May 2011

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Welcome to May! We are excited about all we have to offer this month at the studio!
Some good ol’ favorites as well as some new things to try are all listed below.
We hope to see you at the studio soon!

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in this issue

ANNOUNCEMENTS
SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS
PRACTICE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

JAI IS HIRING! OPERATIONS MANAGER POSITION
Look for a formal job posting on our website, Facebook, by email and on Maine job boards soon. Please, no phone calls about this opening.

NO REGULAR CLASSES MONDAY MAY 30 FOR MEMORIAL DAY: SPECIAL YIN/YANG EXPLORATION CLASS OFFERED INSTEAD!
In honor of Memorial Day, we will not be holding any regular classes. However, you can still get your yoga on this holiday by attending our special Yin/Yang Exploration class! See the Special Classes & Events listings for a link to more information and online registration.

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SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS

Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!

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

YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY MAY 7 2-4 PM $22
Every 1st or 2nd Saturday this Spring! With Sue. No experience needed.

BASICS YOGA SERIES BEGINS – MONDAYS MAY 9-JUNE 27 7:15-8:45 PM 8 weeks $90 or $16/drop-in
With Angie. No experience needed.

ACROYOGA: THE JOY OF FLIGHT – FRIDAYS MAY 13-27 5:30-7:30 PM 3 weeks $50
With guest teacher Kara Seymour.

RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY MAY 14 2-4 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Spring! With Jessie. No experience needed.

YIN/YANG EXPLORATION – MEMORIAL DAY – MONDAY MAY 30 9-10:30 AM $16 or use class package/membership
With Kara.

Ways to Register: 1) Visit our website and click workshop link 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 Spring.

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PRACTICE

TWO BIRDS – A YIN/YANG EXPLORATION: SLEEPING SWAN & KING PIGEON

At the end of the month, we will have a special Memorial Day class exploring yin and yang yoga practices.

Yin yoga is a quiet, slow style of yoga practice with the potential for deep insight.
Poses are held for some time so that the practice can access the deeper connective tissues around the joints.

A yang practice is more active and heating, invigorating the muscles and skin with movement.

Practicing the two styles consecutively is a powerful way to balance the body and mind. With this idea, we invite you to explore a similar posture from the perspective of each of these two approaches.

SLEEPING SWAN

1 – From hands and knees, slide your right knee toward your right wrist, allowing the right heel to rest under the left hip

2 – Slowly slide your left leg out along the mat behind you until straight

3 – Take note of the first place you feel resistance or a slight stretch and stop there

4 – Use blankets or pillows under your sits bones, or knees to allow your body to rest comfortably in this place

5 – Next, slowly walk your hands forward as you fold over your bent knee. Again, note the first place of resistance and use props so that you can be comfortable there

6 – Focus on your breath for 3-5 minutes in this posture, noting the subtle changes happening in your body as you passively stay in this pose

7 – Slowly come out of the pose and repeat on the opposite side

Note: sometimes it’s helpful to make some gentle movements between sides – do what feels right

KING PIGEON

1 – From hands and knees, slide your right knee toward your right wrist, allowing the right heel to rest under the left hip

2 – Slowly slide your left leg out along the mat behind you until straight

3 – Take note of the first place you feel resistance or a slight stretch and stop there. Use props for support if needed

4 – Actively press your legs into the mat as if you could scissor them back together.
Notice the lift in your spine

5 – Drop your tailbone toward the floor and allow your shoulders to roll back and away from your ears

6 – Keeping the length in your spine, stretch forward over the bent leg, walking the hands out in front

7 – Take 3-5 breaths here before mindfully 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