Spring is in the air! This is a great time of year to renew our yoga practice and our healing energy. As we observe the natural world waking and regenerating, we can cultivate our own awareness, relationships and promote healing for people and the earth.
We are offering workshops and classes to support this practice. We would also like to invite you to cultivate healing within our community with a special fundraising event for farmer Seth Kroeck of Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick. Read more about this event in the “News” section of this newsletter.
In this newsletter:
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
THE YOGA OF HEALING: FUNDRAISER AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR FARMER SETH KROECK AND FAMILY OF CRYSTAL SPRING FARM – APRIL 6 1-3:30 PM $DONATIONS
As part of a fundraising effort for Seth and his family and in partnership with the Brunswick/Topsham Land Trust, Frontier CafÃ© and El Camino Restaurant, join four great Jai Teachers: Kara, Melinda, Sue and Jen in an in depth practice of yoga for healing. The practice will include postures, breathing exercises, meditation and yoga nidra. Seth is in the midst of a serious health challenge and is not able to run the organic farm this season. This means he and his family are without an income. Seth and his family are an integral part of our community and their work has fed many families with wholesome local food. The course is by donation, with all proceeds going directly to Seth and his Family. This practice is open to all, no prior yoga experience is necessary. We do encourage you to sign up by April 3rd as space is limited. To register, click here: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=61
MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:15 PM
Together, we will look closely at how meditation, the dharma and our yoga practice can be at the very center of our everyday life. While we will learn from each other, the group is not meant to be instructional. Donations will benefit the Jai Yoga Scholarship Fund. To register, click this link: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=43
PRENATAL YOGA – MONDAYS APRIL 7-MAY 26 4-5:15 PM 8 classes $90
Enjoy the community of other expectant Moms while learning to use meditation and breath to create calm and confidence as you prepare for the labor of childbirth and to guide you into parenting. Develop the strength, flexibility and tone your body needs to support you and your baby through this amazing experience. To register, click this link: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=13
BABY & ME YOGA – WEDNESDAYS APRIL 9-MAY 28 10-11 AM 8 classes $90
New moms or dads and babies 4 weeks through 18 months. 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. To register, click this link: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=41
YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY APRIL 12 2-4 PM $20
Now offered monthly! Experience 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. This class filled up quickly last time, so register early! To register, click this link: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=55
FAMILY YOGA – SATURDAY APRIL 19 2-3 PM $15+
A practice the whole family can enjoy together. Weâ€™ll work together in partner postures, build bridges out of bodies and tell stories through movement. Learn to bring yoga into your home. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome. To register, click this link: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=53
RESTORATIVE WORKSHOP – SATURDAY APRIL 26 2-4 PM $20
Totally relaxing! This gentle, slow-paced class is a perfect way to release tension, calm the nervous system, remove toxic leftovers from stress and flood the body with happiness and bliss. These workshops have been filling up! Be sure to register early. To register, click this link: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=39
To register, try our new online registration system. Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!
For help or to learn more, 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.
We have several opportunities to become more involved with our studio and community! Interested applicants can send a letter of interest, resume and references to: Attn Jen Nadeau, Jai Yoga, 14 Maine Street Box 11, Brunswick ME 04011
Clean our space every other week in exchange for classes. You earn two free classes for each cleaning, which takes place on Sundays.
Help sign students into classes. This requires you to arrive 20 minutes prior to a class and stay for about 5-10 minutes after class. For every two classes you assist, you get one free class! We especially need someone to assist with the Tuesday 5:30PM class and with the Sunday 11AM class. You should be familiar with computers and data entry and enjoy
greeting and welcoming people to the studio!
Applicants should have 200-Hour Certification or be working toward it with a completion by the end of 2008. We are specifically looking for teachers with experience teaching classes in a heated room and Kripalu Certified teachers, but we honor and welcome all traditions and styles. We have immediate openings for off-site corporate classes and subbing opportunities. We will have more opportunities for classes in the studio by July.
Benefits for teachers include: Free open classes, discounts on workshops, 50% family discount on classes, peer support and teacher practices, scholarship assistance for continuing education, opportunities to teach more yoga: private scheduling, corporate classes, support and marketing for new program creation, qualified subs to cover your classes, discount membership to KYTA, 50% reimbursement for CPR training, enrichment and continuing education classes just for Jai Yoga teachers.
Earth Salutations (Prithvi Namaskar)
To celebrate the arrival of spring and Earth Day on April 22, try 3-5 cycles of this series.
As with any vinyasa series, we integrate movement with our breath. Depending on your level of energy, each posture can be spaced with half a breath or held for a few breaths before transitioning. Let your own breath rhythm guide your movement and awareness.
1 – Begin in child’s pose (balasana). Take time to connect to your yogic breath.
2 – On an inhale, lift your hips away from your heels, coming into table pose with a neutral spine
3 – Tuck your toes, exhale pulling the belly in, lift the hips to downward facing dog (adho mukha svanasana)
4 – With a strong core, inhale and move your torso forward into plank pose
5 – Exhale, lowering down through chaturanga dandasana, keeping the elbows in at the side body
6 – Squeeze your lower belly and inhale, opening your heart into cobra (bhujangasana) or upward facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana)
7 – On an exhale, lift the tailbone and drop the heels, coming back to downward facing dog
8 – On an inhale, lower the knees to the mat, coming back into table pose
9 – As you exhale, lower the hips over the heels into child’s pose
10 – Rest in corpse pose (savasana)
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
#314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011