How yoga saved my sewing machine

By Jay Hiller, May 23, 2023

When I was a little girl, I knew someone, Filomena, who had a foot pedal sewing machine. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

A few years after I started practicing yoga, I got up from my sewing table and as I turned away, I got my feet tangled up in the cords underneath the table. (I’m not very neat.) I could have fallen and pulled my sewing machine down too, but instead I caught myself in a three legged downward facing dog. That was the first time I noticed yoga creeping into my everyday movements.

There were a lot of reasons I started practicing, not the least being that I thought yoga looked cool. I was interested in countering the effects of the running I was doing. I’ve always had shaky awareness of where my body is in space and I was hoping for some changes in that area too. I needed help in the area of emotional regulation and stress reduction. It helped with all those things. It also saved my sewing machine.

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