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.
Inclusion: A Four Class Fundraiser Series
Sundays: Feb 12 (Erin), Feb 19 (Erin), Feb 26 (Sandra) and March 5 (Erin)
9am to 10:15am
$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!
Yoga Sutra Weekend
with Erin Ehlers
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.
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).
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.