Knitting and Yoga are perfect bedfellows; more knitters should get ‘downward dog’. They also happen to be my two favourite things to do.
Perhaps after reading my rationale on why, you too will be convinced of their superpower and inspired to grab both your mat and needles.
Here we go.
What is your knitting or crafting posture? Most likely, it’s highly straining on your back, neck, shoulders and wrists.
Have you ever whispered to yourself, “just one more row”, only then to stand up and groan as you realize the tension that’s accumulated during your marathon crafting session?
Yoga teaches you awareness of your body and how to relieve the stiffness brought about by crafting. Yes! Ergo, more crafting!
2. Meditation and Flow:
Both knitting and yoga provide opportunities for meditation.
Some people prefer still-meditations, while others prefer moving-meditations. Both have their place and this is why you should have both knitting and yoga in your ‘toolkit’.
Each offers a chance to focus and get in the flow while forgiving the irritations of the day-you just have to decide which one you need in the moment.
One of the ‘purls’ of wisdom that knitting offers is a lesson in patience.
You simply cant knit a sweater for a telephone pole in one night. Equally so, you cant master the headstand in your first yoga class. Each requires patient perseverance to manifest results.
The way I see it, Knitting cultivates it and yoga rewards it, but the inverse is just as true.
Last year during my big trip around SE Asia, I got to spend four months on Koh Phangan doing upwards of three hours of yoga a day, six days a week.
As, the practise deepened I started to look forward to the creative insights that popped in my mind, as much as the physical practise.
While I cant do nearly as much yoga now, I can still use it to make creative space… which can then translate into adventures in street craft!
So there you have it, knitting is the bomb and yoga rocks, but when combined they seem to generate symbiotic, superpower!
Anybody else out there have a love affair with yoga?
-Knit well, Be well