"Let's Do This!"

Welcome to PranaVis!

Let's start with the obvious, shall we? PranaWhat?! How do you even pronounce it? Is it PranaVis as in "PranaThis," or PranaVis as in PranaGeese?!

It's PranaVeese!

 Aaand the next question. What the heck does it mean?! 

This is where it gets fun. If you wear the clothes, you may know the word, but Prana stems from...well, prana, the vital life force energy within all living beings, the spark if you will. Many cultures have a name for this energy - for example, chi or qi in Chinese medicine, ka in Egyptian culture - and what you need to know about prana is that you've got to keep it flowing for optimal health. Stagnant prana leads to imbalance and illness patterns.

Enter the near and dear to me path of yoga. At its most basic, yoga moves prana. Lots of things do actually, but yoga is really, really good at it.

The Vis is derived from Vis Medicatrix Naturae, or the healing power of nature, an homage to my roots in naturopathic medicine. One of the tenets of my medicine, the Vis is really the same idea as prana, or qi, or ka.....the Vis is what makes you feel more alive. Tell me you don't feel better after a walk in the woods, a nourishing meal of whole foods, or a deep and soulful belly laugh. That feeling of wellness? That's the Vis.

All told, I've spent over 30 years of my life immersed in the world of alternative medicine, including hours sitting in chairs listening and learning the intellectual lessons from some of the top names in the field - and then turning around and experimenting on myself. You name it, I have likely tried it. And as a licensed and practicing naturopathic physician, I am privileged to sit with patients, hear their stories, and watch their progress towards health. In all my exploration, though, I've come to this simple realization:  health comes when we find ways to tap into our vital energy and keep it flowing. Health can't be about supplements or even herbs, it has to be about habits. 

Prana. Vis. Cultivate life force energy and keep it flowing. Every day. Medicine and movement. Health promoting habits. It really can be that simple.

I'll end with a quick and funny story that I once shared with my yoga teacher training, a story I have used to calm myself when entering a space outside my comfort zone (and yes, blogging, branding, and marketing are well outside my comfort zone!) Last summer, my family was traveling, staying in a hotel and visiting a brand new city. My then 4 year-old, in his excitement while heading down to the lobby, sprang from the elevator as soon as the doors opened, yelling at the top of his lungs:

"LET'S DO THIS!!!!"

He didn't realize we were still on the 9th floor. After chasing him down the twisted hallways of the hotel, we managed to wrangle him and head to the lobby, laughing the entire way, because, really, what else can you do? That phrase - "let's do this"  - has become a family mantra and a personal mantra, invoked when it is time to open the doors and get started

And so, again, let me invoke my family and my heart and welcome you to my vision for health. I look forward to sharing this space and working with you.

Let's do this. 

-AOK

 
 Yoga is a daily practice for me. Some days that means a full 90 minute session, some days that is a studio class...and some days that is me laying on my mat for 10 minutes trying hard to stay focused and commit. But I show up every day. Every. Day. Start small. 5 minutes of gentle movement, 2 minutes of deep breathing. It will pay off in spades. Image:  a self-portrait, part of a year long project  I recently completed. 

Yoga is a daily practice for me. Some days that means a full 90 minute session, some days that is a studio class...and some days that is me laying on my mat for 10 minutes trying hard to stay focused and commit. But I show up every day. Every. Day. Start small. 5 minutes of gentle movement, 2 minutes of deep breathing. It will pay off in spades. Image: a self-portrait, part of a year long project I recently completed.