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Yoga, Music, Henna, Oh Yes!

New on my schedule: Yin Yoga at Riverbend Yoga & Meditation Studio Yarmouth, Maine
Fridays 12-1 pm. Feel free to drop in. During January I'm re-introducing the Yin meridians during our physical practice. Week 2 features Lung/Large Intestine which means we'll stretch and open the upper body, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, and back body.

Yin Yoga encourages your body to loosen up, move more freely, hydrate and function properly. Yin can also help you begin a meditation practice, calm the mind and release emotions.

Here's a playlist for your home practice or just chilling out.

Yoga Nidra

Have ever woken up with your best ideas or refreshed after being sick or under a great deal of strain? Do you ever experience lucid dreams where you are somewhat conscious and can control the content of that experience? These are some comparisons I make to yoga nidra. Guided into a state of total relaxation, your body, mind and spirit have a change to truly restore, heal and also manifest. 

You'll set up in a comfortable position with yoga props like bolsters so you can tune inward without distraction.  The you simply follow my voice and experience your own sensations, intention, and awareness. Often your consciousness will be altered as you enter full relaxation. An hour of yoga nidra is said to equal 4 hours of sleep. 

Yoga Nidra continues on the 3rd Friday each month, October-May, at Greener Postures in South Portland. January 20th, February 17th, March 17th are the winter nidra dates coming up.

Through Yoga Nidra, a deep relaxation also known as yogic sleep, move into a place of ease for healing, release, and creativity. 

Workshops, Eclipses, & HennAstrology

February's Full and New Moon are eclipses of the Sun and Moon. Eclipses signal rapid, sometimes unexpected changes and awakenings.  Join Mary Schmaling and me on February 18th for astrology talk, centering with meditation and astrological henna tattoos at The Eye of Henna on High and Congress St. Portland, Maine. 11 am -1 pm Space is limited and the first two hennAstrology dates sold out in 2016 so register promptly. mary421@hotmail

Saturday, February 11th at Scarborough Yoga, find your groove and connect to the rhythm of a Lunar Eclipse at Full Moon time as Kate Beever plays live percussion. Yoga with Drums synced and sequenced for resilient, upbeat Leo Moon. Astrology insights & your personal intentions. 2-3:45 pm
Sign up in advance only right here or in the studio at 433 US Rte 1.

Kate Beever, Music Therapist and multi instrumentalist, founder of Maine Music & Health

Sunday, February 26th at Scarborough Yoga, invest in and restore yourself. You must stayed nourished, rested and in a state of healing in order to fulfill your potential and care well for others. Allow Reiki healer Addie Powers and me to guide your self care with hands on reiki, restorative yoga, essential oil individualized to your preference, and crystal bowl and solfreggio sounds.
Restorative Yoga with Reiki, Essential Oils and Sound Healing.  This workshop consistently sells out weeks in advance. Register here or in studio.

Scarborough Yoga studio

Music I've been listening to this winter. Check out these artists and albums. Music bubbles up all kinds of emotions so you can heal, dance, open that throat chakra, or close your eyes and simply feel.

Ben Howard
Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam
David Gray
The xx
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions
Henry Jamison
Tribe Called Quest
Leonard Cohen

See your daily 4casts for a little bit of insight.
Live your life!
Love, Robin


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Note the Friday hours.

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