June 2009

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 10:43 am

The summer solstice is on Sunday, June 21. Throughout human history, the solstice has often been considered a time of passage or transition. As such, this longest day of the year is celebrated by many cultures throughout the world. How will you celebrate?

Whatever your tradition, Jai Yoga has plenty going on to help you rejoice in the miraculous transition into the long, light-filled days and abundance that make summer in Maine so special.

Check out the listings below to find the offering that will fill you with love and light! Enjoy!

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in this issue

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

STUDIO NEWS

PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA
7:15-8:30 PM $Donation of choice
Every Monday nigh this Spring!
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

PRENATAL YOGA
THURSDAYS 4-5:15 PM JUNE 4-25 4 classes $50
This class is for women at any stage of pregnancy. Learn gentle postures, breath work, vocal toning and meditation to cultivate strength, flexibility and tone in the body that is now a home for two. Meditation and breath work help to 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.

LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB!
FRIDAY JUNE 5 5:45-6:30 PM $1 suggested donation
Every first Friday this Spring!
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!

LAUGHTER YOGA WORKSHOP
SUNDAY JUNE 7 2-4 PM $25
Come learn about and experience the practice of Laughter Yoga. See how laughter can enhance your life by improving your physical and mental health, adding more joy to the everyday, and by offering a deeper sense of connection to yourself and those around you. In addition to practicing laughter, we will also look at topics such as self-care, inspired goal setting and increasing confidence. This is an invigorating, rejuvenating and fun workshop! No experience necessary.

YOGA BOOT CAMP WEEK
MONDAY-FRIDAY MORNINGS 6:15-7:15 AM JUNE 8-12 $60/series or $16/class
Commit time this Spring to change your routine and to 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.

FAMILY YOGA
SATURDAY JUNE 13 $20
2-2:45 PM FOR KIDS 3-5 YEARS OLD
3:15-4:15 PM FOR KIDS 6 YEARS OLD+
Every second Saturday this Spring!
This will be a fun yoga practice for the whole family! Explore yogic games and postures together! All ages are welcome in each class, but please note that the classes are geared towards separate age groups.

YOGA NIDRA
SATURDAY JUNE 20 2-4 PM $20
Every third 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.

RESTORATIVE YOGA
SATURDAY JUNE 27 2-4 PM $20
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, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to register and for a complete listing and links to more workshops!

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

SUMMER 2009 SCHEDULE COMING SOON!
The Summer 2009 schedule begins July 1 and runs through August 31. Copies should be in the mail and at the studio, as well as posted on our website by mid-June. Stay tuned!

MEMORIAL DAY FUNDRAISER THANK YOU!!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Memorial Day Fundraiser Class. We raised $120 for the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund.

SPRING 2009 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS 1:30-5 PM; THURSDAYS 12:30-3:30 PM and FRIDAYS 1:30-4 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 at info@jaiyogahome.com if you are interested in making a contribution!

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PRACTICE

SURYA NAMASKAR – SALUTE TO THE SUN

The summer solstice is the perfect time to honor the sun and the transitions of the natural world with sun salutations.

There are many variations of the traditional sun salutation. Below is a basic sequence which flows with the breath.

1 – Begin standing in tadasana (mountain pose) at the top of your mat with your hands in anjali mudra (prayer seal)

2 – With an inhale, lift the arms overhead taking a slight backbend in urdhva hastasana (upward salute)

3 – Exhale as you swan dive forward with a flat back coming into uttanasana (standing forward fold)

4 – Inhale as you press your palms or fingertips into the mat (bend your knees if needed) and with the exhale, step your left foot back into a high or low lunge

5 – Inhale forward into high plank pose, making sure to strengthen through the legs and core so that your lower back/belly does not sag

6 – Exhale through chaturanga dandasana (four-limbed staff pose), keeping the shoulders back, elbows in and the core strong. Feel free to drop your knees to the floor first

7 – Inhale, peeling the chest away from the mat and coming either into bhujangasana (cobra pose) or urdhva mukha svanasana (upward-facing dog pose)

8 – Exhale as you press back into adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog pose), lengthening through the spine

9 – With an inhale, step the left foot forward back into your choice of lunge

10 – With an exhale, step the right foot foward to come back into uttanasana

11 – Inhale and reverse swan dive, lifting the arms overhead and back into urdhva hastasana

12 – Exhale, lowering the arms and coming back to tadasana with the hands in anjali mudra

Notes: This is one half of the cycle. Repeat on the right side for one full round of surya namaskar. Use your breath as your guide to know when to modify poses and how fast to move. This sequence can be done quickly, generating heat, but can also be done more moderately. Use the breath to guide you and to make the transitions as smooth as possible.

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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 2009

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 9:54 am

Spring is in the air and so much is happening this month! We are so pleased to announce that David Hickey and Eden Martin of Crystal Journey are returning to Brunswick on May 9 for an evening of universal sound at Frontier Cafe! We also have a lot happening at the studio to help you rejoice and relax as we move through this exhilarating yet calming time of year.

More information and links to online registration are available below! We hope to see you at the studio soon!

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in this issue

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

STUDIO NEWS

PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:30 PM $Donation of choice
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB! – FRIDAY MAY 1 5:45-6:30 PM $1 suggested donation
Every first Friday this Spring! 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!

YOGA BASICS SERIES – TUESDAYS MAY 5-JUNE 23 (with open practice on 6/30) 5:30-7 PM 8 classes $88
Perfect for beginners or those wanting a nice refresher of the fundamentals! In this 8-week series, we will cover 18 basic yoga postures and 4 breathing techniques, providing a strong foundation from which to build a home practice and to fully participate in our gentle and moderate classes.

FAMILY YOGA – SATURDAY MAY 9 $20 2-2:45 PM FOR KIDS 2-3 YEARS OLD & 3:15-4:15 PM FOR KIDS 6 YEARS OLD+
Every second Saturday this Spring! This will be a fun yoga practice for the whole family! Explore yogic games and postures together! All ages are welcome in each class, but please note that the classes are geared towards separate age groups.

SONIC MEDITATION: CRYSTAL BOWL AND PLANET GONG CONCERT -SATURDAY MAY 9 7:30 PM $20, 12 and under free FRONTIER CAFE, FORT ANDROSS
In partnership with Frontier Cafe, Jai Yoga is so pleased to welcome back David Hickey of Crystal Journey and artist-painter Eden Martin! Two years ago, Jai Yoga hosted David Hickey and Eden Martin for a magical, meditative evening of universal sound. Please join us again for an incredible experience. More information is available at our website or at Frontier’s website.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY MAY 16 2-4 PM $20
Every third 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.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER ALL LEVELS CLASS – MONDAY MAY 25 5:30-7 PM $Donation of choice
Please join us in support of the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund and help our community members continue their yoga practice in challenging economic times. On Memorial Day evening, Kara will guide a class that will include a flowing sequence of postures followed by Yin-style seated postures and meditation. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. Please note: there will be no other classes held Memorial Day weekend.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY MAY 30 2-4 PM $20
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, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Visit our website, www.JaiYogaHome.com for registration links and a complete listing of workshops!

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

IT’S A GIRL!
Just before 4 AM on April 25, 2009, little Mia Ellen Pierce was welcomed into the world. Congratulations Jen and Tony!

CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY
There will be no regular classes May 23-25, 2009 for Memorial Day weekend. However, we are offering a special class on Monday, May 25 to raise money for our scholarship fund. Details available in “Upcoming Workshops and Classes” section of the newsletter.

SPRING 2009 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS 1:30-5 PM; THURSDAYS 12:30-3:30 PM and FRIDAYS 1:30-4 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.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
At Jai Yoga, we value our relationship with the community and each individual within the community. We would love to hear from you! Please let us know how we’re doing. What do you like? What would you like to see more of? Feel free to share your ideas with us! Please email us at info@jaiyogahome.com with your comments!

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 at info@jaiyogahome.com if you are interested in making a contribution!

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PRACTICE

REAWAKEN WITH BRIDGE POSE – SETU BANDHA SARVANGASANA

Strength and softness, rooting and lifting, exhilaration and relaxation; these are just a few of the opposing elements you may find in exploring bridge pose.

Bridge pose is an ideal posture to explore during the intense, yet peaceful, breaking open of new life happening all around us right now. This posture helps to “bridge” the mind and the body, joining energy with calm.

1 – Begin reclining on your mat with knees bent and the soles of the feet hip-distance apart on the floor, about 12 inches away from your pelvis

2 – Let the hands rest on the floor, palms up near the pelvis. Roll the shoulders back and let the shoulder blades broaden as they slide down the back, opening the chest

3 – Check that the feet are parallel and that all four corners of the feet are pressing into the mat. Turn the palms down and press gently into the mat

4 – Strengthen through the legs, hugging the muscles into the bone as you tuck your tailbone and begin to peel the pelvis away from the mat. Let the motion carry up through the spine, lifting one vertebra at a time away from the mat until you come to rest on your shoulders. If you like, you can clasp your hands below the pelvis, extending and pressing through the arms

5 – Point your tailbone toward the knees, which are directly over the heels but reaching forward, lengthening away from the pelvis. Try to keep the thighs and knees parallel, not bowing to the sides

6 – To avoid compressing the neck, lift the chin slightly and gently press the back of the head into the mat. Lift through the sternum

7 – Continue strengthening through the legs and arms as the shoulder blades broaden and the chest opens

8 – Breathe here for 3-7 breaths before lowering one vertebra at a time back to the mat

Notes: The buttocks should be firm, but not clenched in this pose. Instead, try to use the strength of your core and legs to keep lifting. Move slowly and with compassion as you roll in and out of bridge pose with the breath.

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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 2009

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 10:15 am

At Jai Yoga we think Spring is an excellent time to focus our attention on peace and new beginnings. All winter the natural world has been patiently waiting for this opportunity of rebirth. We know you have too!

This month we have a new schedule and many offerings to help you to explore your own sense of peace and new beginnings during this exciting time of change and growth.

Get all the juicy details and online registration links below!

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in this issue

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

STUDIO NEWS

PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:30 PM $Donation of choice
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB! – FRIDAY APRIL 3 5:45-6:30 PM $1 suggested donation
The first Friday of every month! 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!

YOGA BASICS SERIES – SATURDAYS APRIL 4-MAY 30 (no class 5/23) 12-1:30 PM -AND- FRIDAYS APRIL 17-JUNE 5 4-5:30 PM 8 classes $88
Perfect for beginners or those wanting a nice refresher of the fundamentals! In this 8-week series, we will cover 18 basic yoga postures and 4 breathing techniques, providing a strong foundation from which to build a home practice and to fully participate in our gentle and moderate classes.

PRENATAL YOGA – THURSDAYS APRIL 9-MAY 28 4-5:15 PM $90 8 classes
This class is for women at any stage of pregnancy. Gentle postures, breath work, vocal toning and meditation help to cultivate strength, flexibility and tone. Meditation and breathwork 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.

FAMILY YOGA – SATURDAY APRIL 11 $20 2-2:45 PM FOR KIDS 2-3 YEARS OLD and 3:15-4:15 PM FOR KIDS 6 YEARS OLD+
The second Saturday of every month! This will be a fun yoga practice for the whole family! Explore yogic games and postures together! All ages are welcome in each class, but please note that the classes are geared towards separate age groups.

YIN YOGA WORKSHOP – SATURDAY APRIL 11 2-4 PM $25
Shake off winter stiffness and prepare your joints for the fluidity of Spring and Summer. This class will be an exploration of longer holds in postures that affect the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and spine. Yin Yoga is a wonderful complement to your regular yoga practice. No experience necessary.

LAUGHTER YOGA WORKSHOP – SUNDAY APRIL 12 2-4 PM $25
See how laughter can enhance your life by improving your physical and mental health, adding more joy to the everyday, and by offering a deeper sense of connection to yourself and those around you. In addition to practicing laughter, we will also look at topics such as self-care, inspired goal setting and increasing confidence. This is an invigorating, rejuvenating and fun workshop! No experience necessary.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY APRIL 18 2-4 PM $20
The third Saturday of every month! 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.

BABY & ME YOGA – TUESDAYS APRIL 21-JUNE 9 10-11 AM $90 8 classes
Yoga practice with baby! New Moms or Dads and babies 4 weeks through active crawling. 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, please reserve early! Limited to 8 participants.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY APRIL 25 2-4 PM $20
The last Saturday of every month! 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, try our online registration system available up to one hour before the start of an event! Visit www.jaiyogahome.com for a complete listing and more links to more workshops! 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

SPRING SCHEDULE STARTS TODAY!

Our Spring 2009 schedule begins today and runs through the end of June. If you haven’t received a postcard in the mail you can pick one up at the studio.

JAI YOGA WELCOMES HARRIET SMITH!
Please join us in welcoming Harriet Smith to Jai Yoga! Harriet will be filling in as studio manager while Jen is away on maternity leave. For the past few months Harriet has been working behind the scenes with Jen so she can keep Jai Yoga running smoothly this Spring. Welcome Harriet!

SPRING 2009 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS 1:30-5 PM; THURSDAYS 12:30-3:30 PM and FRIDAYS 1:30-4 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.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
At Jai Yoga, we value our relationship with the community and each individual within the community. We would love to hear from you! Please let us know how we’re doing. What do you like? What would you like to see more of? Feel free to share your ideas with us! Please email your comment to us at info@jaiyogahome.com.

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 in any amount. Please give us a call at 207.725.7874 or email us at info@jaiyogahome.com if you are interested in making a contribution!

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PRACTICE

SPRING CLEANING

FOR A FRESH START, WE MAKE SPACE BY CLEARING OUT THE OLD

The weather is warming, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blossoming. Are you feeling ready to throw open the windows and let all of that freshness come inside?

The urge to spruce up the house and the yard this time of year is only natural and may already be part of your spring-time tradition. After a long, dormant winter clutter has accumulated throughout our lives and as we transition into a season of new growth and new beginnings, we let go of the old and welcome the new. This process not only applies to our environments, but to our bodies as well.

Throughout the year, clutter has been accumulating in our bodies, making us feel heavier and causing us to use more energy for the digestive process. To make a fresh start and to prepare your body for the bounty of spring and summer foods, try a 3-7 day cleanse early this Spring.

There are many ways to cleanse and many factors to consider before choosing the right cleanse for you.

Cleansing is not just a process for the body, but also for the mind. As we cleanse our bodies and create space there, we also create space for contemplation.

A few things to consider when choosing the right cleanse for you:

* How much time can I devote? Can I take time away from my regular routine?

* What resources are available to support me in this process?

A few types of cleanses to consider:

* A mono diet of kitchari (lentils or mung beans and rice)

* A supplemental cleanse from the health food store

* A juice or liquid fast

Do a little research before deciding on the method for you. If possible, it is very beneficial to make space to relax and rest during your cleanse.

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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

March 2009

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 4:33 pm

Spring is coming…time to stretch and grow! We want to help you blossom into your very best and most vital self. At Jai Yoga this month, we have several workshops and special classes to help you do just that.

What better way to revitalize than with laughter? Maybe restorative yoga or yoga nidra are the practices for your pre-Spring awakening. Deepen your practice and your understanding of yoga with our book group and discussion on “How Yoga Works.” We have something for everyone!

Get all the juicy details and online registration links below!

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in this issue

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

STUDIO NEWS

PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:30 PM $Donation of choice

Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

“HOW YOGA WORKS” BOOK DISCUSSION AND PRACTICE WEDNESDAYS MARCH 4-25 7:45-9 PM 4 classes $35 + cost of book, available at Gulf of Maine Books

A discussion over four evenings of the novel How Yoga Works, by Michael Roach and Christie McNally. The story is of a young Tibetan girl on a pilgrimage to find her yoga teacher in India a thousand years ago. Unforeseen and difficult events interrupt her journey, and how she responds to those events reveals to us how yoga works. This is a lively, entertaining story with characters you will care about. And it is an excellent vehicle for looking into the key ideas of yoga philosophy. No prior knowledge of yoga is needed. Please read the first hundred pages for the first meeting and bring your copy of the book with you to the studio.

LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB! FRIDAY MARCH 6 5:45-6:30 PM $1 suggested donation

The first Friday of every month! 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!

YOGA BASICS SERIES TUESDAYS MARCH 10-APRIL 28 5:30-7 PM 8 classes $88

Perfect for beginners or those wanting a nice refresher of the fundamentals! In this 8-week series, we will cover 18 basic yoga postures and 4 breathing techniques, providing a strong foundation from which to build a home practice and to fully participate in our gentle and moderate classes.

YOGA NIDRA SATURDAY MARCH 14 2-4 PM $20

The second Saturday of every month! 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.

LAUGH AWAY THE WINTER BLUES SATURDAY MARCH 14 7-8:30 PM $15

No matter how much you love Maine during wintertime, March is when we have all had enough. Come engage in a lighthearted evening where we will practice laughter as a form of exercise and as a means to freedom from the routine. Laughter has the ability to free us from our concerns or the logistics of day to day life. Allowing us a great perspective on our life and grounding us in the present moment, laughter can help reinvigorate us on our path and energize us as we approach the Spring.

RESTORATIVE YOGA SATURDAY MARCH 28 2-4 PM $20

The last Saturday of every month! 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, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit our website for a complete listing and more links to more workshops! 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

SPRING SCHEDULE AVAILABLE SOON!

Our Spring 2009 schedule begins April 1 and runs through the end of June. Look for your postcard in the mail in the coming weeks. We will also have the new schedule available on our website by mid-March. Stay tuned!

MINI PRENATAL SERIES ADDED! THURSDAYS MARCH 12-APRIL 2 4-5:15 PM 4 classes for $50 or $15 drop-in

WINTER 2009 STUDIO OFFICE HOURS

Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS 1:30-5 PM; THURSDAYS 12:30-3:30 PM and FRIDAYS 1:30-4 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. We look forward to hearing from you!

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 with Jen opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!

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PRACTICE

NADI SHODHANA PRANAYAMA ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING

As we approach Spring, things are getting stirred up. The natural world, which includes our bodies, is beginning to awaken after a long winter’s rest. You might find yourself more agitated and anxious as we transition from colder to warmer weather, less to more light. To help smooth the transition, try this calming and balancing breathing technique.

Practicing Nadi Shodhana, literally “channel purification,” cleanses the body’s energy channels, balances the left and right sides of the body, strengthens the lungs and calms the mind…the perfect remedy for sailing through the last bit of Winter and preparing for Spring.

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

2 – Bring the right hand up in front of the face and place the index and middle fingers on the forehead, just between the eyebrows

3 – Use the thumb to gently close or seal the right nostril and inhale through the left nostril

4 – Gently close the left nostril with the ring finger, release the thumb and exhale through the right nostril

5 – Inhale through the right nostril, close with the thumb and exhale through the left nostril to complete one round of breath

6 – Continue like this (inhale left, exhale right, inhale right, exhale left) for 1-2 minutes, eventually working your way up to 5 minutes or more with continual practice

Notes: Keep your breath and your body comfortable and relaxed throughout the 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

February 2009

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This month at Jai Yoga, love is in the air! We want to encourage you to give yourself a little extra love this month. As you may already know, loving the self is an important part of loving others.

We have workshops and special events to help you cultivate both love for the self and love for others going on this month…keep reading to learn more!

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In this newsletter:

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

NEWS

PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:30 PM $Donation of choice

Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB! – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 5:45-6:30 PM $1 suggested donation

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! Offered the first Friday of every month. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=51

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14 2-4 PM $20

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. Offered the first Saturday of every month! Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=56

LOVE AND LAUGHTER: A WORKSHOP FOR COUPLES – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14 3:30-6 PM $45/couple

Valentine’s Day is a time for celebrating the love you have for those around you and often for your significant other. Come join us for an entertaining afternoon of laughter yoga exercises specifically to help couples find joy together and to be able to bring some breath and laughter into their relationships. Laughter has the ability to unite us in our daily lives. You will walk away with some tools to bring laughter into your life as a couple and to face life in its wonders and challenges. Click here to register for this event: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=51

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28 2-4 PM $20

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. Offered the last Saturday of every month! Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=39

To register, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!

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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NEWS

WINTER 2009 STUDIO OFFICE HOURS

Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS 1:30-5 PM; THURSDAYS 12:30-3:30 PM and FRIDAYS 1:30-4 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. We look forward to hearing from you!

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 with Jen opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!

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PRACTICE

To cultivate your inner love and light, take a few minutes for this simple meditation.

1 – Sit in a comfortable position with a long spine and eyes gently closed; sit on either a floor cushion or a chair

2 – As you breath naturally, bring your awareness to the heart, visualizing or feeling there a soft, warm light

3 – As you inhale, feel or visualize the light growing brighter, warmer. As you exhale, feel or visualize the light expanding and softening the heart

4 – As you continue inhaling and exhaling naturally, let your awareness stay with the brightening and expanding light. Each inhale brightens the light and each exhale lets it expand into and soften more of the body, then the room and beyond

5 – When you feel complete, before opening your eyes, take a few moments to savor the connection between your own heart and the hearts of others

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Love and Light,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

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

January 2009

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Welcome to 2009! This January, we have a brand new schedule and a lot of special classes and events to help you grow your practice and stay inspired during the transition into a New Year!

Our annual 7 Days for $7 event is going on now! It’s not too late to register! This is a great opportunity to try something new or to dive deep into something you love. Happy New Year!

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In this newsletter:

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
NEWS
PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

7 DAYS FOR $7 – JANUARY 1-7, 2009
Pay only $7 and attend as many or as few classes as you like the first week of 2009 at Jai Yoga. Take this opportunity to try a new class or meet a new teacher. Attend a bunch of classes to INVIGORATE yourself! See how we can all BENEFIT from a little more yoga in our lives! To sign-up online now, click here: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-7&sTG=10&sDate=1/1/2009

LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB! – FRIDAY JANUARY 2 5:45-6:30 PM $1 suggested donation
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! Offered the first Friday of every month. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=51

LAUGH YOUR WAY TO YOUR RESOLUTIONS – SATURDAY JANUARY 3 2-4 PM $20
Come enjoy this playful workshop in which we will use laughter as a tool to gain perspective on our lives and look at what is most needed for ourselves in the coming year. We will not only identify our hopes and goals, but work through a series of action steps that will allow us to effect lasting change in our lives. Through practicing laughter yoga, meditation and facilitated discussion, you will walk away with a bounce in your step and some practical actions to make your new year’s wishes come true. Click here to register for this event: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=51

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:30 PM $Donation of choice
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

BASICS YOGA SERIES FOR NEW BEGINNERS – TUESDAYS 5:30-7 PM JANUARY 6-FEBRUARY 24 -and- FRIDAYS 4-5:30 PM JANUARY 9-FEBRUARY 27 -and- SATURDAYS 12-1:30 PM JANUARY 10-FEBRUARY 28 8 classes $88
The basics class is a great way to learn or review essential alignment, philosophy and breathing techniques. Classes are ongoing, running in 8 weeks cycles. Pre-registration is highly recommended. To reserve your space in these classes, please use our online registration system. Select the basics class you wish to attend from this list: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-7&sTG=10&sDate=1/6/2009

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY JANUARY 10 2-4 PM $20
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. Offered the first Saturday of every month! Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=55

BABY & ME YOGA – TUESDAYS JANUARY 13-MARCH 3 10-11 AM $90 8 weeks
Yoga practice with baby! New Moms or Dads and babies 4 weeks through active crawling. 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, please reserve early! Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=41

PRENATAL YOGA – THURSDAYS JANUARY 15-MARCH 5 4-5:15 PM $90 8 weeks
For women at any stage of pregnancy. Practice gentle postures, breath work, vocal toning and meditation to cultivate strength, flexibility and tone in your body. 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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=54

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY JANUARY 31 2-4 PM $20
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. Offered the last Saturday of every month! Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=39

To register, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!

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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NEWS

JAI YOGA WELCOMES GABRIELLE COPELEY!
Gabrielle Copeley is a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher and a massage therapist. Through yoga and massage, Gabrielle has guided many students and clients down the path of healing. She approaches her yoga classes with both love and passion. Meet Gabrielle on WEDNESDAYS for Moderate Yoga at 8 AM and noon or on THURSDAYS at her 7:30 PM Gentle class. Visit Gabrielle’s staff page to learn more about her! http://www.jaiyogahome.com/gabrielle-copeley/

WINTER 2009 STUDIO OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS 1:30-5 PM; TUESDAYS 1:30-3:30 PM; THURSDAYS 12:30-3:30 PM and FRIDAYS 1:30-4 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. We look forward to hearing from you!

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 with Jen opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!

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PRACTICE

Wring Out the Old and Bring in the New!

Adding twists to your practice has many benefits…increased mobility and awareness, a longer, more supple spine and a detoxifying effect. Twists empty the abdominal organs of old blood and fluids, making space for freshly oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to rush in when you unwind.

Make a fresh start for 2009; try this gentle reclining twist to help you let go of the old and replenish yourself with the new!

1 – Recline on your mat with knees bent and feet flat on the floor, hip-width distance apart

2 – Lift your hips off the mat slightly and shift them an inch or two toward the right

3 – Keeping your knees bent, on an exhale, lower them slowly toward the floor on the left

4 – Extend the arms straight out from the shoulder to make a “T”

5 – If comfortable for your neck, take the gaze over the right palm, otherwise, keep the neck straight

6 – Breathe deeply here for 5-10 breaths. Think about lengthening with each inhale and letting gravity do it’s work with each exhale.

7 – When you are ready to come out, on an inhale, first return your gaze to center and then activate the core to lift your knees back to starting position

8 – Repeat on the other side

Note: For further challenge, feel free to extend the legs straight out once you have come into the twist. The toes reach toward the hand. You should be able to keep both shoulder blades on the mat.

Happy New Year!

*This practice was inspired by Cyndi Lee’s article “Bringing Health Home” on www.yogajournal.com.

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Namaste,
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

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

December 2008

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This holiday season, make sure to give to yourself as well as to others! This month at Jai Yoga we have several offerings of relaxation and rejuvenation – the perfect gift for a busy season. Let your yoga practice set the tone for the holidays and guide you into the winter months, and a new year!

Give yourself the gift of “yogic sleep,” a restorative practice, meditation or laughter! Celebrate with others and take joy in yourself!

Happy holidays!

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In this newsletter:

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
NEWS
PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:15 PM $Donation of choice
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

LAUGHTER YOGA! – EVERY THURSDAY AFTERNOON 12:15-12:45 PM $1 suggested donation
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!

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 6 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=39

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 13 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=55

To register, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!

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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NEWS

NEW SCHEDULE FOR WINTER 2009 AVAILABLE ONLINE BY DECEMBER 15!
Our new class schedule for January-March 2009 will be available on our website by December 15th! Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com for a sneak peak of our Winter offerings.

STUDIO CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY AND NEW YEAR’S EVE!
Jai Yoga will hold no regularly scheduled classes December 22-28 and December 31. Enjoy the holiday!

7 DAYS FOR $7
Our annual 7 Days for $7 event will kick off with the New Year. Help us welcome 2009, celebrate our community and start the year off with yoga! Pay only $7 for unlimited yoga classes during the week of January 1-7, 2009! Watch for details at the studio in the coming weeks!

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 with Jen opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!

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PRACTICE

When we get busy or stressed, often one of the first things we let go of is caring for ourselves. During the holiday season, try to give yourself the gift of relaxation. Even 5 minutes a day can have a big impact on how you feel the other 1,435 minutes of the day. Think quality, not quantity. Think savasana!

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

1 – Recline on your mat. The spine should be in a neutral position and the head positioned so that the forehead and chin are on an even plane. Use a folded blanket under the head or a rolled blanket under the knees for extra comfort if desired.

2 – Open the chest. Tuck the shoulder blades under while lifting gently through the sternum, then relax and turn your palms up.

3 – Let your body be heavy. Completely release to gravity and let it nestle you down to the floor.

4 – Do a quick body scan. Start at the toes and work up to the crown of the head, bringing awareness briefly to each area and allowing each area to fully let go. Especially let go of tension in the face, eyes and jaw.

5 – Relax the mind. A good way to do this is to observe the breath as it naturally moves in and out of the nose. If thoughts present themselves, acknowledge them, but set them aside.

6 – After 5 minutes or more, when you’re ready to come out, with an exhalation, roll to the right side. Stay there for a few breaths before pressing your hands into the floor and lifting the torso, letting the head follow. Take a few more breaths before opening the eyes gently and rising.

Recommendations: use props! Eye pillows, blankets, bolsters, sandbags. Whatever you have available and whatever will make you feel most nurtured.

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Namaste,
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
Jai Yoga
#314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
info@jaiyogahome.com
www.jaiyogahome.com

November 2008

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Thank you!

We want to express our gratitude to you for being part of the Jai Yoga community. Thank you for nurturing your practice with us.

We’re offering several classes and events to support your practice this month and throughout the approaching holiday season, including a new basics series, lots of laughter and a Svaroopa® Style Yoga series!

More details below.

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In this newsletter:

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
NEWS
PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:15 PM $Donation of choice
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

LAUGHTER YOGA! – Note TIME & DAY CHANGE!!!! NOW THURSDAYS 12:15-12:45pm
$1 suggested donation
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 and a great way to approach the workday and the weekend. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!

INTRODUCTION TO SVAROOPA® STYLE YOGA – SUNDAYS NOVEMBER 2-23 9-10:30 AM 4 CLASSES $55
Svaroopa® is a style of Hatha yoga that uses yoga poses in a whole new way. Support of your body in precise angles of alignment, with the use of props and a focus on awareness, helps to release the very deepest layers of tension stored in the muscles supporting your spine. The core opening resulting from our guided meditation, breathing techniques and precise alignments quiets the mind releasing tensions throughout the body. This opening provides a feeling of well-being that extends throughout your body, your mind and your life. No experience is necessary! Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=40

BASICS YOGA SERIES FOR BEGINNERS – TUESDAYS NOVEMBER 4-DECEMBER 23 5:30-7 PM 8 WEEKS $88
If you are brand new to yoga we highly recommend that you take the entire 8 weeks series, starting with the first class. You may also drop in to a single class provided there is space available. The basics class is a great way to review essential alignment, philosophy and breathing techniques. Our basics classes have been filling up, so register early by calling 207.725.7874.

BABY & ME YOGA – TUESDAYS NOVEMBER 4-DECEMBER 9 10-11 AM 6 WEEKS $70
Yoga practice with baby! New Moms or Dads and babies 4 weeks through active crawling. 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, please register early. Limited to 8 participants. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=41

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=55

LAUGHTER YOGA PARTY! – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30 2-3 PM $5 suggested donation
Come laugh with us! We will get together for some fun and yogi entertainment while raising money for charity. Open to all, including children and families. No experience is needed. To register, click here: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sVT=51

To register, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!

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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NEWS

LAUGHTER YOGA SCHEDULE CHANGE! PLEASE NOTE LAUGHTER YOGA WILL NOW BE HELD ON THURSDAYS FROM 12:15PM-12:45PM PLEASE COME JOIN US!!!!

STUDIO CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!
Jai Yoga will hold no regularly scheduled classes November 26-30. Enjoy the holiday!

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 with Jen opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!

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PRACTICE

Giving Thanks

The Thanksgiving holiday is one known for abundance: of food and drink, of family and friends, of opportunity to celebrate. Traditionally, this is a time to give thanks to others, ourselves, our universe and celebrate by sharing our appreciation with others.

Let this celebration of gratitude be an inspiration to practice gratitude not just during this day of abundance, but everyday. Practicing gratitude can help us with santosha, or contentment. By actively practicing gratitude for the large and small things in our lives on a regular basis, we gather strength for difficult times and we bring joy to ourselves and others.

There are many ways to incorporate gratitude into your daily routine. Here are a few ideas and maybe you have a few of your own as well: write it down in a journal each evening, take a moment of silence to reflect before eating, say it to a friend or family member.

Happy holidays!

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Namaste,
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
Jai Yoga
#314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
info@jaiyogahome.com
www.jaiyogahome.com

October 2008

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 5:02 pm

During Autumn season, the hours of darkness and the hours of daylight are at an equal footing. The long days of summer are past and as daylight begins to dwindle this Autumn, life is meant to begin slowing down. We have equal opportunity for activity and rest, movement and introspection.

At Jai Yoga this month, we have a variety of offerings to help you move toward a balance between activity and rest, movement and introspection. Keep reading to find the class(es) or workshop(s) which will serve you best during this new season!

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In this newsletter:

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
NEWS
PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:15 PM $Donation of choice
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

LAUGHTER YOGA! – EVERY FRIDAY MORNING 7-7:45 AM $1 donation
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 and a great way to approach the workday and the weekend. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!

YOGA FOR AUTUMN SEASON – FRIDAY OCTOBER 3 5:30-7 PM $20
Seasonal transitions happen in our bodies, minds and emotions as well as in the world around us. In this class, you will practice traditional yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), and meditation supported by holistic forms of healing to help your body and awareness transition into Autumn. Prerequisite: Completion of Jai Basics course or 6 months of dedicated personal practice. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=72

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY OCTOBER 4 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=39

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY OCTOBER 11 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=55

ADVANCED ASANA SERIES – THURSDAYS OCTOBER 16-DECEMBER 11 7:30-9 PM $90 8 classes
This 8-week course is designed for committed yoga students who are interested in furthering their practice. Learn safe methods of exploring new edges in your asana practice while immersing yourself in some of the deeper introspective practices of Kripalu Yoga. We’ll work with physically challenging postures, meditation, pranayama and contemplative teachings. Students should be comfortable in a moderate class, have at least one year of experience, an established personal practice and be interested in taking their practice to a more integrative and advanced level. A brief interview prior to the first class is requested of all those participating. Register for this course online: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=70. Then, please call us at 207.725.7874 to schedule your interview; tell us you are registered for the course, leave your name, number and three good times to call you back.

YOGA AND THE 7 CHAKRAS – FRIDAYS OCTOBER 17-NOVEMBER 21 5:30-7 PM $70 6 classes
In Yoga, it is known that the 7 chakras are vital energy centers which contribute to our well-being. In this 6-week course, you will learn how each of these energy centers affects your yoga practice and which yoga practices balance and revitalize these energy centers. We will discuss how imbalance in the chakras shows up in our daily lives and how adding certain foods, colors, sounds, activities and yoga practices can bring the chakras back to optimal health. Practice and learn a series of poses specifically geared toward each chakra. Printed handouts will help to take the practice home. This is a beautiful opportunity to learn more about yourself and to grow your yoga practice.
Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=71

LAUGHTER YOGA PARTY! – SUNDAY OCTOBER 26 2-3 PM $5 suggested donation
Come laugh with us! We will get together for some fun and yogi entertainment while raising money for charity. Open to all, including children and families. No experience is needed. To register, click here: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=51

To register, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!

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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NEWS

FALL OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga holds regular office hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30-3:30 pm. At that time, messages can be left for specific teachers, questions can be answered and ideas will be heard! 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. We look forward to hearing from you!

WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONS
Rained out of kayaking? Don’t want to stay home? Remember that workshop going on at Jai Yoga? Oh yeah! Well, it’s not too late to register! Our online registration system will allow you to register for an event up to one hour before it starts! The system also provides up-to-date information about any changes or cancellations. Give it a try!

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 with Jen opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!

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PRACTICE

To experience a balance between day and night, activity and rest, strength and surrender in your practice this Autumn, try this sequence.

Utkatasana/Uttanasana (Chair Pose/Standing Forward Bend)

1 – Start in Tadasana (mountain pose) with hands at the heart, feet parallel and hip-distance apart, eyes only slightly open. Focus on your breathing and how the breath moves in and out of your body. Where is it going?

2 – When you are ready, open the eyes gently and slowly.

3 – Lift the hands overhead, straightening the arms and separating the palms to shoulder-width. Reach through the fingertips. Bend the knees deeply and rotate the inner thighs toward each other. Point the tailbone toward the heels. Lift the heart, let the shoulder blades draw down and together. Lengthen through the lower back. Soften the face as you breath in Uktanasana for 3 breaths.

4 – On an exhale, straighten the legs and crease at the hips, folding forward. Pull the leg muscles up and hug them around the bones. See if you can center the weight of the hips evenly between the balls and heels of the feet. Pull the belly in, reaching the heart toward the feet. Neck and head are loose. Breathe in Uttanasana for 3 breaths.

5 – On an inhale, pull the belly in, bend the knees and lift the heart and hands back into Uktanasana. Hold for 5 strong breaths, before returning to Uttanasana for 5 delicious breaths.

7 – Repeat postures a third time, holding for 7-10 breaths each.

8 – Rest in savasana for a few minutes, surrendering to the support of the floor.

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Namaste,
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
Jai Yoga
#314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
info@jaiyogahome.com
www.jaiyogahome.com

September 2008

Filed under: eNewsletter Archives — jaiyoga @ 7:35 pm

Lots of exciting things are happening at Jai Yoga this week, month, season! First off, we have a new schedule starting today! If you haven’t received a postcard in the mail yet, you can check the new schedule on the website: http://www.jaiyogahome.com.

And with a new schedule means new special classes and workshops, including the addition of a weekly Laughter Yoga Club! More details about the club and much more below….

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In this newsletter:

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
NEWS
PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS

MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:15 PM $Donation of choice
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!

LAUGHTER YOGA! – EVERY FRIDAY MORNING 7-7:45 AM $1 donation
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 and a great way to approach the workday and the weekend. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!

PRENATAL YOGA – THURSDAYS SEPTEMBER 4-OCTOBER 27 4-5:15 PM $90 8 WEEKS
Meet other expectant moms in this fun and relaxing class. Learn to use meditation and breath to create calm and confidence as you prepare for the labor of childbirth and to guide you into parenting. Develop the strength, flexibility and tone your body needs to support you and your baby through this amazing experience. This class if for women at any stage of pregnancy and can be started anytime. No yoga experience necessary! Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=54

INTRODUCTION TO SVAROOPA® STYLE YOGA – THURSDAYS 7:30-9 PM SEPTEMBER 4-OCTOBER 9 $75 6 WEEKS
Svaroopa® uses yoga poses in a whole new way. Support of your body in precise angles of alignment, with the use of props and a focus on awareness, helps to release the very deepest layers of tension stored in the mucles supporting your spine. The core opening resulting from our guided meditation, breathing techniques and precise alignments quiets the mind and releases tension throughout the body. This opening provides a feeling of well-being that extends throughout your body, your mind and your life. No experience is necessary. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=40

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=39

BABY & ME YOGA – TUESDAYS SEPTEMBER 9-OCTOBER 28 10-11 AM $90 8 WEEKS
New moms or dads and babies 4 weeks through active crawling. 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, please register early! Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=41

BASICS YOGA SERIES FOR BEGINNERS – 3 SESSIONS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER! $88 8 WEEKS
TUESDAYS 5:30-7 PM SEPTEMBER 9-OCTOBER 28 -OR- FRIDAYS 3:30-5 PM SEPTEMBER 12-OCTOBER 31 -OR- SATURDAYS 12-1:30 PM SEPTEMBER 27-NOVEMBER 15
If you are brand new to yoga we highly recommend that you take the entire 8 weeks series, starting with the first class. You may also drop in to a single class provided there is space available. The basics class is a great way to review essential alignment, philosophy and breathing techniques. Our basics classes have been filling up, so register early by calling 207.725.7874.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=55

YOGA FOR AUTUMN SEASON – FRIDAYS SEPTEMBER 19 and OCTOBER 3 5:30-7 PM $20/class or $35/series
Seasonal transitions happen in our bodies, minds and emotions as well as in the world around us. In these classes, you will practice traditional yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), and meditation supported by holistic forms of healing to help your body and awareness transition into Autumn. Prerequisite: Completion of Jai Basics course or 6 months of dedicated personal practice. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=72

To register, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!

Or, register by phone 24 hours in advance 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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NEWS

CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY!
The studio will be closed September 1-3, 2008 for Labor Day.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONS
Rained out of kayaking? Don’t want to stay home? Remember that workshop going on at Jai Yoga? Oh yeah! Well, it’s not too late to register! Our online registration system will allow you to register for an event up to one hour before it starts! The system also provides up-to-date information about any changes or cancellations. Give it a try!

DON’T LET ANYTHING STOP YOU FROM COMING TO YOGA CLASS!!
Jai Yoga offers partial and full scholarships, workstudy 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 with Jen about opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!

YOGA FOR PEACE
Will not happen in Brunswick this year. YFP has joined forces with Global Yoga Mala and the 2008 event is scheduled for Sept 20 or 21. Due to the date change, Jai Yoga will be unable to organize the event for this year. To learn more about the Global Yoga Mala for Peace and to see the list of participating cities, visit http://www.yoga-for-peace.org/

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PRACTICE

September means back to school, which for many translates to “back to desk.” Sitting at a desk for large periods of time can initiate fatigue in many areas of the body, but can be particularly troublesome for the lower back. Good posture and regular breaks go a long way toward prevention and the practice below will help strengthen and stretch the lower back as well as to relieve any stiffness that may arise.

Apasana (Knees-to-Chest Pose, variations)

1 – Get comfortable in corpse pose (savasana) and begin to deepen your breath for a couple minutes.

2 – Straighten and lengthen your left leg along the floor and pull the right knee gently in toward the chest with both hands (arms straight).

3 – As you exhale, draw the navel toward the spine, lengthening the lower back along the floor, and bend the elbows, pulling the knee in closer to the chest. Try to keep the extended leg active.

4 – With the inhale, let the belly soften and the knee move away from the chest (arms straighten).

5 – Repeat four times on both the left and right side.

6 – Draw both knees gently toward the chest, one knee in each hand, arms straight.

7 – On an exhale, bend the elbows, pulling both knees in closer toward the chest. Tuck the chin slightly and gently lengthen and press the lower back and sacrum toward the floor.

8 – With an inhale, let the belly soften and the knees move away from the chest.

9 – Repeat four times.

10 – Return to savasana for a couple more minutes.

Note: This practice is part of a viniyoga sequence for the lower back by Gary Kraftsow.

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Namaste,
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
Jai Yoga
#314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011
207.725.7874
info@jaiyogahome.com
www.jaiyogahome.com

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