Power Outage? A Great Opportunity To Practice Yoga!

Yoga in ME is currently experiencing a power outage. At the time this post was written there were 484,000 customers without power in Maine. For some of us, it sounds like it might be a while before it comes back. This is a little bit daunting. But, bear with me on this one, this power outage is also a great opportunity to practice yoga.

How, you might ask? I can’t do fully bound lotus without heat! Well, you don’t have to! At Yoga in ME, we think it’s very important to remember that the practice of yoga is not just doing the asanas (or postures). According to the yoga sutras, Yoga is: the attempt to still the fluctuations of the mind.

In other words, all you have to do to be practicing yoga is put effort towards being present in the moment.

That’s right, folks. As long as you are present with what you are doing in the moment, you are doing yoga. This applies no matter whether what you are doing is a yoga posture, meditation, or something more everyday and mundane like folding laundry or preparing a meal.

For some of us, a power outage is our worst nightmare.  Basic things that we have come to rely on like heat, running water (if you have a well) and refrigeration no longer function. This can be very stressful and even dangerous in some circumstances. But a power outage is also a great opportunity to slow down. We are forced to unplug, and be present with what we are doing.

So how exactly does this work?

Well, when the power is out, it simply isn’t possible to be reading an article on your phone while watching something on TV and also playing solitaire on your tablet. In other words, we are forced to do fewer (and often quieter) things at a time. Instead of engaging in multiple activities at once, we might spend our time doing something like reading a book or playing a board game with the family. We are less stimulated and more able to be present with the people around us. THIS is yoga!

Not only are we forced to unplug and do fewer things at once, we are also forced to do many everyday things “the old fashioned way.”. Read, slower and more mindfully. Doing the dishes becomes a much more mindful task when you have to heat water on the camp stove. Washing and rinsing in basins rather than doing everything in the quick instant hot water of the sink!

Are you practicing yoga during the power outage? Tell us how in the comments!

Join Yoga in ME at Eliot Festival Days, 2017!

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.