New research has started to demonstrate that their is a lot of likeness between textil craft and yoga/meditation, what is happening in our body and how it affects us.
I can personally clearly see the relationship that the researchers are talking about, for their is few things that can ground me and calm me down as either meditation, knitting, weaving or embroidering. Ones thoughts gets centered, focused, ones mind gets a break from all that buzzing that normally goes on in their. I have trained both yoga and meditation on and off over 15 years and have crafted all my life. I was a teenager the first time I started trying yoga, but it was first when I found the mediation during 2004 that I started to really understand how great it was for both mind and body. Crafting in all kinds of ways was a natural part of my childhood, coming from a creative home. And I can still clearly remember the happiness I felt when doing my embroidered wall hangings with motifs with bears at the age of 7 or 8.
Few things that can ground me and calm me down as either meditation, knitting, weaving or embroidering. Ones thoughts gets centered, focused, ones mind gets a break from all that buzzing that normally goes on in their.
I find these new theories very interesting and inspiring and I have in collaboration with yoga teacher Nellie Rolf, Min vardagshälsa, started to explore the boundaries as well as similarities between textile craft and yoga/meditation, through a concept that we have called ‘Meditationsbroderi’ (Meditative Embroidery).
One of the things we have done to explore this concept further was giving the event ‘Urban Yoga‘, were I talked about the connections between meditation/yoga and textile craft. We also illustrated our ideas and thought of the first version of the concept of ‘Meditationsbroderi’ (Meditative Embroidery) through a practical element. We gave the first Urban Yoga event Dec. 11th, 2016, click here to read about the day.