July 2011

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

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

Kick off your shoes and do some yoga with us!

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in this issue

:: ANNOUNCEMENTS
:: SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS
:: PRACTICE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PRACTICE

FREE VISION: SEE CLEARLY WITH YOGIC EYE EXERCISES

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

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

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

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

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

PALMING

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

LAZY 8s

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

REST

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

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

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