Jan. 9, 2021 | Digital Retreat: Nervous System Reboot

Mark Your Calendars to Start the New Year Right! Saturday, January 9th, 2021 from 9 am-2 pm myself along with Tracy Stanbury and Ava Moreno will be bringing you a nervous system-focused virtual retreat!

We’ll be getting deep into breath work, a vinyasa flow, a discussion on down-regulating your nervous system, Trigger Point Therapy work with self-acupressure, and ending with a delicious sound bath. Can’t wait to share this with you!

Dec. 7, 2019 – Sunset Acupuncture & Sound

Sunset Acupuncture & Sound
Date: Saturday December 7, 2019
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Yoga Loft Manhattan Beach

Winter is the time for inward reflection, a time to replenish one’s mind body and spirit. Move into the end of the year and the winter season with a refreshed sense of gratitude and appreciation for your body and health. Join Acupuncturist Amanda Lee Murphy and sound artist Delia Hogan for a magical afternoon aimed at guiding you into a deep meditation and relaxing experience.

Nov. 28, 2019 – Gratitude Thanksgiving Flow at the Yoga Loft in Manhattan Beach

Gratitude Thanksgiving Flow at the Yoga Loft in Manhattan Beach
Date: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019
Time: 9:30am
Location: Yoga Loft Manhattan Beach

90 min All Levels Flow sequenced to Open Your heart and ring you out for a day of feasting and gratitude. This class will have live music by the talented Rian Basilio! Sign up in advance to ensure your spot as this is an event you don’t want to miss!

Sept. 6-9 2019 – Glamping Goddesses Yoga + Acupuncture Retreat

Amanda and Sarah Yoga Pose with Moon

The Details

Dates: Friday, Sept. 6 to Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
Location: Joshua Tree, California
Rates: Early Bird Starting at $900 | Regular Price Starting at $1000

Your Hosts

Amanda Murphy: @amandalee.lac
Email: info@amandaleelac.com

Sarah Hinrichs: @sarah.rose.21
Email: sarah@acurose.com

Calling all gorgeous goddesses!! As summer concludes, join Amanda Murphy and Sarah Hinrichs for a special Glamping Goddesses Yoga + Acupuncture Retreat in magical Joshua Tree, California, September 6-9, 2019! This one of a kind, women only empowering weekend will consist of 4 days and 3 nights of sisterhood, self-love, and connection through yoga, Thai massage, acupuncture, meditation, pranayama, vinyasa flow, restorative yin practice, and a special trip to the world famous Integratron!

What is the Integratron, you ask? It is one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have! It’s a historical structure in the Mojave Desert, located on a powerful geomagnetic vortex. The acoustically perfect dome is family owned and operated, and home to the healing, balancing, and recharging energy of crystal bowl sound baths. Complete with a gift shop that sells crystals and memorabilia, lounge area to have lunch or relax together in hammocks, and plenty of quirky and unique sites for photo-ops! Bring your own favorite crystals, or purchase a new one there, to charge with the magical energy of the vortex and sound bath experience!

Retreat Includes

  • 4 days, 3 nights glamping experience
  • on-site photographer to capture our special moments
  • Relaxing pool and hot tub
  • Healthy vegetarian meals served 3x a day
  • Day trip to the Integratron sound bath
  • 2 daily yoga practices, including a special yin yoga + acupuncture workshop

Our Accommodations

3 acres of paradise, outdoor sculptures, and glamping at its finest! This futuristic desert retreat is the ultimate bohemian getaway! We’ll be practicing yoga and cooling off in the pool by day and relaxing in hammocks or around the fire pit to stargaze by night!

Come relax, recharge, and rebalance your bodies, minds, and spirits on this exclusive and transformative weekend retreat! Spots are very limited, with early bird pricing until July 20th. Sign up with Amanda or Sarah today!

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Space Themed Camper

Five (5) Single Beds (Note: 2 Trundles)
Early Bird: $900
Regular Price: $1000

Namaste Camper

Two (2) Person Room (Option 1)
Early Bird: $1250
Regular Price: $1400

Three (3) Person Room (Option 2)
Early Bird: $1125
Regular Price: $1200

Psychedelic Camper

Three (3) Person Room
Early Bird: $1125
Regular Price: $1200

Sun. June 30, 2019: BREATHE TO SUCCEED

Date: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 9:30am
Location: Saje Natural Wellness | 3872 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu

BREATHE TO SUCCEED: Breath, Yoga, and an Aromatherapy Experience
Join us for Yoga & a Mindful Breath experience with Breathe To Succeed author Sandy Abrams and Acupuncture/Holistic Health expert & Yoga teacher, Amanda Lee, L.Ac. We will be using aromatherapy to add an empowering element to both breath & yoga practice. Enjoy adaptogenic coffee and elixirs from Four Sigmatic. CLICK TO RSVP

Got Stress?

“I wish I could go back and tell myself that not only is there no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance is actually improved when our lives include time for renewal, wisdom, wonder, and giving. That would have saved me a lot of unnecessary stress, burnout, and exhaustion.” -Arianna Huffington

People are more stressed today than ever. A study from the American Institute of stress in 2017 says that 63% of people are stressed about the future of our nation, 62% are stressed about money and 61% about work. Even though we are experiencing record-breaking levels of stress, many of us don’t have an understanding of what stress is, how best to deal with it, how to calm our nervous systems or reduce impending inflammation.

What is Stress?

While most people consider Stress to be something that causes discomfort or distress in the body Merriam Webster defines stress as a “constraining force or influence, such as a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body part.” Stress is pressure or weight, a strain that may occur emotionally, mentally or physically and because it manifests differently in each of us there is no set experience of stress.

What is really happening when I am stressed?

Even though we all experience stress differently, there are some universal truths to stress in the body. One of the most devastating effects is Cortisol. You may have heard of this sneaky little hormone that can wreak havoc in your body. Cortisol itself is not terrible; when its levels are normal the body is healthy, but high levels of this stress hormone are when the body can experience pathologies. Cortisol was incredibly useful for us in Caveman days when we needed our fight-or-flight response to keep us safe from predators and in small concentrations this hormone in the bloodstream can have positive effects; such as increased immunity, stable energy, increase in pain tolerance, improved memory and overall homeostasis in the body. High Cortisol levels, along with adrenaline, perform the actions in the body that you would need if running from a predator. They increase the glucose (sugars) in the bloodstream, enhance your brain’s use of glucose and increase the availability of substances that repair tissues. Why is this bad you ask?

When fight-or-flight is on, cortisol curbs the functions of systems in the body it considers nonessential. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system as well as a drop in cognitive performance. This complicated feedback in the body also tells the brain’s natural alarm system that something is wrong, affecting mood, motivations and fear.

What side effects of stress should I know about?

Some of the most common symptoms of stress and high cortisol levels include but are not limited to:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Digestive issues
  • Heart Disease and/or increased Blood Pressure
  • Weight Gain
  • Memory and concentration impairment
  • Blood Sugar Imbalances may lead to hyperglycemia
  • Suppressed Thyroid Function
  • A decrease in Bone Density
  • Lowered Immunity
  • Increased Belly Fat, which is linked to strokes, heart attacks and increases in HDL cholesterol

How can Chinese Medicine help?

In Chinese Medicine, one of the main objectives is to keep Qi, our vital life force moving. If the flow of Qi is smooth then the body is kept in balance. Chronic stress creates blockages, imbalances, and disharmony. The blockages others wise known as Qi Stagnation can be effectively treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas. Acupuncture affects the central nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters in the brain which function to transmit electrical signals with the nervous system. They are the brain’s natural feel-good chemicals. They reduce stress by giving us a feeling of general well being. If stress and stagnation show up in the muscular layer, one might experience; tension headaches, neck pain or tight shoulders. In this case Guasha, Moxibustion or cupping may also be used. There are many different treatment strategies that may be applied to varying stress cases. Acupuncture also affects brain waves in the same way as meditation.

Amanda’s 5 Tips To Managing Your Stress

Our bodies’ natural state is one of peace and calm, yet in this digital age, we are often sidetracked. I frequently think to myself that I need to add more, do more and accomplish more of my goals each day. If you are like me, and you wake up sensing that you do not have enough time in the day to accomplish everything, guess what you don’t! Instead of thinking about what little time you have in comparison to your list of tasks, try these simple tips to shift your brain and thoughts into a more abundant, flexible and positive state.

1. Set the tone for your day by starting the night before
The night before, can you prepare yourself in any way for the next day, pack your lunch, lay out your work clothes and gym clothes.

2. Set your alarm 5 minutes earlier
• Give yourself a quick 5-minute meditation to start your day. Morning Meditation= morning priming. How do you want to be today? How do you want to feel? Set an intention or Emotion for the day. Emotions are just energy in motion!

3. Sign up for your daily movement in advance
• Decide where in your day you can stick in some exercise, and if possible sign up in advance to stick with your plan! Commit to your health by walking, Yoga, Hitting the Gym or even Qi Gong in the Park.

4. Make use of your lunch break
• Get a midday Acupuncture Treatment or take even just 5 minutes in nature, walk to the beach, stick your feet in the sand, do something that nourishes and comforts you.

5. End your day with peace and gratitude
• Write down 3 things you are grateful for at the end of each day. Take the time for another Meditation and Pranayama before bed. My favorite is 4-7-8, click the link below for me to guide you through a 4-minute session.

5 minute meditation: 4-7-8 breaths

Fri. May 3: Sip Snack Shop with MB Creates Spring Trunk Show

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Siegelman Residence, 835 2nd street, Manhattan Beach Hill Section 90266

Come Sip, Snack and Shop local from some talented local Soothsay Artists! I will be there talking about Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Ear Seeds!

Sat. May 4: Moms Day Out for Lululemon at The Point

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Lululemon at the Point

Mom’s Day Out is an event for the South Bay, that includes an afternoon full of pampering for Moms, Aunts, Grandmas, and Friends! All are invited to stroll through the Point while enjoying beauty touch-ups all the stores! I will be there meeting and greeting at Lululemon, talking about empowering yourself through Chinese Medicine and of course having some goodies to give out!

Sun. June 30: FUNdamentals of Adjustments, Assists & Partner Work

Date: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Time: 1:15pm – 3:45pm
Location: Soho Yoga in Hermosa Beach

Join Amanda in an afternoon of discovery, learning, play and of course yoga! In this 3 Hour Intensive Workshop we will take a look at a variety of different styles for helping students get the most out of their practice. Whether you are new to teaching or an advanced teacher, this workshop is for you. Starting with some of the most simple hands-on adjustments we will build through a sequential pose break down ending in an advanced approach to adjusting more complex poses. With a mixture of basic assists, Thai massage and a little dash of partner work, this workshop is sure to leave you inspired and ready to support your students even more!

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