April is here! And so is our Spring schedule! Be sure to check our online listings before heading down to the studio.
We have some fun new offerings this weekend to celebrate the arrival of Spring, including an AcroYoga FUNdamentals workshop! And, of course Laughter Yoga this evening.
Keep reading to learn more. We can’t wait to see you!
in this issue
SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS
2011 SPRING SCHEDULE: APRIL 1-JUNE 30
Look for our new schedule around town and at the studio!
SPECIAL CLASSES & EVENTS
Members pay 1/2 price for all listings below!
LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY APRIL 1 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!
ACROYOGA FUNDAMENTALS – SATURDAY APRIL 2 2-5 PM $35/person or $60/pair
With Kara Seymour.
YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY APRIL 9 2-4 PM $22
Every 1st or 2nd Saturday this Spring! With Sue. No experience needed.
RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY APRIL 16 2-4 PM $22
Every 3rd Saturday this Spring! With Jessie.
YOGA ED FOR TEACHERS – SATURDAY APRIL 30 1-5 PM $85
Ways to Register: 1) Follow the links from www.JaiYogaHome.com 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.
KAPALABHATI PRANAYAMA – DEVELOP STRENGTH AND STAMINA WITH “SKULL SHINING” BREATH
Kapalabhati pranayama has a range of benefits for the mind, body and spirit. Spring in Maine is the perfect time to start thinking about growing stronger, increasing our stamina, expelling toxins, cleansing our respiratory channels and changing our perspectives.
Spring is a transitional time, one where we emerge from our winter hibernation, dust ourselves off and start moving toward a more active lifestyle.
Kapalabhati is a vigorous breathing practice which helps us do just that. By focusing on the exhalation, not only are we cleansing and toning our bodies, we are removing ourselves from the usual routine (most breathing patterns, even passive ones, put emphasis on the inhalation).
Give it a try:
1 – Find a comfortable seated position, either on the floor or in a chair, where you can elongate your spine
2 – Before beginning kapalabhati, spend a minute or two focusing in on your breath with some deep, full and even inhalations and exhalations
3 – When you are ready to begin, exhale completely, pulling your abdominal muscles in as you draw your navel back towards your spine until your lungs are completely empty
3 – Relax your abdominal muscles, allowing your belly and lungs to effortlessly inflate with an inhalation
4 – Practice 10-15 breaths like this (1 round) before returning to deep, even breathing until you are ready to do more Kapalabhati breaths for a total of 3 rounds
Notes: Start slowly, learning to use your abdominal muscles with ease and control before making the breaths quick and more vigorous. Always return to baseline with deep, even breathing between rounds and after practice
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
Suite 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011