This is the month to honor your mothers and, in doing so, honor your own lineage and your own life. Yoga practice is a great way to celebrate these joys!
We have a special Mothers Day Yoga class as well as our usual monthly offerings and weekly classes going on at Jai Yoga this May. There’s something for everyone! We hope to see you at the studio soon!
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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
YOGADANCE OFFERED WEEKLY THIS SPRING! – SUNDAYS 5:30-6:15 PM
“The aim of life is to live, and to live is to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” – Henry Miller
Celebrate the energy, freedom and strength of a whole new you with Yogadance. You don’t need to be a dancer to practice Yogadance. Come with beginner’s mind and give yourself permission to let your body speak openly. Everyone who comes leaves smiling and sweating. With Hoa. Class packages as well as drop-ins at $16 are welcome!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
LAUGHTER YOGA – FRIDAY MAY 7 5:45-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Spring! 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 and yourself in an ongoing way. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!
YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY MAY 8 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Spring! 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.
MOTHER’S DAY YOGA – SUNDAY MAY 9 2-3:30 PM $16
An all levels class devoted to honoring and treating Mom on Mothers Day. No experience necessary. Children 13 and older are welcome to take the class with Mom! A fun, healthy way to celebrate.
BASICS SERIES BEGINS – TUESDAY MAY 11 5:30-7 PM -AND- WEDNESDAY MAY 12 1:30-3 PM $90 8 weeks
In our Yoga Basics Class you will learn the fundamentals of safe yoga practice: postures, alignment, breathing techniques and relaxation. Our teachers will help you learn to modify postures to suit your individual needs. The pace of the class is slow and steady. We provide you with handouts to illustrate the poses so that you can practice at home and simple, fun homework assignments to help you integrate what you are learning into your daily life. You will have fun in our basics class and leave feeling relaxed and energized.
KUNDALINI CLEANSE: CREATING STRONG LUNGS, ENERGIZING THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM – SATURDAY MAY 15 2-4 PM $20
Every third Saturday this Spring! A Kundalini Yoga workshop class designed to manually pump the lymphatic system. There will be a lot of heart opening in this class and we will work on building lung capacity as well as opening the ribcage. We will end with a seated meditation with mantra. Kundalini Yoga is a spirited practice which pairs kriyas (cleansing physical practices) with asanas, breathing exercises, mantra and chanting. Kundalini Yoga leaves you feeling strong and clear, busting through the ego to gain access to your true self. In Kundalini, you learn how strong you really are in body, mind and spirit.
YOGA BOOTCAMP – MONDAY-FRIDAY MAY 24-28 6:15-7:15 AM $60/week, $50/repeater or $16 drop-in
Get ready for Summer! Change your routine and change your body. Drop a dress size, feel incredible, be beautiful. Join us for an intense and exciting program! Get ready to drop those extra pounds and to re-energize your life! Let go of your inner intellectual and just sweat, breathe, hold and move. Your body will thank you for it. Ending each session in savasana (corpse pose) is the best part. Basic knowledge of yoga is needed to participate. Please be hydrated for each class.
RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY APRIL 24 2-4 PM $22
Every last Saturday this Spring! 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.
To register, visit www.JaiYogaHome.com to try 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.
NO REGULAR CLASSES MOTHERS DAY AFTERNOON – SUNDAY MAY 9
Special Mothers Day class instead! Learn more and find a link to sign up online in the Upcoming Workshops and Classes section of this newsletter.
BECOME OUR FAN ON FACEBOOK!
You can now find us on Facebook! As a fan of Jai Yoga, you will receive the latest news and updates. We plan to post special events and schedule updates, as well as host discussions and some fun online activities. We look forward to hearing from and staying in touch with you!
MAY 2010 OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga will hold regular office hours on MONDAYS and FRIDAYS from 1-3:30 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in making a contribution!
HONORING MATERNAL LOVE – A MEDITATION ON THE CHAIN OF LIFE
When we honor our mothers, we also honor ourselves. Regardless of our current relationship with the woman who brought us into this life, she is deserving of our gratitude for the simple reason that she made it possible for us to experience this world.
Without her, we would not have become who we are now and we would not have the opportunity to reach our fullest potential.
To honor your own mother and all those who came before her, give this meditation a try:
1 – Sit or lie comfortably with your right hand, palm taut, over your navel. Hold your left palm to the side and upwards, inviting grace into your being
2 – Bring your attention to your navel. Remember that once you were joined to your mother by an umbilical cord and that she nurtured you and gave you life in her womb
3 – Think of your mother’s navel and of your grandmother: she gave your mother life, who gave you life. Your mother too was once a vulnerable child, as were you
4 – Think of your grandmother’s navel and how she was once attached by an umbilical cord to your great-grandmother
5 – Think back to your great-grandmother’s navel: she too had a mother, to whom she was once attached by an umbilical cord. And she too had a mother…
6 – Trace the unbroken lineage, passed from mother to daughter via the umbilical cord, through the centuries
7 – You will reach a point where you feel you are in a hall of mirrors, peeping into infinity. Acknowledge the interface with eternity and listen to your own heartbeat
8 – Feel yourself dissolving into awareness of a living chain and retrace the trail back to the present, rejoicing in your rich inheritance of wordless maternal love
*Adapted from Yoga for Pregnancy by Wendy Teasdill
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
Suite 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011