|My H2H quilt|
I've had an deep affinity for yoga since the mid-90s. I know this because I was teaching a grade 12 'Lifestyle' type class and for one of the units I brought in speakers to do presentations on all kinds of topics. Yoga was definitely one. I was hooked. When I first started consistently practising, around 2002, I was completely shocked at how difficult it was sitting cross-legged...what had happened to my only 42-year-old body?
Opening the hips is so key to keeping them in shape and avoiding hip replacements, something that is rampant in the western world, not so much in the eastern. After sitting for a few hours in your sewing chair, trying either sitting on the floor beside your chair, or, if you feel you won't be able to get back up, then go to your couch and do this pose on your couch!
|Try placing one foot in front of the other, and letting your knees fall open|
1. Sit on the edge of a cushion/pillow/or a small folded quilt(!). You want your sit bones (the bones right in the middle of your butt cheek) right at the edge of the quilt. This elevating of the hips takes some pressure off the knees.
2. Let your feet be further away from your groin; you don't have to tuck them in that tight to begin with.
3. As you get more comfortable, try sliding your feet toward opposite knees. Mine are by my shins here in this early stage.
4. Support your knees with more pillows or small quilts or a yoga block.
Hold here for 2-3 minutes (maybe just one initially) and breathe slowly and evenly. Keep taking your mind into your hips sockets, and maybe your knees and even your quads and thinking, "Relax!" There should be NO knee pain. Support those knees. You may feel a tugging sensation or tension in the hip sockets, maybe in the knees, maybe in the ankles; as long as it is not painful, just a little uncomfortable, you are doing this pose correctly. Remember I told you way back that our feet age first? So this is awesome for gaining some flexibility in your feet.
Lengthen your spine.
Drop your shoulder blades down your back.
Tuck your chin ever so slightly.
Gaze softly at the floor in front of you, or close your eyes.
Lean back on your hands and straighten your legs one at a time. OR With your hands, help to lift your legs to straighten them. Gently bounce your knees, rock from the hips as you lean back on your hands. Follow that energy and blood flow as it rushes into the areas you compressed, nourishing, and removing toxins, just as a massage therapist does with pressure.
|Bring one foot on top of the opposite thigh for Half Lotus|
|Padmasana - Full Lotus|
Believe me, your hips will thank you! Just think of the ages you were able to sit like this as a kid. It is IN your body still. :-)
I am once again this year participating in Sarah's at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Hands2Help where you make a quilt for a charity. She has three charities from which to choose, and it is not too late to sign up; I just did! On March 4 I fell in love with Pieced Brain Denise's quilt No Bake Jolly Bar Shuffle. It was one (another one) of those "DREAM moments: drop everything and make it". I had a 10" squares stack of Amanda Jean's Good Neighbours from Connecting Threads (no affiliation) and knew this would be perfect. I had no idea why/to whom this quilt was being made, but part way into it, I knew it was going to a child, and to a charity. Quilts talk to me, uh huh. All the time.
Fat Quarter Shop's No Bake Jolly Bar quilt. The pattern is free! No affiliation. I will donate it too.
Finally, Preeti, of Sew Preeti Quilts, has done a few posts on smart fabric shopping, as has Julie, of Pink Doxies. Now, at my JoAnn's I have to pass the remnant bin shortly after I enter the store, and I have scored items from it before, the terrycloth for the burp pad to go with the Baby Tote being one terrific score: $4 for almost a yard, and it is wide!
When I went to buy the bright pink button for said tote, four remants thuh-rew themselves into my arms. Here they are, along with 2 yards of Kona Ice Frappé:
I was so pleasantly surprised at the prices, at the discounts and best of all, that I got to use my $5 off $25 coupon, so I only spent $21.36 which includes tax. :-)
The far left is a gorgeous, my favourite colours, piece of rayon that is going to become a scarf.
Beside that is Buttercream Audrey Collection, then a Jules & Coco lovely yellow dot, and at the top a gorgeous piece of USA white cotton; dare I say it feels nicer than Kona? I dare. Underneath it all is the Kona Ice Frappé, which I'm hoping to use as the background fabric for charity quilt #2 with the Good Neighbours "jolly bar" left over from the first charity quilt. Four yards of fabric for $19 (the button was 1.25), love that!
Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash which is at Handmade by Mary Emmens this week, if I can get wifi somewhere on the road.