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Mobility for Beginners: Comfortable Crafters! – Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special

by Chuck
For those of you in the USA celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you had a day filled with gratitude, love, friendship and great food! As promised, here it is the link to our Black Friday special! Mobility For Beginners: Comfortable Crafting! – is a 30-minute class that will take place on November 28th at 5:45 pm. Of course, whether or not you make the live class, you’ll have Lifetime Access to the recording. We’re going to take you through an easy, step-by-step routine you can do…

Mobility For Beginners: Comfortable Crafting!

by Chuck
Many crafters have trouble performing even the most basic yoga positions! Sometimes, this is due to being sedentary for long periods of time. Sometimes, it’s because they’re afraid of losing their balance or straining themselves. It’s unfortunate because completing these yoga routines consistently allow you to craft more comfortably, for longer periods of time. If you’re one of these crafters, I’m happy to tell you we may have the solution! Because, no matter what kind…

Do you want to lose weight? Learn your numbers.

by Chuck
Recently, I received a few questions about the basal metabolic rate, what it is, why anyone should care about it, that kind of thing. —(Warning! Science and numbers ahead! I’ll make it as easy to read as I can.)— What is Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) From verywellfit.com: “Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the total number of calories that your body needs to perform basic, life-sustaining functions. These basal functions include circulation, breathing, cell production, nutrient processing, protein…

Keeping the Goal

by Chuck
A strength coach I follow, Dan John, has a great saying regarding goal setting. “Keeping the goal, the goal, is the hardest goal.” As a trainer, teacher, athlete, student, parent, husband, (that list is backwards!), etc. I found this to be spot on. Maybe you can relate.  You get the idea for a project and set the goal of finishing it by a certain time. You get the supplies, set up the “workstation,” begin your craft. Then maybe, you get distracted, watch a YouTube video, or a PBS station…

Sewing Ergonomics 1 – Setting up your sewing station

by Chuck
A short video on trying to set up “optimal” ergonomics for sewing stations for sewists and quilters.

Opening up the middle back – part 2

by Chuck
Here are a couple of movement drills I use to open up the middle back. You can do them either from a chair (at the office, while crafting, painting, sewing, etc), kneeling (not shown), or from a flatfoot squat.

Digit Play

by Chuck
A little finger drill I do before I do anything creative (paint, draw, etc.). This is one of a bunch of these kinds of drills I use, depending on what I’m going to work on. Let us know if you like the video and I’ll upload more of these in the near future.

Farmer Walks

Farmer Walk Tutorial based on yoga Mountain Pose:

Renewing Yoga Roots

by Chuck
For years I taught yoga group classes. Specifically Power Yoga, which after thirty-five years of practice is my favorite form of yoga that I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a bunch of them. Power yoga is distinguished by an equal emphasis on strength development, psychophysiological (mind-body) flow, as well as relaxing-into-stretch like many other forms of yoga. After a few months of teaching groups, I’d have several of the students approach me and tell me how much they liked the class, and how…

Like a string of pearls

There’s a saying in yoga and Chinese martial arts, “you’re only as old as your spine.” What that means is, as you get older, if you can’t move your spine in any direction, you are “locked’ into a much narrower range of movement. And, that range of motion defines what you can and cannot do. For example if you can’t bend forward at the waist, at all, or not without significant pain, you can’t pick things up off the ground, tie your shoes, or hand your grandchild a cookie. If you…