It was an absolute joy and pleasure to meet up with the DC contigent of the Namaste Knitters this past weekend! We met through the Ravelry board that I started in 2007 for knitters and crocheters who practice or want to learn more about yoga. Please feel free to join the group if you are interested!
Theresa, Jen, Amanda, Rossana, Flissy, me, and Shani
(missing from the photo are Rayna and Petra who had to leave early)
Rossana organized the space and led us in a wonderful practice at the Quiet Mind Yoga studio in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Before the yoga, some of us met up at an Ethiopian restaurant and then headed to the studio to chat, knit, and snack on some yummy treats before we practiced.
We did a short flow practice in the beginning with sun salutations and some triangle poses and then set up with props galore for an amazingly relaxing restorative practice. Restorative yoga is just what it sounds like – you rest, you relax, you de-stress. It is like the “dessert of yoga” – indulgence! WIth the assistance of some props (bolsters, blankets, straps, scented eye pillows) you can completely relax into stillness of mind and body. Perfect! Our restorative pose was Supta Baddha Konasana (click to see complete photo) which is a particularly relaxing. Petra, at right, was enjoying the pose so much that a grin came to her face! (well, that and she knew I was photographing her!) We were in the pose for about 15 minutes and then moved into Savasana . Afterward, we were all peaceful and full of smiles as we gathered our knitting projects and our bags to leave the studio. Many thanks to Rossana for leading the session and to everyone who came to join us!
I am hoping that we will have many more Namaste Knitters meetups in the future. I announced the meetup in some of the regional groups on Ravelry as well to gain interest from a wider audience. This is a difficult time of year to commit time on the weekends, so the meetups in the new year may work better for others. This was our fourth meeting of the year in the DC area. May 2009 be filled with knitting, new friends and yummy yoga too! (and if you want to make sure that you hear about DC-area meetups, please join the group for the lastest news!)