With the official arrival of Autumn comes the opportunity to look for equality in our lives, bodies, minds and practice. Early in the Autumn season, the hours of light and darkness are equal, providing equal time for activity and rest, for expanding outward and looking within. Yoga practice provides the perfect place and time to both grow and center, and to strike a balance between the two.
As always, this month at Jai, we have several special workshops and classes which will help you do just that! Keep reading to learn more…we look forward to seeing you soon!
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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB! – FRIDAY OCTOBER 2 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 yourself in an ongoing way. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!
KUNDALINI YOGA TUNE-UP THE SPINE – SATURDAY OCTOBER 3 2-4 PM $22
The spine is literally the backbone of our physical well-being. In this workshop, you will learn a set of yoga postures which will help you lengthen and create suppleness in the spine, energizing your whole body. Feel younger and bring ease to your day-to-day. No experience necessary. Click here to register.
POSTNATAL YOGA SERIES – SUNDAYS OCTOBER 4-25 9-10:30 AM 4 weeks $50 or $16/drop-in
Following childbirth the body’s core is often held in a receptive and released state. During this time of intense learning and deep nurturing it’s helpful to rebuild strength and make choices with awareness. Learn to use your yoga practice as a way of managing the transition for your body, your well-being and your family. This class is open to all women, regardless of yoga experience. Babies are welcome. Click here to register.
BABY & ME YOGA SERIES – TUESDAYS OCTOBER 6-27 10:30-11:30 AM $50 4 weeks or $16 drop-in
Offered monthly this Fall! Yoga practice with baby! New Moms or Dads and babies 4 weeks through active crawling. 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, please register early! Limited to 12 participants.
“HOW YOGA WORKS” BOOK DISCUSSION AND PRACTICE – FRIDAYS OCTOBER 9-30 7-8:30 PM $50
A discussion over four evenings of the novel How Yoga Works, by Michael Roach and Christie McNally. The story is of a young Tibetan girl on a pilgrimage to find her yoga teacher in India a thousand years ago. This is a lively, entertaining story with characters you will care about. And it is an excellent vehicle for looking into the key ideas of yoga philosophy. No prior knowledge of yoga is needed. The book is available for purchase at Gulf of Maine Books on Maine Street in downtown Brunswick.
YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY OCTOBER 17 2-4 PM $20
Every second or third 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.
KUNDALINI YOGA WORKING THE SUBTLE ENERGY BODY – SATURDAY OCTOBER 24 2-4 PM $22
In yogic terms, we have several bodies. This workshop will show you how to work with the energetic body through physical practices. Go deeper within and learn to tune into your own unique energy needs. No experience necessary.
INTRO TO SVAROOPA® STYLE YOGA SERIES – MONDAYS OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 23 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 Shavasana, end in Shavasana! 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!
RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY OCTOBER 31 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.
Visit www.jaiyogahome.com to register with 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.
INTRODUCING MINDBODY YOGANOW FOR iPHONE
MINDBODY yoga is your own personal yoga class finder. With the touch of one button,
MINDBODY yoga uses your GPS location and gives you all the yoga classes that are available at Jai Yoga or wherever you happen to be!
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.
NEW EXCHANGE RATES
We have a new exchange rate for weekly class cards and drop-ins. The following rates became effective in September: $16 drop-in, 4 classes $56, 8 classes $96, 20 classes $220 and monthly unlimited $130. For more information on rates, class cards and policies, visit www.jaiyogahome.com. Note: the rate change does not affect unused classes on current cards.
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 email@example.com if you are interested in making a contribution!
CIN MUDRA – CONSCIOUSNESS SEAL
Mudras are gestures or postures that allow us to work with our prana or life-force energy. These “energy seals” are symbolic of particular states of mind or consciousness and, when practiced regularly, are said to evoke those states within ourselves.
Cin mudra is the gesture of consciousness and is excellent for concentration and evoking a receptive, peaceful state. This mudra stimulates the loving kindness of the heart chakra and is equivalent to the yogic version of “everything is a-okay.”
Try this mudra during the Autumn season whenever you need a moment of reflection or expansion of your true nature.
1 – Begin with the palm facing up and the hand and fingers relaxed
2 – Bring the tips of the thumb and index finger together, applying gentle and equal pressure between the two finger tips
3 – Allow the other fingers to relax and extend outward with the fingernails facing toward the earth
4 – Relax and breathe, focusing on the energy of the mudra
Note: For meditation, the hands can rest on the thighs, but Cin mudra is appropriate at almost any point in asana practice or during everyday life.
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
Suite 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011