In 2012, Yoga in ME celebrated our grand opening with a food drive to benefit Footprints Food Pantry. (Footprints serves Kittery, Kittery Point, and Eliot residents) Participating is easy! Bring in any donation (big or small) all week and your class is FREE.
In order to make this event even better for those who are already Yoga in ME members, we also give you one entry into our raffle each time you bring in a donation! This year, we have lots of great prizes available. Prizes include private lessons, yoga gear, Yoga in ME swag & more! We’re also offering special discounts on retail and class passes. A very limited supply of discounted annual pre-paid memberships will be available!
As our community has grown, we have continued to celebrate this tradition each year. Every year, we have collected more & more food to benefit our local Southern Maine community. This year marks our 4th birthday and 5th annual food drive! Each year, we have managed to donate hundreds of dollars worth of food, toiletries, and pet supplies to Footprints. The opportunity to see a physical manifestation of the support of our community is so humbling!
We truly love this opportunity to give back to the community. We are really looking forward to this year’s food drive. Help us make it our biggest donation year yet!
Here is how you can participate:
Bring in any food, toiletry, household supply, or pet item donation. Items must be new and unopened. Footprints requests that any food items be date checked to ensure the product has not passed the expiration date.
Here is a list of items that are consistently in high need:
| . peanut butter
| . canned vegetables
| . macaroni & cheese
| . macaroni & spaghetti
| . canned pasta
| . canned “hearty” soups
| . cold “low sugar” cereal & oatmeal
| . rice – brown and white
| . canned fruit
| . canned tuna
| . ramen noodles
| . beef stew
| . dog & cat food
| . sides – pasta, rice, potato
| . hamburger & tuna helper
| . pasta sauce
| . diapers
We thank you all for supporting us and this community for the past 4 years! We wouldn’t be here without each and every one of you!
Every November we practice gratitude by making our Yoga in ME gratitude tree. This is a great and very simple way to bring a little gratitude into your life. Participating is easy and the the end result is a beautiful example of a collection of things that our community is grateful for! Here’s how you can participate:
1. Come in for class! We have lots of leaves all cut out and ready to go!
2. Write something you’re grateful for on the leaf!
3. Add it to the tree!
4. Watch the gratitude multiply!
Keep coming in throughout the month of November and watch the tree fill up. It is so fun to watch the gratitude multiply and to have tangible example of the many things that we have to be thankful for! Plus, practicing gratitude is good for you and is a great way to spread love and kindness in our community and beyond.
We look forward to this tradition every year and we hope that you will join us for this fun practice. You are encouraged to participate every time you come in for class! You don’t have to write something different every time you come in, but you can if you want to! We love seeing all of the things that our members are thankful for every year and enjoy thinking about what we are thankful for too.
Too often, we are encouraged to consume and be unhappy with what we have during the holidays. We find that the gratitude tree tradition is a great way to feel even better about what we already have. As our teacher often says, how lucky are we?
We hope that you will join us in continuing this fun and meaningful tradition!
What are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments below, or come in and fill out some leaves!
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.
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.