Spring into Shape; April Newsletter 2013

Spring into Shape; APRIL 2013 NEWSLETTER

If you are reading this you are taking steps to improve your well-being. Congratulations! This month we focus on clearing and cleaning. Spring into Shape means starting a new routine; making time for yourself, family, & friends; work less–play more.

Spring time according to Chinese Medicine:
This is the time when the Liver is most active. Just like flowers are blossoming so is the Liver working to detoxify from the past year. Add berries to your diet. It is not by accident that nature produces berries at this time of year. Berries are know to aide in detoxification. Avoid being exposed to too much wind. At this time, the Liver is more susceptible to wind, which is the driving force for all disease. Wind is consider one of the “six evils.”  The Liver stores the negative emotions of anger, frustration, and rage.  The positive virtues of kindness and compassion.  Take an extra moment to do something nice for the people you love or a complete stranger.
Spring is a time for birth! 

This Spring has an incredibly evolutionary component. We are in the midst of powerful forces that are asking us to be conscious of how our choices and actions affect others. If you pay attention you will be able to see the big picture, accessing the subtle realms for guidance. This will help you to see where you can transform disempowering beliefs about yourself and the world at large. It is a time to choose your battles wisely, and to allow the Sacred Feminine and Masculine to show you a more peaceful way to proceed through your life. When we work with these archetypal energies they teach us how to experience more balance in our work.


Dedicated to increasing the health awareness of all.
Love & Gratitude,

Chris & Parisa Shelton and the Morning Crane Team
(written in conjunction with Maggi Quinlan, PhD

Face Reading Class 4/22, 7:30-9pm

Face Reading Class 4/22, 7:30-9pm

Learn what the eyes have to say about a person. What does the shape or position mean with regard to a persons character? Join us and discover this hidden and ancient world of Face Reading.

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Cooking with Essential Oils Class

Cooking with Essential Oils Class

Come join us Friday, 4/5, 6:30-8pm as we prepare mouthwatering dishes with doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

Essential Oils are a great substitute for dried or powdered spices, since dried spices have lost many of the liquid essential oils that impart much of the flavor, aroma and healthful benefits found in the natural plant.
“Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.”

Space is limited.  Click here to sign up, OR call (408) 391-2846 today!

Medicine Cabinet Makeover

 Medicine Cabinet Makeover

Join us Wednesday, 3/20, 7:30pm! Click here to sign up!

Learn to replace synthetic over the counter remedies with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

These gifts from nature are wonderful for all ages and safe enough to use on pregnant women, pets and newborn babies.

CPTG Essential Oils can help eliminate a variety of health issues including: colds/flus, digestive disorders, stress/emotional issues, immune support, pain/inflammation, skin disorders such as psoriasis/eczema, asthma/allergies and so much more!!

Join us Wednesday, 3/20, 7:30pm! Click here to sign up!

Willow Glen Health & Fitness Expo

Willow Glen Health & Fitness Expo

Willow Glen is a hub for health and vitality!  The Willow Glen Business Association has teamed up with Morning Crane Healing Arts & Fitness Center, Red Dot Fitness, and Chiropractic Advantage to bring you the First Annual Willow Glen Health & Fitness Expo. Learn more about what your local businesses can  do for you and watch live demos.

Willow Glen Health & Fitness Expo Schedule
10-10:25am Chris Shelton- Tai Chi/Qigong Demo
10:25-10:50am Parisa Shelton- Pilates Mat Demo
10:50-11:15 am Soaring Spirit Dance Studio Zumba and kids’ Demo
11:15 – 11:30 am West Coast Martial Arts
11:30-12pm Halanda Studio for Dance & Fitness Demo
12-12:20pm Molly Crawford, Mis Santa Clara- dance Solo               Krista Buzolich, Miss Santa Clara’s Outstanding Teen 2013 – jazz dance
Tiani Hernandez, Miss Silicon Valley’s Outstanding Teen 2013 – vocal
12:20-12:40pm Scott Howell- Red Dot Fitness Presentation
12:40-1pm Alex Wiant-“Optimizing Your Body For Proper Function” Chiropractic Advantage Presentation
1-1:20pm Maggi Quinlan, PhD Presentation
1:20-1:40pm Monique Clark- Innate Sense Presentation
1:40pm-2pm Kari Knapstad, LAc Presentation
2-2:20pm Dr. Mark- Proactive Healthcare Presentation
Willow Glen Health & Fitness Expo Tables
DoTerra Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils
David Catron D.C.
Proactive Healthcare
Soaring Spirit Dance Studio
Innate Sense
Willow Glen Massage
Vena’s Skin & Body Treatments and Healthy Ways Day Spa
Kari Knapstad, LAc
Cung’s gym
RockTape/Athletic Performance
Willow Glen Yoga
Daily Method
Willow Community Acupuncture and Wellness Center
Crossfit Silicon Valley
Maki Swim School
Impact Bay Area




Click here to register or call 408-391-2846 today!

What does it mean to be an Older Woman in our society?  What is your experience?  You have lived a long life.  Do you experience empowerment, strength, wisdom, grace and a fierce love of life?  If not, let’s explore how you can discover that in your life.  If you do, come and share it with others.

 In many indigenous traditions aging is recognized as a Sacred Doorway.  It is the point in life where the pressures and obligations of early and mid-life are completed.  It is the time when Truth can be spoken.

 Now is the time to delve into the deep knowing of Self, and to bring that deep knowing to the larger world, modeling the knowledge, compassion and wisdom that can come from a life well lived.  It is the time to find the beautiful heart that is you.

 If you do not know how to access that aspect of your Being, join with a circle of Elder Women and share what you do know.  Let us all bring our Wise Women with us to create a Circle of Elders to support each other in experiencing our Deepest Selves.

 We will meet in circle and witness each other’s lives while supporting each other in our expression of Self.  The circle is ancient, it is in our bones, it is the way women have met for eons.  Come back to circle as you come back to yourself.

 All Women of menopausal or post-menopausal age are welcome to participate

 Our circles will happen every other Saturday from 3:00 till 5:00 on  3/16, 3/30, 4/13 and 4/27.  We will begin with a two month commitment and then decide as a group where we want to go from there.

$30 each or a package of 4 meetings for $85

Click here to register or call 408-391-2846 today!

Maggi Quinlan, Ph.D. is an Elder, Teacher, Healer and Counselor.  She has been facilitating Women’s Circles for over 25 years.  She has seen the powerful transformation that happens for women when they are able to come together and tell their truth, in a safe, trusting environment, without blame or judgment. Please call 831-600-5678 with any questions.



 Click here to register at – or call 408-391-2846 today!

Ancient prophecies and modern mystics all agree on a very important aspect of the evolving consciousness that is taking place in our world: 

Women will be the new leaders of this unfolding consciousness and the emerging new world.

 What does this mean? How has Women’s Wisdom been suppressed and how can it be brought back into our lives?

Do you suppress what you feel?  Do you minimize or deny what you see and know? Do you not say what you want?   Does nobody in your life seem to notice? If you answer yes to any of these questions, allow a women’s circle to support you in changing theses patterns.

 The model for this study will be the circle – a women’s circle that is safe and egalitarian.  This learning opportunity will create a place that has trust as its center, and boundaries and respect as the core operating principles.  The circle is an ancient form where women get to witness each other, be role models and create deep connections and relationships.

Every woman contributes to the circle by her very presence.

Our circles will meet every other Saturday from 12:00 till 2:00 on 3/16, 3/30, 4/13 and 4/27.  We will begin with a two month commitment and then decide as a group where we want to go from there.

$30 each or a package of 4 meetings for $85

Click here to register at – or call 408-391-2846 today!

 Show up and choose to be present. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning. Tell the truth without blame or judgment. Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.

–Angeles Arrien, The Four Fold Way

Maggi Quinlan, Ph.D. is a Teacher, Healer and Counselor.  She has been facilitating Women’s Circles for over 25 years.  She has seen the powerful transformation that happens for women when they are able to come together and tell their truth, in a safe, trusting environment, without blame or judgment.  Please call 831-600-5678 with any questions.

Spring’s in the air: Out with the old, in with the NEW!

Spring’s in the air:

Out with the old, in with the NEW!

Tree of Life
It’s time to clear out your winter coats and pull out your short sleeves and sun glasses. With the seasonal change there is shift in you and around you. Spring is a time of rejuvenation, a time of birth. A time of NEW beginnings.

It is the time when Green fills our eyes; from the sprouting of new seeds, to the bulbs opening to reveal their beauty.

The Spring Equinox on March 21, indicates a time when the length of the day and the night are the same. It is a point of Balance. A point where the Earth is awake, and the rhythm of the year picks up.

In Chinese Medicine, we make the shift into the Wood Element. During this time the Liver is most active. Like the blossoming of flowers, the porous liver blossoms and pushes out toxins that were stored during the winter months. This is a time when allergies are rampant. Your allergies are a reflection of the underlying imbalance in you Liver. Balance your Liver with foods like Reishi and Shiitake Mushroom, Cocos, and Milk Thistle.

Spring is represented by the direction of East, of new visions, new beginnings, where the sun rises, and illumination and inspiration begins. It is where the spoken word is honored, especially in prayer and intention. This is a powerful time to watch both your thoughts and your words. Use them wisely to create the world you want to live in. Be conscious that they are holding the intention for the highest good.  Fill yourself with thoughts that carry love, compassion, generosity and kindness.  As Spring arrives, a new sense of awareness brings change and understanding. We emerge like a blooming flower. 

    Love & gratitude,
    -Chris & Parisa Shelton
written in conjunction with Maggi Quinlan, Ph.D.

How will the Year of the Snake Fair for YOU?!


The Snake, and its complementary sign, the Dragon, together form the House of Mystery; but whereas the Dragon is the gaudy magician, the Snake is the contemplative mystic. A correlative of this mysticism, however, is secrecy; and the Snake is closely associated with plots and counter-plots, scandal and corruption, the expression ‘long snake’ in Chinese meaning ‘intrigue’. On the more positive side, the Snake is regarded as the guardian of treasure. Indeed, some Chinese believe it to be unlucky to kill a snake which enters the house, as it could be the bringer of good fortune.

YEARS OF THE SNAKE and their associated elements 

4 Feb 1905 – 24 Jan 1906   Wood

23 Jan 1917 – 10 Feb l9l8   Fire

10 Feb 1929 – 29 Jan 1930  Earth

27 Jan 1941 – 14 Feb 1942  Metal

14 Feb 1953 – 2 Feb 1954  Water

2 Feb 1965 – 20 Jan 1966   Wood

18 Feb 1977 – 6 Feb 1978  Fire

6 Feb 1989 – 26 Jan 1990   Earth


This is a time to re-consider the course of events which began in the previous and frenetic Dragon Year. It may mean that now one should back away from increasingly tense situations, and review schemes which may be on the point of running off course.

There will be back-biting and malice in the air, rather perversely due to the fact that this is generally a stable, calm and peaceful year, with congenital meddlers having little else to occupy them. In personal matters, it would certainly be unwise to engage in any kind of activity which would provide ammunition for purveyors of gossip.

The Year of the Snake is also a dangerous one for governments, who can be overthrown not only by revolution or the ballot box, but by the machinations of factions determined to embarrass those in power. But whatever political conspiracies there maybe, the coming of the Snake Year is likely to indicate an improvement in the financial position.

Socially, the period is marked by an increased awareness of the needs of the environment: and a general war against the ravages of industrial encroachment on to the countryside will be matched in the cities by endeavors to improve the appearance of public places.

Generally, it is a time for refinement and artistic progress, revealed in fashion by a welcome trend towards grace, elegance, and economy of line, rather than the garish, startling decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors, which are often a feature of Dragon-style.


The Rat

This is a year of limited progress for those born in the Year of the Rat. Matters will proceed much more quietly during this year than in the last; and indeed, such advances as are achieved will be the results of careful planning in the past. It is important to continue to save this year, for leaner days ahead.

The Ox

The Year of the Snake is a splendidly successful time for the usually staid Ox-type. There are opportunities for social advancement, bringing a wide variety of new friends experiences: and business prospects are sound,  with an additional sign of honor and recognition and for an achievement in some other field. For those thinking of marriage, the time is very auspicious, with a likelihood of younger partner.

The Tiger

This year will not be easy for the Tiger-personality who is used to making headway without much opposition. Obstacles are likely to present themselves in the form of bureaucratic hindrances and legal tangles. Money may not be readily available, and there could be undue expense involving other people, perhaps through assisting members of the family, or an illicit affair which will prove costly. The year will not be without its anxieties, and health may suffer as a result. On the positive side, some unexpected financial gain is indicated.

The Hare

This year augurs well for the naturally cautious Hare. Careful budgeting and an eye for value has ensured that the Hare has the resources to make some very shrewd business dealings. In personal relationships, however, the Hare is less careful and could well be the focus of gossip. However, the Hare cares not one whit.

The Dragon

This year, many of the Dragon’s more elaborate schemes and plans bear fruit, including those that were the object of derision when first mooted. The proof of considerable investments lies in their returns, which will vindicate the Dragon’s faith in all such projects. While fully satisfying, the year will lack any great excitement.

The Snake

This is the peak time for people born in the Year of the Snake, the stage is set for a grand entrance. The Snake’s ambitions not so much monetary or romantic, but personal status; and here at last, comes the acclaim and recognition which has been elusive for so long. The Snake will be introduced to people of high standing, and those in the public eye will be accorded the most favorable criticism. Finances should be more stable than before, and business prospects are extremely sound. Career women will find this a very successful period.

The Horse

Is only a moderate year for those born in the Year of the Horse, and progress may seem slow. It is a period of stability rather than expansion, allowing the Horse-type an opportunity to establish firm foundations for future dealings. There are no remarkably outstanding business projects and romantic affairs are marred by jealousy. On the positive side, the time is favorable for making improvements in the home.

The Sheep

This is a happy year for the Sheep-personality; one in which events go well in all spheres of activity. Travelling with a group for a specific purpose, such as a research project or a convention, is likely, as is involvement in committee or voluntary work. Those involved in the arts, particularly music, will find this an extremely rewarding and creative period.

The Monkey

The Monkey has to be particularly careful this year. Methods which have worked successfully in the past may have outlived their usefulness, and the Monkey could find formidable opposition in both business and romance. Financial deals fall below expectations, and an outsider maybe given the promotion that had been expected. Personal relationships suffer, and an infidelity may lead to a break-up.

The Rooster

For those born in the Year of the Rooster, this will prove to be an exceptionally successful year, since the Snake shares many of the Rooster’s own preferences and priorities. Normally outgoing and forthright, the Rooster may decide to adopt many of the methods used by the Snake – discretion, tact, confidentiality – to make a considerable advance into the opposition’s territory. Romantic affairs are highlighted this year, whilst finances are much more secure.

The Dog

This is a moderate year for the Dog-personality, with the promise of financial security, but with a few worries still standing in the way. Fortunately, the position is becoming increasingly stable. Personal relationships jog along unremarkably. This would be an ideal period to start planning ahead, or to save for some ambitious project which can be put into effect next year. For the moment, however, large-scale projects are best left to one side.

The Pig

Domestic bliss is rudely shaken this year by a number of unfortunate episodes. A previously close-knit family may suffer disruption due to certain members failing into disgrace, or being the target of gossip and scandal. This will not unnaturally cause great anxiety to any caring parents born in the Year of the Pig. Health to may be an area for worry and it may be necessary to heat up some savings. However, the pig is resilient and robust and will as ever cope with this.


Chinese Face Reading Class, Mon 3/4, 7:30pm

Chinese Face Reading: Eyes & Eyebrows (wood traits)

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Have you ever wondered if someone is a flirt or if they work well with others?! These are some of the questions that will be answered in the course.

Topics covered in class 3 include:

  • Reading all the parts of the Eyes & Eye brow
  • Tell if people are controlling or have anger issues, pessimistic, burn the candle at both ends
  • Tell is a person is open minded or not
  • Know if a person has many friends before you even start talking to them

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