New classes and workshops in Maine!

Happy Spring and almost Summer! Let’s welcome the sun on the mat!

I’m so pleased to announce a spate of classes and workshops that I’ll be running over the next few weeks at Thomaston Yoga Studio.

Thursday evening Yoga & Meditation, 7pm – May 18, 25, June 1, 8
Unwind from the workday with gentle yoga and meditation. In yoga, the asanas (postures) are meant to strengthen and detoxify the body in order to maintain optimal health and to prepare for meditation. We will begin the class with a basic hatha-based sequence to stretch and tone the body, connect with the breath, and quiet the mind. The class will conclude with a guided meditation as we tune into our inner experience and deepen our connection with ourselves – and, ultimately, with each other. This class is open to everyone, beginner to advanced practitioner; no experience of yoga or meditation is necessary.

Saturday, May 27, Hatha Sun Salutation I, 8:30-10:30am
Hatha is a strong and supportive practice that balances out right and left sides of the body. In this workshop we will begin very gently with stretches and simple asanas to stretch and warm-up the body, working up to the Himalayan hatha series 1 sun salutation, a complete practice in itself, which will strengthen and tone the body using the breath. We will finish with restorative poses and a nice relaxation. Do you want to get your summer started with strength and balance? I’ll see you on the mat.

Saturday, June 3, Prana Kriya Yoga, 8:30-10:30am
Not your usual sun salute and vinyasa fare, Prana Kriya combines specific movements, or kriyas, with the breath to energize and stimulate the mind and body. This is a fun practice that emphasizes the breath and its coordination with the body. It is by turns slow and meditative, and physical and dynamic. Still, it is suitable for all levels and everyone is highly encouraged to sample this special practice if you haven’t experienced it before.

All classes and workshops will be at Thomaston Yoga Studio, on Main Street in Thomaston.

Classes are $15 and workshops $25.

Contact me by email or over Facebook for more information or to register.

I’ll see you on the mat!

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76 and sunny on the inside

Wow, where has this year gone?! It seems like just a few minutes ago I was trying to convince all of you Mainers to take time out of your sporty summer days soaking in the coastal sun to remember your yoga practice. Now it’s frigid, approaching winter solstice, and the yoga mat is calling in a different way. “Please, help me stretch out this cold, creaking skeleton,” your body whines. Or maybe it says “YAY! Give me more yoga! I hope we do plenty of those leg balances!”

In any case, winter’s here, the holiday season is in full swing, and, if your mind’s like mine, it’s constantly listing all of the things that need to get done before the holidays or the end of the year. Best antidote to all of the madness – and the cold and dark weather? Yoga and meditation, of course.

Through yoga you can find the inner calm, the inner light that  will literally make you feel warmer and sunnier in the darkest month of the year. It’s a great practice; try it. Dynamic movement and steady breathing is also a powerful way to stay grounded and centered through all of the busyness of the holidays. Give yourself the gift of that hour or so of being present on the mat; it’s one thing that you never regret!

If you can’t make it to class, just doing some basic stretches for a few minutes in the morning and evening – forward fold, wide-legged straddle, downward-facing dog, maybe even a lunge – while breathing deeply and consciously is so beneficial. If even this seems like a ‘stretch’ for you (excuse the pun), make it a New Years resolution to work on your yoga self-practice for the next 365 days – but don’t wait until January, start now, building up a little bit each day.
Whatever works best for you, find your way back to the mat and keep practicing! Come practice with me this month in Maine. Midcoast classes are on as normal until New Years (only cancellation so far is Saturday, December 24 & 31 at the Dancing Elephant, see below). Otherwise, all classes will be on, pending inclement weather or unforeseen obstacles. Any last-minute changes will be posted on FacebookTwitter, and here. 

Then I get to be a student again: In January I fly south to India for warm sun and yoga sadhana. Exhale…. Beyond that, I’m planning my teaching schedule for 2017, which will include yoga retreats at the ashram where I’ll be in South India, and in Stowe, Vermont. Watch this space for more info regarding dates for these.

 
Looking back, it’s been a great year of teaching for me, and I feel so much gratitude for all of my lovely students from whom I’ve learned so much. Wherever you are, I wish you the best on your yoga journey and hope that it carries you through many more seasons.

 
Sending warm wishes and blessings for this holiday season and the new year.

 
Namaste,

Kath

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Weekly Schedule – December 2016

Tuesday, 5:30p – Vinyasa Flow @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland

Wednesday, 9a – Vinyasa Flow @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland

Wednesday, 6:30p – Yoga+Meditation @ Thomaston Yoga Studio, Thomaston

Friday, 9a – Prana Kriya Yoga @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland

Friday, 4p – Hatha Yoga @ The Samoset, Rockport

Saturday, 8:30a – Gentle Yoga @ Thomaston Yoga Studio, Thomaston

Saturday, 10:30a – All Levels Yoga @ The Dancing Elephant, Rockland  [December 17 only!]

Sunday, 10:15a – Hatha Yoga @ The Samoset, Rockport

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Aum for my Autumn Teaching Schedule

Don’t you just love those crisp fall mornings with the clear sun, the feeling of freshness, the smell of  morning dew … This season is such a natural time to come back inside physically and mentally, reconnecting with yourself, returning to familiar routines, and remaining attuned to circadian rhythms. Much as I love this time of year, I also know how hard it can be to find your way onto the yoga mat on the cooler and darker days. The body’s just a little bit stiffer, whines a little bit more, makes all kinds of excuses why now is not the best time to fit in your yoga practice.

Well, that’s where I come in. I’ve got a full spate of classes for the fall months with plenty of morning and evening options. So whatever suits your temperament best, choose a time and keep your date on the mat!

Step 1: Check out my Fall Teaching Schedule. There are a few changes to note: September 27 will be my last Tuesday morning Gentle Yoga class at Thomaston Yoga Studio. And from October 12, my Thursday evening Yoga+Meditation class in Thomaston will shift to Wednesdays at 6:30pm [note time change].

What will I do with my Thursday evenings? I’m excited to announce that for 6 weeks starting in November, I’ll be teaching a short course (off the mat!) on the contemporary History of Yoga at the Dancing Elephant called “What is Yoga?”. Have you ever wondered about what’s at the core of “yoga” as it goes more mainstream; and what is ‘authentic’ among all of the different classes offered at studios these days; or where yoga comes from in general? Are you a history buff who just loves to delve into specific topics and learn what was going on ‘way back when’? Look no further. And mark your calendars now. It’s going to be a nice stretch for the brain muscles – nice, gentle, and soothing, aummm.

More information, including registration, can be found on the Dancing Elephant website or by contacting me. Further details will follow shortly, so watch this space!

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Find your Flow this Fall

What a beautiful Maine summer. Who can blame you if you spent it outside drinking in the warm sunshine, sea breezes and cool water, and if maybe you lost your yoga practice somewhere back in June or July? At least you were getting plenty of exercise and fresh air, right?

Suddenly the days start getting shorter, the nights cooler, and the body starts to register this shift in the seasons. Much as we want to hang onto every last ray of summer sun, the fall rhythms and autumn foliage bring back that comforting feeling of routine. We are reminded of the ephemerality of all things, that summer will come around again next year, and the year after that, and so on. Short of a vacation to the tropics, we can’t escape the cooling temperatures and growing darkness any more than we can reverse our own aging process. As Patanjali writes in the Yoga Sutras, “Clinging to life, flowing by its own potency, exists even in the wise.”

Resistance to change may be natural, but it’s also avoidable. Yoga reminds us that we can come back to ourselves, to our own body and breath, and notice how we’re feeling after another quarter turn around the sun. We come back to our yoga practice (sadhana) and welcome the warming asana flows on a cold morning, the inner light of calming meditation on a dark evening, and the fellowship of sharing these practices in community (sangha) in the context of a group class.

This is another way of saying that no matter how long you’ve been away, the mat will always welcome you back. The body and mind will always thank you for taking the time to return to your practice. We may not be able to stop the flow of time, but we can ease our own suffering by not resisting the flow of life. And yoga practice helps us to do this. So as the leaves begin to turn, take a moment to reflect on your practice, on the goals and intentions you want to set for the next season, the changes you’d like to make, and how you want to find your flow this autumn – through yoga practice or otherwise.

My weekly class schedule remains mostly unchanged through the Fall, and will be confirmed over the coming weeks. For now, I’m pleased to announce a new (for me) Wednesday morning Vinyasa Flow class, 9am at The Dancing Elephant, Rockland, which I will be teaching from September 14 onwards. This means that Wednesday morning Prana Kriya Yoga will no longer be offered in Thomaston; but the Friday 9am PKY class will continue as normal in Rockland. More changes to come; watch this space.

Wherever you find yourself this season, keep practicing. And if you happen to be in midcoast Maine and in search of your daily yoga fix, don’t resist: come join in the fun! Namaste.

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Happy Summer! New Classes in Rockland & Rockport

Happy Summer! How’s your yoga practice? Between summer solstice, the full moon, and International Yoga Day, what better way to begin this new cycle than by either recommitting to your practice or starting down the yoga road for the first time?  None that I can think of. So get on your mat; take the yoga journey.

Great weather in the first solid week of summer means most Mainers may not set foot in a studio – but yoga practice should be a constant companion rather than a fair-weather friend. As B.K.S. Iyengar writes, “The person who practices yoga regularly will not become a victim but a master of his or her circumstances and time. The yoga practitioner lives to love and serve the world. This is the essence of life. Peace within, peace without, and peace in the individual, in the family unit, in society, and in the world at large.” Do yoga for peace, yoga for your health, or yoga to find your Self – whatever your motivation, keep practicing. The benefits will be endless.

Point of story: seasons change; the practice remains. Plus, long summer days means there’s plenty of time to fit in a class and still enjoy the great outdoors.  This is just a friendly reminder from the teacher to not let the summer sunshine distract you from your practice… And also a courtesy notice that I’m adding more classes to my teaching schedule – so there are more opportunities than ever to find a convenient class to fit into your week.

Do you yearn for a simple, authentic yogasana class to get grounded and centered? I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching Hatha Yoga at the Samoset in Rockport from the first of July. Come practice Friday afternoons at 4 p.m. (starting July 1) and Sunday mornings, 10:15-11:30 a.m. (starting July 3). More details to follow, but start getting ready for July in Rockport!

Wait, there’s more: I’ve also added a Tuesday evening class at the Dancing Elephant in Rockland. No more fat Tuesdays: from 5:30-7 p.m., we’ll be doing Vinyasa Flow to get the body, breath, sweat, everything flowing. Come join me starting next week, June 28, and we’ll salute the summer sun, getting stretched and toned, and radiating light from within. Ahh….

Keep up the great work, I’ll see you on the mat!

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Free Yoga in Rockland this week!

Calling all yogis in midcoast Maine! Free yoga is on offer this week at the Dancing Elephant in Rockland; this is an event not to be missed!

In celebration of my new teaching schedule at the Dancing Elephant, we’re inviting anyone who has even a passing interest in yoga to come sample my new class offerings: Friday morning at 9 a.m., I’ll be teaching Prana Kriya Yoga. And this week, June 10, it’s absolutely, 100% free! If you’ve been wondering what all the buzz is about, this is your chance to sample this special practice. Not your usual sun salute and vinyasa fare, Prana Kriya combines specific movements, or kriyas, with the breath to energize and stimulate mind and body. So put the finishing touches on your week here aligning with the breath. Also, I must add that my parents love it, which means: No prior yoga experience is necessary, open to everyone.

Saturday morning you hit the snooze button and then eventually drag yourself out of bed thinking, ‘I don’t care what I do for the rest of the day – I just need a yoga class, any class, stat!’ Does that sound like you? This is your class. Starting from now, on Saturday mornings at 10:30, I’ll be teaching All Levels Yoga, a hatha-based asana class to get your weekend started right. Get it free on June 11. Nothing fancy here, just good, solid yoga basics suitable for every-body, from beginner to advanced, as the name suggests.

And that’s not all — Community Yoga begins on Sunday, June 12. This is essentially the same as All Levels Yoga, but with a special invitation to all of those aspiring or curious would-be yogis out in the community who have for one reason or another never made it to class. There’s a special incentive, too: $5 suggested donation is all we ask. Nobody will be turned away (unless we can’t fit you in the room!). The intention is to expand the yoga circle and to build community here on Sundays, so basically what I’m saying is, obviously everyone should come to this class, and also –  bring a friend!

Om shanti, I’ll see you on the mat!

 

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