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“Resilience & Health for the Autumn Season”

Really looking forward to re-learning to use my brain and refresh my mind to flush out the stangnancy from this immobilized summer. Like everyone else, so many plans of meetupas and meetings cancelled but just glad to be here breathing and connecting in new ways.

I am surrounded by man and women young and old with various discomforts, some, in pain. There’s a young man in his twenties complaining of unexplained wrist and ankle pains; remoto worker with stiff neck, shoulders and migraine; a teenager with eye fatigue and he too, a headache at the end of a long day, a young lady complaining of sudden weight gain; a woman suffering from insomnia … then shooting pain down lower back and hips… never experienced. It seems like sheltering at home has brought on different set of health issues. Not acute enough to run into the hospital (which many avoids), but discomforts persists and compromises their energy and quality of life.

This is the time when old ways of work-out and diet is no longer helpful but perhaps maybe even harmful. It’s time for self-reflection through mindfulness practices and taking stock of all the turmoil around us and …within us … then, making a change. Mindfulness followed by Action.

I was indirectly introduced to Arurvedic teaching during my 200 hrs. TT 10 years ago and always wanted to take a course but this particular teacher’s classes were so FAR & EARLY on weekdays, I just could not drive for miles to get there BUT wow … irony during challenging times … while we are sick and tired of zoom (sorry – nothing beats in-person in same space learning), it’s also a life-saver and a tool for new connections and learning.

Now, finally able to take his class both yoga and aryuveda course. It’s tough crazy times but it’s also time for new learning and growing. Not fall into the trap of stagnancy and regression.

My intention for this Fall: Let us welcome the Harvest season by re-setting our intention to Never stop learning and growing:)

It’s the only way to stay sane during these unpredictable times where we are constantly tested in various anxiety range of fright, flight, freeze. Sometimes our health takes the back-seat but no longer.

Hunker down, anchor while remaining flexible to meet the needs of given moment.

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“Brightening Our Inner Skies” by

Norman Blair, a yoga teacher known for mainly Ashtanga yoga teaching in England. It’s a beautiful book where you see why someone with a supurb discipline of Ashtanga yoga would feel drawn to this kind of practice. It makes for a well-rounded wholeness, that complements his advanced Ashtanga practice. It’s deep and therapeutic, more than a simple stretch – it’s not that casual stretch before your run … but what your body craves and needs… the yin.

Then, there are books like Yoga for Osteoporosis by Loren Fishman, MD… Boom ! Strenghtening weight bearing (all your own!) balancing ideas for a Boost of Osteoblast! It’s really a …blast to practice these poses to to reconfigure, re-organize to promote new growth and strenghening of our joints, our bones! Not just stretch but to ACTIVATE!

Then some Japanese books I picked up while there, pages full of remedies for headaches, eye fatigue … to boost our immune sytem … books I pick up in Japan whenever I visit there as there are so many health and wellness books flooding their market – just like in US and I am sure worldwide, we are so thirsty for any ways we can live a more vibrant life, disease and pain- free.

Maybe this Pause of a Covid-time is that time for re-visiting what you’ve learned before and reflecting on a deeper learning and practice. Ventured during lunch into the smoggy outdoors to pass by this incredible Sunflower, bigger than my face, drooping heavy with the weight of its seeds … petals were wilting but the seeds were abundant and bright … we plant our own seeds too so we may sow them into the fertile tilled earth … in spring. We have the seeds. So all we need is a re-start into that cycle, looping and circling around the SUN … to circle back into welcoming the Full Moon.

We celebrate even a small tiny brightness … not to overlook that light lit around us and … within. We hear all the noise, the turmoil … but there’s always that rock solid balanced core of you rooted to the earth and lifted to the sky. Here, we are.

Going over headache remedies along with natural eyes fatigue-busters and neck tightness cures… Yoga works. I am ready for the new day.

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Full Moon Weekend

Zoom fatigued with migraine headache or not, who would pass this up?

Making Gnocchi from scratch ! Invited to a Fundraising event for “Fund Her” www.fundher.org (Please learn about them:)
As recommended, pairing with light Merlot (actually most dry whites match quite nicely and if red, Syrah was also recommended) – first time ever learning and making Gnocchi from scratch – Tat-taaaa a “Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi with Truffle & Brown Butter Sage Sauce” – proceeds from the fundraiser goes to FundHer, a political action commmittee which supports progressive woman running as political candidates – a cause that resonates with me/us; and part of the proceeds goes to give a meal to an essential healthcare worker as well ! What a creative group of women in our community – Thank you A:) When there’s so many depressing news; there’s even a sense of feeling of guilt in doing something fun – where there is so much suffering in this world. Yet, I think it’s best to keep up our heart OPEN with joyful event like this so that you yourself is not depleted and darkened like soot, burned out. Spark of joy needed for strength and resiliancy.
A Kind and generous hearted friend brought all these veggies over – including the green/golden hybrid squash, so unique, harvested from her garden. Just astounded with the rainbow of colors, her warm heart just as bright, and … thankful to the farmworkers bringing these to us in spite of the smoke and Covid.

Wondering what I can do to show my gratitude in return…