OPEN STUDIO

Saturday December 22, 2018 - 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

No class, just a warm, quiet space in which to sit in meditation; move in gentle ways; reflect upon the year that’s been and set an intention for the year to come. I’ll provide tea, mats, blankets, bolsters, blocks, etc….bring a journal if you’d like. No fee.

YOGA NIDRA Nights!

Mondays July 9th & August 6th 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. $15.00 

Come treat yourself (and your houseguests!) to a gentle yoga practice suitable for just about everyone (with or without yoga experience). 

Bring your favorite pillow and blanket. We'll begin with a brief movement sequence and then slide into a "yogic sleep" guided meditation, designed to renew and restore....

The way life should be.

 

Kindly call or email Toni to register: oryx@roadrunner.come or (207) 691-9677.

6-Week Winter Saturday Yoga Session!

Hi!

I'm happy to announce we will be having a 6-week winter yoga session! The class is filling up, so let me know if you are interested.

Class will be from 8 - 9:15 am on the following Saturdays: January 13, 20, February 3, 10 and 17, March 3rd. Make-up day is March 10.

The class is designed for students with yoga experience. 

Let's move together and see where this goes! 

Peace,

Toni

Meditation Class Coming

MEDITATION

8 to 9 AM Wednesdays

(First class on August 9th)

 

47 MAIN STREET STUDIO

Tenants Harbor, ME

 

By Donation

 

Please come for silent meditation, instruction in meditation techniques, and talks about the teachings of Buddhism and other pathways of awakening.  The class is open to people with all levels of meditation experience (or none), and from all faiths (or none).

 

The class is offered by John McIlwain.  He has taught meditation for 15 years in Washington, DC, New York City, and here in Tenants Harbor (at the library).  He has served on the Teachers Council of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC and the New York Insight Meditation Community.  He has also studied the Tibetan Dzogchen teachings and practices, as well as Zen meditation.  He has summered in Port Clyde for 25 years and is now living here full time.  

The Yoga of Yes! Or Yum. Or You.

In the last few months I've fielded the following questions. 

What kind of Yoga is this? Actually, there was an anecdote to this question. The student had recently been traveling and was asked by friends, when she told them she was going to yoga classes, what kind of yoga she was practicing. Her response was: "Yes!"

I loved this answer and I'm on the brink of renaming my classes: Yes Yoga

The longer answer to her question is, my teachers trained me in what they call integral yoga. From their website:  ShivaShakti Yoga is an integral approach to yoga, cultivating harmony within the body, mind, and spirit. Rather than being a style, ShivaShakti Yoga is a methodology based on traditional teachings suited for householders of today’s world.

We are householders living here on the coast of Maine. We live, love, work, retire, raise children and grandchildren, participate in our communities, fish, farm, adapt, invent and so on. Woven into the daily fabric of our lives are the opportunities to cultivate harmony with the body, mind, and spirit. I believe that life on the St. George Peninsula demands a level of yogic engagement whether or not you come take a class at the studio. This community thrives because so many give  so much of themselves to support the overall wellbeing of people and place. People makes this place their home, or return as often as they can, for the way body, mind and spirit wake up surrounded by the beauty of this piece of coast. 

However, it's not a bad idea to come and take an hour to drop into the physical body and notice your breath and give the body itself a time to stretch and strengthen. There are innumerable studies "out there" now that suggest staying physically active, practicing breathing and deep relaxation are all very beneficial to the body. If we are going to live longer, yoga can support living well. Life is conducive to Yoga here. And Yoga conducive to Life.

The Second Question was: "What kinds of things would we be doing if this were a regular yoga class?" Or maybe that question was: "What don't we do in your classes, that you would do in a regular class?"

In a nutshell: I don't teach many seated or standing forward folds, nor seated twists,  no headstands, shoulder stands, or plough. And rarely do I teach downward dog on the floor (yes, downward dog at a wall and yes, downward puppy). 

My other teachers, Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson, have been pioneering the art of teaching yoga to seniors. More recently, they've been teaching yoga teachers how to teach older adults at Duke's Center for Integrative Medicine in North Carolina.

According to their 2010 article in the Journal for Complementary and Alternative Medicine here are some of the reasons why it is imperative as yoga instructors we consider adapting traditional practices to meet the needs of a growing and enthusiastic population of students: 

Like the reality society faces with an historical proportion of our population living to more advanced ages than ever before with a very broad range of functional capacities and needs, yoga teachers of older adults are—in many ways— navigating uncharted territory. The great sages who originated the yogic practices thousands of years ago had never encountered artificial joints, canisters of supplemental oxygen, or prosthetic heart valves in large numbers of people who have reached extremely advanced age. As recently as 1900, the average life expectancy in the United States was 46.3 for men and 48.3 for women. In 2005 that number had jumped to 75.2 for men and 80.4 for women.

Training yoga teachers who work with seniors—like all practice of healing arts—represents a blend of scientific knowledge and research, philosophy, and opinion based on direct experience. It is our belief that, in service of ahimsa and the imperative to ‘‘first do no harm,’’ yoga teachers working with seniors should recognize the importance of adapting the practice to senior bodies, minds, and spirits. 

The Integrative Yoga for Seniors training highlights for yoga teachers the potential health risks we may encounter as teachers - from high blood pressure to diabetes, chronic pain to COPD, as well as the silent diseases: osteoporosis, heart disease and hypertension - and how to prepare a class that will do no harm, as well as highlight the benefits of a mindful yoga practice. 

As a yoga teacher living and working in Maine, the majority of my students are considered older adults. Once I started teaching public classes and realized that this was the greatest demographic where I lived, and the one I had the least wisdom about, I took the training at Duke. It sometimes feel like I am swimming against the tide of yoga here in America - a yoga I find to be perplexing in its competitive edge - however, in the words of a great teacher, Krishnamacharya, "if you can breathe, you can do yoga."

This was confirmed for me (again), a few weeks back when I had a drop-in student - another yoga instructor - who snuck in just as class was starting. We'd never met before and didn't have time to check in before the class began, so I spent a few anxious moments as she settled in thinking "oh, how will she like this class, how can i challenge her..." In the end, I didn't do anything different for her - it was a restorative class, meant to slough off a long day and designed to calm or relax the body for a good night's rest. As it turned out, this guest is also a young mother of an infant who'd been sick. There was no need for a challenge, only the breath and a time out for mom. As the class came to a close, she sat up and exclaimed that she would have named the hour Yum Yoga.

 

Happy THANKSGIVING

No Classes, Thursday November 24, 2016.

I am thankful for all of you, our beautiful new home studio in Tenants Harbor, as well as the welcome we receive at Echo Hill for the summer/fall season of Zumba GOLD classes. I am thankful for such a thoughtful community and the many gifts I receive from all of you.

Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings have happiness. May my thoughts, words and actions contribute to the happiness of all beings. 

Om Shanti | Peace.

Additional Classes at 47 Main Street Studio

FYI: Don't miss out on Summer Time Fun in Tenants Harbor!

YAMUNA Body Rolling is being offered Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 6:30 by Chris Merrill. Chris is also teaching at SOMA in Rockland on Saturday mornings. Balls for Body Rolling are provided.

Please call Chris for pricing and registration: 1.575.770.2893

 

ZUMBA®Fitness with James and Kelsey is happening Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

Bring a mat as class ends with a nice long stretch. Disco lights, modifications, great floor, super teachers! 

To contact James or Kelsey: 691-9394 or 691-7090