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“Knitting, like yoga, is a form of meditation. While you are knitting, you mind must settle and center on your hands, your fingers, the patterns that form, the precision of your work. The kind of yoga we practice, Iyengar, is also about precision. For the hour and a half of a yoga class, all you can think about is where exactly your physical body is in spaceā€”the way your ankle bone is sitting, how your pelvis is positioned, the turn of your upper arm bone. Like learning to knit, practicing yoga requires focus, attention, and commitment. In the same way we learn a sequence of stitches, we practice the poses over and over as a form of meditation until we are comfortable doing them for long periods of time. With both, the rest of the world falls away.”

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