Mindful Matriarch Prenatal Yoga (R-PYS)
with Kelley Voegelin (E-RYT 500, R-PYT) in South Portland, Maine
Price: Early Bird Price $1300 By Dec. 15th | $1350 Thereafter
Dates: 4 Weekends | Jan – April 2020
Fri, Jan. 31 — Sun, Feb. 2
Fri, Feb. 28 — Sun, Mar. 1
Fri, Mar. 27 — Sun, Mar. 29
Fri, Apr. 24 — Sun, Apr. 26
To request details + application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for applications is Jan 13th.
A pre-requisite for this training is that you have a minimum of 200 hours yoga training.
A winter solstice practice
September offers sweet symmetry to life around us — the Autumnal Equinox on the 21st brings a brief balance of . . . day / night, light / dark, activity / rest.
While riding this seasonal pendulum in it’s swing to the other side, we might hover in the balance that surrounds these next few days.
Here are some ways you might honor this . . .
> Try breathing in a 1:1 ratio — your inhale matches the length of your exhale. This is known as Sama-Vritti in yoga breathing techniques. (Sama = even, same. Vritti = fluctuation.) Do this for a few rounds of breath.
> Compliment the movement practices that invigorate you with those that are slower & more meditative. Meaning… Yes, go to your Vinyasa class or for a run but then go to a Yin or Restorative class the next day.
> Within the busyness of your days, take a pause to see the plentitude & abundance that already surrounds you.
Once the pendulum swings toward shorter days you might consider how to harvest all that abundance…
Look around — nature offers an inspirational design.
The squirrels are squirreling. The bees swarm around the last blooms of garden flowers collecting as much pollen as they can. We, too, do this — we harvest the fields, orchards & gardens. Guess it’s time to pluck those ripe tomatoes from the vine before the trees put on their spectacular performance of show & release.
To gather what’s needed & let go of the rest is a balancing act, too.
The warmer days will soon be behind us & frosty mornings lie ahead. In the meantime, below is my bouquet of offerings for this Fall.
Big love, Kelley
Prenatal Yoga offerings
> Tuesday’s @ 9:30am @ Rosemont Wellness Center
> Sunday’s @ 3pm @ Breathing Room
> Prenatal Series: Sunday’s Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Dec.15 @ 12:30pm @ The Portland Yoga Project
>> Know anyone interested in becoming a Prenatal Yoga Teacher? I have a Prenatal Teacher Training. Email me for more info! email@example.com
Mudra & Restorative Workshop
Oct. 25th 6-7:30 @ Rosemont Wellness
In this workshop, the use of supportive props & long, quiet holds will support this need to ground, slow down & simplify. A guided mudra & meditation specifically associated with Autumn will be offered to intentionally bring balance to the mind & body.
GROUP CLASS SCHEDULE
4:30pm Gentle Flow 75 mins
6pm Flow for All 75 mins
(both at The Breathing Room in SoPo)
9:30am Prenatal 60mins (at Rosemont Wellness Center, Portland)
9:30am Gentle Flow 60mins (at The Portland Yoga Project in Portland)
3pm Prenatal 75 mins (at The Breathing Room in SoPo)
I give private & semi-private (bring a friend!) lessons to any level practitioner, in my yoga space or in your home or office. I design classes specific to your individual needs or interests.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As I sit down to write this, snow covers the ground, the thermometer reads 26 degrees & Portland Harbor is lit up like a Christmas tree with a boat parade! Sailboats, lobster boats, tugs & more are all strung with twinkling holiday lights. A very festive & colorful tug is sending fireworks off it’s stern, illuminating the night. It’s incredible!
We encounter the Winter Solstice today!
These shortest days of the year can make it hard to stay motivated or to want to leave the house. But, that’s okay. Nature is literally telling us to slow down, hibernate, observe, rest, replenish.Go with it. Winterize.
While the Earth takes it’s turn toward the Sun again, we’ll be stepping deeper into Winter. Meaning, we still get the chance to practice that delicate dance of going inward. We get to reflect more yin like qualities in our routines, while ever so slowly welcoming the return of the Sun. These brightly lit boats remind me of that. Light will eventually balance the darkness.
This opportunity to slow down is a gift. Consider our culture, society, schedules with all their draining demands… it’s all go, all the time. Guess what happens when you’re on “go mode” 24/7 & don’t stop to reflect, rest & reset? Like one of those fireworks… you burn out & crash head first into the ground.
Be content with decelerating.
Be grateful for it.
Be quiet, listen, reflect, meditate, add a little restorative or yin yoga to your routine. You might be intrigued at what you uncover when you actually allow yourself to turn inward. In doing so, this subtle act of receptivity supports your ability to envision fresh goals, intentions, wishes for the year ahead.
Embrace the season. It’s rooting for you.
An Autumn Yoga Pose
Garudasana = Eagle Pose
This pose targets the Lungs (yin) & Large Intestines (yang). The meridians of these two Fall paired organs run through the inner & outer arms. In Garudasana we take a deep bind of the arms & legs, while maintaining a strong rooted balance of the standing foot. Opt to fold your torso forward & place a squeezing pressure on the Large Intestines themselves. The binding & compression creates a stoppage of energetic flow for a few moments but upon release, you flush your meridians & organs themselves with fresh energy & oxygenated blood, stimulating cleanse & rejuvenation. This pose requires great focus & stability. Qualities needed during those windy Autumn days.