If you can breathe, you can do yoga.

Your Yoga Practice: It's The Journey, Not The Destination

May 24, 2017



Have you ever been in class and felt like you just can't keep up?
Every time you get settled into the posture, the teacher moves on to the next one. Maybe you keep your focus and continue with your practice. Or maybe you get frustrated. Your mind starts to wander. Suddenly you aren't on your mat anymore but instead, as Beryl sometimes says, you're on the "bus to Hawai'i".

"What am I supposed to be doing?" "Why don't I look like the person next to me?" "I did this easily yesterday"

Uh-oh. As the mind wanders and you get distracted, maybe you find it even more difficult to keep up.

But I'll let you in on a little secret; you're not alone. This happens to me too! The thing is - needing extra time to transition from one posture to the next doesn't mean you're not doing yoga. In fact, these transitions ARE yoga.

The yoga sutras tell us that yoga is EFFORT towards steadiness of mind. That means that, first of all, if you're breathing, you're doing it right! Secondly, that means that working towards keeping your mind and body steady as you transition from one posture to the next is an extremely important part of the practice.

Some of us are here because we think we look really good in leggings (kidding); but most of us are here for something else. Maybe you're looking to build strength and flexibility. Maybe you want to relax and de-stress. Maybe you are working with an injury or other limitation. But the thing about yoga is, no matter why you are here, the important part is NOT getting into the posture and looking good there. This isn't a spectator sport. The important part is effort towards steadiness of mind.

So the next time you feel like you're falling behind or can't keep up with the pace of class I invite you to breathe. See if you can keep yourself focused on the breath and the transition rather than on the destination. Because the transitions are a very important part of the practice.
 

Yoga for Veterans Live Audio February 2016

February 16, 2016
Today's FREE Yoga for Veterans class starts with a breathing exploration followed by movement with breath and ends with a short form of Yoga Nidra. 

Enjoy!


Continue reading...
 

Intro to Astanga live recording January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016
This is a live recording of this morning's Intro to Astanga class. If you are familiar with the astanga primary series, you might following along with this recording quite easily. If not, please try another class or come to the studio and learn with us! Enjoy!



Continue reading...
 

Live Audio of this morning's Boomer Yoga Class

January 28, 2016
In this morning's Boomer Yoga class, I set an intention to focus on the engagement of Uddiyana Bandha. The sun salutations at the beginning of class were done using the wall for down dog - or "box on the wall".  The students generously allowed me to take a photo of them at the end of class demonstrating what this might look like in case you are not familiar with this posture. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this class. Enjoy listening!






Continue reading...
 

Live Audio of and Intermediate Class (First Half Primary Series)

October 20, 2015
By popular request, we recently added a new morning intermediate level class at Yoga in ME. This class was an instant hit. I'm so glad it was requested. I'm loving it!

Some of the students asked that we record last week's class. This class was most of the first half of the astanga primary series - with lots of options and not very much cueing of vinyasa between postures.  If you'd like to try it out at home, you can download this recording of our class here. ($0.99USD)

Below is a picture of the...
Continue reading...
 

Free Yoga for Veterans

July 28, 2015
Most Tuesdays at 9:30am, we hold a free yoga for veterans class at Yoga in ME. These classes are open to any veterans or active service duty member. They are based on a collection of simple and effective practices that were adapted and clinically tested specifically for military service members and veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress or stress associated with civilian readjustment. These practices can be used to enhance the health of the body and mind regardless of physical limitat...
Continue reading...
 

Yoga Nidra: Experience Deep Relaxation

July 25, 2015



Yoga nidra or "yogic sleep" is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. This systematic method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation is becoming increasingly popular as both a form of meditation and body/mind therapy.  It is appropriate for all levels of physical fitness and experience with yoga.

This morning we followed a yoga nidra session based on one of the sequences in "Yoga Nidra" by Swami Satyananda Saraswati.  ...
Continue reading...
 

Focus on the Breath

July 23, 2015



In the 7:45am Morning Flow class today there was a focus on steady, rhythmic ujayii breath. If you practice along with this
live recording (99 cents) you may notice a couple of times where I reset the tempo of the breath. 

Enjoy!



Continue reading...
 

Got your hands full

March 26, 2015

Every day of motherhood is an adventure. I learn about how far I have come and how much there still is to learn. Today was so humbling. It made me really stop to think how much we judge other parents without offering a helping hand or at least stopping to think about what might be going on in someone’s life. What would you do if you saw a woman wearing a screaming baby, and dragging a dog and a muddy, bloody, crying 3 year old down the street? Would you stare or judge her ...


Continue reading...
 

Thai Massage

February 12, 2015

Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient form of therapeutic bodywork first practiced in Siam (Thailand) over 2500 years ago.  It incorporates gentle rocking, deep stretching and rhythmic compressions to open and tone all systems of the body. Done comfortably clothed on a floor mat or low table, Thai Massage feels as wonderful as it looks.  Deeply therapeutic, fluid and meditative, Thai Massage relaxes refreshes and revitalizes both the giver and the receiver


A brief history

Thai M...


Continue reading...