Series Classes

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

Mommy & Me Yoga

with Erin Grade, Yoga Instructor
Two Saturdays, December 7 & 14, 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: By drop-in donation for the two classes in December; preregistration is not required.
 
Suggested donation: $15 drop-in, by class pass, or pay-what-you-can.

Prenatal Yoga

with Erin Grade, Yoga Instructor
Two Tuesdays, December 10 & 17, 6:30-7:45 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: By drop-in donation for the two classes in December; preregistration is not required.
 
Suggested donation: $15 drop-in, by class pass, or pay-what-you-can.

Chair Yoga

with Sarah Trapani, Yoga Instructor
Six Thursdays, January 9-February 13, 3-4 p.m.
By registration
 
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.
 
By donation: Our offerings are available to everyone by donation. Donations in any amount are gratefully appreciated. You are most welcome to pay the suggested donation below, make installment payments at class, or pay-what-you-can per class. Thank you!
Suggested donation

Women's Kundalini Circle

with Rachel Nixon, Yoga Instructor
Five Wednesdays, January 15-February 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By registration
 
"Acceptance is an act of pure grace.” Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
 
Calling Midcoast women of all ages! As we turn the corner to 2020, join a sacred circle of women for a heart-warming journey into Acceptance.
 
Over the course of five weeks, we will awaken and strengthen the Muladhara (Root) Chakra. The Root Chakra is our ground, our stability, our connection to our instinctual Self. It is here where we learn to Accept ourselves fully. As Gurmukh so beautifully states, “If we are balanced in this part of the body, we feel at home in our skin, we feel cozy and secure and that it’s okay for us to exist on the most basic level.” 
 
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 Muladhara 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.
 
By donation: Our offerings are available to everyone by donation. Donations in any amount are gratefully appreciated. You are most welcome to pay the suggested donation below, make installment payments at class, or pay-what-you-can per class. Thank you!
Suggested donation
 
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.