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Kocoon's Wellness Resource of Beijing

These are places or products from people that I personally know and trust. I have either tried a treatment, or followed classes, recommend friends and they consistently gave positive feedbacks.

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Chinese Medicine
Alex Tan The Hutong & Kocoon 15011510363 Eastern medicine with Western perspective. Lifestyle consultation, cupping, moxibustion, acupressure, qi gong, educative talks and Yijing
Thomas Avery Chinese Culture 10-64329341 TCM, herbalism, children's care, internal medicine including the treatment of gynecology, as well as digestive, liver, and lung illnesses.
Karen Himlok Ara Nha Holistic Center 18701531685 Homeopath, naturapath, energy therapy. Experience with children with epilepsy. Menopause management. Trauma healing.
Yoga & Live Music Kocoon 10-64105016 Perfect for beginners, in an intimate setting and a small group.
Yoga Yonnie Fung Yonnie is passionate about yoga and teaching, the class is limited to 6, making the session a real learning and inspiring experience.
Yoga Yoga Yard 10-64130774 Big yoga center, conveniently located and perfect for walk-ins.
Yoga Mountain Yoga 13901021322 Yoga in a mountain retreat, close to Fragrant Hills.
Jen & Debbie East Lake Villa's clubhouse 13522993724 Uplifting mix of dance, fitness and martial arts.
Belly Dance      
Sandrine East Lake Villa's clubhouse 13693232347 Belly dancing includes warm up, fitness work out of the whole body, choregraphed movements.
Internal Martial Art      
Master Liu Small Steps Coaching 10-64166125 Practice indoor and in the parc, as well as weekly talks.
Begonia Kocoon 10-64105016 Reiki share every other wesneday, and reiki private sessions, teaching of level 1, 2, and 3.
Life Coaching      
Sandra Certified life coach to guide you through your project, personal development, help you see where you are at, and where you want to go and how!
Kocoon   10-64105016 You are welcome to visit us!
Gyrotonic  Jireh Li Gyrotonic is a movement system that works out every part of your body. It cures once-and-for-all chronic body aches, strengthens muscles, rejuvenates senses, reduces stiffness, stretches, and realigns your spine and boness.
Balance Body Work Regina Rosenthal A healing deep tissue massage technique to release energy blocks in the body and to allow life energy to flow freely and balanced again.

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5 Questions with...Charlene Wang

This month we met Charlene, founder of Tranquil Tuesdays, who's dedication is to reveal and showcase China’s revered tea tradition and inspired tea culture with the rest of the world.

1. Where does the name « Tranquil Tuesdays » come from?

Tuesdays have always been my favorite day because Monday is over and you still have the whole week to look forward to.  I began treating Tuesdays like a special day and then I started noticing that lots of good things happen to me on Tuesdays—which is still the case! As a Chinese social enterprise based in Beijing, China, of course we needed a Chinese name too.  So when it came time to translate “Tranquil Tuesdays” into Chinese we found another cool reason it was the perfect name for the company: in Chinese “tranquil” translates into 宁静 ning jing and my Chinese name has a 宁ning in it (commonly Chinese names are either two or three characters).  Many of our Chinese customers think I named the company after myself because of this coincidence—but as you now know, that is not how we came upon the name!

2.Where are some of the more interesting places you've traveled in pursuit of tea?

I have been fortunate enough to taste and experience tea all over the world.  And yet, no teas have made as deep of an impact on me as those of China. The first time I had a sip of a tea that caused me to pause was when I was working as a diplomat and attended a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. The ministry served a green tea, a Longjing 龙井 (also known as Dragon Well tea), from near West Lake that was so revelatory, so nutty and creamy, with an elegant softness that stood out so sharply from all the tea drinking I had ever done before it, that it became distracting. All I could think was: What is this tea? Why is it so good? Where can I find more of it?For more interesting places read the article Charlene wrote about her tea travels.

3. How can we brew the perfect cup of tea at home?

Sometimes people make brewing a great cup of tea harder than it really is. You don’t need a fancy or complicated ceremony to brew tea optimally.  You don’t even need a teapot.  You just need to respect these basic principles for brewing the perfect cup of tea: 

Brew loose whole-leaf tea & Use good water: Try to use your favorite filtered or spring water. 

Get the temperature of the water right:  Boiling water actually burns and ruins green teas and makes your white teas lose that nice soft edge.  The ideal temperature for green and white teas is below boiling.  

No over-steeping: I actually think this is the number one problem people make.  Show your tea leaves some love and attention, decant the water in a timely fashion, and your tea will have the nice round and smooth mouth feel you hope for.  

Give your tea enough space to release its flavor: Give your tea leaves the space they need to fully open up and release their flavor so you can enjoy everything your tea leaves have to offer.

But all of this means nothing if you aren’t using great tea!  I can’t do much for you if you are trying to make the most sublime cup of tea with sub-par quality or past its prime tea.

4. Of all the types of tea (red, black, green, white), which offers the most health benefits?

To begin with, when people talk about tea and health they are usually talking about antioxidants found in tea. I want to remind everyone that all true tea is from the same plant (albeit often different cultivars of the same plant) cameilia sinesis, so whatever type of tea you like, the chemical and structural composition of the tea leaf isn’t that radically different.  Thus, each tea offers different health benefits. You can visit our website, where we explain the latest scientific research that supports the role of tea improving health.

5. Is there a region known for producing the best tea?I think one of the most exciting things about Chinese teas is there are many different regions throughout China known for producing a variety of high quality teas.  Similar to wine, certain regions are known for specific types of tea and produce the best examples of that type of tea.  For example, Fuding, Fujian is the origin of white tea, so the best white teas come from that region.  If you want to learn more about what makes Chinese teas so exciting and unique, make sure to head over to and sign-up for our newsletter!


About Tranquil Tuesdays
Tran­quil Tues­days is a dis­tinctly Chi­nese social enter­prise devoted to dis­tract­ingly good Chi­nese tea and beau­ti­fully authen­tic teaware. Tran­quil Tues­days is ded­i­cated to reveal­ing and show­cas­ing China’s revered tea tra­di­tion and inspired tea cul­ture with the rest of the world.Visit Tran­quil Tuesday’s website

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