The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform poses but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.

TKV Desikachar

It’s okay if you can’t touch your knees or raise your hands above your shoulders. You can do yoga. You may be the one who needs it most.

We can do yoga sitting in a chair, in regular clothes. We can stand up and do simple movements. The key is moving with the breath.

Try it: raise your arms in the air, and bring them back down. Now let’s do it again, but this time raise your arms with a slow, deep inhalation, and then match the downward movement with your exhalation, controlling your breath so that you finish exhaling when your hand returns to the starting position.

Notice the difference? It’s so simple, yet powerful.

“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter your flame.”

BKS Iyengar

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Contact me

Think you can’t do yoga, but feel like you may need it? Think your coworkers, guild members, or community group might benefit from yoga?

Feel free to contact me at gigi.matthews@gmail.com

🌞 I’m in Brooklyn NYC 🌞

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Yoga for craftspeople

I’ve been making yarn with a spinning wheel for 13 years. My new love is weaving. A perfect evening for me is sitting with my crochet, my knitting, or a book. Notice a pattern in all this crafting? I’m sitting down, neck overextended, back curved, abdomen compressed, for long periods of time. Crafting is good for the soul, but not so good for the body.

Recently I taught yoga at the MidAtlantic Fiber Association’s 2019 conference. These 15 minute sessions took place after the daily workshops ended. The poses were chosen to counteract the effects of sitting and looking down and can be done sitting or standing, to your own ability.

Most of the people who attended had never done yoga before; some wondered how they would remember these movements going forward. So I made this video.

Try one of these poses every 10 minutes – or take a break once an hour and do the entire sequence – your body will thank you for it!

And in the long term, you may find that your overall mood improves, that mysterious pain goes away, and you sleep better.

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