This week on the blog, we are posing the question: Is Knitting The New Yoga? Quarantine seems to have brought out the creative side in all age groups.
It is said that practices like yoga and meditation can warp our perception of time, making it shorter or longer. Have you ever sat down with your knitting on your knee and looked at the time think its been 20 minutes, yet it has been a few hours. With the rhythmic motion of the needles, you enter a peaceful place within, just like with meditation.
“Mindfulness can be a difficult technique to teach, particularly to those who need it the most – the highly stressed, those suffering chronic pain or depression. These conditions make it difficult to concentrate the mind. Knitting is exciting because it opens up the benefits of Mindfulness to everyone.”
For most, knitting is an effective relaxation practice. Meditation and mindfulness are all about being centred, grounded and aware of your breathing. Within moments of picking up your yarn, you will notice your breathing slow down, eventually, the outside world fades into the background, the time-sensitive worries of daily tasks disappear for a few moments.
Some patterns are more complex, requiring more focus, attention. While these aren’t ‘Zen-Out’ patterns, they do focus your mind solely on the details. After a busy day at the office, the school run, making tea, finances and most recently the worries from coronavirus it can be hard to empty your mind from the tasks of life. Knitting can be a relaxing 20 minutes a day you take for yourself, creating a rhythm of movement, making it feel like a meditation.
Benefits Of Knitting:
- Lowered blood pressure.
- Reduced depression and anxiety.
- Slowed onset of dementia.
- Distraction from chronic pain.
- Increased sense of well-being.
- Reduced loneliness and isolation.
The repetitive nature of knitting induces a relaxing state. Which we feel we could all do with reducing our stress, anxiety and overall mental health. Even just for a few moments a day.
Your mental well-being should always be the main priority.
There Is Peace in Every Stitch
We have added some of our beginner patterns to encourage you to pick up some needles and take a moment for yourself.
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