LA’s Yoga Community Pivoting Production to Face Masks for Sale and Donation
Daily practice means that we’re practicing every day, throughout the day. Now part of our practice is safety for ourselves and for your community. One of the ways we’ve been asked to practice safely is through wearing face masks in public and while shopping. The latest recommendations from CDC and the instructions in the City of Los Angeles ask us to wear masks. Think of it as a collective discipline and a reminder to draw our attention inward even more deeply. A number of LA-based companies and creators have pivoted their production to make face masks in their cottage industries. They’re offering them for sale to keep their teams employed—and they’re donating masks to make them available to healthcare providers and other people in need. Buy a mask and support community at all levels.
Venius—Masks as a Lifestyle Statement
Fashion designer Venius has put her creativity to creating face masks. Available on Venius.net and on Etsy, Venius‘ thoughtful designs are machine washable, cotton-lined with a white interior and a poly-rayon cover as well as pocket where you can insert replaceable filters. The hooks fit snugly around the ears. Made in LA using overstock fabrics from her original collection of turbans and Luxe Yoga. Venius is donating masks to people in the service industry who need masks to wear. One size fits all. Learn more at on Venius.net or on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/shop/venius
Onzie’s Mindful Masks
Mindful Masks are made with heart and soul in Los Angeles, CA from up-cycled fabrics used in Onzie’s beloved yoga clothing. Onzie has donated over 3,000 masks (and counting!) to local hospitals. A portion of proceeds will be donated to healthcare workers across America through a donation to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
11:11 x Starwater Yoga: Bright Colorful Patterns
Jamila Tazewell of Eleven Eleven and Starwater Yoga says, “Last week we pivoted our production within a few days to produce cotton face masks with fabric we have on hand for our Starwater Yoga pillows and new dresses. These masks are machine washable with three layers and have a pocket for a filter. We are offering an option to buy a second mask at a greatly reduced rate that we will donate on the customers behalf to people in need on the front lines of the pandemic.” Jamila says, “We are a small team and we are very grateful for the orders and support as it allows us to provide an urgently needed item and to stay in business in this challenging time.” Your purchase of a donation mask will go to hospitals, organizations, and individuals in need on the front lines currently experiencing critical shortages of masks.
Felicia Tomasko has spent more of her life practicing Yoga and Ayurveda than not. She first became introduced to the teachings through the writings of the Transcendentalists, through meditation, and using asana to cross-train for her practice of cross-country running. Between beginning her commitment to Yoga and Ayurveda and today, she earned degrees in environmental biology and anthropology and nursing, and certifications in the practice and teaching of yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda while working in fields including cognitive neuroscience and plant biochemistry. Her commitment to writing is at least as long as her commitment to yoga. Working on everything related to the written word from newspapers to magazines to websites to books, Felicia has been writing and editing professionally since college. In order to feel like a teenager again, Felicia has pulled out her running shoes for regular interval sessions throughout Southern California. Since the very first issue of LA YOGA, Felicia has been part of the team and the growth and development of the Bliss Network.