Ken Busto - yes, this is my "little brother". To know someone almost all your life is a gift and privilege. Growing through life side by side, sometimes sideways and sometimes apart, you get to be the observer and be observed. I've journeyed through life with Ken with patience, admiration, appreciation and gratitude, and I am honored to call him brother, friend, teacher, mentor, counselor, and healing practitioner.
In all these capacities, Ken consistently reflects brilliance, strength, wit, introspection, insight and humility. This is what makes Ken an amazing acupuncturist and natural healthcare professional.
Ken and his wife, Nicole, reside in Maui, Hawaii where they both serve the community in natural healthcare. Ken's acupuncture practice is call Acupono, and if you're in Maui and ready for some self-care and healing, set up an appointment.
What is Acupono? Brilliant and funny lead to the creation of Acupono. When I asked Ken what does Acupono mean, he said it is "Just a portmanteau combining acupuncture and Pono. I needed to register a business name, and that’s what I came up with." This humble and curious response led me to inquire about the meaning of Pono. "Pono is the state of existence that is characterized by integrity and a feeling of contentment when everything is good and right." (https://www.alohashirtshop.com/hawaiian-lifestyle/pono-meaning).
What is it about Acupono? I really admire the lineage, dedication, and continuous learning that Ken invests into his practice. Ken began his exploration of Chinese medicine over twenty years ago through the study of internal martial arts and qigong. These pursuits led him to China, where he trained at the Wudang and Shaolin Temples, as well as with lineage holders in Beijing. He holds a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University, where he also earned medical specialty certificates in Integrative Sports Medicine and Tuina (Chinese medical massage).
Ken then went on to become licensed in California and Hawaii, and to attain status as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine through The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Five Branches University.
Ken's aligns his personal practice with his professional practice. He practices the disciplines of healing the body, mind and soul. There is true healing that takes place when working with Ken because that is his dharma.
What services does Acupono offer? Primary modality is acupuncture, which may be augmented with other tools of Chinese medicine:
• Gua sha
• Auricular acupuncture, Ear seeds/tacks
• Tuina, including Yang tuina, Yin tuina, Qigong tuina, and Pediatric tuina
• Dietary & Herbal recommendations
• And more
What am I thankful for Ken Busto of Acupono? Ken has been an integral part of the Maui In Body Mind Soul retreats. He provides education, treatment and fun to the retreat. AND of course I am thankful for his friendship, his ability to hold space for my growth and healing, his talent to make me laugh, his love and his aloha spirit.
Contact Info: https://acupono.com; 808-793-2667
Santosha in Sanskrit means Contentment, and that IS EXACTLY what Santosha School in Indianapolis, Indiana has given to me.
My first discovered Santosha after I attended a meditation retreat in Sedona, AZ. During that retreat, I was introduced to Ayurveda, and I quickly consumed the knowledge shared in Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad. Before the completion of the retreat, I searched up Ayurveda in Indianapolis, and Santosha School was the end to my search.
What/Who is Santosha School? "Santosha is a natural health care center with classes in yoga, breathing & meditation, massage, Ayurveda, & more. We offer massage, private yoga instruction, Ayurveda therapies, and thorough yoga teacher training programs that emphasize a teaching practicum of 40 classes taught on site. ACCESSIBLE: classes for every body, age, & economics COMMUNITY ORIENTED: students get to know each other & teachers. DIVERSE: our staff, student body, teaching locations are all international. INSTRUCTIVE: consistent tools for you to explore appropriate movement pace & capacity SPIRITUALLY ORIENTED: a safe space for spiritual connection. Our Mission: to offer a glimpse into the authentic Yoga of the master teachers, including Paramahansa Yogananda."
What is it about Santosha School? I’ve met amazing students and teachers that come to Santosha wanting high quality yoga, meaningful connections, Holistic healthcare approaches, diversity, spiritual exploration and deep personal development. I’ve had the pleasure of working with all the teachers and teacher trainees in some capacity, and I am inspired to see women and men of all ages and backgrounds become empowered as teachers and human beings. I’ve people LITERALLY break through their “shells”, find their center and discover meaning in their lives.
What does Santosha School have to offer? "We offer weekend workshops and 1 year courses to change your diet and lifestyle using the gardening healthcare system, Ayurveda. Santosha services include massage, personal training in yoga , Ayurveda body care therapies, and Ayurveda health consultations. Santosha offers Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training programs, which emphasize on the job training - teaching practicums of 40 classes taught on site."
What am I thankful to Santosha School? Santosha School is more than a school or a yoga studio. It is a place for community, comfort and discovery. In any self-development, self-discovery, self-improvement, self-reflection, self-inquiry process, I need a place to feel safe, supported and nurtured, and Santosha has been that for me. I literally feel contentment when I walk in the doors of the school. When I sit at the altar to meditate, the feeling of something bigger than myself, something peaceful within and something meaningful is palpable. One of the sayings from their website says "Santosha means contentment. Find it here. Learn to keep hold of it everywhere.", and for that I am grateful.