Even as someone who has done acupuncture, has consulted with doctors about Chinese Herbs, and regularly practices yoga, I had no idea what to expect when stepping into Shuniya Healing, a zen holistic healing center run by Aaron Teich. Teich, a young svelte yogi who is based in Sag Harbor and teaches weekly Kundalini Yoga classes at Yoga Shanti, recently expanded his practice from Manhattan to Bridgehampton where he regularly treats the likes of Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, often referred to as the first couple of yoga.
When you walk into to the whitewashed single-room space, expect to be greeted by the sound of soothing music, and Teich’s friendly smile and enviably relaxed demeanor. First sessions typically last 90 minutes and consist of about 30 minutes of in-depth discussion on why you felt compelled to meet with Teich (common reasons range from stress and bloating, to physical injury and infertility). Based on what is discussed, Teich proceeds into a mix of acupuncture and Sat Nam Rasayan, Kundalini Yoga’s meditative healing practice. Unlike most acupuncture sessions where the patient is left alone after the needles are put in place, Sat Nam Rasayan practitioners seek to silently project meditative awareness in order to detect and address clients’ energetic imbalances.
The goal, Teich told me, “is to move the individual into a deeply relaxed place,” adding that “so much of illness is a result of a lack of relaxation; when I get my patients into this deep calm I can help initiate the self-healing process, the goal being to restore physical and emotional equilibrium.” Teich is the first to admit that there is no quick fix solution to the problems that most of his patients come to see him for, so almost every session ends with homework—whether that be taking Chinese herbal medicines, reconfiguring your home environment, or taking yoga classes.
One session may not have cured me of my lifelong battle with stress, but I did leave with a sense of peace and calm…at least until I tripped over an empty stroller waiting in line for my iced coffee.
Shunuya Healing is open every Thursday and Saturday 10 AM-6 PM, and on Fridays 10 AM-3 PM. Teich will continue to practice out of Shuniya Healing’s Manhattan office every Tuesday and Wednesday. Hamptons rates are initially $195 and $155 for follow-up. NYC rates are initially $225 and $185 for follow-up. 2415 Main St., 2nd Fl., 212-203-5425