Life made better

Hearing about protests in Washington DC …

Worried about the direction of this country … food for thought…

Self-care needed to sustain yourselves, okay?

“Tat Tvam Asi”

Practicing Yoga During this time of Anxieties and Uncertainties – what does that look like?

There are many ZOOM & Live-stream and other options now as some yoga and fitness professionals pivoted quickly to remote offerings. Kudos to them, yeay ! and I am happy for those jumping into the new Covid-19 realities to produce and teach in this new paradigm where in-person lessons are replaced.

If you have not found a class that resonates with you just yet, I certainly have recommendations so just ask and I will provide a run down on the offerings that’s out there, and fitting your needs “today” so you don’t waste your precious time. Usually the question is – can you stick with it? I used to take online classes via Yoga Anytime and then, what was difficult was the distractions. You really have to set aside the time and space with a strong commitment to stick with it which zoom appears to be a better platform for.

I’ve been on the sidelines and really miss the community and the vibe BUT I am not ashamed to say that I had to prioritize during a survival mode – and so I may serve with a clear intention – we all need that “purpose”. I am still taking care of “business” maybe not the monetary or career yoga business aspects of business but people-care-business still. I am wrapped up thinking how to best serve family members, the young or at risk due for a surgery or the home-bound vulnerable folks … While I cannot physically run over right at this moment to lend a hand in some of these cases, I will have to keep my worries at bay. Our mind may go places that contemplates all the bad outcomes that may happen when taking a risk such as undergo a surgery at this sensitive time… but it’s our job to rein in those worries from getting out of hand and practice to bring about perspectives in a realistic scope. For that, tools and techniques of yoga, which encompasses beyond the “poses” and the “sequence” is – so very helpful. Then, I am no longer minimizing the seriousness or taking the possibilities of worst case scenarios out of proportions, losing sleep.

Sleep problems? Look into Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga … delicious.

While I am not being as participatory as I’d ideally want to put out the energy, this is not a mere epidemic, flu or a passing phase – it’s a pandemic and we all have to take care of some business. Worldwide pandemic – let’s not go into denial but full acceptance. While I feel that I am not as nimble in pivoting and shifting the medium we use to transmit teachings, I can say that I am so super proud of some of these incredibly committed yoga professionals I had the honor to associate with. They are about service – helping those in need with stress management, health maintenance, connections and spiritual growth.

I am keeping up my practice and feel that this experience has given me the opportunity to really grow as a human being as I serve the immediate needs all around me. Sometimes we have to stay on the sidelines not in the main throes of swirls of goings-on; not on the radar to be spotted and stand out but rather, some opt to stay under the radar as we do our work; to be focused; not distracted. Not always escaping to “help” others, going “outside” – Rather for some, this is the time to stay home, work the inside, clean it out, and manage our energies while doing so – this is when what you really need to do is help yourself SO THAT you can really help others more effectively when such times come. And as taught by a famous yogi …

Do No Harm.

For me, it’s that Yoga Therapeutics I practice each and everyday.

Please support your local businesses & YES, YOUR LOCAL YOGA STUDIO! Those are dedicated yoga teachers out there who are on an existential fight to keep the business going during this unprecedented public health crisis. Please support them and the studio which is a sanctuary. Those local small businesses keep our community vibrant and alive ! Support them – they are us; we are them.

Tat Tvam Asi

Cinco de Mayo

Toast with Corona beer? With a wedge of lime! It’s Taco Tuesday!

Happen to drive by a very quiet lonely dreary street on the way back from a little trip (I know I am to stay within 10 miles but had to deliver a birthday cake!)

Then this place caught my eyes because of such inviting vibe. No wonder – what a deal? Tacos for just $2 in this North Berkeley neighborhood?

Appears to be open for take outs which makes sense as it’s a Mexican restaurant at a corner spot on Yes ! May 5th is Cinco de Mayo ! Maybe we should be drinking Corona beers to show how fearless we are – to show we can beat this thing !

Under the bright sun, almost forgot about Covid with the festive music provided by these beautiful ladies – sense of normalcy filling the air. A small gathering was forming but all were still nervous about keeping that social distance. An exception? Our canine friends were out about with not a care in this world while their masters were covered in face masks. So courteous and considerate are these lovely people standing politely in line for those tacos.

Well informed – this young lady stood out – she was a picture of flowing vibrant health – she’s tan, young, fit … gorgeous and … had a cute cloth face mask. She’d look like the last person on earth to get infected by this virus, so strong and healthy she looked. And also intelligent as she knows it’s not about being “forced” to wear a mask – she knows it’s not about her own personal freedom and rights; but it’s about doing her best to minimize everyone’s risks from cluster infections; and protecting the community as a whole by exercising respect, compassion, and responsibly – to do no harm. I don’t care much for face coverings myself but just like we don’t care much for wearing a seat belt or not drink and drive, we sometimes have to do what’s not in alignment of your style. Face covering during a worldwide pandemic is about showing respect for lives of others. Asymptomatic people can shed virus unknowingly to many many people. There’s a study of young and healthy asympotomatic individual who infected as many as 100+ people over 5 days in the last SARS epidemic. Here’s an interesting blurb –

We know that this virus is quite sneaky because infected people do not show symptoms for five days. AND apparently, in some cases, it is reported that the incubation period lasted as long as three weeks – unbelievable!

The studies from countries hit hard have found that the number of “silent carriers” (meaning those people who tested positive for the Covid-19 but show no or delayed symptoms) could be as high as 30%. This kind of data was confirmed by a Japanese investigative team led by Dr. Hiroshi Nishiura, an epidemiologist at Hokkaido University.

Giving such findings, perhaps shift the perspective you may have about the face covering is not as an infringement on personal freedom or an instrument to make you feel “dirty” or somehow “infected” or “contagious” but rather, you are showing love for humanity and care for other human beings by minimizing the risks of others getting exposed. Don’t take it so personally – it’s not about you; it’s about protecting everyone – that of course in the scope of this pandemic means – protecting your own self too.

I wish more people could understand that facial covering is not about loss of rights or freedom but a symbol that you care about others as much as your care about yourself. It’s ultimately to give everyone faster recovery from this current strife and ultimately to that freedom we all seek. So come on – just look at it as an opportunity for another vehicle of self expression and find some fashion fun. Match it – find fun and cute material – maybe have a message of gratitude to the essential workers.

Shift your perspective from that of anxieties and panic from seeing face coverings to – THANK YOU for protecting me from the many unknowns about this virus (does it mutate? is there a different strain? )and reducing my risks by you being so considerate to think of what if – what if – you had been exposed.

Tat Tvam Asi – let’s study what that means – Tat Tvam Asi…

And oh, BTW, instead of shaking hands, bow & Namaste:)