February 2012

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We love you! And we are so glad you are part of the Jai Yoga community. We want to laugh, sing and practice all sorts of yoga with you during this month of love!

Keep reading to learn more about our NEW special offerings as well as your familiar favorites.

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

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PRACTICE

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Like” Jai Yoga on Facebook for the latest news and updates! Already connected to us on Facebook? Don’t forget to share Jai Yoga with friends!

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3  5:30-6:30 PM $5 suggested donation
Every 1st Friday this Winter! With Katie. Donations benefit a local charity. No need to register, just show up!

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 2:30-4:30 PM $22
Every 2nd Saturday this Winter! With Sue. No experience needed. Members pay only $11!

COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 7-9 PM $45/couple
With Hoa and Kevin.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 2:30-4:30 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Winter! With Jessie. Members pay only $11!

KIRTAN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24 7:30-9 PM $10 suggested donation
Every 4th Friday this Winter! With Kevin. No need to register, just show up!

YOGA FOR MEN WHO DON’T DO YOGA – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 2:30-5 PM $30
With David and Kevin. Members pay only $15!

Ways to Register: 1) Click the links  above 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours in advance and leave a  message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or  during our office hours: Tuesdays 1-3 PM.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW STUDENT SPECIAL: 30 DAYS UNLIMITED YOGA FOR $30
Good for anyone who has never been to Jai before! Invite your friends to sign up online and join you in the benefits of a regular yoga practice!

YOGA FOR FAMILY LIFE: ONGOING DROP-IN CLASSES!
We are now offering our Prenatal, Baby&Me and Family Yoga classes as weekly drop-in classes! No special dates or series packages to purchase! Just drop-in using your regular class package, membership or drop-in fee!

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PRACTICE

OPEN EARS, OPEN HEART: LISTENING WITH EMPATHY

“Listen with ears of tolerance!
See through the eyes of compassion!
Speak with the language of love!”
~Rumi

All around us, people are talking. On phones, email, computers, television, social media, newspapers. We are faced with so much information each day, it’s natural to tune at least some of it out.

Not allowing ourselves to become overwhelmed with information is a good thing. But sometimes, we get so in the habit of tuning out that we miss an opportunity to open our hearts to those people who mean the most to us.

Listening with empathy means actively focusing our attention on the speaker. It also means allowing space for a full communication without redirecting the conversation.

Patience and intention are required for this practice. The rewards are a deeper connection and the joy of helping another.

Allow yourself to notice an opportunity to practice listening with an open heart. Invite your friend/lover/child/parent/colleague to share with you. Make eye contact.

As they speak, if you feel the urge to interject a comment or steer the conversation, take a breath. Use a nod if you need to indicate you are listening.

When the speaker comes to a pause, simply say, “Tell me more.” Maybe you will invite them to tell you more two or three times. Allow the speaker to decide when they have said all they have to say. Thank them for sharing.

Then, ask if they’d like you to respond with your thoughts and opinions. They may not want you to. But they might. If they do, begin by saying what you heard, then share your thoughts.

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

JaiYoga
www.jaiyogahome.com
info@jaiyogahome
www.facebook.com/JaiYogaHome

January 2012

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Welcome 2012! Have you set your intention for a new year? If it’s to practice more
yoga, or to practice more consistently, you’ve come to the right place!

Right now, 7 Days for $7 is going strong. And it’s not too late to get started!
Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to register and to inspire yourself for a new year!

This month we also have our regular offerings for relaxation and joy going on, plus
two new Basics series and special healing classes starting! Keep reading to learn
more!

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PRACTICE

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“Like” Jai Yoga on Facebook for the latest news and updates! Already connected to us on Facebook?
Don’t forget to share Jai Yoga with friends!
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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY JANUARY 6 5:30-6:30 PM
$5 suggested donation. Every 1st Friday this Winter! With Katie. Donations benefit a local charity. No need to register, just show up!

8-WEEK BASICS SERIES BEGINS – SUNDAYS JANUARY 8-FEBRUARY 26 2:30-4 PM $90
With Gabrielle.

10-WEEK BASICS SERIES BEGINS – MONDAYS JANUARY 9-MARCH 12 11 AM-12:15 PM $110
With Kara.

CALM YOGA CLINIC: INSOMNIA & ANXIETY – MONDAYS JANUARY 9-FEBRUARY 13 7-8:30 PM 6 weeks $80
Must pre-register by January 6! With Sue.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY JANUARY 14 2:30-4:30 PM $22
Every 2nd Saturday this Winter! With Sue. No experience needed. Members pay only $11!

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY JANUARY 21 2:30-4:30 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Winter! With Jessie. Members pay only $11!

KIRTAN – FRIDAY JANUARY 27 7:30-9 PM $10 suggested donation
Every 4th Friday this Winter! With Kevin. No need to register, just show up!

AYURVEDA FOR WOMEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 28 2:30-5:30 PM $35
With Carol Morrison.
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Ways to Register: 1) Click the links above 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours
in advance and leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want
to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or during our office hours:
Tuesdays 1-3 PM.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW STUDENT SPECIAL: 30 DAYS UNLIMITED YOGA FOR $30
Good for anyone who has never been to Jai before! Invite your friends to sign up online and join you in the benefits of a regular yoga practice!

YOGA FOR FAMILY LIFE: ONGOING DROP-IN CLASSES!
We are now offering our Prenatal, Baby&Me and Family Yoga classes as weekly drop-in
classes! No special dates or series packages to purchase! Just drop-in using your
regular class package, membership or drop-in fee!

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PRACTICE

STANDINGFORWARD BEND: UTTANASANA

A new year brings us back to the beginning. Fortunately, we get to choose how to begin.

Uttanasana is the perfect pose for practicing how to begin. With feet planted firmly
into the earth, we bow forward, resting in the peace of our inner selves, exploring
the possibility of our intentions. And then, we rise up again with strength and
a new perspective. What better way to enter 2012?

To practice:

1 – Begin standing on your mat in tadasana, or mountain pose, with feet hip-width
distance apart and a long, neutral spine

2 – Inhale as you place your hands on your hips, feeling the place where you will
hinge as you bend

3 – With a soft bend in your knees, exhale, bending from the hinge of the hips.
Allow your spine to spill out of your pelvis, growing long as your head moves toward
the mat

4 – As your breathe here, feel your front body lengthening as well as your spine,
and your sits bones spreading apart and lifting toward the ceiling

5 – Feel free to place hands on mat or clasp elbows and gently rock front and back
or side to side. As you feel warmer and more comfortable, perhaps you will straighten
your legs

6 – Stay in the pose for 5-10 breaths. When you are ready to rise, either recommit
to your foundation, making the legs strong and lifting with a straight spine or
gently bend the knees and roll up to standing, one vertebra at a time

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

www.JaiYogaHome.com
info@jaiyogahome.com
facebook.com/JaiYogaHome

December 2011

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 11:03 pm

Here we are – the final days of 2011. And there’s still so much to come before 2012
begins! We want to help you stay strong and uplifted through the holidays and into
a New Year.

With our many offerings this month, we invite you to celebrate yourself with us!
And to share your joy with others this season.

Happy Holidays!
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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY DECEMBER 2 5:30-6:30 PM
$5 suggested donation. Every 1st Friday this Fall!
With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

YOGA ED FOR TEACHERS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 3 1-5 PM $85
With Hoa

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 10 2-4 PM $22
Every 2nd Saturday this Fall! With Sue. No experience needed. Click here for more info and to register online. Members
pay only $11!

FAMILY YOGA – MONDAYS through DECEMBER 12 4:15-5 PM $10 per family per class
With Jen. No need to register, just show up!

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 17 2-4 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Fall! With Jessie. Members pay only $11!

KIRTAN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 23 5:30-7 PM $10 suggested donation
Every 4th Friday this Fall! With Kevin. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show
up!

TOTALLY BLISS! NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION – SATURDAY DECEMBER 31 6-9 PM
$15 suggested donation at the door. With Hoa, Kevin and Michael. Welcome 2012 with Yoga, YogaDance, live music and Kirtan.

7 DAYS FOR $7 2012 – UNLIMITED YOGA SUNDAY-SATURDAY JANUARY 1-7 FOR ONLY $7

Ways to Register: 1) Click the links above 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours
in advance and leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want
to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or during our office hours:
Tuesdays 1-3 PM and Thursdays 1-3:30 PM.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS – NO REGULAR CLASSES DECEMBER 24th-25th
We will not hold regular classes over Christmas weekend. Enjoy the holiday!

10% OFF GIFT CERTIFICATES UNTIL DECEMBER 24th!
Purchase at the studio or online with promo code GIFT.

NEW STUDENT SPECIAL
30 DAYS UNLIMITED YOGA FOR $30
Good for anyone who has never been to Jai before! Invite your friends to sign up
online and join you in the benefits of a regular yoga practice!

WINTER SCHEDULE BEGINS JANUARY 1
Our Winter schedule will be in mailboxes, at the studio and around town in the coming
weeks.

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PRACTICE

FLOAT INTO A NEW YEAR WITH NAVASANA OR BOAT POSE

Boats are both strong and adaptable. With each voyage, they quite literally go with
the flow, maneuvering through the waves and weather to arrive safely at another
shore.

What better way to remain buoyant through the holidays and cross into a new year
than by boat?

Practicing navasana will help you build core strength and focus, increasing both
physical and emotional stability.

To practice:

1 – Begin sitting on the floor with legs stretched out in front and hands palm-down
at your sides, aligned just behind the hips, fingers pointing toward the feet

2 – Inhale as you lift your heart and lengthen your spine. Begin to lean back slightly,
finding your sit bones. Avoid rounding your spine

3 – Exhale and bend the knees, then pick your feet up off the floor. Do your best
to keep your spine and front body long

4 – Raise your feet so that your shin bones are roughly parallel with the floor
and your toes are in line with your eyes

5 – On your next inhale, reach your arms straight out alongside your legs, making
them parallel to the floor. Reach through the fingertips

6 – Set sail with eyes forward and heart lifted. Breathe and enjoy!

Notes: Stay here for 3-5 breaths at first, gradually increasing the hold. To modify
this posture, practice only steps 1-3. To make the pose stronger, begin straightening
first one leg and then the other while maintaining a lifted heart and a long torso.

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Namaste,
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

October 2011

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Welcome to October! We are delighted to offer you an abundance of weekly classes and a Fall Membership special (available until November 1st!) so you can try them all! And, as a Member, you will get discounts on many of our special classes and workshops too!

Now is the perfect time to commit to your practice and we want to help! So, in addition to offering you these great deals, below we’ve shared a little bit about one style of yoga offered at Jai: Anusara Yoga.

Enjoy! We hope to see you at the studio soon!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS AVAILABLE UNTIL NOVEMBER 1st!

Yoga is most beneficial when practiced regularly. We want to help you be your best, today, tomorrow and everyday!

In addition to offering you our fullest class schedule ever this season, we want to make stepping onto your mat as easy on your wallet as we have for your calendar.

Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to take advantage of these great membership offers!

1 month: $115 (regularly $130)

3 months: $90/month* (regularly $108/month)

6 months: $80/month* (regularly $108/month)

And for Bowdoin Students: $265/semester
(Students must present a valid Bowdoin ID card at the studio)

*Visit our Policies page for important details

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 5:30-6:30 PM $5 suggested donation
Every first Friday this Fall! With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 2-4 PM $22
Every 2nd Saturday this Fall! With Sue. No experience needed. Click here for more info and to register online. Members pay only $11!

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY OCTOBER 15 2-4 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Fall! With Jessie. Click here for more info and to register online. Members pay only $11!

YOGA ED FOR TEACHERS – SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 1-5 PM $85
With Hoa. No experience needed. Click here for more info and to register online.

KIRTAN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 28 5:30-7 PM $10 suggested donation
Every 4th Friday this Fall! With Kevin. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

Ways to Register: 1) Click the links above 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours in advance and leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or during our office hours: Tuesdays & Fridays 1-3 PM and Thursdays 2-4 PM.

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PRACTICE

ANUSARA YOGA: A HEART-ORIENTED PRACTICE

Anusara Yoga is a school of hatha (physical) yoga, founded by John Friend, which couples precise postural alignment with an uplifting philosophy of looking for the good in all things and all people, especially one’s self.

The poses in Anusara yoga are “heart-oriented,” meaning that they are expressed from the “inside out.” During practice, we express all of our experience — physical and emotional, challenging and joyful — in order to balance our hearts, minds and bodies.

Using Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment™ provides a powerful base from which to build a strong and progressive practice, improving overall health, well-being, strength, flexibility and posture. By applying these dynamic principles, students of all levels can expand upon their practice in a safe, fresh and new way.

Practitioners of Anusara Yoga develop a sharp mind, vibrant body and soft heart in considering Attitude, Alignment and Action during their practice. Attitude refers to the intention or reason we practice. Alignment involves aligning our bodies physically, but also aligning our hearts and minds. Action is actually doing the practice.

Tisha Bremner, our primary Anusara Yoga teacher at Jai says, “Anusara Yoga has touched and opened my heart in the deepest ways both on and off the mat. Every time I practice…a sweeter part of my spirit is revealed.”

With our various Anusara class offerings, students of all levels of ability and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences and talents. You will look and feel your best!

Jai Yoga offers Anusara Yoga classes on Wednesdays:

9:00 AM Anusara Inspired Flow – an alignment-based vinyasa class

10:30 AM Therapeutic Yoga – gentle yoga to heal misalignment in the body

12:00 PM Anusara Advancing – safe and fun exploration of advancing poses

Visit www.anusara.com to learn more about Anusara Yoga.

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Jai Yoga
Studio 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
www.JaiYogaHome.com
info@jaiyogahome.com

September 2011

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New, new, NEW!

Our new schedule starts today and we have some great things lined up for the month and the season! Keep reading to learn more!

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2 5:30-6:30 PM
$5 suggested donation. Every first Friday this Fall! With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

BASICS YOGA SERIES BEGINS – SUNDAYS SEPTEMBER 4-OCTOBER 23 2:30-4 PM   -AND-   MONDAYS SEPTEMBER 12-OCTOBER 31 11 AM-12:15 PM   -OR-   7:15-8:45 PM 8 WEEKS $90 or $16/drop-in, space permitting
Sundays with Gabrielle, Monday mornings with Kara and Monday evenings with Angie. Unlimited drop-ins for members, space permitting!

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10 2-4 PM $22
Every 2nd Saturday this Fall! With Sue. Members pay only $11!

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17 2-4 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Fall! With Jessie. Members pay only $11!

FAMILY YOGA – MONDAYS SEPTEMBER 19-OCTOBER 24 4:15-5 PM $10 per family per class
With Jen. No need to register, just drop-in!

KIRTAN – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23 5:30-7 PM $10 suggested donation
Every 4th Friday this Fall! With Kevin. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

Ways to Register: 1) Click the links on our homepage 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours in advance and leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or during our office hours: Tuesdays & Fridays 1-3 PM and Thursdays 2-4 PM.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL 2011SCHEDULE STARTS TODAY! – SEPTEMBER 1-DECEMBER 31, 2011
Look for our Fall schedule around the studio and/or online now!

NO REGULAR CLASSES SEPTEMBER 5th
There will be no regular classes held on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

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PRACTICE

GAYATRI MANTRA – 10,000 YEARS OF JOY

Singing can make a person feel incredibly vulnerable, but also very powerful. You’re putting yourself out there, making yourself known, abandoning privacy.

Still, when we are bold enough to embrace the joy of singing, we connect the anahata (heart) and vishuddha (throat) chakras. The benefits of opening and connecting these energy centers are many for mind, body and spirit.

When we sing, the muscles of our throats relax and we can rest our minds by focusing on the words of our song. And, when we practice opening the throat with mantra or song, we sometimes find that expressing ourselves in other areas of our lives becomes easier as well.

The Gayatri Mantra is one of the oldest mantras in the world, thought to have originated more than 10,000 years ago. Written in Sanskrit (the ancient language of Yoga), the 24-syllable mantra is highly revered.

Though the interpretations are many, this one has a particular resonance: We meditate on the effulgent glory of the divine Light; may it inspire our understanding.

Here are the words:

om bhoor bhuvaha svaha
tatsavitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhima
dhiyo yo na pracodayat

Search Gayatri Mantra on YouTube video for guidance on pronunciation.

Practicing mantra is a form of Bhakti Yoga. Join us on the 4th Friday of each month to sing and practice Bhakti Yoga as a group!

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

August 2011

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Do you ever wish time could just slow down? The arrival of August in Maine often makes us wish we had just a little bit longer to enjoy the easy life. Fortunately, we do!

Enter your yoga practice. Each breath is an opportunity to savor the present moment and to access newness and joy. When we fully immerse ourselves in our breath and experiences, time does slow down. Now that’s a neat trick!

Check out our offerings this month – many opportunities to take it slow and enjoy your August moments. Jai!

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY AUGUST 5 5:30-6:30 PM
$5 suggested donation. Every first Friday this Summer! With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

OUTDOOR YOGA AT WOLFE NECK FARM – TUESDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 9 5:30-6:45 PM $16/drop-in
With  Jessie. Bring a mat or a blanket to practice with.  Visit our online schedule for details, online registration and driving directions. Unlimited drop-ins for members!

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY AUGUST 13 2-4 PM $22
Every 2nd Saturday this Summer! With Sue. No experience needed. Members pay only $11!

YOGA ED FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS – SUNDAY AUGUST 21 1-5 PM $85
With  Hoa. Sorry, no member discount offered for this class.

KIRTAN – FRIDAY AUGUST 26 5:30-6:30 PM $5 suggested donation
Every fourth Friday this Summer! With Kevin. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

Ways to Register: 1) Online by following the links on our website 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours in advance and leave a  message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or  during our office hours – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 PM for Summer.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

FALL 2011 SCHEDULE COMING SOON! – SEPTEMBER 1-DECEMBER 31, 2011
Look for our Fall schedule around the studio and/or online soon!

WELCOME OPERATIONS MANAGER!
We want to welcome Jo-Anne Severy to the Jai family! She joins us as Operations Manager and we are so happy to have her! Look for her bio on the website and her lovely face around the studio soon.

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PRACTICE

REST IS LIKE WHITE RICE: A METAPHOR FROM CHINESE CULTURE

In China, people do not usually mix their side of white rice into their entree, as we often see at Chinese restaurants in the United States. Rather, they reserve their white rice as a side, taking small bites throughout the meal.

The purpose? To space out their enjoyment. To clean their palate before taking another bite of food. To slow down and renew their senses before taking in more information.

By allowing a pause or separation between sensory experiences like taste, touch or smell, we keep our senses and experiences fresh, allowing ourselves to experience newness over and over again.

And, we allow ourselves the chance to assimilate and integrate our experiences so that we may learn, grow and benefit from them as well as enjoy them.

This is the same idea behind savasana (corpse pose) in yoga practice. During this time of rest and simply being, we give ourselves the chance to work with all the new discoveries and changes we’ve made during practice so that they become part of us, contributing to our own self-awareness and understanding.

Without this space between experiences, these moments of rest and rejuvenation,  everything runs together; time speeds on and sometimes we end up looking for a black cat in a dark room when we want to make a connection between our experiences and our world.

Rest is like white rice because it allows us time to differentiate one bite from another; to experience the nuances of each moment and to be purposeful with our intentions.

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

Jai Yoga
Suite 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
info@jaiyogahome.com
www.JaiYogaHome.com

July 2011

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Welcome to Summer at Jai Yoga! Our new schedule begins today!

We’re kicking off the season with celebration! Spend Independence Day with us for some Kirtan and 108 Sun Salutations! We also have some great, new workshop offerings and new weekly classes starting soon.

Kick off your shoes and do some yoga with us!

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:: SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS
:: PRACTICE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS TODAY! JULY 1-AUGUST 31, 2011
Look for our Summer schedule around the studio or online!

NO REGULAR CLASSES JULY 4th
We will not have any regular classes on Monday, July 4th for Independence Day. We will, however, have a special kirtan and yoga celebration. See the Special Classes & Events section for more information.

WEEKLY RESTORATIVE YOGA
We are no offering a weekly drop-in Restorative Yoga class on Wednesdays from 4-5:15 PM.

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY JULY 1 5:30-6:30 PM $5 suggested donation
Every first Friday this Summer! With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

EXPLORE PARTNER YOGA FRIDAYS JULY 1-29 7-8:15 PM 5 weeks $60
With Hoa. All levels are welcome. No partner necessary.

FREEDOM YOGA AND KIRTAN MONDAY JULY 4 8:30 AM-12 PM $Pay what you want!
Kirtan with Kevin 8:30-9:45 AM and 108 Sun Salutations with Hoa 10 AM-12 PM. No need to register, just show up!

YOGA NIDRA SATURDAY JULY 9 2-4 PM $22
Every 2nd Saturday this Summer! With Sue. No experience needed.

BASICS YOGA SERIES MONDAYS JULY 11-AUGUST 29 7:15-8:45 PM 8 weeks $90 or $16/drop-in
With Jessie.

OUTDOOR YOGA AT WOLFE NECK FARM TUESDAYS JULY 12-AUGUST 9 5:30-6:45 PM 5 weeks $60 or $16/drop-in
With Jessie. Bring a mat or a blanket to practice with. Please contact the studio for details, registration and driving directions.

KIRTAN FRIDAY JULY 22 5:30-6:30 PM $5 suggested donation
Every fourth Friday this Summer! With Kevin. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

GOING UPSIDE DOWN: INVERSIONS SATURDAY JULY 30 2-5 PM $35/person
With Jessie. Some yoga experience recommended. Click here for more info and to register online.

Ways to Register: 1) Click the links above 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours in advance and leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or during our office hours – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 PM for Summer.

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PRACTICE

FREE VISION: SEE CLEARLY WITH YOGIC EYE EXERCISES

Some say the eyes are the window to the soul, meaning when we look deeply into the eyes of another person, we can catch a glimpse of their true essence.

Our eyes may very well be a window in, offering such profound clarity into the nature of others, but they are also a window out and offer equal opportunity for us to glimpse the true essence of the world we live in.

The five senses completely inform us with regard to our place in the world, especially our sight. Our bodies are constantly making decisions about what information is important and what is not long before we ever become conscious of what we are seeing.

Practicing yogic eye exercises is a chance to become more connected to this process of discernment and to take a new view on the world around us. Plus, it will make our eyes stronger and potentially improve vision. The eyes are muscles after all, so they need exercise and stretching too.

Here are a few easy exercises to practice anytime. Try one or two each day:

PALMING

Rub your palms together quickly for a few seconds to generate heat. Fit your warm palms over the orbits of the eyes, creating complete darkness, and allow the heat to seep into the muscles around the eyes.

LAZY 8s

Stabilize your chin with the index and middle finger of one hand. Reach the other arm out straight in front of you and extend the index and middle fingers of that hand. Move your hand in large, slow, sideways 8 shapes and follow your fingertips with your eyes. Go slow enough so that you can explore the edges of your perception. What is the largest 8 you can make and follow comfortably? Do this for 30 seconds or so, breathing deeply the whole time, then bring your fingers in to touch your nose, still following with your eyes. Blink a few times. Switch hands and the direction of movement, repeating on the second side. Follow with palming.

REST

Use an eye pillow or a folded towel over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes of relaxation and rejuvenation. Allow your eyes a rest from the busy work of perception with a little quiet darkness. The gentle pressure from an eye pillow is also good for stimulating lubrication of the eyes and strengthening the muscles.

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

Jai Yoga
Suite 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
info@jaiyogahome.com
www.jaiyogahome.com

June 2011

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 2:33 pm

Another month has flown by and we are now approaching a new season in nature, at the studio and in routine. Yes, Summer is almost here!

As we gear up for a new season and a new schedule with lots of great offerings, we’ll offer a little less in the way of special workshops this month. You can still laugh, relax and enjoy with us, whether at our special classes or during our weekly open classes!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the studio soon. Jai!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS
PRACTICE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS NEXT MONTH
JULY 1-AUGUST 31, 2011

Look for our Summer schedule around the studio and in the mail in the coming weeks!

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY JUNE 3 5:30-6:30 PM $5 suggested donation
Every first Friday this Spring! With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY JUNE 11 2-4 PM $22
Every 1st or 2nd Saturday this Spring! With Sue.

YOGA ED FOR TEACHERS – SATURDAY JUNE 25 1-5 PM $8. With Hoa.

Ways to Register: 1) Follow the links on our website 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours in advance and leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or during our office hours – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 PM for Spring.

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PRACTICE

CONNECT, CALM AND EXPLORE: YOGA WITH KIDS

With Summer vacation beginning later this month excitement and free time are sure to abound for the younger members of the family.

Practicing yoga with the children in your life is a great way to connect to each other joyfully and to explore the natural rhythms of each day, season and lifetime.

Kids are always making connections between their experiences and the world around them. A yoga practice is one way to encourage such creativity as well as to increase focus and even out energy.

Any of the poses related to animals or things in the natural world are a perfect starting place. Asking questions and using images opens the possibility for connections to the natural world and the body. Below is an example of how to explore a yoga pose in a kid-friendly way.

TREE POSE

Both come into tree pose, pouring the weight into one leg and rooting down through the foot. The other foot can rest with heel against the ankle and toes on the floor, or just above the knee.

Together, imagine the roots reaching down into the earth and spreading out. What does that feel like? Look like?

Sweep the arms up from the sides of the body overhead, reaching through the fingertips. The tree is growing. What would it be like to stretch toward the sky for 100 years?

Let the arms open wide, like a tree in full bloom. Can you feel the wind of your breath rustling your leaves?

Finally, let the arms fall like leaves to the ground. Ask your yoga partner to lead you through the second side.

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

Jai Yoga
Suite 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
info@jaiyogahome.com
www.jaiyogahome.com

May 2011

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 12:42 pm

Welcome to May! We are excited about all we have to offer this month at the studio!
Some good ol’ favorites as well as some new things to try are all listed below.
We hope to see you at the studio soon!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS
PRACTICE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

JAI IS HIRING! OPERATIONS MANAGER POSITION
Look for a formal job posting on our website, Facebook, by email and on Maine job boards soon. Please, no phone calls about this opening.

NO REGULAR CLASSES MONDAY MAY 30 FOR MEMORIAL DAY: SPECIAL YIN/YANG EXPLORATION CLASS OFFERED INSTEAD!
In honor of Memorial Day, we will not be holding any regular classes. However, you can still get your yoga on this holiday by attending our special Yin/Yang Exploration class! See the Special Classes & Events listings for a link to more information and online registration.

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY MAY 6 5:30-6:30 PM
$5 suggested donation. Every first Friday this Spring! With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY MAY 7 2-4 PM $22
Every 1st or 2nd Saturday this Spring! With Sue. No experience needed.

BASICS YOGA SERIES BEGINS – MONDAYS MAY 9-JUNE 27 7:15-8:45 PM 8 weeks $90 or $16/drop-in
With Angie. No experience needed.

ACROYOGA: THE JOY OF FLIGHT – FRIDAYS MAY 13-27 5:30-7:30 PM 3 weeks $50
With guest teacher Kara Seymour.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY MAY 14 2-4 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Spring! With Jessie. No experience needed.

YIN/YANG EXPLORATION – MEMORIAL DAY – MONDAY MAY 30 9-10:30 AM $16 or use class package/membership
With Kara.

Ways to Register: 1) Visit our website and click workshop link 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours in advance and leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or during our office hours – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 PM for Spring.

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PRACTICE

TWO BIRDS – A YIN/YANG EXPLORATION: SLEEPING SWAN & KING PIGEON

At the end of the month, we will have a special Memorial Day class exploring yin and yang yoga practices.

Yin yoga is a quiet, slow style of yoga practice with the potential for deep insight.
Poses are held for some time so that the practice can access the deeper connective tissues around the joints.

A yang practice is more active and heating, invigorating the muscles and skin with movement.

Practicing the two styles consecutively is a powerful way to balance the body and mind. With this idea, we invite you to explore a similar posture from the perspective of each of these two approaches.

SLEEPING SWAN

1 – From hands and knees, slide your right knee toward your right wrist, allowing the right heel to rest under the left hip

2 – Slowly slide your left leg out along the mat behind you until straight

3 – Take note of the first place you feel resistance or a slight stretch and stop there

4 – Use blankets or pillows under your sits bones, or knees to allow your body to rest comfortably in this place

5 – Next, slowly walk your hands forward as you fold over your bent knee. Again, note the first place of resistance and use props so that you can be comfortable there

6 – Focus on your breath for 3-5 minutes in this posture, noting the subtle changes happening in your body as you passively stay in this pose

7 – Slowly come out of the pose and repeat on the opposite side

Note: sometimes it’s helpful to make some gentle movements between sides – do what feels right

KING PIGEON

1 – From hands and knees, slide your right knee toward your right wrist, allowing the right heel to rest under the left hip

2 – Slowly slide your left leg out along the mat behind you until straight

3 – Take note of the first place you feel resistance or a slight stretch and stop there. Use props for support if needed

4 – Actively press your legs into the mat as if you could scissor them back together.
Notice the lift in your spine

5 – Drop your tailbone toward the floor and allow your shoulders to roll back and away from your ears

6 – Keeping the length in your spine, stretch forward over the bent leg, walking the hands out in front

7 – Take 3-5 breaths here before mindfully switching sides

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

Jai Yoga
Suite 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
info@jaiyogahome.com
www.jaiyogahome.com

April 2011

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 10:25 pm

April is here! And so is our Spring schedule! Be sure to check our online listings before heading down to the studio.

We have some fun new offerings this weekend to celebrate the arrival of Spring, including an AcroYoga FUNdamentals workshop! And, of course Laughter Yoga this evening.

Keep reading to learn more. We can’t wait to see you!

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRACTICE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

2011 SPRING SCHEDULE: APRIL 1-JUNE 30
Look for our new schedule around town and at the studio!

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY APRIL 1 5:30-6:30 PM
$5 suggested donation. Every first Friday this Spring! With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

ACROYOGA FUNDAMENTALS – SATURDAY APRIL 2 2-5 PM $35/person or $60/pair
With Kara Seymour.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY APRIL 9 2-4 PM $22
Every 1st or 2nd Saturday this Spring! With Sue. No experience needed.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY APRIL 16 2-4 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Spring! With Jessie.

YOGA ED FOR TEACHERS – SATURDAY APRIL 30 1-5 PM $85
With Hoa.

Ways to Register: 1) Follow the links from www.JaiYogaHome.com 2) Call 207.725.7874 at least 24 hours in advance and leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend 3) In person either before or after a class or during our office hours – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3 PM for Spring.

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KAPALABHATI PRANAYAMA – DEVELOP STRENGTH AND STAMINA WITH “SKULL SHINING” BREATH

Kapalabhati pranayama has a range of benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Spring in Maine is the perfect time to start thinking about growing stronger, increasing our stamina, expelling toxins, cleansing our respiratory channels and changing our perspectives.

Spring is a transitional time, one where we emerge from our winter hibernation, dust ourselves off and start moving toward a more active lifestyle.

Kapalabhati is a vigorous breathing practice which helps us do just that. By focusing on the exhalation, not only are we cleansing and toning our bodies, we are removing ourselves from the usual routine (most breathing patterns, even passive ones, put emphasis on the inhalation).

Give it a try:

1 – Find a comfortable seated position, either on the floor or in a chair, where you can elongate your spine

2 – Before beginning kapalabhati, spend a minute or two focusing in on your breath with some deep, full and even inhalations and exhalations

3 – When you are ready to begin, exhale completely, pulling your abdominal muscles in as you draw your navel back towards your spine until your lungs are completely empty

3 – Relax your abdominal muscles, allowing your belly and lungs to effortlessly inflate with an inhalation

4 – Practice 10-15 breaths like this (1 round) before returning to deep, even breathing until you are ready to do more Kapalabhati breaths for a total of 3 rounds

Notes: Start slowly, learning to use your abdominal muscles with ease and control before making the breaths quick and more vigorous. Always return to baseline with deep, even breathing between rounds and after practice

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

Jai Yoga

Suite 314 Fort Andross

14 Maine Street

Brunswick ME 04011

207.725.7874

info@jaiyogahome.com

www.jaiyogahome.com

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