March 2011

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

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

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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in this issue

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

PRACTICE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PRACTICE

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

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

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

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

Give it a try:

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

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

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

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

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

6 – Repeat 1-3 more times

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

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

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

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Namaste,

Jen and the Jai Yoga Family

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