• • •Wanderlust: Can you give us an update on your health, now? Yuko: I am quite healthy now. I do have some side effects from the chemo, radiation and surgery which make it harder for me to do deal with the cold and I have lost some mobility on my left side. WL: That's great! Can you give us an update on your practice and what it looks like and how it serves you? Yuko: I am doing well in my Ashtanga practice . I am not modifying my practice as much as I used to when I was first recovering from cancer treatments. I feel mentally stronger for sure. I know the breath is most important. WL: What does mindfulness mean to you? Yuko: Mindfulness means being present. Acknowledging our thoughts, our feelings in the body. The body is filled with awareness when one is mindful. WL: How is your yoga and your art connected? Yuko: My art is an extension of my yoga practice. I don't think I try to make my art beautiful or marketable. It is a practice that I do similar to my yoga practice. Sometimes it is a sort of purging and awareness practice of thoughts and feelings expressed visually. Sometimes my painting is like a meditation practice. I chant or listen to chanting of certain mantras when I paint. WL: Can you share some advice for anyone who is facing something similar to you? Yuko: Feel your feelings. Let them come. Try not to shut anything down and enjoy the time we have to be alive. Live and love! Gravitate to the positive.
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