Archive for April, 2018

The Benefits of Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana is believed to symbolize saluting of the divine force within us all, as stated by B.K.S. Iyengar.  As you can see in both the supported and classic version of the pose, this backbend is fairly intense. The shoulders are very open, the spine is in full extension (including the cervical spine of the neck), and the hip flexors are getting stretched as well.


Why should we do poses like this inverted stick pose?

Back bends are performed in our yoga practice to keep the spine erect and supple.  By working against gravity, we are also working against the rounding of of the spine that comes with age.  Because backbends open the chest and the heart, they’re also thought to ward off depression.

We can make this pose more accessible by using props such as chairs and bolsters so that these incredible benefits can be shared with everyone.

Shiatsu & Body Work Menu

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Karuna offers Shiatsu and
Body Work Services


The translation of the word Shiatsu is “finger pressure.” In addition to applying pressure with fingers and thumbs, Paul will utilize other techniques such as stretching and joint mobilization. He leverages the weight of his body to apply pressure to acupuncture points and meridians with his palms, elbows, knees, and other body parts in addition to his fingers. This pressure relieves tension and pain while improving body functions throughout the organ systems.

Shiatsu is often used as a method to enhance health and can be used as preventative care treatment. Shiatsu addresses imbalances of the vital energy of our body or Qi (pronounced “chee”).


An ancient form of therapy in which a local suction is created on the skin, mobilizing blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or a suction pump. Cupping helps to treat pain (especially around the joints), deep scar tissue in the muscles and connective tissue, muscle knots, and swelling.


A traditional Chinese medicine therapy utilizing burning moxa made from dried mugwort near the skin. Paul will use moxa to warm regions and meridian points with the intention of stimulating circulation and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. Moxibustion can treat conditions associated with the “cold” or “yang deficiencies” in Chinese Medicine.

Gua Sha

Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Practitioners believe gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing.

Facial Gua Sha

The facial application stimulates blood circulation and detoxification, while relaxing tense muscles that cause wrinkles to form. The “Eastern Face Lift” smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, plumps, tightens and rejuvenates skin; even decreases dark under-eye circles and puffiness.

Full Body Stretch

Are you feeling sore? Stiff? The Full Body Stretch softly opens and warms the body to release tension and stress while relaxing the brain and nervous system.


Cost of Services

60 Minute Shiatsu / Combination Bodywork Treatment: $65

60 Minute Couples Shiatsu: $80

30 Minute Cupping and Massage: $35

30 Minute Facial Gua Sha: $35


  • 5 60-Minute Shiatsu Sessions: $300
  • 10 60-Minute Shiatsu Sessions: $550
  • 5 30-Minute Sessions: $165
  • 10 30-Minute Sessions: $300

To make an appointment, call 413.584.5054 or email