Teddy Bears at the Window for the neighborhood

This, yes, THIS …

Happy to help any way for the challenged … Paddington Bear, Teddy and the gingham ribbon-ed Black Bear. Arms around, these buddies are happy to look out into the streets to make sure proper Social Distancing protocols are adhered to.

Was clued in that neighborhood parents are asking that we place bears at the window facing the streets so kids can have something to do – like walk around and spot bears at the window- maybe count them, “hunt” them. We have parents who are obviously running out of things to do at home … parks are closed; school yards are closed; schools are closed … so happy to help these at-their-wits-end-challenged parents with kids having a cabin fever more than a viral fever. It’s also … spring fever time … It it were normal times, I used to say LOVE is in the air; but people are now more worried about droplets in the air … so sad. BUT let’s get through this together. Next year, we know nature has a way of cycling through and next year, yes, there will be spring fever. This year, of course as always there’s love, fortitude … gratitude that we are all committed for the common good … we are serious !

Kids & Family yoga like Tiffany Belzer used to teach can really be so helpful this time of shelter @ home with no school … Hey there Moms and/or Dads working from home, all the sudden juggling home school they never thought they’d be asked to operate – here’s a question – have you thought about how yoga and mindfulness for the kids can help them (& YOU!) feel much much better ? The practice can do wonders to keep anxieties at bay and increase the sense of balance and wholeness! It’s tough times for everyone. Please try – I can recommend some good videos and books or zoom lessons.

Here’s a little quiz – (Q) Parents! Is there a BEAR POSE in yoga? (there’s also Big, Medium and Baby bear poses !!!)

(A) Yes, there is.

We do a modified version in my class but … why not try the real one. Fun to hold. The pose – NOT – the breath. Will show you tomorrow:)

Chopping Garlic +Ginger +slicing Onions = bloody cut finger

A boo-boo while cutting potatoes …because trying to cut out the black spots with sashimi knife – how silly of me. What was I thinking?

chopped carrots, potatoes, LOTS of yellow onions

& LOTS of chopped red onions… Red onions mix in Tumeric, Cayenne,  Garam Masala seasoning – not Indian Curry – this is Japanese curry, a takeoff from Indian curry that’s more like stew with milder spices.  You can add on more spices like Indian black pepper to give more of the authentic Indian flavor.

Blend into the yellow onions base curry the red onions, either as crunchy garnish topping OR folded in.  I had not been using much garlic in our cooking, considering the in-person people contact I used to care about, but now, using literally TONS of garlic and ginger to revamp our immune system.  Serve over a heap of cauliflower rice.  Fast & Easy … MMMMMnnnnn Yum!

Note:  BTW, it’s been reported that one of the first signs, even if you are otherwise a-symptomatic,  you might be a carrier of Covid-19 is loss of smell and taste.  So especially happy to really smell the lush scents of spices and … yes, garlic and … yes, ginger.  Passed the in-home test when there’s no testing still not available to most. Crazy how unprepared and vulnerable we are – Healthcare System of this country is definitely NOT first world level.  

Wise Words of Ramaswami Srivatsa popps up after coming back from social media detox – Honored to have learned from this teachers’ teachers’ teacher … just scratched the surface really …heeding his advice

“SOUCHA” “SVADHYAYA” “PRANAYAMA” YES. For me, time to review and return to consistent practice.

Gratitude to the wise great teacher, Ramaswami Srivatsa. Coming from someone with lifetime of experience and practice, I cannot be more inspired at this time of many disappointments and confusion. There’s clarity and reassurance in his words. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

I’m back; how about you?