Did you know that Jai Yoga has been supporting the mid-coast Maine community for five years now? We can hardly believe it ourselves! We are celebrating with a party on June 5th. Please join us for yogi food and fun!
And of course, we are offering rejuvenating workshops later in the month to help you prepare for the abounding joys of the approaching summer!
In this newsletter:
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
Please reserve your space in these events at least 2 days in advance.
MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:15PM
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
CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF YOGA AND COMMUNITY!! – FRIDAY JUNE 6 7-9PM (OR BEYOND!)
This is the party not to be missed! Come celebrate Jai Yoga’s 5 Year Anniversary! Please bring your own plate and utensils for the potluck and refreshments. Bring something yummy to share if you like! We will have Laughter Yoga from 7-7:30PM and stories, food, fun and prizes all night long! This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other Jai students and the teachers, our beautiful yoga community! Everyone is welcome!
COUPLES WORKSHOP FOR BIRTH PREPARATION – SATURDAY JUNE 7 1-4 PM $60/couple
Couples work together to learn postures and breath that ease and assist labor and delivery. This class is especially helpful to the support person (the dad, grandmom, friend, etc.) as it provides that person with skills and inspiration to be the steady support and coach that moms need to birth with confidence, peace and joy.
YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY JUNE 14 2-4PM $20
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
RESTORATIVE WORKSHOP – SATURDAY JUNE 28 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 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! Please register at least 2 days in advance.
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.
MEET OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF ONLINE
We now have teacher and staff bio pages on the website! Get to know our dedicated group and their inspirations on the yogic path. Say “hello” in class as well! View the teacher and staff pages here: http://www.jaiyogahome.com/about-jai-yoga/jai-teachers-and-staff/
This summer, when you find yourself bustling from one activity to the next, take a moment to come back to center and connect with your root. (And gardeners, spend some time off your knees during those weeding sessions. Instead, plant your own root into the earth.)
Garland Pose Variation (Malasana) aka Squat
1 – From standing forward bend (uttanasana) with parallel feet, squeeze your low belly and focus on tucking the tailbone as you bend your knees and drop the hips toward the ground.
2 – Adjust the feet so the knees are comfortable. Toes can point out. Try to lower the heels toward the ground, being mindful of your breath. Keep your feet and legs active.
3 – Separate your thighs slightly wider than your torso. Inhale and lengthen through the spine, as you exhale, lean your torso forward to fit in snugly between your thighs, tailbone continuing to root towards the earth.
4 – Press your elbows against your inner knees, bringing your palms together in prayer (anjali mudra). The knees press into the elbows to keep your torso long.
5 – Breathe here for 30-60 seconds, then inhale and straighten the knees, coming back to uttanasana. (For a vinyasa sequence, move back and forth from uttanasana to malasana 3-5 times with your breath).
Notes: As you become more comfortable in this pose, you can hold it for longer periods and even work (weed, build a fire, etc) from this position. The important thing to be aware of is your breath. If you cannot take full breaths, your torso needs more length. Focus on lengthening through the spine, rooting the tailbone, relaxing the shoulders, slightly lifting the heart. Less bend in the knees or not having the heels on the ground will also help.
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
#314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011