Sacred Syllables: Introduction to Sanskrit Chanting
Feb
12
10:30 AM10:30

Sacred Syllables: Introduction to Sanskrit Chanting

Sacred Syllables: Introduction to Sanskrit Chanting
Sunday, Feb 12, 10:30 to noon
$20, all levels of experience

This class will satisfy your curiosity about Sanskrit and chanting, as we will learn to chant the Sanskrit alphabet, selected verses from the Yoga Sutra, and a passage from the Bhagavad Gita.
Chanting (mantra yoga) is an old technique of learning the philosophy  of the tradition of yoga. Repeated verses and syllables (japa mantra) drive the words and wisdom of yoga into our hearts.

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Inclusion: A Four Class Fundraiser Series
Feb
12
to Mar 5

Inclusion: A Four Class Fundraiser Series

Inclusion: A Four Class Fundraiser Series
Sundays: Feb 12 (Erin), Feb 19 (Erin), Feb 26 (Sandra) and March 5 (Erin)
9am to 10:15am
all levels
$15 donation to Maine American Civil Liberties Union, please bring cash or check made out to ACLU of Maine Foundation

Join us for this one, some or all of these four classes! We look forward to offering an all-level series on Sundays to our community.

We are offering this class series as a gesture of support to all who may be excluded or persecuted by the actions and words of our government. All proceeds with be donated to the Maine chapter of the ACLU, to support their work as a check in the system of balances.

While the donations have a designated purpose, the classes will not include politics, current events or disparaging speech. Open to all, please join in!

 

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Yoga Sutra Weekend
Jan
27
to Jan 29

Yoga Sutra Weekend

Yoga Sutra Weekend
with Erin Ehlers
TIME CHANGE:
Saturday, January 28: noon to 3pm
Sunday, January 29: 9am to noon

Open to all levels; expertise in the Yoga Sutra is not required!
Cost is $90

For those attending the workshop, the studio will be open at 7am on Sunday, Jan 29 for self-practice (yoga, meditation, other silent practices).

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali are the earliest writings that defined yoga, yoga practice and the obstacles that yogis may encounter on the path. With clarity and brevity, these verses are the underpinning for yoga as we practice it today.

We'll discuss the murky history that surrounds the both the author and the history of the text, we'll learn the basics of Sanskrit pronunciation so that we can chant selected verses from the Sutra and we'll spend time learning about the philosophical system of yoga.

This weekend is open to all levels of familiarity with the Sutra, from total novice to the well-read. Please bring your own copy (any translation or version) to the weekend. Erin recommends the translations by BKS Iyengar (Light on the Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali), Edwin Bryant (The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali), Barbara Stoler Miller (Yoga: A Discipline of Freedom) and Kofi Busia (available on his website as a pdf). While you are not expected to have read the entire text thoroughly, a familiarity will give you some perspective as you learn about this guide to yoga.

Please note: this weekend will not include any asana practice (though sitting on the floor for 6 hours is certainly it's own practice!). Please come prepared to chant, discuss, learn and question.  Studio will be open at 7am on Sunday for self practice.

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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Bosu Balance

A Bosu adds an intriguing aspect to practicing balance, as it supplies us with an unstable surface. What is relatively simple on the stability of the floor, gets a dose of unpredictability. This unpredictability is good movement for our bodies and minds...you'll catch your muscles unaware, you'll bring intelligence to nerves that rarely fire, you'll find new focus in postures you thought you had figured out.

Join this small group for 75 minutes to challenge and train your hips!

Please bring your Bosu (I will not have any to lend).

$18

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Solace of Silence
Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

Solace of Silence

On Inauguration Day, I would like to open the studio for two hours to anyone who wishes for the solace of silence. You are welcome to come in at any point between noon and 2pm, and to stay as long as you wish until 2pm. Feel free to come to practice yoga, to meditate, to read, to draw, to write, to nap, to breathe. Any silent, non-electronic (no phones, tablets, etc) personal activity is welcome. I will be practicing, perhaps planning classes with some books nearby. No fee/no donation. Join me if you seek the calm found in the silence.

 

 

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New Year Yoga
Jan
2
9:00 AM09:00

New Year Yoga

MONDAY, Jan 2, 9am to 11am, level 2

Celebrate the New Year with a two hour practice! What better way to ring in the new year than with a devotion to your well-being and peacefulness. If living well, finding peace and breathing deeply are part of your New Year's sankalpa (intention of consciousness), then please join Erin for this special class.

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Kofi Busia Weekend
Nov
11
to Nov 13

Kofi Busia Weekend

This workshop is sold out. Please email yogakittery@gmail.com to be added to the wait list. A spot may open for one class.

We are excited to welcome Kofi Busia back to Kittery. Join us for a weekend with a teacher who brings over 40 years of experience of guiding yoga with humor, compassion and storytelling.

Expect long holds in intermediate postures that are taught through stories and themes. As Kofi guides from broader ideas (rather than specific instruction), it is expected that you can compose your asana with a maturity of experience.

Open to students who have an established inversion practice (sarvangasana and sirsasana, including any personal modifications). Kofi welcomes students from all backgrounds and lineages of yoga, Iyengar experience, while helpful,  is not required. 

Schedule (12 hours):
Friday, November 11: 4-7pm
Saturday, November 12: 9am to noon AND 2-5pm
Sunday, November 13: 9am to noon

Cost:
The cost of the full weekend is $330.

To Register:
Please see note above!

Refunds prior to November 9: You will be refunded in full if we are able to fill your spot from our waitlist, and if we are not able to fill your spot, you will be refunded 75% of your payment.  Refunds on or after November 9: You will be refunded in full if we are able to fill your spot from our waitlist, and if we are not able to fill your spot, you will be refunded 50% of your payment. 

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Bosu Balance: Yoga on the Bosu Ball
Nov
1
to Nov 29

Bosu Balance: Yoga on the Bosu Ball

Bosu Balance
Yoga on the Bosu Ball
5 week series with Erin
Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
6-7:15pm
$70

You MUST BYOB (bring your own Bosu), I will not have one for you!

You need to be able to balance without holding onto a wall or ledge to attend.

A Bosu adds an intriguing aspect to practicing balance, as it supplies us with an unstable surface. What is relatively simple on the stability of the floor, gets a dose of unpredictability. This unpredictability is good movement for our bodies and minds...you'll catch your muscles unaware, you'll bring intelligence to nerves that rarely fire, you'll find new focus in postures you thought you had figured out.

Please bring your Bosu (I will not have any to lend). You can purchase one online, scout yard sales and craigslist, you can see if any of your fitness friends can lend you one. It's a good addition to your home movement practice, and a worthy investment as an alternative sitting tool.

Please plan to attend all 5 weeks, partial registrations not permitted. Drop ins not permitted.

 

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Embodied Practice: Intro to Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology for the Yogi PART TWO
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

Embodied Practice: Intro to Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology for the Yogi PART TWO

Cost: $100///One scholarship for $75 available, email Erin to apply

This is the second part of a workshop I led earlier in October. There were such great questions and interesting ways to look at this, so the topic proved to be worthy of a second part. You are welcome to attend even if you did not attend Part One. The Second Part will bring us towards the muscular and fascial systems, habits and what we can change, and why we would change.

If you attended Part One, please pay $50 to partake in Part Two. Email Erin to register at this lower cost.

Our culture is simultaneously body obsessed and body ignorant. While we are intimately knowledgeable about the external appearance of our bodies, we are not educated about the form and function of the wondrous stuff that is us. Yoga is the perfect entry point for learning about the physical material of our beings: it is enjoyable, it is adaptable, it is experiential.

The human body offers endless fascination, frustration and insights to practicing yogis. This course will offer an introduction to the form and function, to the pieces and parts, and to the delight and wonder of our human bodies.

Anatomy (the locations and names of parts): We'll learn the major muscles and bones that are commonly referenced in yoga classes, books and articles (for example, the quadriceps group on the front of the thigh). We'll cover other soft tissues (cartilage, ligaments, tendons and fascia) and discuss their place in the practice. 

Physiology (the tasks of the parts): So, you've got quadriceps. What do they do? They straighten the knee (among other tasks). When the knee straightens, that lengthens the hamstrings. Physiology defines what the parts do, and how they do it.

Kinesiology (the relationships of parts in movement): What happens when your quadriceps are tight? Well, it will also affect other parts. If your quads are tight because you sit often, then we may also find dysfunction in the psoas muscles, the hamstrings, the abdominals. Kinesiology looks at the holistic inter-relationships throughout the habits and patterns of ourselves.

The Yoga Perspective: All of this will be taught through the lens of yoga: a holistic, integrated view of body-mind-spirit.  Yoga urges us to become more and more conscious and aware of all aspects of our being. In this personal awareness, we will realize that we're all different and that's great. There are so many variables in the human form, and these contribute to the ease or difficulty of specific asana. We'll look at the role of bone shape, proportion, muscle habits, joint restrictions and proprioceptive skill affect how we do yoga. Using basic asana, you'll see how it's impossible to duplicate another yogi's pose.

Open to all levels and traditions of yoga students. One year of consistent yoga practice experience is required.

Please come prepared to take part in movement and discussion. 

As we learn best from real life examples, Erin hopes that you are willing to show your movement abilities and limitations to a group. If you are unwilling to demonstrate in a group, please let Erin know in advance and she will be happy to support your request for privacy.

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Sweet Relief at Repose Yoga in Newburyport: SOLD OUT!
Jul
31
11:00 AM11:00

Sweet Relief at Repose Yoga in Newburyport: SOLD OUT!

 

SOLD OUT: Hope you can join us next time! 

45 (includes massage balls)

This class is at Repose Yoga in Newburyport: please register through their site.

In this class, Erin will guide two deep techniques that will have you breathing deeper and moving with ease. Using solid rubber balls and soft inflated balls to massage the neck, upper back, shoulders, and chest, you’ll roll through a self-massage sequence that will refresh and repair those tight spots. After the massage sequence, you’ll make use of the new-found relief with a few gentle postures before settling into a restorative pose for deep rest. The combination of self-massage with restorative will bring you sweet relief for tired muscles and a busy mind.

And, these self-massage balls are yours to take with you! Enjoy these techniques at home and provide better care of your fascial and muscular systems.

 

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Maine YogaFest
Jul
10
2:00 PM14:00

Maine YogaFest

The annual Maine YogaFest is coming up on July 8-10 in Portland. With over 50 classes to take over three days, this festival brings in yogis from all over Maine and New England. 40 area and regional teachers will be offering classes in many styles, lectruing on many topics and offering meditation and music-based experiences. Yoga-sun-summer-fun! 

For more information: Maine YogaFest.

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Free Graduation Class
Jun
12
10:30 AM10:30

Free Graduation Class

Erin is delighted to be graduating a group of 6 dedicated yogis from her 300 hour teacher training program.  This advanced program certifies them at the highest recognized level of yoga training by the Yoga Alliance.

To celebrate, they are leading a FREE round-robin style class for all levels. Please email to save your spot.

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Yoga in the Park
Jun
7
to Aug 30

Yoga in the Park

Free yoga in Prescott Park

Every Tuesday at noon in June, July and August

Taught by Seacoast area teachers (Erin teaches June 28)

In case of rain, class is canceled. Please check the facebook page for updates. Thank you Sara Curry and SATYA for organizing this fun, free, community event.

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Balancing Act: Yoga and Movement to Restore Upright Balance
May
27
6:00 PM18:00

Balancing Act: Yoga and Movement to Restore Upright Balance

$30
Class size is limited to 10 students, your payment is your registration. A spot will not be saved without payment.

Our ability to move upright on one and two feet define us as the only true bipeds on the planet. However, our culture relies almost exclusively on sitting to define our work and leisure. We take to "exercising" as a way to ameliorate our deconditioned bodies, and while walking, running, cycling and the gym may get our heart rate up,  we still need to work whole-body movements that are found in balancing. Come and take your shoes off, give your feet some attention and try movements from a place of curious play!

This class includes:
Self massage with balls on the feet, ankles, calves and shins to re-awaken the neuro-fascial-muscular system of the lower legs and feet
Basic yoga to re-align with good biomechanics
Solo and partner work to experiment with varying levels of support
Balancing on stable surfaces (the floor), unstable surfaces (balance cushions, bolsters) and elevated stable surfaces (stepping onto a chair, walking on a balance beam) to challenge a whole-body response to balance
Walking over a variety of surfaces (different textures, different stabilities, different elevations) to bring intelligence back to your feet

What you will learn:
How your nervous systems responds to a variety of surfaces
What your feet need to stay supple and responsive
How to integrate movement and dis-integrate sedentary habits
Why remaining strong, stable and resliient is imperative for lifelong health

Open to all consistent yogis with a year or more of practice. This class is NOT appropriate for anyone with acute, currently painful lower body injuries. This class will NOT be helpful to those who suffer balance issues due to vertigo, vestibular issues, or dizziness, unless those symptoms are currently controlled and you are cleared for exercise by a physician.

 

 

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Class with Kofi Busia
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Class with Kofi Busia

Class with Kofi!
Thursday, May 5 /// 6-7:30pm /// $25
SOLD OUT! Email yogakittery@gmail.com to sign up for the wait list.

We are closed from Tues, May 2 to Sat, May 7 as a group of us train with Kofi Busia for a week. While all regular classes are canceled, I am excited to announce that Kofi will be teaching a class on Thursday, May 5.

Space is limited, so your prior payment will save your spot. This 90 minute intermediate level class is open to all who have at least 2 years of consistent practice, who are able to practice all of the standing postures and who are able to self-adapt their poses for any limitation. The practice will likely include standing, seated, reclining and possibly inverted asana.

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Story-Telling the Yoga Sutra with Kofi Busia
Apr
15
to Apr 17

Story-Telling the Yoga Sutra with Kofi Busia

Story-telling the Yoga Sutra with Kofi Busia

April 16, 2-4pm

Kofi Busia, Advanced Iyengar Teacher, brings a unique perspective to discussions on yoga philosophy. Weaving stories and reminiscences into the threads of yoga, Kofi creates a vibrant tapestry that lets his students see how all of life's experiences are the practice of yoga.

What may start as a conversation about this seminal text of yoga may segue to his family in Ghana, his years as Iyengar's student,  a quip about his children, a memory of his years in Oxford and then may turn back to yoga by way of Newton, Gauss or Bob Dylan.

This two hour discussion is a part of a weekend workshop. The full workshop is sold out, but many spots are open for this afternoon to sit with a master teacher of yoga.

Yoga Sutra Discussion only: $30 (open to all yogis of any experience level and style)

April 15-17, 2016: Friday 5-8pm // Saturday 9-12pm & 2-4pm (Sutra discussion) // Sunday 9-12pm
Entire weekend cost: $330

We are full for the weekend with Kofi. Would you like to be added to the wait list? Please email me at yogakittery@gmail.com.



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Sukha Yoga (Self-Massage and Restorative)
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Sukha Yoga (Self-Massage and Restorative)

Sukha Yoga: Self-Massage and Restorative
Friday, March 11
6-7:30pm
$30
Pre-registration and payment required

The ultimate unwind! Self massage using therapy balls will work out the kinks, knots and snarls from your muscles....restorative poses will deeply rest, restore and revive your mind!

This 90 minute class with Erin will return you to a place of balance and clarity by facilitating both muscular and mental release. Stress builds up...this practice will remove it.

Due to the deep nature of the self-massage work, this class is open yogis with a current year of consistent practice. Please, no acute injuries nor brand new yogis.

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Community Class Series
Mar
5
10:00 AM10:00

Community Class Series

Community Class Series
With Yoga on the Hill's Teachers-in-Training
Selected Saturdays at 10-11am: 
One date left!

3/5 with Anna

$5 suggested donation, all proceeds to Rett's Roost 
Open to ALL LEVELS, including beginners
Our current group of trainees are experienced teachers in an advanced training. They are looking forward to leading classes for the community, and ask you for support in raising money for a local non-profit, Rett's Roost. A $5 donation is suggested. This class series is open to all levels, including beginners. 

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