The topic of meditation and knitting seems to come up frequently. Adding yoga to that mix is only logical since yoga is, as I've frequently been told, designed to prepare the body to sit in meditation. And of course, when we knit, we are most always sitting, often for long periods of time. Not far from Albany in Lenox, Massachussets is the Kripalu Yoga Center which sometimes offers weekend workshops for yoga and knitting. I think the last one was in February of this year. These workshops are led by Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, Starman, etc.). Here's a link to her bio as a program presenter at Kripalu http://www.kripalu.org/presenter/367 and on that page is a link to her store in nearby Great Barrington.
I've been to Kripalu for several weekend workshops (just not the knitting and yoga), and several times just on a day trip. Just recently a friend and I were out puttering about in Great Barrington and happened in on her shop on one of the rare days that she is there. The items she makes are really quite lovely, and pricey too! As are the items she features from other fiber artists. Unfortunately, we couldn't quite afford to buy anything (aside from the fact that there's really nothing there for men anyway), but she was gracious enough to take a moment for a picture. So, here's me with Karen Allen.
I have been practicing yoga and mediation for several years now and am a member at our Albany Kripalu Yoga affiliate. I've recently been experiencing some pretty severe issues with my left knee which has unfortunately been keeping me off my yoga mat more than I'd like. But has been keeping me on the couch which is partially why I took up knitting late last fall. Of course, doing less yoga and more sitting has led to other increased discomfort in my back, neck, and hips. So, I go to the orthopedist next week to find out exactly what the problem is with my knee and then based on his findings, hopefully working with one of the yoga instructors with whatever physical therapy is recommended and getting back on my mat more. Of course, I will absolutely have to integrate knitting into it all as well!!!
Anyway, I thought it might be nice to continue (or start back up) the discussion of yoga, meditation, or any other spiritual and/or physical practices that we may already, or would like to integrate with our knitting.