Series Classes

Special classes by registration. Specific start and end dates! Early registration is recommended and greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Women's Kundalini Journey 2020

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
January-December, 2020
Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By registration
 
"Yoga is not about self-improvement, it's about self-acceptance." Gurmukh
 
Make a commitment to yourself this year! Join a beautiful circle of women for a transformational journey of self-acceptance. Over the course of the year, we will gently and systematically work our way up the seven energy centers, from the root to the crown. 
 
*You may join the group at the beginning of any series, #1-7.*
 
#1 January-February: Muladhara Chakra-- Acceptance
#3 April-May: Manipura Chakra-- Commitment
#4 June-July: Anahata Chakra-- Compassion
#5 July-August: Vissudha Chakra-- Truth
#6 September-October: Ajna Chakra-- Intuition
#7 November-December: Sahasrara Chakra and Aura-- Boundlessness & Radiance
 
We will practice Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Through breathwork, physical exercises called kriyas, meditation, and chanting, we will clear blocked energy in the chakras and bring forth our radiance. Gurmukh's book The 8 Human Talents will be a source of inspiration and guidance for the journey through the chakras. Together, we will share practice, conversation, creative expression, and friendship. The atmosphere is relaxed and open-hearted. Hope to see you there!
 
Recommended reading: The 8 Human Talents by Gurmukh. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at class.
 
Level: Women of all ages are welcome; no experience necessary.
 
Registration: Check the Upcoming Events page for the announcement of the next circle or contact [email protected] for more information.
 
Cost: Each series has a suggested donation. For anyone who attends the first six series, the seventh series is FREE!
 
Note: The Dancing Elephant welcomes people of all genders and gender expressions, as well as non-binary and genderqueer people. This class offering is specifically offered for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them.
 

Chair Yoga

with Sarah Trapani
Six Thursdays, January 9-February 13, 3-4 p.m.
Drop-ins welcome

This winter, join us for a six-week series of Chair Yoga, a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or standing using a chair for support. Classes begin with a quiet meditation and warm-up movements, followed by a series of gentle postures and balance poses. Chair Yoga aims to increase strength and flexibility, develop ease and fullness of breath, and promote body awareness and self-compassion. The class ends with a guided meditation for peace of mind.

Level: Everyone is welcome. This class is specifically designed for folks who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor, as well as those who would like to learn yoga poses and practices to bring back to the office or daily life.

Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. Drop-ins welcome too.
Suggested donation

Note: The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.

Mommy & Me Yoga

with Erin Grade, Yoga Instructor
Four Saturdays, January 18-February 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Drop-ins welcome

Take time to connect with your baby and meet other moms. This gentle yoga class is a wonderful way to come back to yoga - or start a new yoga practice - after giving birth. Throughout the series, we will focus on breathing techniques, yoga postures, and relaxation to calm and nourish ourselves. (A baby’s first year can be very exciting and daunting!) The yoga postures will specifically help rebuild and stabilize the pelvic floor, core muscles, and low back. You’ll learn mindfulness techniques and specific stretching exercises that you can do at home with your baby. Come join other moms and babes for this fun and relaxing class!

Level: For new moms with babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months (pre-walking); no yoga experience necessary.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Suggested donation
 
Note: The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.

Prenatal Yoga

with Erin Grade, Yoga Instructor
Four Tuesdays, January 21-February 11, 7:15-8:30 p.m. 
Drop-ins welcome
 
Pregnancy is a time of tremendous growth and change, both physically and emotionally. It is a time to nourish yourself and your growing baby. Join us for prenatal yoga to cultivate breath, stamina, and courage in preparation for birth. Each class will integrate warm-ups, breathing techniques, core strengthening postures, relaxation, and meditation. The practice will meet you wherever you are in your pregnancy. You will enjoy the many benefits including stress relief, reduced nausea, reduced inflammation, increased stamina and strength, as well as increased bonding and compassion. This class is a wonderful opportuntiy to gather with other pregnant women and share your joys and concerns. It is a time for essential self-care. Hope to see you there!
 
Level: Women in any stage of pregnancy are welcome; no yoga experience necessary.
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. 
Suggested donation

Note: The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.

Women's Kundalini Circle

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Seven Wednesdays, February 26-April 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By registration
 
“Creativity is everyone’s birthright. It is the act of living here and now, finding out what it is that makes you happy, and then pursuing that path.” - Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
 
Calling Midcoast women of all ages! As Winter turns to Spring, join a sacred circle of women for an inspiring journey into Creativity. Over the course of seven weeks, we will awaken and strengthen Svadisthana Chakra, the second energy center. This chakra - represented by the bold color orange and the flowing element of water- invites us to explore our innate creativity. Whether gardening, parenting, working, cooking, painting, or being in relationship, we all are inspired beings. The energy of creation flows with divine purpose through our lives. How are we directing that flow, and how are we surrending to it? Where are we stuck?
 
Together, we will practice Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness as taught by Yoga Bhajan. It is an inspiring and nourishing technology that balances the mental, physical, and nervous energies in the body. During each class, we will practice breathwork, kriyas (physical exercises), mudra, mantra, and meditation to balance Svadisthana Chakra.
 
The circle provides a wonderful space for sharing, growth, and friendship. The atmosphere is open-hearted and joyful. Hope to see you there!
 
Level: Women of all ages are welcome; no experience necessary
 
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. Installment payments are welcome.
Suggested donation
 
The Dancing Elephant welcomes people of all genders and gender expressions, as well as non-binary and genderqueer people. This class offering is specifically offered for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them.
 
Note: The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated.