I spin yarn, weave, knit, crochet, and dye… but I also teach yoga to people who think they can’t do yoga! Here’s what I always say: If you can breathe, you can do yoga!
While attending the MidAtlantic Fiber Association‘s recent conference, I volunteered to teach yoga in between the workshops and evening events. I put together 15 minute sessions of poses that counteract the effects of weaving, knitting, spinning, dyeing: hunching the shoulders, overextending the back of the neck, compressing the back, and squashing the abdominal organs. Crafting is good for the soul but hard on the body!
Here is a video I made for those of you who asked. These movements can be done sitting or standing. Take a break every 10 minutes to do a pose, or once an hour to do the 12 minute video. You may find that the headaches, back pain, or digestion problems you’ve been having start to disappear.
Some crafters told me that the 4-2-7 breathing exercise (at the very end of the video), when done at bedtime, caused them to fall right to sleep!
Just make sure that you let your breath do the work… allow yourself to fill up your lungs, feeling your body naturally rise up with the breath. You’ll know you’re making progress when you are focusing entirely on your luxurious deep inhales and exhales 😊 Enjoy!
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