Today I had thought of showing you a way to work on backbending, something that, as adults, we don't tend to do. But then I heard from a sweet reader, Kathy, who asked if I could show something to help relieve stress and ache from the shoulders, particularly between the shoulder blades, from hours spent longarming. So here we go. I was out for a lovely lunch and movie with Dayna yesterday, and we'd planned to do a yoga poses photo shoot, but we forgot, so please bear with my iPhone photos using the timer feature. Egad, I know.
Eagle arms is a Yin pose that you can do in various seated positions, whether in your sewing chair, or sitting on the floor, which will work your hip joints. :-)
Take your right elbow and place it inside your left elbow.
|Cross-legged, opens the hip joints ;-)|
Now bending up your forearms, wrap the right forearm around the left,
seeing if your right thumb can grab your left pinkie
or maybe, you can put your palms together, hands in prayer.
Don't let the wrists collapse. Try to bring your hands to the centre line of your body, but allow your shoulders to relax; we don't want to increase the tension there. Take several slow yogic breaths here, staying for about a minute, or going to a deeper edge by proceeding to the next step.
You can increase the tugging sensations if you like by slowly raising your elbows straight up into the air, keeping the shoulders down away from your ears. You can lean forward, keeping your elbows high, to make this even more juicy. :-)
|Notice a different seat? Virasana, or Hero pose, sitting on your heels|
Breathe there for about a minute, noticing the sensations between your shoulder blades, maybe on the top or sides of the shoulders, and along the arms.
Wherever you're feeling it, you are doing it. Slowly lower the arms, unwind, opening your arms really wide, lifting your heart towards the ceiling in a bit of a backbend. Then do the other side.
I got some Legacy polyester batting on sale from fabric.com back in mid-March. This is what we were given to quilt the wheelchair charity quilts for the guild last year, and I LOVED the stuff. I added to the order to take advantage of free shipping at $35. Here is the fabric:
|2 yards each of Kona, Silver and Nightfall|
A few prints in the sale section floated into my cart. All were less than $5/yard. Here's the stack, a yard of each:
Art Gallery for less than $5/yard? Yes please!
|I'd ordered a yard. Um they threw in the end of the bolt...20" more of free fabric!!! Happy dance!|
|Naturella Collection from Art Gallery, "Carnations" and "Chattune Floral Medallion" by Fabric Editions|
|At the top is Benartex "Feathers and Fancy Floralie" and underneath it another Art Gallery, "Bespoken"|
I also was a winner on the Henry Glass blog back in March of a hand-cut silhouette portrait of "your special child" from designer Sharyn Sowell. No-brainer as to who is my special child:
|Helping Grandpa fix a favourite dish: Lake Erie perch|
Here's what I received last week:
|Think Nana and Grandpa will enjoy it for a little while here before sending it to Brady.|
Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.
Remember if you are thinking of adding to your stash, Craftsy's sale ends tonight. Kits (which don't have to be used for the pattern, right?) and supplies, like fabric (check yesterday's post for some examples) and thread and tools----tools!! OMG that Steamfast mini iron that I've said on several occasions how much I love? On sale, yep! So light, won't hurt your shoulders at all, yet packs a fabulous heat and a powerful steam. Aurifil? On sale! Bye while I maybe 'just go take a peek'...
I'm back! That was fast I know, but geez louise, it's $9.40/spool (1000m) you guys! Canadian!
Sandra: (insert MacGyver's real name)!! OMG, Craftsy has Aurifil thread on sale for $9! I paid $9 in Florida this winter for one. $9US!
MacGyver: Oh really? Well, get it; if you need it, you need it.
Sandra: Well, technically I don't actually need it right now....
Think we all know where this will go...