As we emerge back into life after lockdown we may want to consider becoming more aware of our behaviors as we redefine our “new normal”. Yogic behavioral support mechanisms highlight the value of cultivating awareness in terms of personal behavior with ourselves, with others, and with the environment. In short, increased self-awareness.
In a (former) society conditioned on handshakes, questionable handwashing use, supermarket open food free sampling, indiscriminate handle and button touching the almost orthodox and Eastern approaches are potential remedies.
In many South and Southeast Asian countries, such as India and Thailand, a handshake is considered crude and instead the prayer hand pose acknowledgement to the other party, often associated with the Hindi greeting of Namaste and the Thai Sawasdeeka, is both an extremely polite and non-contact greeting.
Similarly, a slightly more orthodox approach in these regions limits open-hand touching of common objects. A door can be opened using the edge of one’s sleeve or directly with a handkerchief.