Take a deep breath

Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.

Explore mindfulness in the woodshed

Turning to mindfulness

Woodturning is a perfect example of an activity that combines being centered with being in the world. The practice of craft and skilled making unites the mind and the body in pursuit of a creative, productive act. Watching the dexterous, efficient, and graceful movements of the artist working below, we start to feel relaxed and to see what the maker sees in a quiet and focused way. Gradually, we find ourselves becoming centered, just as people have since the beginning of human craftsmanship.

Yoga and Meditation with Josie

Josie Milliken holds a Ph.D. In Literature and Creative Writing and is E-RYT-200 certified in yoga. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she teaches writing, yoga, and wellness classes. Here, she guides short breathing, meditation, and yoga exercises.* Check back regularly for new sessions.


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Neck, Shoulder, & Spine

Common Ailments Affecting the Woodturner: Neck Pain

By Rich Foa. This article was first published in American Woodturner, the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners and is offered here with permission. Learn more at woodturner.org

"There probably isn’t a single woodturner who hasn’t been bothered at some time by neck pain... And while stiff necks are painful when we have them, and a recurrent problem for some, it may be of some relief to learn that such pain is entirely muscular and does not have long-term consequences."

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Shoulders, Arms, + Upper Back



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