December 2009

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This holiday season, make sure to give to yourself as well as to others! At Jai Yoga we have several offerings to help you stay grounded and present – 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!

Happy holidays!

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in this issue

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
STUDIO NEWS
PRACTICE

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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

BABY & ME YOGA SERIES – TUESDAYS DECEMBER 1-22 10:30-11:30 AM $50 4 weeks or $16 drop-in
Offered monthly this Fall! 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 if space is available. Limited to 12 participants.

LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB! – FRIDAY DECEMBER 4 5:45-6:30 PM $1 suggested 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!

YOGA FOR RUNNERS – SUNDAYS DECEMBER 6-27 9-10:30 AM $50 4 classes
This class is designed to help correct the imbalances that can be exacerbated by running. We will work on creating supple muscles and increasing range of motion in the joints, allowing for faster recovery from hard workouts as well as increasing the body’s strength, stamina and resiliency. We will also work on connecting breath and movement, which is essential to bringing ease and focus to one’s runs. For runners of all levels who want to increase their flexibility, core strength and balance. No prior yoga experience is needed.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 12 2-4 PM $20
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.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY DECEMBER 26 2-4 PM $20
Every last 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.

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

CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS
There will be no regular classes December 24-27 for the Christmas Holiday. However, Restorative Yoga will still happen on December 26, as will Yoga for Runners on December 27!

WEEKLY COMMUNITY CLASS
In September we started offering a donation-based community class on Sundays from 3-4 PM. Everyone is welcome to come and pay whatever they are able! All donations go straight to our Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. Join us in supporting our lovely yoga community!

NEW CLASS SCHEDULE STARTS JANUARY 2010
Our new class schedule will begin January 1, 2010. Look for hard copies in the mail, at the studio and around town mid-December.

7 DAYS FOR $7
Pay only $7 and attend as many or as few classes as you like the first week of 2010 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! Visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to register online!

FALL 2009 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS 1-3 PM; TUESDAYS 1-3 PM; THURSDAYS 1-4; and FRIDAYS 1-4 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

LET GO OF EXPECTATIONS AND EMBRACE JOY

The holiday season is full of the warmth of giving and celebrating with loved ones…or at least, that’s what we expect. Some expect the holiday season to be an overwhelming time full of seemingly inevitable let downs and stress. When we expect things to be a certain way – good or bad – we attach our own happiness to a specific outcome.

By letting go of our ideas of how things “should be,” we allow ourselves the space to experience joy in how things actually are. The opportunity for joy is always there, it’s just a matter of seeing and embracing it.

How can we do that? Two ways: by recognizing and examining our expectations as they arise and by living in the moment.

Practice identifying and labeling expectations when you find yourself feeling that things are not going to plan. Ask why the expectation may have developed in the first place. Where did it come from? Then use your breath to relax into the moment; be right where you are. Enjoy yourself, one moment at a time.

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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