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Spring Events at The Yarn Spot

Posted on May 2, 2010 in: Events - Tags: seated massage, classes

The Yarn Spot has just released their latest newsletter and calendar of classes, and Peace at Hand will be joining them for a number of events!

Seated Massage: 

 Sundays May 16th


Fifteen minute sessions are $20 and thirty minute sessions are $40.  Walk-ins will be acepted as time permits, but we suggest calling ahead to schedule an appointment.


Physical Wellness for Handcrafters II:

Building on the skills taught in the level 1 class, we will contiune self massage and begin to evaluate your personal knitting style in order to spot potential problems or address discomfort.  More advanced stretching and anatomy may be discussed.

Students should bring a swatch or simple project in progress to work on during class.  Please try to limit yourself to projects for which you will not need to reference (or think much about) a pattern.

Sunday, May 16th from 11:00-12:00

Class fee $30


Contact The Yarn Spot at 301-933-9550 or via email to register for any of these classes or events.  Hope to see you there!

Smile while you work. You'll feel better.

Posted on May 10, 2010 in: Advice - Tags: advice, athletics

This is not wisdom that I can take any sort of credit for.  Its actually an idea that my yoga teacher shared a few weeks ago.  She was talking about how common it was to see students putting on their "game face" as they tried to hold a challenging or uncomfortable pose, and how counter-productive that was.  "The advanced form of any asana," she tells us, "is doing it with a smile."

Its true.  Mentally, its harder to smile when we are uncomfortable or under pressure, but physically, smiling can make the activity easier. 

I've started trying to keep that in mind when I'm out jogging, and it turns out that it doesn't just sound good--its actually true.  When I'm running and I'm starting to feel worn out and I'm trying to get up another hill (If you don't believe that the DC area is hilly, go spend some time running or biking around the city.  Its ridiculous.) the first thing that happens is that my head drops and my shoudlers slump and my face gets  tense with effort and concentration.  The only thing that posture serves to do is make my breathing even more labored, and make fatigued muscles work harder.

Try it.  Rest your hands on the front of your neck, or even on your chest, just below your collar bone.  Now tense your jaw.  Tighten your mouth.  Frown a little.  Look like your concentrating, and feel what happens to the issue under your hand.  Maybe try to take a deep breath.  Not so nice, huh? 

Now smile.  Lift your chin a little.  Doesn't that feel better?  Didn't everything under your hands just get a little softer?  Does your breath feel more relaxed? 

The next time you're doing something challenging, whether its athletic or whether you're desk-bound, be mindful of your expression and see if you can do it with a smile.  Or, at least without a frown.  It really might make the task go down a little easier.