During Autumn season, the hours of darkness and the hours of daylight are at an equal footing. The long days of summer are past and as daylight begins to dwindle this Autumn, life is meant to begin slowing down. We have equal opportunity for activity and rest, movement and introspection.
At Jai Yoga this month, we have a variety of offerings to help you move toward a balance between activity and rest, movement and introspection. Keep reading to find the class(es) or workshop(s) which will serve you best during this new season!
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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND EVENTS
MEDITATION, DHARMA, YOGA – EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:15-8:15 PM $Donation of choice
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. No need to register! Feel free to drop-in!
LAUGHTER YOGA! – EVERY FRIDAY MORNING 7-7:45 AM $1 donation
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 and a great way to approach the workday and the weekend. Come laugh with us! No need to register, just show up!
YOGA FOR AUTUMN SEASON – FRIDAY OCTOBER 3 5:30-7 PM $20
Seasonal transitions happen in our bodies, minds and emotions as well as in the world around us. In this class, you will practice traditional yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), and meditation supported by holistic forms of healing to help your body and awareness transition into Autumn. Prerequisite: Completion of Jai Basics course or 6 months of dedicated personal practice. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=72
RESTORATIVE YOGA – SATURDAY OCTOBER 4 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=39
YOGA NIDRA – SATURDAY OCTOBER 11 2-4 PM $20
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. Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=55
ADVANCED ASANA SERIES – THURSDAYS OCTOBER 16-DECEMBER 11 7:30-9 PM $90 8 classes
This 8-week course is designed for committed yoga students who are interested in furthering their practice. Learn safe methods of exploring new edges in your asana practice while immersing yourself in some of the deeper introspective practices of Kripalu Yoga. We’ll work with physically challenging postures, meditation, pranayama and contemplative teachings. Students should be comfortable in a moderate class, have at least one year of experience, an established personal practice and be interested in taking their practice to a more integrative and advanced level. A brief interview prior to the first class is requested of all those participating. Register for this course online: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=70. Then, please call us at 207.725.7874 to schedule your interview; tell us you are registered for the course, leave your name, number and three good times to call you back.
YOGA AND THE 7 CHAKRAS – FRIDAYS OCTOBER 17-NOVEMBER 21 5:30-7 PM $70 6 classes
In Yoga, it is known that the 7 chakras are vital energy centers which contribute to our well-being. In this 6-week course, you will learn how each of these energy centers affects your yoga practice and which yoga practices balance and revitalize these energy centers. We will discuss how imbalance in the chakras shows up in our daily lives and how adding certain foods, colors, sounds, activities and yoga practices can bring the chakras back to optimal health. Practice and learn a series of poses specifically geared toward each chakra. Printed handouts will help to take the practice home. This is a beautiful opportunity to learn more about yourself and to grow your yoga practice.
Click here to register: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=71
LAUGHTER YOGA PARTY! – SUNDAY OCTOBER 26 2-3 PM $5 suggested donation
Come laugh with us! We will get together for some fun and yogi entertainment while raising money for charity. Open to all, including children and families. No experience is needed. To register, click here: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=3175&stype=-8&sTG=11&sVT=51
To register, try our online registration system, available up to one hour before the start of an event! Follow the links above or visit http://www.jaiyogahome.com/classes/special-classes-events/ for a complete listing and more links to more workshops!
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.
FALL OFFICE HOURS
Jai Yoga holds regular office hours on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30-3:30 pm. At that time, messages can be left for specific teachers, questions can be answered and ideas will be heard! 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. We look forward to hearing from you!
Rained out of kayaking? Don’t want to stay home? Remember that workshop going on at Jai Yoga? Oh yeah! Well, it’s not too late to register! Our online registration system will allow you to register for an event up to one hour before it starts! The system also provides up-to-date information about any changes or cancellations. Give it a try!
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 with Jen opportunities to enjoy the practice of yoga. Yoga is good for all of us!!!
To experience a balance between day and night, activity and rest, strength and surrender in your practice this Autumn, try this sequence.
Utkatasana/Uttanasana (Chair Pose/Standing Forward Bend)
1 – Start in Tadasana (mountain pose) with hands at the heart, feet parallel and hip-distance apart, eyes only slightly open. Focus on your breathing and how the breath moves in and out of your body. Where is it going?
2 – When you are ready, open the eyes gently and slowly.
3 – Lift the hands overhead, straightening the arms and separating the palms to shoulder-width. Reach through the fingertips. Bend the knees deeply and rotate the inner thighs toward each other. Point the tailbone toward the heels. Lift the heart, let the shoulder blades draw down and together. Lengthen through the lower back. Soften the face as you breath in Uktanasana for 3 breaths.
4 – On an exhale, straighten the legs and crease at the hips, folding forward. Pull the leg muscles up and hug them around the bones. See if you can center the weight of the hips evenly between the balls and heels of the feet. Pull the belly in, reaching the heart toward the feet. Neck and head are loose. Breathe in Uttanasana for 3 breaths.
5 – On an inhale, pull the belly in, bend the knees and lift the heart and hands back into Uktanasana. Hold for 5 strong breaths, before returning to Uttanasana for 5 delicious breaths.
7 – Repeat postures a third time, holding for 7-10 breaths each.
8 – Rest in savasana for a few minutes, surrendering to the support of the floor.
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
#314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011