Friday, June 3, 2011

Holy Yoga Eye Pillows

My friend Jill is starting a new journey in her life. She is being trained as a Holy Yoga instructor. I am not a yoga lover, but she talked me into taking a Holy Yoga class with one of her friends who is already a trained instructor. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected, and I liked the Christ-centered approach to yoga.

At the end of class, there was some meditation/prayer time. Jill’s friend passed out lavender-scented cloths for each participant to use to cover her eyes during meditation. Later, Jill was brainstorming some ideas for these cloths with me, and asked if I could think of way to make some eye pillows that would be hygienic enough for use in class when she becomes a teacher. This is what I came up with:_MDS2689

I found some cheap, white broadcloth fabric. White fabric is key, so it can be bleached. I cut these into 4.5” x 9” rectangles, then sewed them on three sides. I turned them inside out, filled them with Poly Pellets, and sewed them shut. The finished size is about 3” x 8” after a big seam allowance. (I don’t sew incredibly straight.)

I made a sample pillow first, and threw it in the laundry twice to check how well the pellets hold up in a washing machine. I air-dried it after the wash, and the pillow held up just fine.

These are so easy to make, affordable (I figure about $1.20 each for materials), bleachable/hygienic, scent-able (I think she can spritz aromatherapy scents on the outside), and I think they will be a beautiful tool during Holy Yoga prayer time.


Melissa said...

I used to take yoga and the instructor made her own lavender pillows. She went to some natural shop (I want to say The Natural Way in St. Peters) and bought lavender in bulk. She sewed small bits of fabric into little pillows attaching velcro on one side. She filled them with the lavender and then closed them up with the velcro. Then she stuffed the lavender pillows into white homemade "pillow cases". This allowed her to toss the cases into the wash and keep the pillows clean and fresh. The bulk lavender retains its scent for a long time. You can also toss then in the microwave for a few mins for warmth and extra scent. When you want to replace the lavender you just pop open the velcro and replace. She said it wasn't hard or expensive to create.

Gretchen said...

Very cool! Another reporter I run into everywhere is a yoga instructor and thinks it would help with my aches and pains. Still can't picture myself turning into a pretzle.

The pillows sound wonderful! Not just for yoga, but would be nice to have for my many hospital trips.

Robin said...

"It wasn't as bad as I expected." lol

I love Yoga, all kinds except Pilates which is too much like aerobics for me.

Jill said...

E, you rock! They are scented up and ready to go for the morning. I can't wait to use them. These are big, you know! Thanks for believing in me!

Gretchen said...

I can't thank you enough, Elizabeth! I honestly never expected to receive the package and finding all your goodies! You're truly a wonderful woman!


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