The Pulse of Balance – April 2024 Newsflash

Written by: Alex Lake

April 7, 2024

The Pulse of Balance

from the Tan Academy of Balance team!

This is your monthly pipeline newsflash!

Very special events and learning opportunities coming this month and next! 


    • Keynote Speaker Dr. Yvonne Farrell, DAOM, LAc 1.5hrs CEU lecture + Tan Academy of Balance Celebration Day – morning Apr 20/24
    • Freehand Acupuncture Needling Workshop (2hrs CEU) – afternoon Apr 20/24
    • April Balance System Acupuncture Learning Lab – Apr 29/24
    • Upcoming Live IN-PERSON ONLY Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) Levels 1+2 Foundations seminar in Vancouver, BC – May 31-Jun 2/24
      • Early bird rate ends Apr 26/24!

See you online, in-person, or in the Tan Balance Hub,

We hope to see you soon! 
Alex & Tan Shifu and the Tan Academy of Balance Team

Tan Academy of Balance (TAB)
Celebration Day
CEU Lecture from Keynote Speaker Dr. Yvonne Farrell & TAB Networking Lunch Social

Just 2 weeks to go!

Join us in-person in Richmond, BC or livestream online this April 20/2024 between 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Pacific Time for a memorable of celebration and learning!

We will host a 1.5hr CEU Keynote Speaker seminar from
Dr. Yvonne Farrell: “Channel Theory: Your Life Story Embodied”, celebrate Tan Birthdays, our recent Tan Academy of Balance graduates, and enjoy an included lunch social with our team and alumni!

Full Celebration Day Agenda

9:00a.m. – 9:30a.m. Pacific Time Celebration Welcome & Ceremony

      • In honour of the Tan birthdays in April we celebrate the new mentorship graduates of the Tan Academy of Balance Inc. 

9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m. Pacific Time Keynote Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Farrell CEU seminar: “Channel Theory: Your Life Story Embodied”

      • 1.5 hours CEU

11:30a.m. Pacific Time Social, Network & Lunch provided (for in-person attendees)

1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Pacific Time*Separate Ticket Required* Freehand Acupuncture Needling Technique Workshop (In-Person only, 2 hours CEU)

– For more information on the Freehand Needling seminar, click HERE.


To join us in-person or online for our Celebration Day:

$8.99 + tax to attend, including CEU lecture and provided lunch. Special coupons provided for Tan Balance Hub members (see Members Activity Wall) and Tan Academy of Balance student alumni

Freehand Acupuncture Needling Technique Workshop (2 hours CEU)
*In-person only* 

April 20/2024 – 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Pacific Time

Who is interested in learning or refining their freehand acupuncture technique?

$75 + tax CAD

Open to any acupuncture practitioners or students. For in-person only attendees to our Celebration Day morning program a  *separate ticket* is required to attend this workshop. 

Course Description: This 2-hour workshop will introduce or refine participants to freehand acupuncture needling technique! Participants will learn the key concepts and principles of freehand needling, including needle insertion, depth, angle, and manipulation. They will also learn how to apply this technique in a Balance System Acupuncture context.

Workshop is right after for the keynote lecture from Dr. Yvonne Farrell, DAOM on “Channel-Theory: Your Life Embodied” (1.5 hours), the Tan Academy Cohorts graduations and lunch social! 


To join us in-person for our Freehand Needling workshop:

Questions? Email us at

April Balance System Acupuncture Learning Lab – Apr 29/24

Contrasting and comparing Zangfu vs Channel Theory continued:

The first Earth month of the Wood Dragon year is almost here, and with it comes our next TAB Learning Lab! 

Join Suzanne and Howard on April 29, 2024 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time as we revisit the Channel vs. Zangfu Learning Series.

New to BSA and struggling to shift your brain from zangfu to channel-based acupuncture mode? Experienced BSA practitioner but want to refine your channel knowledge? Do you want further clarification on BSA channel theory vs zangfu function? If so, this is the learning lab for you!

We covered all of the Taiyin and Yangming channels in last year’s learning labs. This year we’re moving on to the next pair in Chinese channel clock order, the Hand Taiyang Small Intestine and Hand Shaoyin Heart channels. In this learning lab we will: 

  • Analyse each channel’s pathway, characteristics and function
  • Compare and contrast the channel vs. zangfu functions of SI and HT
  • Examine where we find SI and HT in BSA treatment strategies and how they are used

Dust off your zangfu thinking cap and join us to refine your understanding of channel vs. zangfu knowledge and improve your BSA channel diagnosis skills!

Who should join? BSA students and practitioners interested in diving deeper into channel theory, holography and Classical Chinese medicine.

Strongly recommended PREREQUISITE: A minimum of BSA Levels 1 and 2 (Balance System Acupuncture (BSA) Foundations – Level 1: Single Systems + Level 2: Multiple System balancing) taken through Tan Academy of Balance (in person or webinars), or an equivalent course through another provider.

Join online for 1 hour from wherever you are in the world!

The Learning Lab begins at 1:00 pm Pacific time on April 29, 2024.

In-Person BSA Foundations (Levels 1+2) Seminars

The only -inperson BSA Foundations seminar in North America this year!

3 weeks left for Early Bird pricing!

May 31-June 2, 2024
Vancouver, Canada

 To attend in Vancouver, Canada!

 *Early Bird rate of $748 + tax ends Apr 26, 2024!*
Regular rate is $898 + tax for the 3 day seminar.

Textbook included in the course fee:  Tan, S.F. (202). The Foundations of Balance Acupuncture – Clinical Reference Manual. Vancouver: Sonia F. Tan Inc.

Click here for more info.

Questions? Email us at


Already taken the Tan Academy/Dr. Sonia F. Tan BSA Foundations Level 1+2 via webinar, and
want to attend in-person for more depth and anchoring?

Inquire about an audit price to attend in-person to gain feedback from the practical portion & evaluations, fill any gaps, and gain the benefits of hearing the most updated version of Foundations lectures! Contact hello@tanbalance.comfor info.

Tan Balance Hub Member Tips & Reminders! 

Tan Balance Hub members!

We are so glad to see on the Member’s only side that the Main Activity Feed and Cohort Activity Walls are so active with case studies, comments, and shares. We encourage you even more to keep the community feeling close and supportive!

Our app and online community work best with regular checking into the app! We encourage members to make it a habit to check into the app 3-4 times a month. This will help to avoid app glitches that cause notifications to stop alerting members about new posts, events, and direct messages.

Continued Learning Resources

         Recorded Webinars


Net of Knowledge: Dr. Sonia F. Tan

BSA levels
1, 2, 3 & 4

Astrology &
Feng Shui
introductions and prerequisites

Course-only & CE Options Available

AcuPro Academy

Whole-Body Scalp Holography Acupuncture

Tan Academy of Balance Books

Dr. Sonia Tan authored this book as a reference textbook for BSA Levels 1+2: Single + Multiple Balance. It is an essential clinical reference.

Available in English & International French!

Join the Hub!

Find a Practitioner

Access the free section of info including TAB Teaches (quick tips & insights) or dive deeper to the Members side → Learning Lab recordings, community support of like-minded practitioners, direct communication with Tan Shifu & the TAs, your practice listing on our website, and more!

Find a Practitioner!
 Find trained or certified practitioners in your area.

~ Inspiring Confidence ~ Creating Balance ~ Motivating Evolution ~

Alex Lake
Author: Alex Lake

Administrator & Registrar

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