You may have already noticed, but we’re changing up the newsletter a bit. Our monthly eNews will be a bit shorter with a practice and a list of upcoming events. Mid-month we’ll send out a “Spotlight” email, which will highlight Jai teachers, events, classes, policies, etc. We hope you like this change. Please do let us know!
As usual, there’s lots going on at the studio this month. Keep reading to learn more. Enjoy!
in this issue
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
FRIDAY OCTOBER 1 5:30-6:30 PM $donation
Every first Friday this Fall! With Katie. No need to register, just show up!
*Please note, Laughter Yoga replaces Happy Hour Yoga on the first Friday of each month
YOGA FOR RUNNERS
SUNDAYS OCTOBER 3-24 2-4 PM 4 weeks $50, drop-in $16 (space permitting)
INTRO TO SAHAJA MEDITATION
WEDNESDAYS OCTOBER 6-27 7:15-8:30 PM FREE!
Preregistration is required to attend.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 9 2-4 PM $22
Every second Saturday this Fall! With Melinda. No experience needed.
HOW YIN YOGA WORKS
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23 2-4 PM $22, Members $11
SATURDAY OCTOBER 16 2-4 PM $22
Every third Saturday this Fall! With Jessie. Totally relaxing, no experience necessary.
MONDAY-FRIDAY OCTOBER 25-29 6:15-7:15 AM $60/week, $50/week for repeaters, $16 drop-in ($5 drop-in for members)
Every last week of the month this Fall! With Gabrielle. Basic knowledge of yoga is needed to participate. The room will be heated, so please be hydrated.
*Please note, Yoga Bootcamp classes will replace the weekly Rise-N-Shine classes for the noted dates
Ways to Register: 1) Click the links above 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 Fall.
SITTING EASY FOR MEDITATION: SUKAHASANA – EASY POSE
One barrier to creating a long-term meditation practice for many people is an issue of bodily comfort. Sitting on a cushion on the floor, or even in a chair, with an erect spine for long periods of time can be difficult and strenuous, especially if one is unaccustomed to the practice.
The Sahaja Meditation series starting this month at Jai will help to address some of the many concerns with beginning and maintaining a meditation practice, but you can start now, with just a few minutes a day by practicing Sukhasana, or easy pose.
1 – Place your sit bones on and toward the edge of a of couple stacked blankets or a cushion (about 6 inches high)
2 – Cross your shins, allowing each foot to slide under the opposite knees as you pull your legs in toward your body, but not so close that your feet are touching your pelvis
3 – Widen your knees slightly so that your feet come to rest under your calf muscles. Soften your feet so that the outer edges remain on the floor while the arches of the feet cradle the calf muscles. The thigh of each leg and your shins will make a triangle shape
4 – To find a neutral and erect spine allow your sit bones to drop into your support, as if you were rooting down into the floor. You might feel your ischial bones move apart slightly as your spine lifts
5 – Allow your shoulder blades to move away from your ears and slide down over the back of your rib cage, being mindful that your lower front ribs do not come forward and your lower back does not arch
6 – Breathe easily here, focusing on allowing the body to become more and more relaxed with each exhale. Sit comfortably for 3-5 minutes to begin, increasing the length of your stay as you feel increasingly comfortable in the position
Jen and the Jai Yoga Family
Suite 314 Fort Andross
14 Maine Street
Brunswick ME 04011