Sometimes I think making crafty street art is a very strange hobby. I spend hours stitching up new projects, display them at home for a couple days and then release them to the wilds. I cant say exactly what drives it all except the desire to surprise and delight. Today though, my crafty street art has purpose, and that is to surprise, delight and conduct a scientific experiment!Somewhere in Thailand I realized the great potential of street art to communicate ideas about anything and everything, but ideas around wellness are what got me excited. Do you remember the Hoppiness Frog and when I craft-bombed my spouse with his mantra, Will Can Do?I have long been fascinated by the idea of using Positive Psychology and loving self talk to promote an optimal state of being. And of course, my crafty street art provides a fun and unique way to think about and then share these ideas with everyone (and their dog).I came across this affirmation while reading a book by Tony Robbins and it took me aback. It's such a powerful idea that it could almost be frightening to engage with. The flip side is, by engaging with it, I allow myself to take on an attitude of continual growth and development-which is essential in setting goals and dealing with setbacks.This mantra is actually ascribed to Emile Coue, a psychologist and pharmacist who 'prescribed' it, as a form of auto-suggestion, to clients in the early 1900's to promote self healing. He believed that a daily, twenty minute regiment repeating this mantra, combined with medication, could dramatically improve physical and mental ailments. Proponents of the field of Positive Psychology would take this a step further and suggest that it's a strategy to promote not just healing, but flourishing!The theory behind both schools of thought is that any idea that exclusively occupies the mind turns to reality. I love this stuff and figure that regardless of whether it's proven to the highest of scientific standards, it's fun to think about.That said, I've decided to run my own, Twillingate-based experiment to get to the bottom of this. What do you think? Would your thoughts and belief about yourself change if you repeated this to youself each day? Could it then result in a quantifiable improvement in your health and well-being?This crafty street art is placed at the top of the hill connecting Twillingate and Durrell. It overlooks the harbour and Twill-town and given the amazing vista, is a popular walking route. I've changed my commute to pass it each morning, and must admit, feel wonderful while repeating it with emotional intensity the rest of my drive! It's only been up a week now, so I can't officially comment on it's effects but so far, it's looking very positive!
Knitting and Yoga are perfect bedfellows; more knitters should get 'downward dog'. They also happen to be my two favourite things to do.Perhaps after reading my rationale on why, you too will be convinced of their superpower and inspired to grab both your mat and needles.Here we go.1. Posture:What is your knitting or crafting posture? Most likely, it's highly straining on your back, neck, shoulders and wrists.Have you ever whispered to yourself, "just one more row'', only then to stand up and groan as you realize the tension that's accumulated during your marathon crafting session?Yoga teaches you awareness of your body and how to relieve the stiffness brought about by crafting. Yes! Ergo, more crafting!2. Meditation and Flow:Both knitting and yoga provide opportunities for meditation.Some people prefer still-meditations, while others prefer moving-meditations. Both have their place and this is why you should have both knitting and yoga in your 'toolkit'.Each offers a chance to focus and get in the flow while forgiving the irritations of the day-you just have to decide which one you need in the moment.3. Patience:One of the 'purls' of wisdom that knitting offers is a lesson in patience.You simply cant knit a sweater for a telephone pole in one night. Equally so, you cant master the headstand in your first yoga class. Each requires patient perseverance to manifest results.The way I see it, Knitting cultivates it and yoga rewards it, but the inverse is just as true.4. Creativity:Last year during my big trip around SE Asia, I got to spend four months on Koh Phangan doing upwards of three hours of yoga a day, six days a week.As, the practise deepened I started to look forward to the creative insights that popped in my mind, as much as the physical practise.While I cant do nearly as much yoga now, I can still use it to make creative space... which can then translate into adventures in street craft!So there you have it, knitting is the bomb and yoga rocks, but when combined they seem to generate symbiotic, superpower!Check out this short, knitting-specific yoga video or this video (which is one of a whole series of knitting and crochet-related, yoga content) after your next 'marathon' to see for youself.Anybody else out there have a love affair with yoga?Comment below or holler at me on Twitter or Instagram; I get really excited when I hear from you! Also, have you heard about the upcoming yarnbomb giveaway? If not, check it out here.-Knit well, Be well
Continuing on the Optimize Happiness streak launched on International Yarnbomb day, I am pleased to introduce the latest in the Rock Vandals Knitfitti wellness series: The Yoga Yarnbomb!You may have heard that yoga is good for the mind and body, but have you heard why? In today's hyper connected world where we are cultured towards busyness, yoga provides an opportunity to stretch the body and stabilize the mind by focusing on the breath, chakras or the pose itself. This union between mind and body soothes the nervous system and cultivates a sense of peace and harmony with the world around us; who wouldn't want that? Training the mind to focus and learning how to relax the body is the essence of yoga. Imagine how your life could improve with consistent access to increased mental power and an overall greater sense of ease.Yogic philosophy even states that with advanced practise you can awaken a powerful latent energy, Kundalini, which typically lies dormant at the base of the spine. This awakening is said to bring about spiritual enlightenment or the intelligence of complete maturation and is often represented by two inter-coiled snakes rising up vertically.The wellness world is in full agreement that yoga is an important contributor to a well balanced life that can bring a wide array of physical, emotional and spiritual health benefits to anyone who practices regularly. Regardless of your reasons for practising yoga (fitness, wellness or enlightenment) believing that you have an untapped, powerful energy force within you is incredibly motivational and a philosophy that should be encouraged. Thus, this is the intended goal of the Yoga Yarnbomb, to remind passerbys of the abundant and available life force within them and to encourage them to pursue it!The Yoga Yarnbomb was installed on July 28th and will be up until Aug 7th, on the dirt road that leads to Bovy Beach and Gaia Yoga on Koh Phangan island, Thailand. This is the first time I totally winged the pattern and even though it's only two snakes and thus rather introductory, I am still proud!Definetely let me know if you come across this goodie, here for a limited time only.