Health / 36 posts found

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!

A few yoga poses for scoliosis

by Chuck
A few yoga-based exercises and the protocol I’ve used to help alleviate some idiopathic scoliosis conditions.

Free Facebook Live Chat

by Chuck
I’d like to invite you to take part in a free Facebook live video, answering questions from you. We’ll hold it on Wednesday, May 1st at 8pm ET, 5pm PT. While we have some things lined up to talk about, if you have any questions about us, what we do, something specific about yoga, or fitness please let us know (put them in the comment sections below). You can join the discussion live and/or watch it later – and ask questions after it’s over – even if you can’t make it. It…

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…

For stress busting – Use Meditation

by Chuck
Meditation is a great tool for dealing with stress, especially as it incorporates paying attention to your breathing (like square breathing – they go great together!) Meditation is often misunderstood. Most people that have asked me about it think that it is somehow supposed to “make your mind quiet.” Or, that after getting good at it, it will make you dispassionate about life. Neither thing is true. Most meditation – at its base level – is about trying to ground yourself into…