Yen Wei Choong, L. Ac.
Professor Choong’s far ancestor, Zhi Lu (子路) Choong, was one of Confucius’ most famous disciples, so he has the highest inheritance of Chinese Taoist Culture in his blood. Born in Mainland China in 1948, he started studying Taoist philosophy & Chi-Gong in 1965 (at age of 17); he graduated with a B.S. degree from the College of Chinese Culture in 1973 in Taiwan. In the 1970’s Professor Choong was enthusiastic about studying the Indian Ananda Marga Yoga and doing spiritual retreats with Indian Yogis. He also studied authentic Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with old masters in Taiwan. Then in 1980, Professor Choong dedicated himself to the mastery of acupuncture and herbal therapies in Taiwan. He moved to the US and started practicing in 1982. In the 1990’s, Professor Choong served as the traveling acupuncturist for Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, looking after their health. Currently, Yen Wei Choong serves as a well-respected chairman of the board of directors and professor at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland. As the Director of the Yellow Emperor, he is known internationally for his powerful needles, generous heart and potent herbs.
Zhi Ping Liu, L.Ac.
Originally having studied western medicine, Mr. Liu (Ken) became acquainted with Eastern philosophy and consequently the medicine through the discipline of kung-fu. Having the ability to cultivate ones own Qi, then transmit into ones patients is a profound spiritual practice which Yen-Wei has helped him bolster the last few years. Studying acupuncture formally in San Francisco followed by subsequent licensing, Ken meet Yen-Wei at a free community clinic where Yen-Wei eventually asked him to come work in Marin. Ken has a private practice in Mountain View, CA and is continuing to study the pre-communist version of the medicine with Yen-Wei.
SARAH MOWDY, L.Ac.,MSOM
Comprehensive Integrative Consultations and Treatment Plans
ARIANE WLASAk, L.Ac.
Ariane Wlasak L.Ac., better know as Ananda Ma, is a licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist and a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who trained at the renowned Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She is inspired by yoga as an extremely potent healing tool, a holistic practice, and a way of life that connects body, mind, and spirit. For Ariane, yoga is a life-long mindfulness practice for people of all ages, which begins for her by creating a strong connection and love for nature.
In 1996, Ariane moved from Germany to San Francisco and the beautiful Bay Area to develop her life's path. Following her heart, she then visited India in 1997 to study yoga in Mysore and visited Krishnamacharya's Yoga Foundation in Madras to connect to the roots of yoga. Since then, Ariane has become a dedicated Iyengar yoga teacher, practitioner and student of renowned senior teacher Manouso Manos, and she has twice been to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. She is inspired by Geeta Iyengar, the daughter of B.K.S. Iyengar, with her special gift of precision and the change she brings about with her ability to identify specific conditions.
Ariane received a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM). She is licensed by the Board in the State of California to practice Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In her private Acupuncture practice Ariane cultivates an approach to restore wellness. Ariane studied Acupressure, Qigong, Tui Na and related advanced healing techniques at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, as well as studying with respected acupuncturists and herbalists from China such as Doctor Baibing Zhu L.Ac.
As part of her clinical training and education she interned one year at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, where she received advanced Acupuncture training strategies for the treatment of stroke, traumatic brain injury and healthcare innovations. She also had the honor to give Acupuncture treatments to the homeless community in San Francisco, at Glide Memorial Church, and the ACTCM Community Clinic and Auricular Clinic. Her experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine enriches her daily practice and teaching of Iyengar Yoga. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has accepted Ariane as certified Yoga Therapist, and she is passionate about bridging the gap between yoga and healthcare.