The new perfect pair: Knitting and Yoga

Knitting and Yoga the perfect combination? That’s right, let’s see how!

In the frenzy of modern life, finding moments of peace and tranquility can seem like an insuperable challenge. However, there are practices that allow us to find our inner balance and reconnect with ourselves.

Knitting and yoga are two of these practices, apparently different but surprisingly complementary. If in recent years yoga has been the point of reference for those seeking to relieve stress and improve their health, today knitting is a new trend strongly emerging. Surprisingly, knitting is afferming as the “new yoga”, offering a lot of benefits that promote well-being and inner tranquility.

In this post, we will explore the benefits of knitting and provide some helpful stretching exercises to prepare for this practice.

The Benefits of Knitting

Before exploring the connexion of knitting and yoga, it is important to understand the individual benefits of knitting.

Many see knitting as a simple hobby, actually knitting is much more than a simple manual activity. It’s benefits on mental and physical health are well documented. Here, then, are some of the reasons why knitting is conquering more and more people and is being compared to yoga.

1. Stress Reduction

The rhythmic movement of the hands while knitting has a calming effect on the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety.

2. Improved Concentration

Concentrating on the stitches requires attention and precision, improving concentration and the ability to focus.

3. Sense of Accomplishment and Self-Esteem

Creating something tangible with your own hands, like a sweater, scarf, or hat, provides a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. This can improve self-esteem and sense of competence, strengthening emotional well-being.

And what’s better than combining the beneficial effects of yoga with the quiet creativity of knitting?

The connexion between Knitting and Yoga

At first glance, knitting and yoga may seem like two separate activities, but they actually share many fundamental principles.

Integrating yoga into a knitter’s routine can lead to a unique synergy, creating a complete wellness experience.

Yoga can help prevent and relieve muscle tension and joint pain through stretching exercises that target the hands, wrists, neck and shoulders, improving overall flexibility.

Stretching Exercises Before Knitting

Before starting a knitting session, it is important to prepare the body with some simple stretching exercises to avoid muscle tension and promote flexibility.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Neck Stretching  With your shoulders relaxed, gently tilt your head to one side, bringing your ear towards the opposite shoulder. Hold the position for a few seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.

2. Shoulder rotation Standing or sitting, gently roll your shoulders forward and backward to relax your back and shoulder muscles. 3. Extension of the Arms Bring one hand behind your back and grab your wrist with your other hand. Gently pulling on your arm, feel the extension along the side of your body. Repeat on the opposite side.

4. Rotation of the Wrists With your arm extended, rotate your wrist clockwise and counterclockwise to relax and warm your upper limbs.

The Perfect Pair: Knitting and Yoga

Knitting is not only a creative diversion, but also an opportunity to relax, concentrate and cultivate well-being.

By integrating simple stretching exercises into your routine before you start knitting, you can prepare your body and mind for an even more enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Always remember to listen to your body and adapt the exercises to your individual needs.

The Wellbeing Revolution: knitting as the new Yoga

At Bettaknit, we firmly believe in the beneficial power of knitting and crochet.

Our kits not only make it easy to create beautiful projects, but also promote overall well-being: they are designed to provide a rewarding and relaxing experience, perfect to combine with a regular yoga practice.

Explore our knitting and crochet kits and join our community to experience firsthand why knitting is the new yoga.

Transform your life, one stitch at a time!