March 2011

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They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb – seems to be so this month at Jai Yoga! In the first few days of the month, we have several offerings at the studio! Check it out below.

Also, later this month look for our Spring 2011 schedule which will begin April 1 and run through June 30. Spring is certainly on the way at Jai!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

2011 SPRING SCHEDULE: APRIL 1-JUNE 30
Our new schedule will be in the mail, around town and at the studio in the coming weeks!

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY MARCH 4 5:30-6:30 PM $5 suggested donation
Every first Friday this Winter! With Katie. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

STORYTIME YOGA – FRIDAY MARCH 4 4-4:45 PM $13/drop-in per family
With Tisha. Click here for more information and to register online.

GOING UPSIDE DOWN: AN INVERSIONS WORKSHOP – SATURDAY MARCH 5 2-4:30 PM $35
With Jessie. Click here for more information and to register online.

PRENATAL YOGA RETREAT - SUNDAY MARCH 6 1-4 PM $35
With Kara. Click here for more information and to register online.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY MARCH 12 2-4 PM $22
Every 2nd Saturday this Winter! With Sue. No experience needed. Click here for more info and to register online.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY MARCH 19 2-4 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Winter! With Jessie. Click here for more information and to register online.

ANUSARA YOGA AS THERAPY – SUNDAY MARCH 20 1-3:30 PM $35
With Tisha. Click here for more information 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 Winter.

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PRACTICE

TAKE A SEAT: GET READY FOR SPRING WITH UTKATASANA (CHAIR POSE)

During the winter months in Maine, we all tend to spend a lot more time in our seats, whether in our cars as we drive slowly through the slushy streets, at our desks working and studying or cuddling up on the couch with a good book.

But, sitting does not have to be entirely passive. And now that March is here, we need to begin waking our bodies in preparation for Spring!

This month, take your yoga practice into your daily life! First, do the following practice a few times and then, we encourage you to see just how much you can apply the principles of the pose whenever you take a seat.

Give it a try:

1 – From Tadasana, keeping your shoulder blades settled onto your back ribs, lift your arms so they are parallel to the floor with palms facing inward

2 – With a straight back, bend your knees and take your sit bones back as if you were to sit into a chair. The more parallel to the floor you can make your thighs, the stronger the pose will be. Here, it is okay for the knees to go beyond the toes

3 – Spread your sit bones as you draw the head of the thigh bones back and apart. Find length through the spine with a gentle tuck of the tailbone and drawing in of the low belly

4 – If you like, take your arms overhead, reaching the fingertips to the ceiling while keeping your shoulder blades on your back

5 – Breathe here for 3 full, beautiful, complete breaths, feeling your body working together as a complete unit before mindfully returning to Tadasana

6 – Repeat 1-3 more times

Note: For an extra challenge, play with shifting your weight between your heels and toes as you inhale and exhale. This version of the pose is called Rocking Chair

Now, think about what aspects of this posture you can use when you take a seat at the dinner table or at your desk. Can you keep your spine long by sending your sit bones down and back? Can you keep your shoulders down and back? What else?

Enjoy your yoga as you grow stronger and move toward spring!

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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

January 2011

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Welcome to 2011! Going on right now at Jai Yoga, we have a number of classes, events and workshops to help you make this the best year ever! Not to mention, a new schedule full of weekly drop-in classes.

Attend as many as you like for only $7 this first week of January. That’s right, it’s 7 Days for $7! Below, find a link to register online as well as listings and registration links for several new series classes and workshops beginning this month.

We are very excited about our offerings for the Winter and hope to see you at the studio soon!

Happy New Year!

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

YOGA DANCE
SATURDAY & SUNDAY JANUARY 1 & 2 12:30-1:30 PM $25/both classes or $16/drop-in. With Hoa. No experience in dance or yoga needed.

BASICS YOGA SERIES BEGINS
MONDAYS JANUARY 3-FEBRUARY 21 7:15-8:45 PM 8 weeks $90, $16/drop-in. With Angie.

LAUGHTER YOGA
FRIDAY JANUARY 7 5:30-6:30 PM $5 suggested donation. Donations benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register, just show up!

YOGA NIDRA
SATURDAY JANUARY 8 2-4 PM $22. Every 2nd Saturday this Winter! With Sue. No experience needed.

YOGA ED FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS
SUNDAY JANUARY 9 1-5 PM $85. With Hoa.

PRENATAL YOGA SERIES
MONDAYS JANUARY 10-MARCH 28 5:45-7 PM
12 weeks $120, any 8 classes $96, any 4 classes $56, $16/drop-in. With Jen.

BABY & ME YOGA SERIES
TUESDAYS JANUARY 11-MARCH 29 10:30-11:30 AM. 12 weeks $120, any 8 classes $96, any 4 classes $56, $16/drop-in. With Angie.

RESTORATIVE YOGA
SATURDAY JANUARY 15 2-4 PM $22. Every 3rd Saturday this Winter! With Jessie.

FAMILY YOGA
TUESDAYS JANUARY 18-FEBRUARY 22 9:15-10 AM 6 weeks $60 or $13/drop-in per family. With Jen.

STORYTIME YOGA
FRIDAYS JANUARY 21-FEBRUARY 25 4-4:45 PM 6 weeks $60 or $13/drop-in per family. With Tisha.

HONEY FLOW YOGA
FRIDAYS JANUARY 21-FEBRUARY 25 5-6:15 PM $75 6 weeks or $16/drop-in. With Tisha.

BASICS INTENSIVE WEEKEND
SATURDAY & SUNDAY JANUARY 22 & 23 1-4 PM $70. With Kara.

AYURVEDA SERIES
SATURDAY JANUARY 29 2-5 PM $35/class or $85/3 classes. Every last  Saturday this Winter! With Carol Morrison.

PRINCIPLES OF ANUSARA YOGA
SUNDAY JANUARY 30 1-3:30 PM $35. With Tisha.

Ways to Register: 1) Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com and click the link to register for workshops 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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW  SCHEDULE STARTS TODAY!
WINTER 2011: JANUARY 1-MARCH 31

7 DAYS FOR $7
SATURDAY-FRIDAY JANUARY  1-7
Unlimited classes for only $7 the first week of 2011!

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PRACTICE

NAMASTE 2011
RESOLVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR GOODNESS

A New Year is a chance for a fresh start, a new beginning. As human beings, we tend to look backward before starting something new. We note all of the “mistakes” and “bad habits” we’ve had and resolve not to carry them forward. About this new journey, we say, “This time it will be different.”

And if it’s not different, we feel terrible. By defining future possibilities in terms of what’s already happened, especially our negative associations with past experiences, we hinder ourselves. We place our focus on flaws and faults and create goals based on correcting those flaws and faults all in the name of self-improvement.

What about acknowledging your goodness instead? What about looking into your heart and finding the joy and love and peace that is there and letting it shine out? What about letting that lovely light guide you for a day, a week, even an hour if not for the entire year?

At the end of yoga class, we often acknowledge our teacher and each other with an ancient salutation: Namaste. The divine light in me honors the divine light in you.

This word is much more than a simple greeting; it is a state of being. And when we say it at the end of yoga class, filled with the sublime joy we have just spent time deliberately cultivating, we really mean it. We really feel the light inside ourselves. And feeling our own light allows us to feel the light of those around us. We can all bask in the glow of our shared goodness, our true inner selves.

We are not a collection of faults, flaws and weaknesses to feel guilty about – to resolve to change – but a warm, glowing goodness open to the possibility of joy in any situation. When we choose to focus on this aspect of ourselves, and of others, all the flaws we thought we had tend to pale in comparison and often fade away in their own time.

Of course, sometimes we have become clear on some aspect of our life or our behavior that is no longer serving us and we would truly like to change. If this is so, our inner goodness can support this process as well! The key to making an intentional change without a strict timeline, without guilting and badgering ourselves, is patience. We change to serve ourselves. And sometimes it takes a while, but slow is sustainable. Change does not have to be all or nothing.

So, this new year, we invite you to say “Namaste” to yourself everyday; to cultivate strength of character through joy and peace; to love yourself just as you are.

Happy New Year!

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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

December 2010

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Season’s greetings! Amongst the bustle of the season, remember to give to yourself as well as to others. Treat yourself to some Laughter Yoga, Yoga Nidra or Restorative Yoga – all at their usual times this month!

A few reminders: we’ll be closed over Christmas weekend and have a new schedule starting the first of the year (with 7 Days for $7!); look for it in the mail, at the studio and around town soon!

We wish you peace, love and light this holiday season!

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PRACTICE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO YOGA BOOTCAMP THIS MONTH…
INSTEAD, RISE-N-SHINE CLASSES WILL CONTINUE AS SCHEDULED

NO REGULAR CLASSES FRIDAY-SUNDAY DECEMBER 24-26
FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

NEW SCHEDULE COMING SOON!
WINTER 2011: JANUARY 1-MARCH 31

7 DAYS FOR $7 2011
UNLIMITED YOGA JANUARY 1-7 FOR ONLY $7!

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY DECEMBER 3 5:30-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Fall! With Katie. No need to register, just show up! Click here for more information.
*Please note, Laughter Yoga replaces Happy Hour Yoga on the first Friday of each month

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 12 2-4 PM $22, $11 for members
Every second Saturday this Fall! With Sue. No experience needed.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 18 2-4 PM $22, $11 for members
Every third Saturday this Fall! With Jessie. Totally relaxing, no experience necessary.

NEW YEAR’S EVE YOGA GIFT – FRIDAY DECEMBER 31 5:30-7:30 PM $5 suggested donation
Give while you receive with this special 2 hour yoga flow set to music that touches your heart and a rhythm that gets your energy flowing. Experience the gift of an open heart in metta practice as well as joy and strength in building community. The ultimate goal is in connecting to the essence of who you really are. This class is open to everyone! Come with friends and family or just by yourself. All proceeds benefit Midcoast Hunger Prevention. With Hoa

Ways to Register: 1) Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com and follow the registration links 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 Fall.

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PRACTICE

LET YOUR INNER LIGHT SHINE IN UTTHITA TADASANA

FIVE POINTED STAR

The holiday season is the perfect time to cultivate and project your inner light while staying grounded through a strong base.

Practice utthita tadasana to lengthen the entire body out from its center, improving both circulation and respiration for an increase in overall energy. Make more space for all the good will the season brings! Open your heart to share good tidings with others!

To practice:

1 – From tadasana (mountain pose), take your arms out to the side so that they are parallel to the floor, then step your feet wide apart. Check to see that the feet are parallel with toes facing forward and are roughly aligned under your wrists

2 – Press into your feet, energetically pull the knee caps up and roll the inner thighs toward each other then back behind you. Allow your tailbone to drop

3 – Reach out through your fingertips while at the same time allowing your shoulder blades to relax down onto the back of your rib cage and your heart to open

4 – Pull your low ribs in gently as you lengthen your spine, reaching the crown of your head toward the ceiling. Check that your chin is parallel to the floor and your gaze is straight ahead

5 – Feel yourself expand as you breathe in this pose. With each exhale, root your feet and drop your tailbone, with each inhale, reach out through the fingertips and crown of head. Open your heart

6 – Take 5-10 deep breaths here before returning to tadasana

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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

November 2010

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November marks the beginning the holiday season. We all know the holidays can be a wonderful time of reconnecting with friends and family, celebrating the bounty of the Fall harvest and of giving from the heart. Sometimes, as much as these things can bring us joy, they can bring us stress as well. We are here to support you and your yoga practice throughout the holiday season!

Laughter Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra are all great choices to bring the stress levels down and to help you reconnect to your inner stillness and joy. See dates and sign-up information below.

We also want to point out we have a couple of schedule changes for the month. We hope to see you at the studio soon!

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NO YOGA BOOTCAMP NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER…INSTEAD, RISE-N-SHINE CLASSES WILL CONTINUE AS SCHEDULED

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NO REGULAR CLASSES THURSDAY NOVEMBER 25 FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5 5:30-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Fall! With Katie. No need to register, just show up! Click here for more information.
*Please note, Laughter Yoga replaces Happy Hour Yoga on the first Friday of each month

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 13 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Fall! With Sue. No experience needed.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20 2-4 PM $22
Every third Saturday this Fall! With Jessie. Totally relaxing, no experience necessary.

Ways to Register: 1) Visit our website to follow registration links 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 Fall.

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PRACTICE

HARMONIOUS HOLIDAYS

TIPS FOR STAYING GROUNDED AND STRESS-FREE THIS SEASON (AND ALWAYS)

Breathe.
When you feel stress creeping up, take a few moments to focus on the in and out of your breath. Be right there with it. See if you can make each new breath a little longer than the previous breath. Breathe in peace and relaxation, let all of your concerns slip out with the exhale. Sigh through your mouth if it feels right.

Share.
Take a little time now, early in the holiday season, to identify a few key people in your life who you love and trust and who would be willing to listen when you might need them. If you’re stressed, don’t hold it in.

Nourish.
When we’re stressed or busy, it’s easy to let taking care of ourselves go or to fall back on some of our less supportive habits. Give yourself the gift of good food and good rest as often as possible.

Space.
Take a little time to reflect each day. Maybe a few minutes of journaling? Or meditation? Or a mini-savasana? Connect with yourself so you can clarify your needs and boundaries.

Enjoy yourself! Laugh and be merry!

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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

October 2010

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You may have already noticed, but we’re changing up the newsletter a bit. Our monthly eNews will be a bit shorter with a practice and a list of upcoming events. Mid-month we’ll send out a “Spotlight” email, which will highlight Jai teachers, events, classes, policies, etc. We hope you like this change. Please do let us know!

As usual, there’s lots going on at the studio this month. Keep reading to learn more. Enjoy!

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PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

LAUGHTER YOGA
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1 5:30-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Fall! With Katie. No need to register, just show up!
*Please note, Laughter Yoga replaces Happy Hour Yoga on the first Friday of each month

YOGA FOR RUNNERS
SUNDAYS OCTOBER 3-24 2-4 PM 4 weeks $50, drop-in $16 (space permitting)
With Gabrielle

INTRO TO SAHAJA MEDITATION
WEDNESDAYS OCTOBER 6-27 7:15-8:30 PM FREE!
Preregistration is required to attend.

YOGA NIDRA
SATURDAY OCTOBER 9 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Fall! With Melinda. No experience needed.

HOW YIN YOGA WORKS
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23 2-4 PM $22, Members $11
With Sally

RESTORATIVE YOGA
SATURDAY OCTOBER 16 2-4 PM $22
Every third Saturday this Fall! With Jessie. Totally relaxing, no experience necessary.

YOGA BOOTCAMP
MONDAY-FRIDAY OCTOBER 25-29 6:15-7:15 AM $60/week, $50/week for repeaters, $16 drop-in ($5 drop-in for members)
Every last week of the month this Fall! With Gabrielle. Basic knowledge of yoga is needed to participate. The room will be heated, so please be hydrated.
*Please note, Yoga Bootcamp classes will replace the weekly Rise-N-Shine classes for the noted dates

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 Fall.

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PRACTICE

SITTING EASY FOR MEDITATION: SUKAHASANA – EASY POSE

One barrier to creating a long-term meditation practice for many people is an issue of bodily comfort. Sitting on a cushion on the floor, or even in a chair, with an erect spine for long periods of time can be difficult and strenuous, especially if one is unaccustomed to the practice.

The Sahaja Meditation series starting this month at Jai will help to address some of the many concerns with beginning and maintaining a meditation practice, but you can start now, with just a few minutes a day by practicing Sukhasana, or easy pose.

Here’s how:

1 – Place your sit bones on and toward the edge of a of couple stacked blankets or a cushion (about 6 inches high)

2 – Cross your shins, allowing each foot to slide under the opposite knees as you pull your legs in toward your body, but not so close that your feet are touching your pelvis

3 – Widen your knees slightly so that your feet come to rest under your calf muscles. Soften your feet so that the outer edges remain on the floor while the arches of the feet cradle the calf muscles. The thigh of each leg and your shins will make a triangle shape

4 – To find a neutral and erect spine allow your sit bones to drop into your support, as if you were rooting down into the floor. You might feel your ischial bones move apart slightly as your spine lifts

5 – Allow your shoulder blades to move away from your ears and slide down over the back of your rib cage, being mindful that your lower front ribs do not come forward and your lower back does not arch

6 – Breathe easily here, focusing on allowing the body to become more and more relaxed with each exhale. Sit comfortably for 3-5 minutes to begin, increasing the length of your stay as you feel increasingly comfortable in the position

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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

September 2010

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Our Fall 2010 schedule starts today! We are excited about a few new weekly classes and some great upcoming special classes and workshops. We received such a positive response to our Summer schedule format that we will continue to offer classes at regular times throughout the Fall so you can practice more often!

Keep reading to learn more about all that we have going on this month. We’d love to see you at the studio as you transition back to school and work! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the season ahead.

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3 5:30-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Fall! Join Katie for an evening of fun and laughter…the yogic way! Laugh to get your heart pumping and the positive energy flowing! This is an excellent way to support the community and yourself in an ongoing way. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!
*Please note, Laughter Yoga replaces Happy Hour Yoga on the first Friday of each month

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Fall! Yoga Nidra is a powerful yet simple technique of guided relaxation; the perfect antidote for a busy and fragmented life. As you are guided to move your awareness throughout your body, you will experience deeper and deeper states of relaxation, resulting in a sense of peace, harmony and balance. Deep healing is possible with the practice of “yogic sleep,” a true gift to the body, mind and spirit. No experience is needed.

PRENATAL YOGA SERIES – MONDAYS SEPTEMBER 13-DECEMBER 13 5:45-7 PM 14 weeks $140, any 8 classes $96, any 4 classes $56 or $16 drop-in
Expectant mothers at any stage of pregnancy will learn and practice yoga poses, breathing and meditation techniques to assist in a healthy pregnancy and an active birth. This class cultivates strength, flexibility and tone in the body that is now a home for two. Meditation and breath create calm and confidence in preparation for labor, childbirth and parenting. Meet other expectant moms in this fun and relaxing class. No prior yoga experience is necessary. We do recommend that you check with your care provider before attending a yoga class.

BASICS SERIES BEGINS – MONDAYS SEPTEMBER 13-NOVEMBER 1 7:15-8:45 PM 8 weeks $90
In our Yoga Basics Class you will learn the fundamentals of safe yoga practice: postures, alignment, breathing techniques and relaxation. Our teachers will help you learn to modify postures to suit your individual needs. The pace of the class is slow and steady. We provide you with handouts to illustrate the poses so that you can practice at home and simple, fun homework assignments to help you integrate what you are learning into your daily life. You will have fun in our basics class and leave feeling relaxed and energized.

BABY & ME YOGA SERIES – TUESDAYS SEPTEMBER 14-DECEMBER 14 10:30-11:30 AM 14 weeks $140, any 8 classes $96, any 4 classes $56 or $16 drop-in
This class is for moms or dads and babies at least 4 weeks until they are active crawlers. Learn postures and breath that you can practice with your baby. Poses focus on creating and restoring strength and flexibility for mom/dad, parent-child bonds, baby massage and baby yoga postures to aid digestion and development. Time to connect with other parents in our community. This class tends to fill quickly, reservations are recommended, but drop ins are welcome provided space is available. Limited to 12 participants.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18 2-4 PM $22
Every third Saturday this Fall! Restorative yoga uses blankets, blocks, cushions, ties and the wall to support the body in a complete letting go. Releases tension, calms the nervous system, removes the toxic leftovers from stress and floods the body with happiness and bliss. A gentle and slow-paced class. Totally relaxing, no experience necessary.

YOGA BOOTCAMP – MONDAY-FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 1 6:15-7:15 AM $60/week, $50/week for repeaters, $16 drop-in ($5 drop-in for members)

Every last week of the month this Fall! Commit to change your routine and to change your body. Join Gabrielle for a whole week or two of early morning heated yoga. This is a vigorous practice meant to reawaken the mind, body and spirit. Feel incredible, be beautiful. Join us for an intense and exciting program. Get ready to re-energize your life and practice. Let go of your inner intellectual and just sweat, breathe, hold, and move. Your body will thank you for it. Ending each session in savasana is the best part. Basic knowledge of yoga is needed to participate. The room will be heated, so please be hydrated.
*Please note, Yoga Bootcamp classes will replace the weekly Rise-N-Shine classes for the noted dates

To register, visit our website to try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Or, register by phone at least 24 hours in advance. Just give us a call: 207.725.7874. Leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend and we’ll return your call ASAP.

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STUDIO NEWS

FALL SCHEDULE STARTS TODAY!
Fall Schedule at Jai Yoga will begins today, September 1 and runs through December 31. Look for hard copies at the studio or around town if you haven’t already received one.

CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY
There will be no regular classes on Monday, September 6, 2010 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

FREE MEMBERSHIPS!
Jai Yoga is looking for 2 people to help with our weekly chores: Studio Cleaning Angel and Flyer Posting Angel.

Cleaning Angel is needed for about 2 hours the same time and day each week. Flyer Angel will walk and drive to put our fliers up in Downtown Brunswick, Bath and Freeport, etc.

In exchange for your service you will get free membership to the studio! Membership entitles you to unlimited weekly classes and 50% off workshops. Please call and speak with Jen if you are interested, 725-7874.

FIRST ANNUAL YOGATHON!!!
Jai Yoga is participating in Maine’s First Annual Yogathon at the Maine State Pier in Portland on September 26, 2010! A whole day of yoga for $10 in advance or $15 the day of! Proceeds will benefit Prebble Street Resource Center. Stop by the studio or visit http://989wclz.com for more info.

FALL 2010 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS from 1-3 PM. At those times, messages can be left for specific teachers, questions can be answered and ideas will be heard! These are also excellent times to shop in our retail store! Please get in touch with us if you have any comments, questions, concerns or praise. Stop by the studio or give us a call at 207.725.7874.

BECOME OUR FAN ON FACEBOOK!
You can now find us on Facebook! As a fan of Jai Yoga, you will receive the latest news and updates. We plan to post special events and schedule updates, as well as host discussions and some fun online activities. We look forward to hearing from and staying in touch with you!

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PRACTICE

BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO BASICS

As we’ve seen in school, before we start learning something new, we usually review what we have already learned. This can be helpful in refreshing the memory and in providing a foundation for new learning.

Reviewing the basics before we dive deeper can also help us gain a fresh perspective on both the old and the new. Oftentimes, we find there is always something new to learn, even within a subject we have spent a great deal of time studying. This is especially true if we can cultivate a “beginner’s mind.”

A beginner’s mind means approaching something open to possibility and new learning. It means putting aside what we already know (or think we know) and allowing our present moment to influence and develop our understanding.

So, as we head back to school and work this Fall, see if you can cultivate a beginner’s mind. Start with this basic practice…maybe one of the first bits of yoga you learned?

And guess what? The benefits of spinal extension, breath awareness and core strengthening still apply, whether it’s the first time you practice or the 100th time. So enjoy!

Marjaryasana/Bitilasana (Cat/Cow)

1 – Begin on your hands and knees in table top position with a neutral spine

2 – Spread your fingers into the mat, pressing slightly downward. Press the tops of your feet into the mat

3 – On an exhale, tuck your tailbone and arch your back toward the ceiling and let your head drop, feeling your shoulder blades spread apart as your spine rounds. See if you can allow your breath to travel up the spine, articulating each vertebra, as it exits through your nose. Move slowly

4 – On an inhale, point your tailbone, fanning your sitz bones out and dropping your belly toward the floor. Press your hands into the mat and allow your chest to come slightly forward, expanding your collar bone. Again, see if you can use your breath to isolate the movement of each individual vertebra. Move slowly

5 – Repeat 5-10 times and then rest in balasana (child’s pose)

Note: For a change in perspective, you can also try initiating movement from the crown of your head rather than your tailbone

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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

August 2010

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How is summer treating you? Though the season may be winding down, it’s not over yet! We still have some great ongoing classes (both indoors and out!) and special events to enhance the wonder of a summer in Maine. Keep reading or visit our online schedule for more details.

Our Fall schedule is in the works. Keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks! Jai!

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
STUDIO NEWS
PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY AUGUST 6 5:45-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Summer! Join Katie for an evening of fun and laughter…the yogic way! Laugh to get your heart pumping and the positive energy flowing! This is an excellent way to support the community and yourself in an ongoing way. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY AUGUST 14 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Summer! Yoga Nidra is a powerful yet simple technique of guided relaxation; the perfect antidote for a busy and fragmented life. As you are guided to move your awareness throughout your body, you will experience deeper and deeper states of relaxation, resulting in a sense of peace, harmony and balance. Deep healing is possible with the practice of “yogic sleep,” a true gift to the body, mind and spirit. No experience is needed.

YOGA BOOTCAMP – MONDAY-FRIDAY UNTIL AUGUST 8* 6:15-7:15 AM $16 drop-in
Commit to change your routine and to change your body. Join Gabrielle for a whole week or two of early morning heated yoga. This is a vigorous practice meant to reawaken the mind, body and spirit. Feel incredible, be beautiful. Join us for an intense and exciting program. Get ready to re-energize your life and practice. Let go of your inner intellectual and just sweat, breathe, hold and move. Your body will thank you for it. Ending each session in savasana is the best part. Basic knowledge of yoga is needed to participate. The room will be heated, so please be hydrated.
*Please note, Yoga Bootcamp classes will replace the weekly Rise-N-Shine classes for the noted dates

SUMMER’S DAY YOGA RETREAT – AUGUST 28 8 AM-5 PM COST: $65 MEMBERS: $40
This day-long yoga retreat will be outdoors at a location soon to be decided. The morning session will focus on energizing backbends and arm balances. There will be a break from 11:30-2 for a leisurely lunch and time to explore the beauty of the area. The afternoon will offer hip openers and, of course, a deep relaxation and meditation.

To register, visit our website to try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Or, register by phone at least 24 hours in advance. Just give us a call: 207.725.7874. Leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend and we’ll return your call ASAP.

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STUDIO NEWS

FALL SCHEDULE COMING SOON!
Fall Schedule at Jai Yoga will begin September 1 and run through December 31. Look for hard copies in the mail, at the studio or around town soon.

SUMMER 2010 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS from 1-3 PM. At those times, messages can be left for specific teachers, questions can be answered and ideas will be heard! These are also excellent times to shop in our retail store! Please get in touch with us if you have any comments, questions, concerns or praise. Stop by the studio or give us a call at 207.725.7874.

BECOME OUR FAN ON FACEBOOK!
You can now find us on Facebook! As a fan of Jai Yoga, you will receive the latest news and updates. We plan to post special events and schedule updates, as well as host discussions and some fun online activities. We look forward to hearing from and staying in touch with you! Click here to view our page.

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PRACTICE

SO HUM: A SIMPLE MEDITATION

Summer is such a wondrous time full of activity, it often zooms by. There is so much inviting our attention!

With a new season and new activities just around the corner, we can use our breath to quiet our minds and savor each moment.

By paying attention to our breath, we can indeed slow down time and develop appreciation for change, while investing ourselves deeply in our present.

Bring yourself into the rhythm of your breath anytime with this simple meditation. This technique is a great way to start the day, savor the beauty of nature at the beach or quiet your mind while standing in line.

Give it a try:

1 – Find a comfortable chair or floor cushion and sit with an erect spine (or stand)

2 – Either gently close your eyes or gaze softly at the floor in front of you

3 – Bring your awareness to your breath, especially the movement of the breath at the tips of the nostrils. Do not try to change your breath, just be an observer

4 – For the length of each inhale, let your mind echo the word “SO.” For each exhale, hear/say “HUM”

5 – Practice for just a few minutes or as long as you like. Take a few moments be still before moving back into your day

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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 2010

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 11:50 am

Summer has arrived! We are so excited to offer a new schedule with more classes at more convenient times and a new monthly membership option to help you take your practice to new heights! Be the best you can be!

We also have some new class offerings…did we mention they are oceanside? Take your yoga practice into nature and embrace all that summer in Maine has to offer with Jai Yoga.

Keep reading to learn more about these opportunities!

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in this issue

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
NEW MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP
STUDIO NEWS
PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY JULY 2 5:45-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Summer! Join Katie for an evening of fun and laughter…the yogic way! Laugh to get your heart pumping and the positive energy flowing! This is an excellent way to support the community and yourself in an ongoing way. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!

BASICS SERIES BEGINS – MONDAYS JULY 5-AUGUST 23 7:15-8:45 PM $90 8 WEEKS
In our Yoga Basics Class you will learn the fundamentals of safe yoga practice: postures, alignment, breathing techniques and relaxation. Our teachers will help you learn to modify postures to suit your individual needs. The pace of the class is slow and steady. We provide you with handouts to illustrate the poses so that you can practice at home and simple, fun homework assignments to help you integrate what you are learning into your daily life. You will have fun in our basics class and leave feeling relaxed and energized. Click here to reserve your space in the first class.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY JULY 10 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Summer! Yoga Nidra is a powerful yet simple technique of guided relaxation; the perfect antidote for a busy and fragmented life. As you are guided to move your awareness throughout your body, you will experience deeper and deeper states of relaxation, resulting in a sense of peace, harmony and balance. Deep healing is possible with the practice of “yogic sleep,” a true gift to the body, mind and spirit. No experience is needed.

FAMILY YOGA BEGINS – TUESDAYS JULY 13-AUGUST 31 11 AM-12 PM AT MITCHELL FIELD IN HARPSWELL $10/CLASS PER FAMILY, CASH OR CHECK
Everyone can benefit from some light, fun stretching under the golden sun and deep breathing of the fresh sea air. This is a fun, spirited and gentle yoga class for everyone in the family; babies, toddlers, teens, parents, even great-grandparents! Everyone benefits from a yoga practice. All ages are welcome, no experience necessary. Please bring a mat, blanket or towel and water for each family member. There is  no need to sign-up, just show up! If rain, no class. Visit our online schedule for
more information, including directions.

OCEANSIDE YOGA BEGINS – TUESDAYS JULY 13-AUGUST 31 5:45-7 PM USE MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP, CLASS PACKAGE OR $16/DROP-IN
Enjoy breath-inspiring views with this outdoor yoga class at Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s wedding field. This is an all-levels class, lovely for beginners and advanced students alike. Bring your own mat, blanket or towel, some water and insect repellent, just in case. If it rains, class at the field will be canceled, but you are welcome to come to Jai Yoga for a moderate class at the same time. Visit our online schedule to register online and for more information.

YOGA BOOTCAMP – MONDAY-FRIDAY JULY 26-AUGUST 8* 6:15-7:15 AM $60/week, $50/repeater or $16 drop-in
Commit to change your routine and to change your body. Join Gabrielle for a whole week or two of early morning heated yoga. This is a vigorous practice meant to reawaken the mind, body and spirit. Feel incredible, be beautiful. Join us for an intense and exciting program. Get ready to re-energize your life and practice. Let go of your inner intellectual and just sweat, breathe, hold, and move. Your body will thank you for it. Ending each session in savasana is the best part. Basic knowledge of yoga is needed to participate. The room will be heated, so please be hydrated.
*Please note, Yoga Bootcamp classes will replace the weekly Rise-N-Shine classes for the noted dates

To register, visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Or, register by phone at least 24 hours in advance. Just give us a call: 207.725.7874. Leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend and we’ll return your call ASAP.

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NEW MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP!

For $75 each month, take as many weekly drop-in classes as you like at Jai Yoga! Yes, we’re talking unlimited classes!

This price also includes attendance at most of our special classes and workshops, though a few exclusions apply.

The best part is that this great price will continue for as long as your monthly membership does!

PLEASE SIGN UP BY JULY 4th!!!

Please understand that you are committing to a regularpractice and that you will be signed up for an automatically renewing monthly autopay. You can cancel at anytime by giving us 30 days advance notice. Commit to your own bliss!

Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to sign up!
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STUDIO NEWS

SUMMER SCHEDULE BEGINS TODAY!
Summer Schedule at Jai Yoga begins today, July 1 and runs through August 31. If you haven’t received a hard copy of our schedule in the mail, pick one up at the studio or around town.

NO REGULAR CLASSES JULY 4th!
There will be no regular classes on Sunday, July 4th for Independence Day.

SUMMER 2010 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS from 1-3 PM. At those times, messages can be left for specific teachers, questions can be answered and ideas will be heard! These are also excellent times to shop in our retail store! Please get in touch with us if you have any comments, questions, concerns or praise. Stop by the studio or give us a call at 207.725.7874.

NO YOGADANCE AUGUST 1st!
The Sunday, August 1st YogaDance class will be canceled. Sorry for the inconvenience. Classes will resume the following week.

BECOME OUR FAN ON FACEBOOK!
You can now find us on Facebook! As a fan of Jai Yoga, you will receive the latest news and updates. We plan to post special events and schedule updates, as well as host discussions and some fun online activities. We look forward to hearing from and staying in touch with you! Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to find us!
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PRACTICE

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – EXPLORE YOUR WILD SIDE WITH CAMATKARASANA (WILD THING)

We all have a wild side, and summer is the perfect season to explore it!

Let your guard down, open your heart and gain a new perspective with this fun and challenging pose.

1 – Begin in adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog)

2 – Shift your weight into your right hand and roll onto the outer edge of your right foot, coming into a side plank with your left fingertips and toes still on the ground

3 – On an inhalation, lift your hips, staying strong in your right hand

4 – On an exhalation, open your left hip to the ceiling as you step your left foot

back, placing your toes on the floor with your knee partially bent

5 – Draw your shoulder blades down and back over the rib cage

6 – Inhale as you lift your hips higher and allow your head to drop

7 – Extend your left arm back from your heart

8 – Breathe here for 5-10 breaths before returning to adho mukha svanasana and 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

June 2010

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Are you ready for summer?! We are very excited about a new season and new offerings at the studio and beyond! Keep reading to learn more about an opportunity to take your practice further! And stay tuned to learn more about our Summer schedule in the coming weeks!

Jai! Jai! Jai!

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NEW STUDIO MEMBERSHIP

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

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NEW STUDIO MEMBERSHIP

At Jai Yoga, we truly believe that you are at your best when you practice yoga regularly.

So, we want to help you practice as much as possible! We’ve decided to offer an incredible deal on a monthly membership to the studio!

Starting this summer, for only $75 a month, you can take as many weekly drop-in classes as you like at Jai Yoga! Your monthly membership also includes attendance at most of our special classes and workshops, though a few exclusions apply.

Please sign up before July 4th to take advantage of this fabulous offer! And, you will continue to receive this amazing deal for as long as you continue your monthly membership with us!

In addition to a great new price, we’ve also revamped our schedule to offer more classes at more convenient times. New classes, new times, new you! Keep an eye out for the new schedule in your mailbox and at the studio soon. Summer schedule begins on July 1 and continues through August 30th (no classes 4th of July).

Take your yoga practice deeper! Try something new this summer! Be your best!

Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com or the studio to learn more and to enroll.

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND SPECIAL CLASSES

YOGA NIDRA - SATURDAY JUNE 12 2-4 PM $22

RESTORATIVE YOGA - SATURDAY JUNE 26 2-4 PM $22

Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to register for these workshops.

Please Note: The June Kundalini Cleanse workshop has been canceled.

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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 2010

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 12:35 pm

This is the month to honor your mothers and, in doing so, honor your own lineage and your own life. Yoga practice is a great way to celebrate these joys!

We have a special Mothers Day Yoga class as well as our usual monthly offerings and weekly classes going on at Jai Yoga this May. There’s something for everyone! We hope to see you at the studio soon!

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WEEKLY YOGADANCE
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
STUDIO NEWS
PRACTICE

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YOGADANCE OFFERED WEEKLY THIS SPRING! – SUNDAYS 5:30-6:15 PM

“The aim of life is to live, and to live is to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” – Henry Miller

Celebrate the energy, freedom and strength of a whole new you with Yogadance. You don’t need to be a dancer to practice Yogadance. Come with beginner’s mind and give yourself permission to let your body speak openly. Everyone who comes leaves smiling and sweating. With Hoa. Class packages as well as drop-ins at $16 are welcome!

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY MAY 7 5:45-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Spring! Join Katie for an evening of fun and laughter…the yogic way! Laugh to get your heart pumping and the positive energy flowing! This is an excellent way to support the community and yourself in an ongoing way. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY MAY 8 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Spring! Yoga Nidra is a powerful yet simple technique of guided relaxation; the perfect antidote for a busy and fragmented life. As you are guided to move your awareness throughout your body, you will experience deeper and deeper states of relaxation, resulting in a sense of peace, harmony and balance. Deep healing is possible with the practice of “yogic sleep,” a true gift to the body, mind and spirit. No experience is needed.

MOTHER’S DAY YOGA – SUNDAY MAY 9 2-3:30 PM $16
An all levels class devoted to honoring and treating Mom on Mothers Day. No experience necessary. Children 13 and older are welcome to take the class with Mom! A fun, healthy way to celebrate.

BASICS SERIES BEGINS – TUESDAY MAY 11 5:30-7 PM -AND- WEDNESDAY MAY 12 1:30-3 PM $90 8 weeks
In our Yoga Basics Class you will learn the fundamentals of safe yoga practice: postures, alignment, breathing techniques and relaxation. Our teachers will help you learn to modify postures to suit your individual needs. The pace of the class is slow and steady. We provide you with handouts to illustrate the poses so that you can practice at home and simple, fun homework assignments to help you integrate what you are learning into your daily life. You will have fun in our basics class and leave feeling relaxed and energized.

KUNDALINI CLEANSE: CREATING STRONG LUNGS, ENERGIZING THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM – SATURDAY MAY 15 2-4 PM $20
Every third Saturday this Spring! A Kundalini Yoga workshop class designed to manually pump the lymphatic system. There will be a lot of heart opening in this class and we will work on building lung capacity as well as opening the ribcage. We will end with a seated meditation with mantra. Kundalini Yoga is a spirited practice which pairs kriyas (cleansing physical practices) with asanas, breathing exercises, mantra and chanting. Kundalini Yoga leaves you feeling strong and clear, busting through the ego to gain access to your true self. In Kundalini, you learn how strong you really are in body, mind and spirit.

YOGA BOOTCAMP – MONDAY-FRIDAY MAY 24-28 6:15-7:15 AM $60/week, $50/repeater or $16 drop-in
Get ready for Summer! Change your routine and change your body. Drop a dress size, feel incredible, be beautiful. Join us for an intense and exciting program! Get ready to drop those extra pounds and to re-energize your life! Let go of your inner intellectual and just sweat, breathe, hold and move. Your body will thank you for it. Ending each session in savasana (corpse pose) is the best part. Basic knowledge of yoga is needed to participate. Please be hydrated for each class.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY APRIL 24 2-4 PM $22
Every last Saturday this Spring! Restorative yoga uses blankets, blocks, cushions, ties and the wall to support the body in a complete letting go. Releases tension, calms the nervous system, removes the toxic leftovers from stress and floods the body with happiness and bliss. A gentle and slow-paced class. Totally relaxing, no experience necessary.

To register, visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Or, register by phone at least 24 hours in advance. Just give us a call: 207.725.7874. Leave a message with your NAME, PHONE and which WORKSHOP you want to attend and we’ll return your call ASAP.

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STUDIO NEWS

NO REGULAR CLASSES MOTHERS DAY AFTERNOON – SUNDAY MAY 9
Special Mothers Day class instead! Learn more and find a link to sign up online in the Upcoming Workshops and Classes section of this newsletter.

BECOME OUR FAN ON FACEBOOK!
You can now find us on Facebook! As a fan of Jai Yoga, you will receive the latest news and updates. We plan to post special events and schedule updates, as well as host discussions and some fun online activities. We look forward to hearing from and staying in touch with you!

MAY 2010 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS and FRIDAYS from 1-3:30 PM. At those times, messages can be left for specific teachers, questions can be answered and ideas will be heard! These are also excellent times to shop in our retail store! Please get in touch with us if you have any comments, questions, concerns or praise. Stop by the studio or give us a call at 207.725.7874.

DON’T LET ANYTHING STOP YOU FROM COMING TO YOGA CLASS!!
Jai Yoga offers partial and full scholarships, work-study programs and accepts time dollars (MerryMeeting Community Shares Program) as payment for classes! If you, or someone you know, are experiencing financial hardship, all the more reason to get to a yoga class. Our community is here to support everyone’s well-being! Please call 207.725.7874 today to discuss opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!

THE JAI YOGA SCHOLARSHIP FUND NEEDS CONTRIBUTIONS!
We’ve been helping so many people practice yoga that our scholarship fund is running low. Donations are very much appreciated and are welcome at any time for any amount. Please give us a call at 207.725.7874 or email us info@jaiyogahome.com if you are interested in making a contribution!

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PRACTICE

HONORING MATERNAL LOVE – A MEDITATION ON THE CHAIN OF LIFE

When we honor our mothers, we also honor ourselves. Regardless of our current relationship with the woman who brought us into this life, she is deserving of our gratitude for the simple reason that she made it possible for us to experience this world.

Without her, we would not have become who we are now and we would not have the opportunity to reach our fullest potential.

To honor your own mother and all those who came before her, give this meditation a try:

1 – Sit or lie comfortably with your right hand, palm taut, over your navel. Hold your left palm to the side and upwards, inviting grace into your being

2 – Bring your attention to your navel. Remember that once you were joined to your mother by an umbilical cord and that she nurtured you and gave you life in her womb

3 – Think of your mother’s navel and of your grandmother: she gave your mother life, who gave you life. Your mother too was once a vulnerable child, as were you

4 – Think of your grandmother’s navel and how she was once attached by an umbilical cord to your great-grandmother

5 – Think back to your great-grandmother’s navel: she too had a mother, to whom she was once attached by an umbilical cord. And she too had a mother…

6 – Trace the unbroken lineage, passed from mother to daughter via the umbilical cord, through the centuries

7 – You will reach a point where you feel you are in a hall of mirrors, peeping into infinity. Acknowledge the interface with eternity and listen to your own heartbeat

8 – Feel yourself dissolving into awareness of a living chain and retrace the trail back to the present, rejoicing in your rich inheritance of wordless maternal love

*Adapted from Yoga for Pregnancy by Wendy Teasdill

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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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