Yarns and yoga, how do they come together and why.
My first introduction to yoga came in a Business Communications class I had taken in High School. My teacher had asked me and my fellow students to bring in a small blanket and pillow to our next class. We were introduced to, and practiced gentle yoga, followed by deep relaxation techniques. I had never know so deeply before that a calm mind and clear heart were only a breath away, and instantly available. My practice had begun. I continued to attend yoga classes and created a practice of my own, sometimes very committed and sometimes less so, but always returning to yoga. I have been teaching Hatha Yoga for more than 3 years and practicing regularly for more than 15. I am a RYT 500 hour with Yoga Alliance, and a 300 hour Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga. My yoga studies continue in Therapeutic Yoga as I work towards my Professional Yoga Therapy certification.
Yarn, and knitting have always been a part of my life, whether I was observing my mother and godmother’s work or learning on my own. Knitting, crochet, weaving and beading have a long and varied history to all people and cultures. Each project I begin connects me to this rich and colorful history. I have always had a desire to work with fibers. Although I must say, there were literally a few events that pushed me over the edge, so to speak, that truly inspired me to delve deeper into the fiber world.
First, when I was a child I would spend time with my family at my uncles farm in Bethlehem, Ct. I was thrilled to see their animals, including sheep, and partake in a few small chores. Secondly, my mother had taught me how to crochet when I was a young child. I could make one spectacular granny square! Eventually I did learn that other shapes and stitches were possible. Thirdly, I had a college roommate that was always adorned in the most beautiful hand knitted sweaters that her mother had made and I yearned to be able to master the skills necessary to make one of my own.
Throughout high school and college I primarily crocheted, designing my own sweaters as I had no idea how to read a pattern and had no desire to learn. Eventually, deciding it was time to learn knitting, crochet hook temporarily set aside, I grabbed my needles and knit and knit. I had made some of the most unusually shaped and over sized mittens at first, and wore them regardless of the fact that they needed braids or cords tied at the wrist to keep them on. It was time to learn about the proverbial and dreaded gauge! Once mastered, I was on my way, yet I still preferred designing my own patterns.
I now have been teaching knitting for more than 30 years. My desire to knit and create has never waned, and I am more obsessed with fiber arts as time goes on. There is nothing like the feel of a beautiful skein of natural yarn that can be transformed into anything you can imagine. Knitting and creating, like yoga, brings a great sense of calm and increases joy.
There are many therapeutic benefits of both yoga and knitting and I continue to share the benefits of both. It is my deepest desire to meet each student exactly where they are and to work with them to create an authentic yoga practice of their own, as well as increase each individual’s skills and joys of knitting. I practice and teach yoga because this, like no other practice, can increase strength and flexibility of the body, bring clarity and calmness of the mind, while deepening self trust, uniting body, mind and spirit.
Breathe – Trust – Know