The Local Healer presents a monthly educational series about the human body

Bex Groebner, L.Ac and Cybele Phillips, L.Ac are excited to take you on a mini journey through the anatomy and physiology of your body and how it relates to the physiology of the planet. Ancient Chinese physicians saw the human being as an integral part of the Earth-system and it’s seasonal cycles. They used the philosophy of Yin and Yang duality to explain the fluctuations occurring throughout the year, as spring turned to summer, then to fall and finally to winter. They broke this cycle up into five sections and used these to relate the body (microcosm) to the planet (macrocosm.) Our bodies are living ecosystems inside of the greatest ecosystem in the Universe. Bex and Cybele have chosen a Chinese organ system for each month and will take you through the workings of that system, how we can see it represented in the Earth, the flavors and foods that support it and finally, allow you to experience a general group acupuncture treatment that supports it.

Limited to 15 students per session

Each session meets four times per month, with a different focus each week.

Cost: $60 per month
(25% off for students with a monthly Drishti Yoga membership)

Booking: Students can book through our website here.

Taught By: Bex Groebner, L.Ac and Cybele Phillips, L.Ac

Held At: Drishti Yoga Studio: 728 NE Dekum Street, Portland, OR 97211

When: Monthly sessions, Thursdays: 5:30-6:45pm (see schedule below).

Each month will focus on a different Chinese Medicine organ system (see below for schedule.) Students need to bring a notebook and writing utensils and expect to spend some time on the floor during a lecture-style portion of the class. Classes will be 75-minutes long and four weeks will be spent on each organ system. The month will break down in the following way:

Weekly flow

Week 1: Bex Groebner, L.Ac provides an introduction to Ancient medical science (Yin-Yang, Three Treasures and Five Elements) and a lecture on the Western anatomy and physiology of the organ system we are working with. We end the session with a yoga posture, Taiji posture or meditation to integrate the body into the process of knowing.

Week 2: Cybele Phillips, L.Ac will expand on the month’s Chinese medicine (CM) organ system, its categorization within the ancient science system and how we can see the gesture of that organ in the functional workings of the planet we inhabit. What are the holistic factors for a shared balanced between our body and the Earth?

Week 3: A focus on nutrition and lifestyle strategies around the CM organ system. The class will include a self-care technique for dealing with a mild imbalance in the system (cupping, guasha-scraping, massage, aromatherapy, kinesiotaping, moxibustion, etc.) We will have recipes that benefit some aspect of the organ system and respect the Earth’s seasonal bounty and students will have a tasting opportunity.

Week 4: Students will setup on the floor with blankets and bolsters and will get to experience a generalized acupuncture treatment (please make sure you’ve signed the waiver!) for balancing the organ system of the month. We will spend a few minutes inserting needles and then allow students to float off to “Acu-Land” in a personal discovery of the organ system we are working with. We will end the class with a closing circle in which students are welcome to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas and any feedback they have regarding any aspect of the course.

Week 5: For months with a fifth Thursday, students will enjoy a yoga class that focuses on the organ of that month (open to other paying students, taught by a Drishti teacher.)


October 2019: The Pericardium
Yin Fire

November 2019: The Triple Burner
Yang Fire

December 2019: The Gallbladder
Yang Wood

January 2020: The Liver
Yin Wood

February 2020: The Lung
Yin Metal

March 2020: The Large Intestine
Yang Metal

April 2019: The Stomach
Yang Earth

May 2019: The Spleen
Yin Earth

June 2019: The Heart
Yin Fire

July 2019: The Small Intestine
Yang Fire

August 2019: The Bladder
Yang Water

September 2019: The Kidney
Yin Water