My Yoga Journal November 28, 2006 — Issue 233|
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Knitting as Meditation
A friend recently taught me to knit. So I took my needles on retreat with me last week to practice knitting mindfully. As I completed a row of stitches, a Persian woman sat down next to me and told me her story.
Her daughter is a yoga teacher who was preparing to embark on a yatra to India. She wanted to take a gift as an offering to the swami, so the mother knitted her daughter a shawl. When the daughter's group arrived at the ashram, they began to unpack their offerings. The swami immediately moved toward the shawl and declared, "This is for me."
What was so special about the shawl that it drew the swami's attention? As the mother was knitting, she mentally chanted "Om" with every stitch, infusing the garment with a vibration of the divine. Her story inspired me to incorporate chanting into my own knitting. The physical manifestation of my meditations, when completed, will go to loved ones for a bit of warmth and divine grace this winter.
This holiday season, consider rethinking your gifting tradition. Read what Cyndi Lee has to say about knitting and yoga. Learn to transform mundane holiday duties into meditations. Finally, if you dream of embarking on your own pilgrimage to study yoga in India, here are some tips on finding a teacher.
In This Issue:
Say no to consumerism this season and yes to creative and original presents.
A Darn Good Yarn
A former dancer, a devoted Buddhist, a recreational knitter—OM Yoga founder Cyndi Lee leads a rich and colorful life.
After the Laundry, the Laundry
Impermanence is the truth of life. Embracing it in our most basic daily activities can be the key to everyday ease.
Finding a Yoga Teacher in India
Traveling to the birthplace of yoga can be a rewarding experience—if you think ahead about what you're really looking for.
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