stepping softly…

Dear ones,

On these Equinox days, I am pondering balance as we are presently forced into a change of pace and perspective. Swinging from one world to the other — from a world that is over-scheduled + over-saturated to one that is trying to take a giant pause in order to save its human family.

In my small world, the week has presented some balance between time in solitude and an abundance of connection with and support from friends, family and colleagues. I am wishing that you have the support you need, too.

In an effort to avoid being shrugged off by the Earth, I hope we can take soft, smart and safe steps toward a collective recovery. And as we hover in this unknown moment between dark and light, for now…  be still, be patient, be safe.

Big love.
Kelley

Slow down. Look closely. Listen.

Hello Friends in Maine, New York & elsewhere —

We just passed Imbolc (the midpoint between Winter Solstice & Spring Equinox) — which means we are in the home stretch of winter. Yes, I know — here in Maine, there is snow on the ground & Spring is shy, elusive & not usually in a rush around here.

But, if you look closely at the tips of the trees you’ll notice reddish buds pushing through. And, if you turn down the other noise, you’ll hear lots of boisterous bird festivities.

Slow down. Look closely. Listen.

Anyways, that’s all for now…
Below are some offerings that I’ve got brewing these days.

Big love, Kelley


Burn. Balance. Blossom.

with Kelley Voegelin + Margo Rosingana

Saturday, March 21st

11am – 1pm

As we seek to understand ourselves in relationship to the world around us, we honor the energies within our bodies & the energies outside of ourselves.  The Spring Equinox marks the balance of light and dark, with the emergence of ever increasing warmth & radiance.  This special class will combine gentle yoga with restorative poses to create a sense of  symmetry in the subtle body.  Through this balanced practice, we will  burn off any accumulated stagnation in order to clear the way for the energy of spring to blossom within.

This practice will incorporate visualization & writing.  Please bring your journal & pen.

Ritual Art of Wellness
2 Scott Dyer Rd. |  Cape Elizabeth

Investment: $30
Limited to 10 participants.

Sign up

Mindful Matriarch Prenatal Yoga (R-PYS)

Mindful Matriarch Prenatal Yoga (R-PYS)

with Kelley Voegelin (E-RYT 500, R-PYT) in South Portland, Maine

Mindful Matriarch Prenatal Teacher Training is for certified yoga teachers who are interested in offering pregnant women a safe, accessible and supportive yoga practice.
This 85 hour Yoga Alliance accredited training educates teachers on yoga practices (asana, pranayama, meditation, mudra) for each stage of pregnancy. Alignment and prenatal sequencing are explored, as well as development of awareness and coping techniques for the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, stages of labor, birth and postpartum.
Mindful Matriarch Prenatal Yoga encourages endurance for the journey ahead while also embracing rest and renewal with tools that bring balance and wellbeing to a pregnant woman’s ever changing body and world.
A brief overview of the curriculum:
  • Asana & pranayama for each trimester
  • Contraindicated yoga
  • High-risk & other conditions
  • Modifications & sequencing
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Meditation & mudra
  • Philosophy
  • Subtle Body
  • The womb’s cycle & practices
  • Birth choices & empowerment
  • Anatomy & physiology of pregnancy & childbirth
  • Creating a supportive space for prenatal students
  • Postpartum
  • Practice teaching, feedback, practicum
  • Observe prenatal classes

 

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 kelvoeyoga@gmail.com.

Deadline for applications is Jan 13th.

A pre-requisite for this training is that you have a minimum of 200 hours yoga training.

Winter Solstice Practice

From the darkness . . . 

A winter solstice practice

Gentle Flow + Restorative Yoga + Live Music
With Margo Rosingana + Kelley Voegelin + Matt Wasowski

Honor and emulate the ancient ritual of celebrating the darkest day of the year by exploring the richness of your inner body.  Winter gives us full permission to embrace the darkness because the solstice provides hope and faith that the warmth and light always return. Darkness presents the opportunity to explore deeply within our bodies, hearts and minds. In our winter hibernation, we can sit quietly, turning our awareness inward, learning and revealing what we might shed to make space for new beginnings in the light of the new year ahead.
This practice is open to all levels — it will include gentle asana and restorative yoga.
Saturday,December 21st
1-3
$35
864 Broadway SoPo Maine

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

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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! kelvoeyoga@gmail.com

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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.

Sign up here.

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GROUP CLASS SCHEDULE
Monday

4:30pm Gentle Flow 75 mins
6pm Flow for All 75 mins
(both at The Breathing Room in SoPo)

Tuesday
9:30am Prenatal 60mins (at Rosemont Wellness Center, Portland)

Wednesday
9:30am Yin 75 mins (at The Portland Yoga Project in Portland)
4:30pm Gentle + Yin 75 mins
6pm Flow for All 75mins (both at The Breathing Room in SoPo)

Friday
9:30am Gentle Flow 60mins (at The Portland Yoga Project in Portland)

Sunday
3pm Prenatal 75 mins (at The Breathing Room in SoPo)

PRIVATE YOGA
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 kelvoeyoga@gmail.com

Prenatal Teacher Training Winter 2020

Mindful Matriarch 85hour Prenatal Teacher Training
with Kelley Voegelin
Winter 2020
Mindful Matriarch Prenatal Teacher Training is for certified yoga teachers who are interested in offering pregnant women a safe, accessible and supportive yoga practice. This training educates teachers on the stages of pregnancy and labor, as well as safe yoga practices (asana, pranayama, meditation, mudra) for each trimester. Safe alignment and prenatal sequencing are explored, as well as development of awareness and coping techniques for the physical and emotional change of pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Mindful Matriarch Prenatal Yoga is a sacred place for building endurance for the journey ahead while also embracing rest and renewal with tools that bring balance and wellbeing to a pregnant woman’s ever changing body and world.
A brief overview of the curriculum:
  • Asana & pranayama for each trimester
  • Contraindicated yoga
  • High-risk & other conditions
  • Modifications & sequencing
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Sounding, visualizations, meditation, mudra
  • Philosophy
  • Subtle Body
  • The womb’s cycle & practices
  • Birth choices & empowerment
  • Anatomy & physiology of pregnancy, childbirth & labor
  • Creating a supportive space for prenatal students
  • Postpartum
  • Practice teaching, feedback, practicum
  • Observe & assist in prenatal class
Dates:
Jan-April
contact kelvoeyoga@gmail.com for more information

Solstice Musings

(blog post from the week of 12/21/2017)

Greetings!

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.

Happy Winterizing!