The Tao of Montessori Continues…Teaching Through The Seasons

The Tao of Montessori

Last Friday, I was given the honor of speaking to and working with over 60 Montessorians from the Vancouver Island Montessori Association(VIMA). https://www.facebook.com/VancouverIslandMontessoriAssociation/ I was invited to be the key-note speaker for their Professional Development Day. I was very excited to set up my “clinic setting” in the beautiful Omega High School classroom at Maria Montessori Academy. (https://mariamontessoriacademy.net/)

“Preparing the environment” in the classroom is a key component to the Montessori philosophy. We explored the idea of “preparing the environment” within oneself. For the past 20 years, I have been exploring within myself this idea of Living / Healing Through The Seasons, the emotions and the physical patterns that evolve with Mother Nature. Just like a teacher that lives and breathes through the seasons with their students. We discovered together that we are doing the same thing! How beautiful!

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60 Lovely Montessorians!

It’s Monday today and I’m still feeling the awe and the honor that was bestowed upon me and upon us all. Thank you

Gigi Vincentine

Welcome to Fall…Stay Healthy, Stay Balanced!

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Hello everyone, welcome to Fall, bye bye crazy summer fun months. It’s back to school for my family and back to routine…with a little more self-care. What about you? What does your self-care look like? What do you do in your life to spark joy? Who do you surround yourself with? Fall is Lungs & Large Intestine season- the Metal Element (Metal is more linear and routinized). So it makes sense that we are adding more routine and more discipline into our lives. The sun makes it easier to be happy, so with less sun we could insert some more joyful activities to keep balanced. The emotion of the Fall is sadness and/or loneliness. I sometimes feel homesick this time of year. Keeping my lungs open and my digestion smooth will be one of my goals for the next few months. I go for more walks and stretch out my arms while breathing and doing circles; movement with breath. This slows me down and brings me in the moment. I have started taking some probiotics and some immune teas and formulas, getting some acupuncture and massage, and going to bed earlier. I am sure all of you have some tricks that you do this time of year too.
This Fall I have some exciting events and courses lined up. I just finished taking an acupuncture course on Luo-Collateral channels in the body. These are channels in the body that connect the yin and yang paired organs. When we get overwhelmed these Luo-Collaterals have the potential to hold things at bay for later, creating a latency in the body until we are more capable to deal with certain stresses. Our bodies and channels have a super wisdom to deal with life. At some point we want to be able to slow down and take stock of how we are doing and make sense of things in our lives. If this doesn’t happen, our bodies are constantly overwhelmed, and life feels stressful. Acupuncture can help the body offload some of this stored emotion/tension. In the course I was taking, we even saw how the body creates extra blood vessels to store this stress or latency. Wow!
Over the summer, I was co-teaching Yoga at the Salt Spring Centre. This sparked a fire in me to start teaching here in Victoria. I’m going to start teaching a group of Montessori teachers weekly classes, and then we’ll see ( I know some of you have been wondering… I’ll keep you posted when I start to branch out). I’ve also been asked to be the key note speaker at a Montessori Conference on The Tao of Montessori. Two things very close to my heart. There are so many opportunities in life, we just need to grab them, even though we are terrified!
I’m flying to Portland next month for a two day workshop with Kiiko Matsumoto. Her specialities lie in teaching the Classics, and combining their wisdom with Modern Medicine. She will be focusing on systemic detoxification of our most common pharmaceuticals, and how they affect our kidney function. We’ll be discussing other topics such as bone strength and long term health goals (longevity). Chinese Medicine is all about longevity and happy life!
Looking forward to hearing what you have been up to. Some of you I haven’t seen in a while. Drop me a note via email or make an appointment. I’m in the clinic Mon, Wed, Fri, Thursday is my overflow day. Please remember you can text/email me to make a booking, especially if you don’t find a spot that’s convenient for you. I can put you on a waitlist for that day.
Here’s my email gigivincentine@hotmail.com
cell# 250.882.0659
Blessings
Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM

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The Tao of Montessori

Maria Montessori Academy and VIMA-Vancouver Island Montessori Association hosted an International Montessori Conference over the weekend. What a beautiful school and a beautiful group of people.

There were over 250 Montessorians there to share their enthusiasm and love for what they do.

I presented a topic that has been percolating in me for many years: The Tao of Montessori.  I was given the opportunity to share and explore this topic with a group of passionate Montessori teachers. I was very touched by how open and generous they were with me. Wow! Lucky me!

 

Gratitude and Blessings

Gigi

Happy Year of the Pig!

Oh my I just realized that 2019 Year of the Pig started off like Lillian Bridges’s predictions: “So plan on being more of a homebody or staying closer to home this year, as that will bring more fortune than traveling around.” We did stay at home didn’t we, buried under 2 feet of snow! Ha! What a magical time for us here in Victoria.

Our first family igloo! Candles and all!

I picked out some of my favorite parts of Lillian’s predictions. If you want to read more click the link below.

http://www.rachaelhaley.com/2019-year-of-the-pig-forecast-by-lillian-pearl-bridges/

“Pigs are peaceful animals, except when angered, which is rare. To the Chinese, Pigs symbolize the values of family, friends, home and good food. In fact, the pictogram for home is a roof with a pig under it.”

“Internationally, most relationships should be harmonious and amicable. If heads of government or politicians choose to fight with others, they will find that they will be more evenly matched this year and will not be able to dominate as they have in the past. Resistance will meet an equal resistance. This can lead to impasses where both sides need to lower their expectations considerably in order to compromise and find solutions. Incremental gains and small wins will be much easier to achieve this year.”

Winter, for me and maybe all of us to some extend is a time for introspection. It is the Kidney/ Urinary Bladder time of year, where our energy lies deep inside our bodies, like a hibernation. As my meditation practice unfolds, I often seek help from the beautiful words and meditations by Tara Brach. On her website you can find meditations on so many topics. This one on forgiveness has helped me soften the armor around my heart. I send this to you with blessings.

https://www.tarabrach.com/meditation-forgiving-freeing-hearts/

She has countless more on her website

https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations/

Ok, back to business! I have just signed a long term lease on my clinic space, yeah! I like to feel rooted and know where I’m going to be, so this feels good to me. Looking forward to sharing time and healing with you in our slice of heaven.
As of April 1st/2019, my treatments will be increasing in price by $5.

Acupuncture will be $90
Tuina Massage 45 mins $85
Tuina Massage 60 mins $100

I’m on my way to the Victoria Yoga Conference at Uvic in the student union building. I’ll be at The Salt Spring Yoga Centre booth sharing the potential of their Yoga Teacher Training program. Come by and say hello if you’re attending.
Blessings and Love
Gigi
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Summer Solstice

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My new friend in the clinic

Hello!
Happy Summer! Yes Yes Yes!
June 21st is our first day of summer and the longest day of the year, just over 16hrs of sunlight. As a mom it feels so good to have the kids outside enjoying the warmth and heat (yang) of the sun. It’s really mother nature’s true medicine. I sit in my garden and listen to the bees and just let the tension go and rest in the warmth. It’s so healing for me.

Holidays are coming up for me. My family and I are flying to the East Coast to visit my family, then to Ontario to visit my husband’s side of the family. I am so happy to spend time and share with family and friends.

I’ll be out of the clinic from July 19th to Aug 6th. Back in the clinic on Aug 7th.

I just finished a book by Tara Brach called True Refuge. I felt like she was speaking to me directly. Extremely useful and accessible. Here is a link if you are interested https://www.amazon.ca/True-Refuge-Tara-Brach/dp/05…
Also available used at Russell Books

And another wonderful teacher Ram Dass is holding a Summer Solstice 1 month free meditation. Here is the link https://www.ramdass.org/freeonlinecourse
Scroll to the bottom to sign in.

This inward journey of mine is never boring. So full of surprises, lots of crazy, some difficult times, and ridiculous fun! Life is so precious. Please honor your journey. Sending my blessings and peace.
Gigi
gigivincentine@hotmail.com
http://www.gigivincentine.ca
250.882.0659

Listening

Listening, stop…stop everything

Stop your stories, stop protecting, stop defending, stop everything

Stop hardening, stop running, stop everything

Listen with your heart

Listen with your whole body

Listen with your soul

We are here to listen to each other

You are safe, I am with you…listen

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Welcome to Fall…Stay Healthy, Stay Balanced

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Wow! A lot has been happening for me since the last time I wrote you a newsletter. It seems like a lifetime ago but it has only been 3 months.

Gratitude is what comes up often for me. I live a very special life with my family, my patients, my teachers, my friends and colleagues and now my Yoga Family! My time spent at Yoga Teacher Training really unraveled my whole being. I was so well taken care of on all levels, that it has propelled me to take care of others (and myself) in the same way. This is my practice.

Thank you to all of you for revealing yourselves to me and allowing yourselves to be vulnerable. Wow! That’s hard!

I have been diving into my clinical practice with new enthusiasm, I so love it. I’ve also been trying new things and wanted to share some of them with you. My personal meditation practice has really expanded and I’ve also joined a Yin Yoga Taoist QiGong class with Carly Forest. Here are the 5 Taoist practices for you to explore. Taoist Qigong Video ( Pulling down the Heavens at the very beginning is very accessible.) www.carlyforest.com is where you can find more information and classes like this one.

Oprah and Deepak have their free meditation coming up at the end of October. Here’s that link https://chopracentermeditation.com/?sso_code=eyJpd… Being able to focus your mind on where you want it to be, is a real gift. It’s a lifetime practice.

Love and Gratitude

Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM…Yoga and Meditation Teacher Too!

Remember to keep warm, eat easy to digest foods, take care of yourselves and breath…and add ginger to everything! Ha!

One more thing…Heart Bed Yoga Pose. Excellent for opening the chest, heart, lungs (autumn is lung and large intestine time) shoulders, breath and calming the nervous system.

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Welcome to Summer, Stay Healthy…Stay Balanced!

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When I was in my late twenties, living in Taiwan, I had many “seeds” planted in me. Now those seeds have grown into my Chinese Medicine Practice, my Family, my Life. There was one other seed I had left for “one day”. I am excited to announce that “one day” is here. I am taking 14 days off in July (6th-19th) and 10 days off in August (12th-22nd) to complete my Yoga Teacher Training. It’s a 200hr course given at The Salt Spring Centre for Yoga. I have been going to Salt Spring every Spring on weekend retreats and I can’t believe it’s my turn to spend part of my summer there! What an honor! As you can see by the pictures it’s a beautiful place with all the serenity you can imagine.

http://saltspringcentre.com/

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Now as you know, I don’t like being away from my clinic too long without having someone to support you if and when you need it. Anne Vardy R. Ac. from Active Health will be available for the times I am away. She is located at 102-1625 Oak Bay Ave. near Fort Street. http://activehealthclinic.ca/about-us/meet-the-tea… cell 250.885.0964

Anne Vardy R.Ac. has been practicing for over 15 yrs here in Victoria. We often do trades and I know her style very well. You will be in good hands. She has offered to wave the consultation fee so you can get started with treatments right away.

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I am here in the clinic for another 3 weeks until July 5th. If you need any herbs/ supplements/ treatments before I leave, I would be glad to help. Ahhh this is really happening! Back in the clinic on July 20th.

I couldn’t do any of this without all of your support. Thank you so much.

With Gratitude

Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM

P.S. You can reply to this email and it will go directly to my hotmail account gigivincentine@hotmail.com

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Welcome to Fall! Stay Healthy…Stay Balanced.

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Yin Yang. What way does it go? I see it all kinds of ways. We’ll this is the way I learned it according to ancient scriptures and Chinese philosophy. The Emperor’s Palace faced South to receive the warm wind.  So, to the East (left) the sun would rise (yang). To the West (right) the sun would set and night would fall (yin). Now yang in this diagram is white, rising, warming. Yin in this diagram is black, falling, cooling, and condensing.

And so here we have the change in seasons as well. Now we are in the West (right) side of this diagram where the yang of all of Spring and Summer is now condensing into Fall, we start to nourish ourselves with all our harvests from the orchards and gardens. So the yang energy of all this bounty is now more tangible and has turned to yin nourishment as we move towards Fall and Winter ( a more yin time of the year).

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This time of year, especially late August and September, is a time for prevention prevention prevention! Keep those lungs moist and open! Herbal immune tonics are fabulous. Pear sauce with ginger and cinnamon is a good idea too. Here are some of my go to prevention strategies for kids and adults. The Deep Immune and Deep Immune Kids by St Francis is an immune tonic to help prevent colds and flus and to help adapt to the change in weather and seasons. It’s a good way to keep your energy up and your spirits bright as we move towards darker and shorter days. The Ear Oil and Children’s Ear Formula is something I always have on hand, for those late night earaches that just break your heart. And of course we have the Oregano Oil for under the tongue when you feel something coming on for adults.

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Keep yourself warm this Fall by adding ginger to just about everything! Choosing more cooked foods and steering away from cold damp foods like ice cream and melons will keep your body’s energies warm and moving.

Regular treatments help keep you “In Health”!

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See you soon!

Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM

http://www.gigivincentine.ca

250.882.0659

Welcome to Summer! Stay Healthy…Stay Balanced

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Summer Hot Fun Joy Abundance…Summer is the Fire Element and it’s time to check in with the Heart and Small Intestine. The heart houses the mind (or Shen) in Chinese medicine and it is the Emperor of all our organ systems. Any imbalance within this organ system can result in sleep disturbances, night sweats, anxiety, forgetfulness, jumpiness, and palpitations. Keeping your body cool (not cold) over the summer will help keep you in balance. Here’s how;

Melons, melons, melons… watermelon, honeydew melon, cantelope.   Have you ever tried watermelon juice? It blends easily in your blender with a little water (or coconut water to add more minerals). Yum!

Iced Tea Recipe: Jasmine Green Tea with Chrysanthemum Flowers, Goji Berries and  honey. 1-Steep the Flowers and Berries for 8-10 minutes

2-Add the Jasmine Teas, steep another 5-8 minutes

3-Remove herbs, add the honey and cool in the fridge

Some other ideas: mint, lemon balm, green tea, white grape juice to sweeten

If you are thinking about something more substantial try chinese radish soup (daikon) with tofu and mushrooms. Yum! The radish will quickly pick up the taste of the broth. In Taiwan this would be served everyday during the summer months. I really didn’t need to learn food therapy, I just needed to eat and pay attention. When the seasons changed so did what was being served. Another example is red aduki beans vs green mung beans. Can you guess which ones are cooling? You guessed it, the green mung beans. You can have them in a soup and in Taiwan I would be served green bean slush! So when winter came, out came the aduki bean soup again.

Hey this summer why not try some Qi Gong!  or Meditation! Here is a lovely book I read before I started my practice and I recently lent it out to one of my patients and she was so pleased with it, she convinced me to read it again. Here’s the link. Check it out! A Woman’s QiGong Guide, Empowerment Through Movement, Diet, and Herbs. Love it! by YanLing Lee Johnson20160620_125235

https://www.amazon.ca/Womans-Qigong-Guide-Empowerment-Movement/dp/1886969833

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And here’s what else I’m doing this summer, join me! 21 Day Free Meditation with Deepak and Oprah. Register for free at the link below! Starts July 11th.

https://chopracentermeditation.com/login?sso_code=eyJpdiI6Imd1TlpmWFd5dmJ2SGF4SEhMMENzM3c9PSIsInZhbHVlIjoiZ1NBMnlRR3RvUUt0VW9GSTVtSzBlYlRqM2JTYXQwV2o4amxwY2lkWkVoQXNhXC9SYVwvU2RTRk16Sm4wbnhpQ016TjR0R2RtWEd2Ym5NNFFGRUNKRHlGamRtalwvTzRoZ1dFb05HMldKUmZ4QkU9IiwibWFjIjoiZDA3ZWVlYjA0ZTkyYzNiNjQzZWVkZmVmNzk0NmE2YzkzMmEyOGI3YTJmYmIxOGI5ZGExNWU1MDcyNmNlMTdhOCJ9

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My last day in the clinic before summer holidays is July 22nd. If you would like some herbs or supplements before your holidays text/call me. I will be back in the clinic August 10th. Have an awesome summer!

July 25th-August 9th I will be on holidays

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In Health

Gigi Vincentine Dr TCM Dip

250.882.0659

gigivincentine@hotmail.com

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