Spring Rejuvenation Reiki / Thai Yoga Class

In this workshop class students will be rested in various restorative yoga poses and will receive Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage from both practitioners leaving them very relaxed and rejuvenated. Warm lemon water and snacks will be served after the class.

This workshop will be capped at 10 students so everyone will get individual body and energy work.

More about the techniques being used:

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 11.58.13 AMReiki is gentle yet powerful traditional Japanese healing method that is great for deep relaxation, pain relief, and balancing the life force energy, known as Qi. During a Reiki session, the practitioner moves through a series of hand positions, channeling energy throughout the entire body and focusing attention on areas where the client’s energy may be blocked so that it is able to flow freely. Clients often report feelings of peace, euphoria, and overall well being after a session.

Traditional Thai yoga is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines called sen, and assisted yoga postures. Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility.


$50 before March 15th // $60 after March 15th

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Spring Acupuncture Special

Acupuncture Treatments 65 dollars Through April

When the seasons change, we need a little extra self care to maintain good health for the upcoming hot summer weather.  Acupuncture helps relieve common symptoms such as ::

  • muscle pain / tension
  • low energy
  • mental clutter
  • poor sleep
  • seasonal allergies

To schedule, call Daniel Tague L.A.c M.A.c at: 267.269.0314.  Visit danieltagueacupuncture.com


Treatments are available through our Half Moon Ayurveda collective located on the 4th floor at Bikram Yoga.


Support a Good Cause

According to ayurveda, our relationship to each other is vital in determining our overall health.  Get involved in your community. Support Philly yoga factory….

Philly Yoga Factory is a Philadelphia based non-profit dedicated to making yoga accessible to underserved communities and affordable for all. We are a collective of yoga instructors and movement culture enthusiasts offering donation based yoga and fitness classes. Funding from this campaign  will help us improve and expand our current class offerings in our center city studio location, and begin community outreach programs where we take our classes out of the studio and directly into community venues in under-served Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Click here to contribute to our fundraising campaign

Your contributions will go directly to:

  • Launching our “Take It To The Streets” outreach yoga program,
  • Generating interest and boosting attendance for our current donation based yoga classes through marketing campaigns,
  • Insuring the program,
  • Paying the 501c3 federal tax exempt status filing fees,
  • Subsidizing classes in our center city location for those who cannot afford to donate.

Buy One Give One Valentine’s Day Special


We are pleased to offer you a very special Valentine’s Day deal for you and your loved one.  Buy any treatment for 90 dollars, and get one free to give as a gift. Purchase online here or in the studio before February 14th. Treatments must be redeemed by March 14th and can be scheduled by directly contacting the practitioner of your choice below. Please take this opportunity to see and share the wide variety of healing treatments that Half Moon Ayurveda has to offer. The gift of health is the best one you can give to those you love- and yourself.

Questions? Contact katelynn@bikramphilly.com

With Love,
Half Moon Ayurveda

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Getting to the HEART of Pranayama Breathing


Pranayama breathing is a series of various deep breathing exercise techniques prescribed and practiced widely amongst practitioners and students of yoga and Ayurveda. The benefits of pranayama breathing extend throughout the entire body via the srotamsi, or channels. The srotamsi are the vehicles for ingesting and digesting all food, water, and objects of the senses.  It is through the srotamsi that all matter is metabolized into pure consciousness and remove the metabolic waste.  Each srotamsi has a root, a pathway, and an opening. Of the thirteen srotamsi, several of them are either rooted in, pass through, or open into the HEART. When we practice pranayama we directly affect the HEART.

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Saturday September 20th Half Moon Ayurveda & Integrative Health Open House


You’re invited to a very special event that will  give us the opportunity  to share with you the gift of yoga and integrative health.

Saturday September 20th

Half Moon Ayurveda & Integrative Health Open House


Philly Yoga Factory’s One Year Anniversary Celebration

Schedule ::

  • 10 am inaugural pranayasa flow yoga class
  • Free samples of integrative health treatments after Bikram yoga classes
  • 11:30 am Synergy Partner Yoga class
  • 1:30 Hypnotherapy workshop :: stress management
  • 12 – 3 Open house tour, Ayurvedic snacks & chai, free samples of integrative health treatments, Ayurvedic product sale
  • 3:30 Thai bodywork workshop
  • 4:30 live music starts
  • 6:00 pm demo of Thai bodywork, Ayurvedic massage, and Community style acupuncture
  • 8:00 pm hoop class / dance party


This event is free and open to all. Please feel free to bring friends and family. We are looking forward to sharing these gifts of yoga and integrative healing with you.


***All regularly scheduled Bikram yoga classes will be held as usual. Take a class and stay after for food and festivities.***


The Easiest Kitcheree Recipe on Earth


Kitcheree is like an Ayurvedic super food.  It is essential to the yogic diet.  It contains a vegetarian source of protein, it’s light, nourishing, warm, and easy to digest. Although there are about as many variations on this recipe as there are grandmothers in India cooking it on a daily basis, this is the easiest, most basic way to prepare kitcheree.  It should not take longer than 40 minutes to prepare and it’s all done in one pot. This recipe makes about 4 servings.

Ingredients ::

One cup split yellow mung dahl,

Half cup white basmati rice

One teaspoon each : cumin seeds, fennel seeds, corriander seeds, tumeric powder

One pinch asafoetita powder (aka “hing”) – found in an Indian grocery store

One – two teaspoons minced ginger

One tablespoon ghee

8-10 cups water

Lime and cilantro for garnish

Directions  ::

Wash the beans and rice.  To do this, place the beans and rice in a bowl.  Cover with cold water.  Swish around the water, beans, and rice with your fingers. Drain and repeat at least three times.

Put all the ingredients (including spices, beans, rice, ginger, hing and ghee) except the lime and cilantro in a large stock pot.  Add 8-10 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil.  Boil on high for about 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium low until the rice and beans are fully cooked. The beans will begin to dissolve when they are cooked fully.  Depending on the elevation, this should be about 15 more minutes. Stir the kitcheree periodically to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Variations ::

Try adding veggies to the kitcheree like carrots, kale, green beans, rutabaga, broccoli, or whatever you like!

Other spices you can try  are mustard seeds, cinnamon sticks (good for winter time kitcheree), or fenugreek powder

For thinner, soupier kitcheree, add more water.  For a pastier variation, add less water.

Add the rice after the beans have begun to dissolve. This will keep the rice more consistent.

Garnishes ::

Yogurt, rock salt, chips, mango pickle, lime, lemon, cilantro





Shirodhara Treatment


Shirodhara is a an extremely relaxing Ayurvedic treatment where the recipient lies on their back and a continuous stream of warm oil is poured over the forehead so that it flows over the third eye chakra area.  Although the oil is applied externally, in the Ayurvedic classification of treatments, shirodhara is considered an internal cleansing treatment used to “ripen” deep seated toxins.  Transdermal medicinal delivery in the form of external oleation has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.  In order to understand the science behind transdermal medicine, we must view the skin as the largest organ of digestion in the human body. Application of medicated oils to the skin; specifically the head, as in shirodhara can bring profound healing benefits.

The field of action of shirodhara is vast. The oil first reaches the superficial level, then penetrates through the subcutaneous tissue to reach the nerve endings, the pathway of majja dhatu.  Majja dhatu is the space filling tissue composed of the nervous system and spinal cord whose main function is to provide communication between all the bodily tissues and systems.  Learning, memory, creativity, and sensation are all functions of majja dhatu.  Shirodhara brings relaxation to and restores balance in the majja dhatu.  The front brain is also the seat tarpaka kapha and sadhaka pitta, the functional and memory storing mechanisms of the brain.  Excess mental activity and stress can cause stagnation, or even excessive flow in these areas. Shirodhara dissolves stagnation and restores a balance in the clarity of perception and memory.

Shirodhara treatments are often referred to as “bliss therapies” in spa settings.  While one should approach any Ayurvedic treatments offered in a spa setting without the care and expertise of an Ayurvedic practitioner with caution, let us examine this trend in the mode of knowledge.  Shirodhara promotes ojas in the brain.  Ojas is a sanskrit word that can be translated as “vigor,” and is also known as the vital fluid of life. Ojas is the juice of one’s life energy which, when sufficient, provides immunity and vitality and when deficient, results in weakness, fatigue and ultimately disease and death. Shirodhara also stimulates healthy production and stimulation of serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain. The combination of the regulation of these neurotransmitters along with the promotion of ojas leads to a feeling of deep relaxation and bliss.

Because the oil or fluid of a shirodhara is applied to the third eye area, which is associated with the pineal gland, this treatment can restore balance to the entire endocrine system and offer relief of many hormonal imbalances.

A shirodhara treatment lasts about 15-30 minutes.  The oil or liquid used in a shirodhara treatment depends on any concerns or imbalances of the recipient.  It is important to consult with a practitioner of Ayurveda before receiving a shirodhara treatment.  At Half Moon Ayurveda, we offer traditional shirodhara treatments in a relaxed and healing environment.  Contact us to schedule yours today.