Yoga for Knitters
Under the heading Readers Speak in this issue, I suggested that Katie try a couple of stretches while she's knitting to help reduce the strain on her muscles and tendons. If you go a little further than the arm and shoulder stretches mentioned and give your whole body a bit of a stretch, you may find that not only are you more comfortable knitting, but you are more comfortable doing whatever you do.
It is fairly recently that I started attending yoga classes, and I think I'm living proof that it works. I only manage to fit in a one-hour class twice a week at most, but I've learned many of the poses and will strike them often at home. Not only do I have less pain, I often sleep through the night, a feat that had eluded me for several years.
Just for fun I did a Google search on "yoga for knitters," and sure enough, I found a video from Mala Yoga in Brooklyn. Check it out here. In fact, there were hundreds of "hits" for this particular search. Seek and ye shall find.
Editor of Creative Knitting newsletter
Judith Durant loves to knit and to write, and writing about knitting is the best. She has authored, co-authored and edited many books about knitting and beadwork, including Never
Knit Your Man a Sweater, Knit One, Bead Too and the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series. She is currently co-authoring a technique book with Dorothy T. Ratigan
titled Knitting Know-How: Techniques, Lessons and Projects for Every Knitter's Library, which will be published in July 2012. Visit Judith on the web at JudithDurant.com.
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