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Alchemy Holistics by Gina Pulisciano

Gina has been in the skincare industry for 14 years, 10 years as an Esthetician. Her resume includes some of the top spas in NYC as well as 3 years as an esthetics educator. Additionally, Gina has received advanced training in Ayurveda and Aromatherapy, and is also a certified yoga instructor and Reiki 2 Practitioner.

Service Menu

All 60-75 min. facials include exfoliation, face/neck/shoulder massage, extractions (optional), and a treatment mask suited to your skin type.

Alchemy Signature (60 min $110)

Combining a blend of ancient Ayurvedic practices, aromatherapy, and massage, this is a facial designed to heal the skin from the inside out.

Alchemy Gemstone treatment (75 min $140)

Gemstones and crystals have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic treatments and offer a wide range of benefits. Comprised of therapeutic minerals, in this customized treatment, stones will be chosen to bring mind, body, and skin into balance. Closing with a rose quartz facial massage, you will not only leave feeling rejuvenated, but perhaps reborn.

Alchemy Express (30 min $80)

This facial gets right down to business. Whether you’re looking for a quick way to pamper your skin or just need extractions, we’ve got you covered. (Not recommended if it’s been a while since your last facial).


Alchemy Holistics is an all-natural skincare line based on the philosophy: “If it’s good for sensitive skin, it’s good for all skin.” Every product has less than 10 ingredients, including the finest blend of essential oils made to nourish, strengthen, and soothe your skin. Gentle but affective, made in small batches in Brooklyn, NY. Experience for yourself the Alchemy of natural skincare.

Products are sold in our store.


Massage with Kendra Brody 

Influenced at a young age by her mother’s teaching of Buddhism while simultaneously practicing Western Medicine, Kendra sought other modalities of alternative healing. She began to study Eastern techniques and Chinese medicine. Furthering her education in the massage therapy program at the Swedish Institute in New York City, along with her personal yoga practice, Kendra has developed an keen awareness of the body and mind relationship. In order to find the appropriate treatment for the physical body, one must start by identifying the emotional roots deep within the energetic structure. Her massage style combines classic Swedish strokes and acupressure therapy as well as shiatsu techniques and eastern theory.

Services Offered

Massage modalities reduce stress hormone levels (cortisol), and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin, affording an improvement in mood amongst other benefits.


The most common and well known of massage treatments, Swedish massage is designed to manipulate the soft tissue of the body in order to bring about increased circulation and a feeling of relaxed well-being. The client remains draped throughout the treatment with only the areas being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of smooth flowing strokes, compression, vibration, and gentle rocking movements along with the application of oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin. The benefits of Swedish Massage include loosening of tight muscle restrictions, increased range of motion, reduced swelling from injury, relief from sore aching muscles, release of scar tissue adhesions, improved circulation and an overall feeling of relaxation.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage but with deeper pressure that is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage.


was developed in Japan in the early 1900’s as an integration of Western science, ancient Japanese massage techniques, and Chinese medical theory. It is used to promote the flow of “qi” or energy throughout the body.  Pressure is applied to acupressure points along the body’s meridians or energy pathways. Shiatsu benefits the body and mind by decreasing stress, increasing joint mobility, energy and circulation and boosting the immune system.  This is a wonderful therapy designed to release tension, promote mind/body balance and bring a renewed sense of well being.

Thai Yoga Massage with Briana Taylor

Centuries ago, a dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga and Ayurveda was born in the temples of Thailand. In this unique healing system of Thai Massage the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (“Sen”) lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation and digestion, boosts the immune system, improves sleep, increases energy and balances the body.

Briana Taylor is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary movement artist, choreographer, performer, educator and bodyworker. She brings together over 14 years of experience teaching yoga and dance to people of all ages and abilities, 9 years of practicing Thai massage, along with a wealth of experiences facilitating creative performance events, classes and workshops. She trained in traditional Thai Massage at the Naga Center in Portland, OR with Nephyr Jacobsen in 2007, and integrates her knowledge of the body and somatic practices gleaned from yoga and dance into her sessions. She studied Reiki under master teacher Sky Bradshaw in 2016, and is a level three attuned practitioner. Brianna practices a traditional Thai massage session, but also integrates reiki and intuitive somatic movement practices to support each person through assisted stretches, gentle pressure, and mobilization of limbs, offering unique healing sessions to listen and support individual needs.

All Massage Rates:

60 minutes: $90

75 minutes $110

90 minutes $135

email: usha@ushavedayoga.com to book.


Now offering Group Acupuncture!

Thursdays from 5 to 7 pm, $25/Per 30 minute session. Group acupuncture is an interesting and affordable option for those who may require or prefer multiple treatments and also for those who find the energy of a group setting helpful to their healing process. In group treatment, you will have a brief and private consultation with a licensed acupuncturist. You will then be seated for treatment in a comfortable chair in a quiet room; and usually there will be a few other persons present in the same room. You will be fully clothed, but it is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing, as the acupuncturist will likely ask you to roll up your pants to the knee and your tops to the elbow (so she can access points on your lower arms and legs). Sterile single use needles will be inserted in the appropriate points to address your condition and you will relax quietly for approximately 20 to 30 minutes before the needles are removed. You will then quietly leave the treatment room, hopefully well rested, refreshed and on your path to healing!

Please book here. All appointment fees are non-refundable, cancellation policy is strictly 24 hours in advance for account credit only.

We also offer Private Affordable Acupuncture

Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm, $45/Per 30 minute session. This acupuncture clinic allows you to experience private acupuncture for a fraction of the usual cost in our treatment room. Please pay in advance to hold your space here. We can accommodate a total of 4 people each week to arrive between 5:00-6:30PM. All appointment fees are non-refundable, cancellation policy is strictly 24 hours in advance for account credit only.

*We may also from time to time have space for last minute appointments so feel free to email on the day if scheduling within 24 hours. Online enrollment closes by 3PM.

Marilyn Matthes, L.Ac

Marilyn has been practicing acupuncture since her graduation from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (New York) in 2009. Her practice addresses the various bodily and spiritual imbalances that present as “disease.” She has a background degree in the life sciences and is focused on the interplay between Chinese and Western medicine. Prior to attending acupuncture school, Marilyn worked in a high tech business environment, so she has first hand experience and a particular interest in addressing the emotional and physical stresses that one experiences living and working in this busy city and our high tech world. Marilyn is licensed in the states of New York and New Hampshire and is certified nationally by the NCCAOM. She is also a certified level 2 Reiki practitioner.


Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine with Moonching Wu

The most significant difference between classical Chinese Medicine and contemporary Western Medicine is that under the Chinese modality, diagnosis and treatment are tailored to each patient. The unique ability of each Chinese Medicine practitioner to decipher these complex signs and symptoms is the first important step towards healing. Because every system is interrelated and interdependent there is no specialization in Chinese Medicine. For example, separating one vital organ from the respiratory system is discordant with the philosophy of Chinese Medicine. Another common occurrence which often results in a deeper imbalance is overlooking the correlation between the psychological and physical bodies.

Dedicated to the wisdom of Chinese antiquity, Moonching applies science and philosophy from both the Eastern and Western traditions in her practice of Chinese medicine with a classical interpretation and focus. Moonching is licensed by New York State and certified nationally (NCCAOM). She has been healing patients since 2013 at her private practice (Midtown Manhattan). Private and group treatments are both available at Usha Veda Yoga.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Moonching Wu immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old. She graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with honors from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Her artwork has been collected and exhibited in various venues throughout the US, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Since 1997 she has worked as a designer and production artist for numerous individual and corporate clients.


Services & Fees

Private Acupuncture

Initial Visit are from 70-90 minutes, starting at $175. Follow up visits: 1 hour, starting at $125. All sessions include acupuncture and herbs. Cupping, guasha, and moxibustion are other common modalities utilized.

Insurance verification (In-network with Empire BCBS / out-of-network all others):

Acupuncture Facelift

Eyes are windows of the soul but faces reflect the entire architecture. Facial Acupuncture is more than a cosmetic procedure-it is an intensified form of Chinese Medicine which promotes health & beauty from within. During a typical treatment hair thin needles are used locally and around the body to boost free flow of Qi & Blood.

Facial acupuncture is the most effective, affordable and lasting anti-aging method available. A skilled practitioner like Moonching can make the experience almost painless. Take some time to revitalized your face, body, and spirit. Not only will you look better, but feel fantastic too!

• Non surgical, non invasive
• Turn back 5 to 15 years of aging signs
• Visible results after just 5-7 treatments
• Alleviate blemishes
• Erase fine lines
• Diminish deeper wrinkles
• Health and beauty from inside
• Relaxing, effective, and lasting

Acupuncture facelifts start at $150 (without massage), $200 (with facial massage, cupping, and/or guasha) per session.

Discounts on packages are available.


Here is a list of ailments for which patients commonly seek treatments.

Will acupuncture hurt?

Naturally there is some sensation when the needle is inserted at the skin level, however, it is merely pinchy for a second. If you are concerned about this aspect, simply let your practitioner know. Acpuncture needles are less than 10% the diameter of hypodermic needles used for drawing blood. The needles used in facial rejuvenation are so thin that patients often do not feel insertions at all. In other words, the size of needles and insertion technique can be adjusted according to each patient’s needs.

How many treatments will it take?

Generally, it takes about 4 weekly appointments before this question can be answered with any accuracy. Keep in mind this is an average number. For example, one patient only had to come for 2 treatments before his pain was totally gone, though chronic issues will take many more sessions than that.

How long will treatments take?

Initial appointment takes about 1.5-2 hours; weekly 1 hour follow up treatment is the most common protocol.

How does acupuncture work?

Each patient’s Qi (further explained below) are activated with acupuncture. In other words, your body begins healing with the aid of the practitioner.

What does Chinese Medicine treat?

The short answer is: anything and everything that is off balance.




Energy Healing


Reiki is a healing system for balancing energy that effects the physical and emotional body, the mind, and the spirit. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese meaning Universal Life Energy referring to the energy that is in and surrounds everything.  Reiki is a system of natural healing practiced by Tibetan monks for centuries eventually being rediscovered in Japan in the 1920’s by Mikau Usui, a monk, educator, doctor, and healer.

Reiki practitioners transmit healing life force energy in a very focused way through their hands, which can be felt as heat. The life force or energy within us that keeps us alive nourishes the cells of the body, supporting them in their vital functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body.

Life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings; negative thoughts and feelings damage the energy field and cause a disruption in the flow of life force. This diminishes the vital function of the organs and cells of the physical body. During a Reiki treatment, positive energy flows through the energy field and charging it with positive energy. It cleanses the body of built up toxins or pain. It soothes shock, calms the mind and emotions, and accelerates the body’s natural ability to heal itself while promoting a state of total relaxation and well-being.

Reiki can relieve pain and acute systems quite rapidly while chronic problems may require more extensive treatment. Reiki has proven helpful with physical and emotional distress providing a sense of inner harmony and increasing energy and vitality.



$ 80 / 60 Minutes ◊$ 99 / 75 Minutes◊ $120/90 Minutes

Sessions are available with Reiki Masters Melody Balczon and Brianna Taylor, or see below for Para Soerensen.


Melody Balczon is Reiki 1 & 2 certified. She has lived in Greenpoint for over 10 years and is thrilled to offer her healing services to her own community. Yoga has been a huge part of her life (she is also a certified Kundalini and prenatal yoga instructor) and has opened her up to the practice of Reiki, a methodology she may have never encountered without. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve experienced this subtle energy clearing before, she hopes to give you a new experience of yourself and some much needed relaxation.


Brianna Taylor

Brianna is a level 3 attuned Reiki practitioner who studied under master teacher Sky Bradshaw. She is also a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary movement artist, choreographer, performer, educator and bodyworker. She brings together over 14 years of experience teaching yoga and dance to people of all ages and abilities, 9 years of practicing Thai massage, along with a wealth of experiences facilitating creative performance events, classes and workshops. She trained in traditional Thai Massage at the Naga Center in Portland, OR with Nephyr Jacobsen in 2007, and integrates her knowledge of the body and somatic practices gleaned from yoga and dance into her sessions.


Restorative Healing is a gentle, supported healing form of yoga designed to release deep layers of tension stored in the physical and energetic body. A combination of props, essential oils, hands on adjustments and reiki are used in poses held for 10 minutes or longer, allowing the nervous system to relax and cells to regenerate. This transformational experience will​ support you in your personal journey of rejuvenation as you release all that doesn’t serve you. Each session is customized to you, focusing on what you wish to create in your life. ​

Reiki is a universal life force energy, the energy of creation, of unconditional love. Reiki is an incredible high vibration, intelligent energy that purifies, balances, harmonizes and cleanses on all levels. Within a sacred setting, you will receive an intuitive energy reading and gentle Reiki healing touch to access and nourish your deeper nature. Sound, smudging and essential oils are applied to facilitate the nervous system to relax and regenerate. During a Reiki treatment, positive energy flows and the energy will help you restore balance on all levels physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. This treatment is extremely nourishing and will promote a state of deep relaxation and wellbeing. 


$ 120 / 60 Minutes ◊ $ 160 / 90 Minutes


Para is a spiritual lifestyle teacher, a certified Reiki healer and a yoga and meditation instructor with roots in a tantric tradition. Since early childhood Para has been drawn to metaphysical studies, spiritual practices and plant medicine and throughout her life she has gained deeper knowledge and insight as a student, practitioner, and teacher.

In 2004 she was initiated into meditation and yogic lifestyle by Indian Acharyas who since then have guided her on her spiritual path. As her practice evolved she began to inspire people who she supported in developing their personal practice but realized that most individuals living in our fast-paced and over stimulated society were too detached from their own spiritual self to embody the true essence of the practice.

With this realization, to suit and support a modern lifestyle Para studied and applied healing modalities to reconnect mind, body, and spirit through body and energy work. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system we recalibrate the inner wisdom to heal and balance the self. Para offers a calm and intuitive presence, creating space for healing and transformation to happen.


Sound Therapy

Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. When the natural biorhythm of the body becomes disturbed we fall out of key. The conscious use of sound can bring you back to your most natural state, happiness!

Sound Therapy retunes the energetic body. All illness, disease, emotional disturbances, and mental problems begin as ruptures in the energetic bodies and are then manifested as such within the physical body. Through the use of tuning forks, singing bowls, gong, and other sound tools balance and harmony are created within the body. Through specific techniques new energy can be directed to where it is lacking and excesses of energy can be removed, additionally stress is relieved at the cellular level.

Sound therapy is used to treat sleep disorders, stress management, anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, physical pain, emotional pain, mental clarity, life direction, digestion, manifestation, and to maintain well being.

Mahima Marion Jackson is a sound practitioner and student of Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound). She works with Harmonium, Harmonium, Tibetan Singing Bowls, bells, tuning forks, flutes and guitar to bring balance and healing to the physical body, energetic body and mind. She has studied classical Indian music with Acaraya Roop Verma, Kirtan/Harmonium with Krishna Devi, and voice with Deepak Kumar, all at Ananda Ashram’s East West School of Music. She works daily with mantra, and is beyond grateful to Sanskrit scholar Bharati Balmes for teaching her the proper use, meaning, and pronunciation of these infinitely powerful ancient sound vibrations. Additionally Mahima has studied Tibetan singing bowl therapy and chakra healing with 3rd generation Master Shree Krishna Shahi in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sound Therapy sessions with Marion for Chakra Healing: $60/45 minutes, $70/60 minutes


Jarrod Byrne Mayer is a sonotherapist who has studied with Gong Master Don Connreux, tuning fork master Dr. John Beaulieu, and Sage Healing Arts founders Phillipe and Lea Garnier. He is also a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor who has studied with Gurmuhk Kaur Khalsa and Gurushabd Singh Khalsa. Also a writer and musician, his work and practice is a reflection of his experience through Kundalini yoga and survival arts. Jarrod has studied with naturalist and survival master Tom Brown Jr. in the ancient Apache Scout tradition and believes that a connection with the earth and nature is essential to expanding within the infinite.

The Reiki and Sound Therapy Combination is a powerful modality that Jarrod and Melody Balczon have developed. As Melody gives Reiki, Jarrod supports with the use of sound. The use of both modalities enhances the strength of the healing and amplifies universal energy. Guided by intuition, the depth of the healing is transformational.

 Enquire about rates with Jarrod or Jarrod and Melody together: usha@ushavedayoga.com

Intuitive Readings

 Sessions with Virginia Mason Richardson

Virginia is a Reiki Master, intuitive healer, and astrologer. She specializes in guiding people through major life transitions, away from trauma, and into their unique power. Her sessions are often called intense, magical, calming, and clarifying. As a psychic empath, she is oriented toward experiencing the world on an energetic level and in addition to the commonly experienced five senses, she processes information through visions, physical sensations, and direct knowing. Virginia’s understanding comes from years of self-study, practice, and mentorship in philosophy, spirituality, anthropology, psychology, science, and the healing arts. She is also a trained scientist, yoga instructor, writer and regular columnist at Horoscope.com and has studied the Diamond Approach to self-inquiry with psychologist Dr. Patricia Simko.

Intuitive Energy Work

Intuitive Energy Work blends various energy practices including Reiki, breathwork, meditation, crystals, and essential oils. Each session is designed to get you out of your thoughts and into your energy. This helps you understand what experiences, feelings, and stories are influencing your circumstances. You may think it’s one thing, but the results are often surprising. Where words and thoughts can lie, energy doesn’t let you hide. Every session includes an intuitive reading based on what’s communicated during the energy work, allowing you to uncover deeper truths and leaving you with a heightened sense of clarity, focus, and calm.

75 minutes, $180

Astrology Natal Chart Reading

Your natal chart tells the story of your life – where you started, what you’re experiencing, and where you’re going. It acts like a map that you always carry with you, and it guides your course, constantly engaging with the movement of the world around you. In this reading, you’ll learn your elemental make up, the astrological positioning of each planet in your chart, your sacred geometry, and most importantly, what all of this means in practical terms. Unlike most personality profiling systems that lump people into a small number of rigid descriptions, astrology’s understanding of people is nuanced. The factors influencing your natal chart can only come into being every 25,000 years. In astrology, there are no formulas. Every life is treated as rare and precious, including yours. This chart is the basis for all other charts and remains a constant throughout your life. You can receive a reading for yourself or a loved one.

60 minutes, $150

Astrology Solar Return Reading

This reading hones in on the year ahead of you, revealing what areas and themes will be emphasized, such as career, family, partnership, creative pursuits, travel, and more. It then shows how you will be energetically supported and challenged between these areas. This can help answer questions such as how a partnership may influence your work. The chart itself reads exactly like a natal chart (see above) but within the context of a single year. The energy of a solar return chart begins manifesting approximately three months before your birthday. A reading on or around this time helps to prepare you for the year to come. In this reading, you’ll learn the elements that will shape your perspective, where your energy will be best spent, how major planetary transits will affect you, and how this ties in with the overall arc of your lifetime’s energy as depicted in your natal chart. This reading changes with each birthday and whenever you change geographic locations. Comparing this chart for different locations can be particularly helpful in deciding whether or not you should change cities.

60 minutes, $150

Astrology Compatibility Reading

Compatibility readings tell the story of what happens when two unique expressions of energy are combined. Unlike most compatibility readings that focus on just one method of mapping combined energies, these readings draw on five different maps, yielding a comprehensive overview of various possible outcomes. These five maps include each person’s individual natal chart and three different methods of astrological compatibility mapping (synastry, the composite chart, and the Davison chart). Compatibility readings clarify similarities and differences between people while highlighting the validity of each person’s unique perspective and way of being. Understanding astrological compatibility helps people approach their connection with compassion and appreciation as they embrace their strengths and challenges.
90 minutes, $200

Tarot Readings available by Request.