At this time of the year, change is everywhere from the weather to the start of the holidays. Schedules are often shifted and health can be compromised while indulging in the season's many and constant events. Cheyenne Ellis of Make Movements and Dr. Anne Mitchell of Pearl Grace have organized a workshop to help New Orleanians mindfully prepare for the imminent changes.

"Our goal is to share certain tools to strengthen our bodies to avoid seasonal colds and manage the compounding stress from the holidays," Ellis told Adore. These tools include education on auriculotherapy (more on that below), the application of ear seeds, a restorative yoga session, tips for connecting to the season, and fun bonuses like healthy snacks and giveaway bags. The event is meant to be a relaxing and restorative experience that will send attendees into the holidays rehabilitated and prepared.

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Stevens, a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, will share an educational lesson on auriculotherapy, which is acupuncture involving pressure points on the ear, and ways that we can better connect to the autumn season according to Chinese Medicine Therapy. 

"The most impactful way people can prepare for the change of seasons is to embrace changes to their diets, behavior, and physical routines," Stevens says. She suggests retiring your cold smoothies, raw salads, and iced drinks until Spring and eating warmer foods like soups and stews, which will not tax the body's digestive system. Incorporating essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus into the home can open up sinuses and make a world of difference during a season known for illnesses.

Ear seeds, a type of acupuncture for the ears, will be applied in the second half of the workshop after a 30 minute yoga session (accompanied by a live flute) and an extended shivasana. Ear seeds, while common in other cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, are fairly new to New Orleans. The duo is excited to bring this wellness offering to New Orleans and says this is just the beginning of what is to come to the wellness scene. The session will conclude with light, healthy snacks.

The workshop takes place Saturday, November 23rd from 1 to 3 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here. Can't make the event? Ellis explains how anyone can get a handle on the holidays below.