Class Descriptions

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Are you brand new?

 

Beginners are especially welcome at classes labeled with an *asterisk.

You are not, however, limited to those classes. Students of all levels, including beginners, are welcome in all classes. It is traditional for beginner students to practice right along-side the more experienced students.

 

*Basics

Restore balance to your life with this light-hearted and joyful class.

This class teaches the fundamentals, including sun salutations, standing postures, balancing postures and seated postures. Emphasis is placed on moving with the breath and into and out of postures safely and with correct alignment.

This class is for beginners and anyone interested in working on fundamentals.

*Boomer

Energize the years ahead with this series of poses based on Beryl Bender Birch’s Boomer Yoga. This dynamic practice will keep your body young, your mind vibrant and your spirit soaring!

Beginners and students of any age are welcome in this class.

*Chair Yoga

 

 

When we say, “If you can breathe, you can do yoga”, we mean it!

If mobility issues are preventing you from fully enjoying our regular drop in classes–or if you just think it would be fun–chair yoga is for you!

This is a form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support.

 

Using a chair allows REAL people to do REAL yoga.

While this class is more accessible than a “regular” yoga class,  it is not “dumbed down”.

You will leave class with a calm mind, clear head, and feeling like you worked your body in a therapeutic way.

 

Community

Free/By Donation

Yoga in ME’s Community class are a way to offer yoga to populations who otherwise might not find it. In some cases, they are taught by experienced instructors. In other cases, they are taught by teachers-in-training or developing teachers who are volunteering their time to practice teaching and support the community.

In order to continue these offerings, we need to support the studio’s viability as a whole. Yoga in ME members support the studio with regular monthly payments. If you are not a member already, you have the opportunity to choose how to support the studio; be it gratitude, contributing funds to the donation box, bringing a new friend to class, or service work for the studio. Thank you for your support.

Community Classes are appropriate for most levels of yoga experience.

*First Responders

By Donation.

First Responders and staff are welcome in this class.

Classes are taught by instructors certified to teach FREE Yoga for Veterans.

Classes typically begin with a breathing exercise followed by yoga postures appropriate for most levels of physical fitness and yoga experience. Classes end with a rest or guided relaxation.

Trauma sensitive class: No hands-on assists. No pre-registration necessary.

*Gentle Flow

Beginners always welcome!

A very nurturing and relaxing practice of accessible postures.  A soft asana flow that benefits the mind, opens the heart, creates space in the joints, and builds strength slowly.

Classes end with a deep nurturing relaxation.  Seasoned practitioners who want a softer practice will love this class.

Morning Flow

Jump start your day, wake up your body and get your energy flowing in this light-hearted and joyful class. In this class we will coordinate breathing and movement in a series of postures that are accessible to all bodies. Students are encouraged to make each practice as physically challenging (or not!) as is appropriate. All levels welcome to attend.

 

Power Flow

Present Power is a series of postures conceptualized by our teacher, Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga. This phenomenal practice will open, cleanse, and energize your Body, Mind, and Spirit and re-ignite delight in life. This practice is designed for each student to do as much or as little as they choose to do. It is traditional for beginners to practice right along side of more experienced practitioners. Newer students are welcome to participate to the best of their ability. Prepare to sweat and cleanse in our beautiful studio, heated to 75 – 80 degrees.

 

*Recovery Yoga

By Donation

Any Level Yoga Class

 

Empower yourself with the ability to access a peaceful, restorative inner state that integrates mind, body, and spirit through yoga postures, breathing and meditation techniques.

Whether you are working to overcome addiction or are impacted by the addictive behavior of others, this class is for you.

Beginners welcome. Any donation welcome. Pay what you can.

 


FAQs

I’ve never practiced yoga before, can I come to Recovery Yoga?  Yes.  Your teacher will offer specific guidance.

Is Recovery Yoga only for members of AA? These classes are open to anyone and everyone dealing with their own addictive behavior or affected by the addictive behavior of others. This is a open and inclusive group. All A’s are welcome.

Is Recovery Yoga a replacement for my existing recovery program? No. Recovery Yoga in no way replaces 12-step meetings, a sponsor, or any other part of a 12-step recovery program. It is an adjunct providing another helpful tool to more fully address the physical, mental and spiritual dis-ease of addiction.

What if I don’t know if I am an addict, alcoholic, or affect by the dis-ease of addiction?You are welcome to be in the inquiry of these questions as you attend.

Do I need to have my own yoga equipment to participate?  No. There a loaner mats and props available at the studio.

 

*Restorative

Looking for some balance in a hectic, stressful life?

You don’t need to be flexible or able to hold positions until your muscles are screaming. Your body’s only work in these sessions is to achieve deep relaxation and rest through the few passive postures we do. They are the antidote for the “go” and “do” lifestyle.

Using props we can feel cradled and safe to allow ourselves to sink into a deep restorative rest! This is a quiet practice that draws our attention inside, away from the hubbub of our external worlds! Gift yourself this very important time on the mat! Come, enjoy and learn more!

Restorative yoga is a gentle, relaxing form of yoga and is a wonderful complement to more active practices.  Props are used to support the body in each posture, allowing for complete surrender and relaxation. The lights may be dimmed and if it is chilly, you may be covered with a blanket since you will not be warming up the body the way you would be in a more active class. After you are set up in a posture with all your props, you will hold the posture for an extended period.

This class will bring you a sense of peace and calm in a busy world.

 

*Sound Healing

Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing. Whether through the use of mantras as with the Hindis, the Icaros (medicine melodies) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, or Pythagoras’ use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.

 

How does it work?

Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).

This same concept is utilized in meditation by regulating the breath, but with sound it’s the frequency that is the agent which influences the shift.

 

What is it like?

A sound therapy treatment is both a passive and participatory experience. The passive aspect is that you become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It’s in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in. Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.

 

How do I Prepare?

Wear comfortable clothes to relax either reclining on the floor or seated in a chair. There will be no guided movement as part of a Sound Healing experience. You are, however, welcome to move around as needed to stay comfortable.

 

 

Description exerpted and adapted from MindBodyGreen.com  Read more ….

*Veterans Yoga

By Donation.

Veteran yoga classes are for veterans and active military duty personnel.

Classes often begin with a guided meditation practice to help connect with the breath and tune in to what’s going on in their mind and body. Students are then led through a series of physical poses. Classes end with a relaxation pose.

The simple but effective practices used in the class have been adapted and clinically tested specifically for military service members and veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress or stress associated with civilian readjustment.

They can be used to enhance the health of the body and mind, regardless of physical limitation or psychological distress.

Veteran yoga classes are for veterans and active military duty personnel only.

Read more…

 

Vinyasa Flow

Reset your body and mind with this flowing vinyasa class. Expect to move with your breath and focus your attention. This well balanced flow class will get you out of your head and into your body and your breath.

This is a multi level class. All levels are welcome. Variations for the newer student and more challenging postures for the experienced student will be part of each class.

*Yin

A quiet yet profound and highly therapeutic style of yoga that is available to all students at all levels.

The power of Yin is in its long-held relaxed floor postures. This kind of stretch stimulates the deep, connective “Yin” tissues of the body, affecting not only the physical body, but also energetic aspects of the self.  It is a logical balance to dynamic, muscular, “yang” forms of yoga and/ or strenuous exercise.

*Yoga Nidra

Experience the bliss of the simple, yet powerful practice called Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep – an extended period of deep, guided relaxation.

This class is for any level of physical fitness or experience. No prior experience with Yoga or Yoga Nidra needed – all are welcome.

Please wear comfortable clothing.

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