A very special treat for the healthcare worker in your life? Or the grandma you come in contact with ? Your wife? Your sister?

So beautiful … anyone getting married in June? How is that done if the sheltering is still taking place ? In the meantime here’s an idea for treats to ponder on such things … or for mother’s day or for new moms … makers still make things and bring little bits of joy. Thank you to the creators, makers, artisans …

Face Masks 

The New Normal – the old Normal? What does that mean – New Normal?

The old normal is not to be expected until Fall 2021 is what I am hearing so… we must adjust to the New Normal as gracefully as we can. With ease; with acceptance (no, that does not mean we are a “sheep” – please study up science and data), and care.

Face masks? Yes, yogis wear them too …

It’s common for people to wear face masks in Japan during the flu season so culturally, it’s something I see as benign, even beneficial. BUT I was aware that culturally in the US, wearing face masks would have been equivalent to alarm and ostracization. Maybe any face coverings bring on the association to bank robbers in the wild west days, gangs and thugs? In fact, back in the day when I served as a cultural ambassador? a liaison? , an executive, a VP, came to me to ask me to tell a Japanese exchange/trainee to please take off a mask she came to work wearing. The VP looked very troubled, had lines on her forehead and deeper lines between her eye brows as hissed – get that mask off ! It’s scaring everyone!

So… I had to go to this young lady to inquire as to why she’s wearing a face mask (well, culturally I knew why but) to which she replied she has a cold and thus, did not want to spread the germs/virus to others. She explained that she’s a responsible employee and she’s doing her best by wearing it to the office. I told this to the VP and the VP was livid – if she’s sick, tell her to go home ! She should not be coming to workplace if she’s sick and besides, she looks like she has a plague and is scaring the clients ! I had the enviable job, caught in the middle, of going between these two opposite sides of the culture to “bridge” them to come to an understanding. Had to explain to the American VIP that it’s out of consideration that the trainee is wearing a mask; and to the Japanese young lady who did’t “get it” that in American culture, wearing a face mask in public was so alarming, it was not socially acceptable. Both looked puzzled and unconvinced as I just got them to compromise … Sometimes, it’s not just translations and interpretations that’s lost … localization means bridging the cultural divide … and I feel I am about balancing in the middle.

That’s then, and now is NOW …

Well … how time’s changed. All it took was a … Pandemic ! Now it’s recommended by WHO and required by CDC, yes, here in America which is number one even in the realm of notoriety – ranked number one in Covid-19 infection cases and death toll. Sad. Rather be ranked number one in other terms more inspiring and positive … you know like, highest rate of longevity for example. Or highest quality of living or how about highest literacy rate but nooooo, it’s highest in Covid killer virus infection rate. Quite a status to hold in the worldwide arena.

In an effort to make the best of the worst situations, I have come up with some FASHIONABLE face mask sites you might find helpful in this new reality. These are of course not meant as PPEs but one “could” wear them over the N95s or surgical masks if you need better protection. I am not sure about the comfort level to such use … Here again, stronger lungs and proper breathing methods – yoga breath !!! helps:

  1. These are handmade and lovely … Of course SOLD OUT but if you don’t mind the wait – check it out – here:)
  2. For dog lovers ! Check it out – woof !
  3. For cat lovers ! These are sold out though … check often and see:)
  4. Either way – all good:)
  5. For Chakra tuning ? I found this !
  6. For girls – dreamy but a bit pricey … for special occasion?
  7. Sense of humor always helps at times of crisis !!! Laugh when you feel like crying and see what happens!

The above are just a sampling – you can make your own with so many DIY online and if that’s not for you Etsy is another place to see all the creativity that spurred on by the requirement for all to wear face masks that need not be medical grade for regular folks.

So much has to do with breath … in fact, one might say, EVERYTHING has to do with BREATH. So if you are suffering from anxieties from wearing these face masks, let’s look into ways to strengthen your lung capacity; your nerves to promote this certain ease to which you breathe. Many complain that they cannot breathe wearing a mask – or that it’s bad to breathe back the breathe you just breathed out … okay. SO it’s about the power of breath; resiliency. Or how we we manage our mood, our emotions, our nerves … via breath.

For yoga therapy to help you breathe better and feel better, feel powerful and vibrant like a VIP:) reach out to wagayoga@gmail.com:) Remote Reiki healing also available with your very own customized “mantra” to help you through these moments of … utter overwhelm for some. It’s okay. You are not alone. We may be physically distanced and apart but together in spirit !

Immunity Boosting Foods

Rainbow colors in veggies we eat … Panko crusted protein morsels.

Maitake mushrooms, cancer fighting sh’rooms with sweet and sour black vinegar and red chili peppers – for that “kick”:)

Cooking more than ever as … we are sheltering at home and refraining from grocery shopping as much as possible … it’s been over a week since my last TJ run.
Purple/green Cabbage raw-slaws with grilled red peppers
Need to update my cutting skills – supposed to be cut like match sticks… can use potatoes or Daikon rakish … garnish of green onions and purple cabbage for splash of colors… red chili peppers in there … hidden:)

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