash and the resulting headaches. I started to see a new chiropractor who turned my body around. This was the most expensive chiropractor I had ever seen! I had to pay out of pocket and wait for the insurance to reimburse me. It was hard for me to wrap my mind around the 8 month program that I signed up for. But, when I took the risk, the results happened. It was scary at first to think I would pay so much, and yet I knew I needed this. My neck completely healed and I’ve never had to go back in! The price was worth every bit.

I also took two business trainings that were thousands of dollars. I needed to understand how to grow my business, and I had never had formal business or marketing training, and so I had been eeking by. This investment has helped me to continue growing my business in a way that I didn’t know was possible before. This inner work keeps helping me to see how my life could be so much greater than I had ever felt possible. I still have debt from the training, but I know it will continue to pay off so that I can assist my community on a greater level. I now am envisioning something great that I will be sharing with our community. I am excited to tell you more about this in the near future!

So if you have felt that you can’t make that purchase for what your heart desires, or what your body truly needs, such as a package of Amma sessions, or coaching sessions, sit with your inner child and feel the root of this. Are you enough? You can tell him/her that you get to make a new choice now, and that the old story helped keep you safe. You can change your beliefs, you can create abundance, and every moment is a new moment! If you’d like to move through your belief blocks with EFT, I’d love to assist you.

And I encourage you to look over your past year, see what you have learned, and where you would like to go. Would you like to share that with me? I’d love to hear your year end review and celebrate how you’ve grown! I’m looking forward to assisting you in your path of greater health and abundance!

Many Blessings,



The Yuck Factor

In childhood at times I would be put in after school daycare. I didn’t like these places and didn’t feel warmth from the providers and I was extremely shy, so I experienced a lot of loneliness and boredom. One particular place would play Nickelodeon and the providers would show this ‘You’ve Been Slimed’. You may remember this where a person was subjected to a bucket of slime being poured on their head, and this was supposed to be funny. For me, it felt so dull and unfulfilling to be subjected to spending my time watching this and being around people who didn’t really care about me or their work. This I call “The Yuck Factor”. When you experience this, you are disappointed in what is offered, and you know that your soul isn’t benefiting. It turns out that the provider of whatever is being offered doesn’t have their heart into it either and they aren’t fulfilled, happy, or living a life of their true potential. The outcome for the provider becomes them looking for external things to make them feel good such as food, substances, recreation or some other escape. The receiver not only loses out on being in a fulfilling experience, but in the world of health care, they can often get hurt by this below average offer.

For example, in the world of health if you go to a provider who has a service with risks, complications, or you don’t understand the protocol, or you may not feel good at the end of the treatment, this will give you “The Yuck Factor”. Personally, I’ve experienced this when I saw my endocrinologist after being diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and was told by her, “There is nothing you can do with natural remedies or food to make your thyroid better.” While that doctor may have felt good about her statement and treatment protocol, what often happens is that allopathic doctors are managing on-going pain with symptom relief care. Eventually, not getting to the root issue will make the doctor feel unfilled on some level when they aren’t achieving their original mission of helping people become well. For me, if I had stuck with staying on medications, had my thyroid radiated, or had it surgically removed, (as were my options), I would always have “dis-ease” due to believing an authority figure with knowledge. But, because I was vigilant and believed in holistic means, I went to my Amma Therapist who helped me get on the right foods and supplements for my body and I did my internal work to bring down my stress.

Let us set aside judgment on this “Yuck Factor”, because we are all doing the best we can, and someone isn’t less than because they are stuck. What I am talking about is energy and getting into a space of resonance that is in your highest good. We all know people who are living a life of “The Yuck Factor”, and for a short time this may be you. (I have certainly been there, stuck in work I wasn’t fulfilled by.) This is when we are working a job we hate or feel stuck and are trying to “stick it out” and “make it work”. (Funny how we can’t force things)… This stagnates the qi in the body and will manifest as dis-ease because the soul and mind are not being stimulated by what they really desire. This is also being on a handful of medications and having pain from all the coexisting symptoms, or having had a surgery that didn’t go quite right and living in a lot of pain. The truth is that addressing diet, getting on the right supplements and herbs, and doing self-care is the way to get away from lifelong disease, victimhood and “The Yuck Factor”. I can coach you through this, or provide Amma bodywork to get you on the road to happiness. And for those stuck in a job, there is a way out. There is a way to get brave, step away, find out who you are, what you truly want and get there. Transformation Coaching with me will give you the guidance to get out of fear and into thriving. Are you ready to get well? If you want a hand, I am here to help lift you up and get you into ‘A Life of Ease’. Sounds much better right?!!

Blessings of Health & Happiness,


Acupressure & Yoga for Immune Boosting and Detoxification

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5 Year Open House Celebration for Blue Heron Holistic Health!

Happy Birthday to Blue Heron Holistic Health! This year my business is at its monumental 5 year mark! Wow!!! Thank you all for this 5 year milestone! I am pleased to celebrate this achievement with all of you this Saturday March 18th from 2-4:30pm at my beautiful home studio:

1821 S. Gourley St. Boise, ID 83705.

If you come regularly or you haven’t been in a while, please come and give me a hug! I am so grateful for all of you along the way. For those who haven’t made it to see me yet, I am excited for the opportunity to meet you! There will be lots of fun green food, trivia and festivities, including prizes and a chance to win a free 90 minute Amma session!

Also, for you newbies and oldies from 3:30 to 4:30 I will be doing free tongue and pulse readings if you want to learn what is going on inside your body!

Please come and enjoy all the treats I have for you! Hot tea and coffee will be flowing along with kiwi lime smoothies, pecan shortbread cookies and key lime pistachio bites. All gluten free and the cookies are sugar free! Free Tongue and Pulse readings from 3:30-4:30. Prizes and of course the best part!~ Hugs and community connections!

A note on directions! Make sure you have 1821 in your map search, some people’s have been changed. Also, Gourley Street is missing it’s sign at the corner of Overland. It is right by the St. Vincent DePaul’s. And I am South of Overland, between Nez Perce and Spaulding.

See you all! So Excited!!! Hugs Hugs Hugs!!!

~Tanya xoxo

Health In Summer Season

Here we are in the summer season with lots of heat! With another transitioning of the seasons, it is again helpful to keep in mind ways in which to keep the body in harmony. It’s a great time to eat more raw vegetables and fruits. The flavor of bitter correlates to the season of summer and eating more of it can assist your body. Some bitter foods to add in are: cabbage, turnip, artichoke, asparagus, miso, horseradish, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi, cauliflower, zucchini, mustard green, endive, watercress, arugula, kale, broccoli, dandelion greens and a little unsweetened chocolate (70% +).

The corresponding organs of summer are: the heart, small intestine, pericardium and triple heater. Issues with these show a need to balance your body’s fire. High blood pressure and low blood pressure, edema and cold hands and feet can be signs of a fire imbalance. The digestive fire must burn to process food well, and any gut issues mean the fire is low or not burning.

Out of balance fire may manifest as excessive joy, nervousness, inappropriate laughter or sadness. If there is fatigue, being overly shy, afraid to play, overly serious, or fainthearted then you may also have an imbalance. Other signs of disharmony include not being able to sort out things in your life, difficulty having sound judgment, trouble with compassion or serving others, and either no sex drive or too much sexual activity. (Too much sex depletes your body’s energy reserves.)

Amma bodywork is one of the best ways to balance the fire element. Because Amma is based on Chinese Medicine, I can address the correlating organs and help remove any blockages that have occurred. The body will then begin to regulate the blood flow better, assimilate the food digesting, and extract the nourishment, all while keeping balanced emotions. One can then express themselves with creativity, warmth and vitality!

To Abundant Health!