Gotta get upside down!

 

 Have you ever had that feeling where you just need to flip your perspective? Where you would rather be on your hands or head instead of your feet? This is a feeling I have often. I find such a childlike joy from inversions. Handstands always bring a smile to my face, no matter if it’s a “good” or “bad” handstand it makes me happy to play upsidedown. 

In the photo above you’ll see my handstand I played with the other day while out walking my dog with my husband. While in the handstand, from lifting up, being in the pose, and coming down I felt strong, confident, youthful, and happy. Then I looked at the photo and started picking apart my alignment and I began to loose those feelings that inspire me. Originally I thought I can’t share this photo online since my alignment is off. Deciding to forget about it I moved on with out posting the photo. Later in the day I realized how silly it was to not share because my posture wouldn’t make it to the cover of yoga journal. What was important in that moment was the strength and power and ease I had felt within myself. Handstands bring me joy and sharing a photo of me in a handstand shares the joy. 

All the photos we share online don’t need to be perfect. They express a moment in time. That’s where captions come in handy so we can get a sense of what the person taking the photo was trying to evoke. For this picture I am hoping to show joy, spring, that you can stop and play with a yoga pose anywhere – no yoga mat required. Also, that a pose is more than an alignment of bones, it evokes emotions and builds confidence, strength, and flexibility on and emotional and physical level. 

Yoga poses like some knitting projects can be works in progress for months, years, a lifetime. Allowing us to share those imperfect moments shows our human side and allow for softening. What I mean by softening is a removal of judgement and an ease with being in the moment and not jumping a head. Finding your way into a handstand is done in stages and each progession gets you closer to a solid handstand, but there are always adjustments to be made that could take hours or years to integrate into your being. The same in knitting, it’s a progression of learning new techniques to create beautiful art with no particular end date. 

Live Light Practice:

Take a picture to capture a moment of joy or inspiration. It doesn’t have to be perfect, play with what the imagine evokes in you and how you felt in that moment. 

Apr18

Quiet Time

When is the last time you shut off your phone, stepped away from your electronics or just didn’t say anything for a few hours? I’ve been finding myself drained lately and I have found what revives me the most is quiet time. Time where I’m not reading, not knitting, not doing anything and not saying a word. The power of what comes from silence is amazing. From silence can come energy, creativity, and inspiration.

Live Light Practice:

Step away from all things electronic and even magazines, books – anything that can distract you. Try for just 3 minutes to be with the silence, not reading, talking or doing anything.

Try this every few hours and see what you notice.

Apr17

Simple Knitting Project

This mother’s day I’ve decided to knit face cloths for my mom and mother in-law. I picked a super soft cotton yarn and started out with a simple stitch to see how it would fare as a face cloth. I choose Cascade Yarns Luna in a Taupe color.

This is a great project for someone brand new to knitting because all you need to do it knit every row until the piece measures the desired size. Knitting every row is called Garter Stitch.

Live Light Practice:

Pick up some knitting and make your mom a face cloth – learn a new skill and have a nice gift for your mom.

Yarn: Cascade Luna

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) straight needles

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4″ (10 cm) (gauge isn’t very important for this pattern)

Pattern:

Cast On 36 sts
K every row
Once piece measures 9.5 in. or desired length bind off, but keep last stitch on needle and knit that one stitch 10 times to make a little chain. Then connect the yarn to the cloth to make a small loop. Finish by weaving in ends.

Blocking optional.

Finished measurements 8.5 in x 9.5 in

 

Questions? Email knit@lizalaird.com

Apr15

Spring!

 

Even if it doesn’t look like spring or feel like spring you can take that matter into your own hands. 

Live Light Practice: 

Buy flowers and decorate your home with bright colors. Whip out your brightest clothing and start adding color back into your wardrobe. The light colors, change of decor and dress will bring your spirit of spring out of hibernation and before too long the weather will follow! 

Mar26