When we started Yoga in ME, our primary goal was to create a community where all members feel valued as individuals. In our New Year’s Letter to our community this year, we pledged to keep hosting FREE community events in 2018 as a way to continue to work towards this goal. Coffee & Conversation is one of the ways we are keeping this pledge. We decided to start hosting FREE Coffee & Conversation at our studio once a month in response to feedback from members. Students loved having a chance to get to know other members – and for some of us it’s hard to get up the nerve to talk to the person on the next mat!
Many students say that their favorite thing about our studio is that they feel like they belong here.
I can’t tell you how many people have told me that this is the first place where they have felt like they fit in. As someone who has always felt that I struggled to fit in, this brings tears to my eyes. Every. Single. Time. It is so meaningful to us to be able to offer this feeling of community to our members.
Our goal in hosting this event is to give students a chance to strike up a conversation with other members OFF the mat. We are both introverts, and we know how hard it can be to approach someone new. The concept is simple: this is an opportunity to “go out for coffee” with your new yoga friends. The best part is that you don’t have to go anywhere new or spend any money. We provide the space, free coffee, tea, and snacks. Our members provide the conversation.
If you’re shy about approaching new people, this is the event for you! Conversations have been casual, easy, and inclusive. At today’s coffee & conversation, a first time attendee asked me: “what do you talk about?”. Admittedly, it was hard for me to answer this question because it varies so much from month to month! We’ve talked about books and TV shows, our families, kids, partners, one member’s 13 guinea pigs, gardening, food, the weather – and everything in between!
We hope that you’ll join us for the next coffee & conversation event. We look forward to this opportunity to get to know each and everyone one of you a little better. As well as watching friendships grow – new and old!
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we are social animals by nature. Although we naturally exist in communities, many of us spend a lot of our time alone. Further, the technology and devices that are supposed to connect us to others actually make us feel left out, lonely and even more isolated.
Finding a community of like-minded individuals is a great way to combat loneliness. At Yoga in ME, we want all of our members to feel welcomed and included. Sometimes, coming in for class is enough. But it’s also nice to have opportunities outside of class to connect and get to know other people at the studio.
Recently, we have noticed that our members really enjoy and value these opportunities to connect with each other outside of class. For this reason, we have decided to start offering more of these opportunities for FREE.
Starting in November, we will have Coffee & Conversation every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:15. (Immediately following the Boomer class.)
Stay after the Boomer Yoga class, or just stop in to socialize after class. We will provide coffee, tea, and some light snacks. No registration or purchase necessary!
At the conclusion of our teacher training, we interviewed our graduates about the training. We asked graduates what they would say if recommending the training to a friend. Nearly every graduate mentioned the feeling community that they experienced at Yoga in ME.
In fact, many of our graduates said they had never felt like they fit in to a community before. The community at Yoga in ME was the first time some of our trainees really felt they belonged.
This was a huge wake up call for us. Our hope is that each and every one of you also feels valued and supported by the community here at Yoga and ME. If you don’t, please, please, please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make you feel more at home here. We are always open to feedback and happy to provide a listening ear.
If you love our community and/OR you want to feel a little more at home here, we hope that you will join us for Coffee and Conversation! You never know who you might make a connection with.
What is your favorite way to connect with the Yoga in ME community?
Have you ever thought about joining a book club? Sounds fun, right? But too often reading is not a priority in our busy lives. In fact, 1 in 4 Americans did not read a book last year! Not to mention, getting together with friends often becomes one of those “I’ll call you…” situations where it just never ends up actually happening.
But don’t let all the discourage you. Yoga in ME is starting a book club! Our first meeting is in December. Here are 4 reasons why you should join:
It is completely free to join and you can choose buy or borrow the book. All you need to do is read (at least some of) the book and show up. For our first book club, we are reading Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart. We have copies available for purchase at the studio or you can get it at a local bookstore, on Amazon, or borrow from the library or a friend!
A great chance to encourage yourself to read.
As mentioned earlier, 1 in 4 Americans did not read a book last year. If you struggle with finding the motivation to read, this might be just the push that you need! I always find that a deadline makes me much more motivated to accomplish my goals.
There will be food!
We’ll be providing some light refreshments and attendees are encouraged to bring a pot-luck dish to share. As always, tea and water are available free of charge!
When questioned about what they love most about the studio, almost every person I talk to says: the COMMUNITY. Joining us for our book club and pot luck is a great time to connect with the Yoga in ME community and get a chance to interact with other members outside of class. Some of us might even wear “normal” clothes! (Read: not yoga clothes).
There you have it, 4 great reasons to join the Yoga in ME bookclub! We hope to see you there!
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On Tuesday, my 6 year old daughter, Lilliana, came home from school and told me she wanted to “send money to the kids in Las Vegas who don’t have parents any more.” I was touched. My girl has a big heart and, as a result, she always wants to help others. Unfortunately, there was just one problem: she doesn’t have much money beyond her piggy bank. I asked her where she was going to get the money. Her response surprised me. In fact, it brought tears to my eyes.
Lilliana told me she wanted to teach a yoga class for kids “because your job is already to help people feel better”.
I was touched that, not only does she want to help, she wants to do it by spreading peace, love and mindfulness in our local community. I can’t think if a better way to raise money to raise money for such a deserving cause! We hope that many of you will consider taking a break from all of the negativity that surrounds us and joining us for this fun class!
Sometimes it feels like we are surrounded by disaster. One tragedy after another plays out on the news. As a result, it seems like we are powerless to do anything to stop them or help. Seeing tragedies like the recent shooting in Las Vegas, it is easy to sink into this hopeless mindset.
However, my teacher, Beryl teaches that part of our responsibility as yogis is to practice kriya yoga. Yoga in action. Sometimes, even the most experienced yogis need a reminder of this. And sometimes children are our best reminders.
Please join us Saturday, October 14th and 1pm for a fun, playful family yoga class lead by budding yoga teacher, Lilliana and experienced adult and children’s yoga teacher (and mom) Lydia.
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Eliot Festival Days of 2017
The last Saturday of September marks the traditional date of the Eliot Festival Days. Eliot Festival Days are the last hurrah of the summer season here in Eliot, ME. Although the name seems confusing, (why isn’t it Festival DAY?), this annual celebration is always a great time! We love being a part of this awesome, local community event. It looks like the weather will be beautiful so come on down and join us for a day of fun!
The day is jam-packed with lots of outdoor activities such as: a 5K, a kid’s run, a parade, local vendor displays, and even an “outhouse race” (yeah, we weren’t sure what that is either, find out more here). This year’s Eliot 5K Road Race will raise awareness and monetary donations for the “End 68 Hours of Hunger” campaign, a cause near and dear to our hearts. Registration information can be found on the event’s website. You can find the full schedule of events here.
Create Your Own Inspiration
This will be our fourth year at the festival, and Yoga In ME is doing our booth a little differently at this year’s Eliot Festival Days. We are hosting a hands-on activity to cultivate inspiration and community awareness. At our booth, participants will have the option to create their own kindness rocks. Small rocks and craft supplies will be provided by the Yoga In ME staff. Expressing your most creative Self is greatly encouraged. This event is open to the public and participation is not required but all are welcomed to stop by, meet the Yoga In ME staff and talk yoga! We are looking forward to seeing you there! Learn more about our booth here.