March 2010

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Spring is on the way! Our Spring schedule will begin April 1. Be on the look out for hard copies at the studio and in the mail in the next few weeks. Until then, we have many offerings this month at Jai Yoga to help you find health and happiness.

Whether you are looking for the ultimate experience in relaxation (try Svaroopa® Style Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga) or a cleansing, transformative experience in preparation for Spring (try Kundalini Cleanse or Yoga Bootcamp), we have something for you. Keep reading for more info…as always, we look forward to seeing 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

SVAROOPA® STYLE YOGA – MONDAYS MARCH 1-29 7:30-9 PM $65 5 weeks
Svaroopa® Style Yoga is a deep but blissful practice using poses in a whole new way. Start in Savasana, end in Savasana! Our focus on awareness creates a “core opening,” releasing tensions deep in the muscles attached to the spine. Create an easy feeling of well being. No experience is necessary!

BABY & ME YOGA SERIES – TUESDAYS MARCH 9-30 10:30-11:30 AM $50 4 weeks or $16 drop-in
Offered monthly this Winter! This class is for moms or dads and babies at least 4 weeks until they are active crawlers. Learn postures and breath that you can practice with your baby. Poses focus on creating and restoring strength and flexibility for mom/dad, parent-child bonds, baby massage and baby yoga postures to aid digestion and development. Time to connect with other parents in our community. This class tends to fill quickly,
reservations are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome provided space is available.
Limited to 12 participants.

BASICS YOGA SERIES BEGINS – TUESDAYS MARCH 9-APRIL 27 5:30-7 PM -AND- WEDNESDAYS MARCH 10-APRIL 28 1:30-3 PM $90 8 weeks or $16/drop-in
In our Yoga Basics Class you will learn the fundamentals of safe yoga practice: postures, alignment, breathing techniques and relaxation. Our teachers will help you learn to modify postures to suit your individual needs. The pace of the class is slow and steady. We provide you with handouts to illustrate the poses so that you can practice at home and simple, fun homework assignments to help you integrate what you are learning into your daily life. You will have fun in our basics class and leave feeling relaxed and energized.

YOGA MOVEMENT THERAPY: TO HEAL ACHES, PAINS AND AGING BODIES – FRIDAYS MARCH 12-APRIL 2 4-5:15 PM $50 4 weeks or $40 repeat, no drop-ins
When life changes, our bodies change and often, we need to learn to move in new ways in order to live with freedom and joy again. If you are interested in prevention, recovery and healing this is the class for you. Keeping the class size small, Sue will tailor the class to meet the individual needs of each student, helping to find ease and comfort through safe yoga practice. Special attention will be paid to arthritis, hips, back and shoulders, as these are common problem areas.

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY MARCH 13 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Winter! 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.

KUNDALINI CLEANSE: BUILDING A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM – SATURDAY MARCH 20 2-4 PM $20
Every third Saturday this Winter! A Kundalini Yoga workshop class designed to cleanse and strengthen a particular system of the body. Kundalini Yoga is a spirited practice
which pairs kriyas (cleansing physical practices) with asanas, breathing exercises, mantra and chanting. Kundalini Yoga leaves you feeling strong and clear, busting through the ego to gain access to your true self. In Kundalini, you learn how strong you really are in body, mind and spirit.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY MARCH 27 2-4 PM $22
Every last Saturday this Winter! Restorative yoga uses blankets, blocks, cushions, ties and the wall to support the body in a complete letting go. Releases tension, calms the nervous system, removes the toxic leftovers from stress and floods the body with happiness and bliss. A gentle and slow-paced class. Totally relaxing, no experience necessary.

YOGA BOOTCAMP – MONDAY-FRIDAY MARCH 29-APRIL 2 6:15-7:15 AM $60/week, $50/repeater or $16/drop-in
Get ready for Spring! Change your routine and change your body. Drop a dress size, feel incredible, be beautiful. Join us for an intense and exciting program! Get ready to drop those extra pounds and to re-energize your life! Let go of your inner intellectual and just sweat, breathe, hold and move. Your body will thank you for it. Ending each session in savasana (corpse pose) is the best part. Basic knowledge of yoga is needed to participate. Please be hydrated for each class.

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

NEW SCHEDULE STARTS APRIL 1!
We will have a new schedule taking effect April 1, 2010. Look for your copy in the mail or at the studio in the coming weeks.

MARCH LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB CANCELLED
Laughter Yoga Club will not be held the first Friday of this month. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you next month!

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

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

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

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PRACTICE

PEACEFUL WARRIOR – STRENGTHEN THE BODY AND STEADY THE MIND IN VIRABHADRASANA I

No matter how active we are, the Winter months canleave us feeling stagnant, heavy
and wholly unprepared for the rushing energies of a busy Spring. Practicing virabhadrasana I (warrior I) can help us clear our stagnant energy and strengthen our bodies so that we can welcome Spring with a clear mind and an open heart.

Virabhadrasana I stretches the thighs, calves, ankles, chest, lungs, shoulders, neck, belly and groins, all places where energy tends to get stuck during the long winter months.

When we actively engage and invite our breath into these areas, we release the old and make space for vibrancy and newness. Consciously using our breath gives our  mind a place to rest, encouraging a steady and calm outlook.

To cultivate peace and strength in body and mind, try virabhadrasana I:

1 – From tadasana (mountain pose), step your feet about 4 feet apart

2 – Turn your left foot in about 45 degrees and your right foot out 90 degrees, so that the right toes face the short end of the mat. See that the heel of the right foot lines up with the arch of the left

3 – Swivel your pelvis and torso toward the front edge of the mat, drawing your shoulder blades down the back and dropping your tailbone. Lengthen the entire spine, all the way up through the crown of the head

4 – With the four corners of both feet rooting into the mat, bend the right knee, aligning the knee over the ankle. The deeper the bend in the knee, the more challenging the posture will be

5 – Lift the arms overhead, keeping them shoulder-width apart and actively reach through the finger-tips. Remember to keep your scapula on your back

6 – Let your heart lift as your spine lengthens, gazing straight ahead

7 – Continue squaring the pelvis by drawing the right femur back into the hip socket while moving the left hip forward

8 – Breathe here for 5-10 slow, deep breaths before switching sides

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

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