Props and Gear for your Yoga practice – sew them up!

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice – sew them up!

Sew if you have any sewing ability, you can make these items for your Yoga practice.

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Part I on Zafu Instructions
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Part II
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Zafu III

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Last Zafu instruction
  • Make your own bolsters. Now I found an article in one of my sewing books,
    “Sewing for the Outdoors”, but then I found this on the internet… the same concept.
    I used a roll of quilt batting, figured out how circle part on the bottom….well, kinda like the instructions for the yoga mat. Here are some links.

Stuff Sack aka Yoga bolster!

Stuff Sack Instructions from UberPest

and lastly here is another link for making the “stuffed bolster sack…”

Stuff Sack Instructions from Thru Hiker

Enjoy making your own yoga props!

Gail Pickens-Barger, International and Experience Certified and Registered Yoga Teacher

Additional sites for sewing up your yoga gear yoga props.

Threads 2003 Issue Make a Yoga Mat Carrier

CraftBits Instructions on Making your own Yoga Mat Bag.

Making a yoga mat bag from an old pair of jeans!

A Yoga Mat “wrap”. A nice variation on transporting your yoga mat to and fro

117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga

117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga

Permission granted by Dr. Timothy McCall to share this pdf.

117 Conditions Helped by Yoga. Permission granted to copy and share this information. Yoga as medicine. As found in scientific studies as of June 2019. Yoga with Gail
117 Conditions Helped by Yoga. Permission granted to copy and share this information. Yoga as medicine. As found in scientific studies as of June 2019. Yoga with Gail

Here is the link to this PDF and the scientific studies supporting the health conditions helped by yoga.

117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga
117 Health Conditions Helped by Yoga.

I teach weekly gentle yoga for low back care classes for the Veterans Yoga Project. Book my class on Wednesdays to get some sweet relief of easing back pain.

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice . . .

Props and Gear for your Yoga practice.

Sewing your own yoga gear!  Yoga with Gail.  Love using my Singer Featherweight to make yoga gear!
Sewing your own yoga gear! Yoga with Gail. Love using my Singer Featherweight to make yoga gear!

Sew if you have any sewing ability, you can make these items for your Yoga practice.

  • PDF of Sewing a Meditation Cushion Here are the instructions.
    • Zafu

      How to make a Zafu

    First, what is a zafu? It’s a cushion to sit on during sitting meditation.

    Do I need one? Nope.

    Having said that, here are some instructions which I borrowed from a wonderful web site called No Zendo. Unfortunately they are no longer online.

    The following information was originally published by the Zen Center of Los Angeles and was found in one of their fine books, entitled “To Forget the Self: An Illustrated Guide to Zen Meditation” by John Daishin Buksbazen. Unfortunately, this book is now out of print. It is gratefully presented here as a help for those getting started on their own.

    SUGGESTED FABRIC

    A sturdy material such as a cotton/polyester blend

    SUGGESTED FILLING

    Kapok fiber, although buckwheat hulls can be used for those who prefer a firmer seat

    BASIC PIECES

  • Length of cloth 59 inches long, 6 inches to 9 inches wide (depending on how high you would like your cushion to be).
  • Two circles of cloth, each with a diameter of 11 inches to 13 inches (depending on how large around you would like your cushion to be.)
  • STEP 1.
    Pleat the length of cloth. There should be fourteen 3/4 inch pleats, 3 inches apart. To pleat:
    a) Beginning 6-1 /2 inches from the left edge of the length, make three marks, 3/4 inch apart, thus marking out the first pleat:

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    Three inches after the first set of pleat markings, make the second set, as indicated above. Continue doing this till you have 14 pleats. When you finish, the last pleat marking should be 3 inches from the right edge. (If you wish to have narrower pleats, of course, simply increase the number of pleats.)

    b) Next, iron the pleats and pin them. They should all be folded and ironed in toward the left-hand side. For each set of pleat markings, fold the third in toward the first as shown, and then pin as shown at below:

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    STEP 2.
    Now, having completed the first step, take the right edge of the pleated strip cloth and pin it to the left end of the strip, 3-1/4 inches from the left edge:

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    STEP 3.
    Mark each circle of cloth at four equidistant points. Turn pleated length of cloth inside out. Pin each circle to the pleated strip, one circle to the top edge and one to the bottom edge, at each of the four points:

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    STEP 4.
    Next, ease (pin) all the pleats in to the circles, top and bottom. Sew the circles to the length of cloth:

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    STEP 5.
    Turn inside out and stuff with kapok or buckwheat hulls (through opening in the side that the zafu will have) It’s best to use a lot of stuffing material. Kapok will slowly compress with use and buckwheat hulls eventually breakdown:

    That’s it!
    You could sew a zipper in the opening or simply sew it closed. Sewing a Meditation Cushion

    Instructables instructions on making your own meditation pillow.

http://www.michiganbuddhist.com/seiza – original site is missing. Here is what I saved over the years.  Sewing a Meditation Cushion

I used some cotton material that I had around the house. I used this same concept, to cover a neck roll that I had so that I could also use this in restorative yoga poses.

Here’s another link for making a stuff sack, or a cover for your cylinder shaped bolster…

p.s. Update, a sewing pattern from Simplicity 3583 – Bolsters, Meditation cushion, neck roll, eye pillow, yoga strap.  Wait till Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s have their sales and snatch this pattern!

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3583 - Make your own yoga gear - Yoga with Gail
Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3583 – Make your own yoga gear – Yoga with Gail

Gail Pickens-Barger Yoga Teaching Schedule

Mondays at 6:25 PM Central Time at Wesley UMC’s Prayer Garden video!

3515 Helena Avenue, Nederland, Texas. Held in the prayer garden.  Moved to the church gym, when rain or squishy ground occurs.

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Health Benefits of Yoga

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