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All the Time You Need

I have a client, a 74-year-old quilter, who routinely complains about how, if she does all the things I would like her to do at home, she’ll never have enough time to work her quilting. She had a back surgery about seven years ago, did her physical therapy, and when it was done, went home and didn’t move much (or enough) for over a year. She got so weak she couldn’t get off the couch (while laying down) without rolling over onto the floor, onto her hands and knees and then having her husband…

The television appearance that started it all

Two years ago I filmed an episode of Fit2Stitch – a PBS show centered on sewing, hosted by creator Peggy Sagars. My wife had started working with Peggy and her company Silhouette Patterns many years previously. She’d go to a seminar up in Keystone Colorado to learn how to make SP specific garments, and I’d go with her. I didn’t attend the seminar. Mainly, I wrote, and hiked and did some yoga. During our second year attending the Keystone seminar, my wife asked me if I would…

Welcome to Artisans Restorative Fitness!

Movement for Makers is changing and rebranding to Artisans Restorative Fitness – we have a new name, website and things to share. But our mission is still the same! Why are we changing? Check out the video link to find out!

Pigeon Extras

And here I thought I was done with the Pigeon pose! Here are some extras we filmed – stuff about the back position, a little on safety, and another variation on the pose! Enjoy and if you have any questions, please let us know!

Two Pigeons

For people who have lower back issues, tight glutes, or for people who develop knee pain – another yoga pose I use quite a bit is the Pigeon Pose. The pigeon pose is a basic-to-intermediate yoga pose that most people can do. Like all the Pigeon family of poses, the main muscles (and connective tissue) it stretches and relaxes are the hamstrings, glutes (especially the glute medius and Maximus), the piriformis (a muscle directly over the sciatic nerve in the back), and the IT band on the outside…

Vinyasa Yoga for Leg Strength and Balance

by Chuck
I’d like to invite you to take part in our second Facebook Live Class of the year: MfM Vinyasa Yoga for Leg Strength and Balance! This 30min class will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at 8pm ET, 5pm PT and shows you two yoga flows to help you build leg strength and develop your balance. As we age our strength diminishes – as does our sense of balance (they’re very much related). As they diminish, our quality of life goes down, and we lose the mobility to go about our daily lives…

Supine Pigeon

For people who have lower back issues – and especially with sciatica – one yoga pose I use (a lot!) is the Supine Pigeon Pose. The supine pigeon pose is a basic-to-intermediate yoga pose that most people can do. The main muscles (and connective tissue) it stretches and relaxes are the hamstrings, glutes (especially the glute medius and Maximus, the piriformis (a muscle directly over the sciatic nerve in the back), and the IT band on the outside of the leg. Move and relax these and for…

Pinwheel Pigeon Pose

Between the Half Seated Twist and the full variations of the Pigeon Pose, is the Pinwheel Pigeon (also sometimes called the Shin Box). It is a basic to intermediate pose that hits the same muscle groups and connective tissues as the HST, and the full Pigeons. It’s just a step in-between. Try it out! In the video I only show one side while doing the stretch, please remember to do both sides so you make sure to open up the piriformis, IT band, and the glutes on both sides.

Stretching the chest – a move to counter dowager’s hump

Opening up the chest, along with the scapula work, are two exercises (among many) that can help stave off dowager’s hump, and other postural issues.