6 week beginner yoga series
This is a special series of classes just for beginners that meets once each week for 6 weeks. Unlimited attendance at any of our regular drop-in classes is also included in the cost for students new to Yoga in ME. Students who are brand new to yoga as well as those starting over - whether because of a long break from yoga, an injury or other reasons - are welcome! We will provide the support you need to get started with yoga in a safe and compassionate environment. Registration and more information here >>>
Restore balance to your life with this light-hearted and joyful class. This class teaches the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga, including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing poses and core strengthening. Emphasis placed on moving with the breath and into and out of postures safely and with correct alignment. Beginners and students looking to work on basics are welcome in the class.
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.
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 poses 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.
Classes will cater to those that attend class on that particular day. This class will offer modifications for the newer student, and more challenging poses for the experienced student. This class is for any level of practitioner and as always only do what you can do.
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. Prepare to sweat and cleanse in our beautiful studio, heated to 75 - 80 degrees.
Yoga for Veterans
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, or asanas, like the Forward Folds or Tree Pose. 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.
Interested in meditation but think you can't do it? This group meets weekly to explore how meditation can improve your quality of life. Learn some basic techniques to help quiet the mind and bring more joy into your life. Anyone can do this. Find some peace of mind and great fellowship. This group is FREE and usually meets at the Eliot United Methodist Church - lower level, in the "library".
Step away from the frenetic activity of daily life and go inward. 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.
Give BackYoga Nidra
Experience the bliss of the simple, yet powerful practice called Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep - an extended period of deep 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. $10 suggested contribution is appreciated; cash or check paid to YIM only please. 100% of funds will be given to a varying organization each month. (Typically offered once a month. Please check the schedule for the next session.)
Community Classes are By-Donation and are for Any Level student. These classes are taught by rotating teachers, including our new and in-training teachers. Funds will be donated to varying organizations. Donate an amount of your choosing; Any amount can make a difference! Community classes are not necessarily offered on a regular basis so please make sure to check the schedule.
While all yoga supports you physically, emotionally, and spiritually, private yoga lets you work on what makes sense for you at your own pace. There are several reasons students choose private sessions including: Beginners who want to get started in yoga without being overwhelmed or intimidated. Wanting to work more in-depth. Injuries (back, knee, shoulder) or health concerns (women's issues, stress, arthritis, chronic headaches, insomnia). Specific physical goals such as increased flexibility, balance, or strength; target problem areas like tight hips or hamstrings or weak knees, or increasing mental focus in a particular sport or activity. Adding yoga to a weight-loss or strength-training program.