“YOGA is the perfect opportunity to be
curious about who you are”

-Jason Crandel

Yoga - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson

Let Your Light Shine!

Kristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

"'Every time I take a class with Kristen, I feel like I learn how to breathe again. Even though I've been practicing yoga for more than 12 years, I often enter the studio frazzled, stressed and anaerobic from life "outside." When I walk into one of Kristen's classes, I can immediately feel reassured: the lights are dim, the incense is inviting, the music soothes, and the space has a uniquely Kristen feel to it. I adore the strength and leadership she exudes in her Fusion classes, but no matter which class she leads, she is committed to leading students into technically accurate poses, and always with an emphasis on proper breathing.

Notably, Kristen offers diverse ways of teaching even those of us who are veterans.  I always learn something new in her class that enables me to approach a pose, that I've practiced for many years, in a new way. Kristen is able to strike a balance between physical challenge, technical accuracy, spiritual rejuvenation, and supreme serenity.  Kristen is a master at offering modifications. She is truly an incredible artist and an inspiration. Every class with Kristen is a physical adventure into the soul that always yields a spiritual renaissance.

- Heather Robinson

Yoga - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

8 Reasons Why Yoga Makes You Healthier and Happier :)

"Music puts wings on the human spirit."                      - Frank Sinatra

I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember.  It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students. 

Music is incredible in it's ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind.  It's a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I  appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic.  The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud.  In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present.  Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change.  It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse.  They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.

Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health ... your life.

Music, unique in it's ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle.  The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will  keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy.  Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn't serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy.  I believe that music is medicine.

© 2017 Kristen Boze, Puravidaacupunctureandyoga.com