My First Class?
Our new address is 260 Western Ave. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class time. Please bring a yoga mat, a large towel to practice with, another for the shower after class if you like, and some water to drink. We rent mats and towels, we sell water, coconut water, and some accessories. The Hot 26 is a beginner’s class in that the postures are safe and accessible. We expect most people can do most of them, most of the time, unless you have some kind of injury, condition or disability that would require modifying the postures. However, this is not an easy class. Expect a vigorous workout. Expect to sweat, more than you may have ever sweat before. This is, of course, because it is hot, jungle hot! You may feel a bit light headed to begin with, this is a normal part of acclimating to the environment and it will pass. Take breaks whenever you need to. Your practice is a way for you to take care of yourself, so please do that. Respect your limitations but then be willing to test them. Hatha yoga is about balance in the broad context. One of the most difficult, and so rewarding, aspects of this balance is that between accepting that which we cannot, or are not ready to change, and having the courage to change the things that we can. Yoga is a big mirror to your life, be willing to learn, and enjoy the ride. We welcome you.
We have adjusted our protocols for the current situation. Class size is limited to allow adequate space for a serene practice. Pre-registration and on-line payment is required. We no longer provide rental mats or towels, nor sell water. We do have a water purification machine you are welcome to use with your own bottles. Practice spaces are marked on the floor of the yoga room, please set up your mats accordingly. Showers are still unavailable. We clean the entire space regularly. We are not licensed as police officers or medical professionals so please do not expect us to act in such a manner.
How Does Therapeutic Hatha Yoga Work?
The postures in the Classic Hot 26 series work synergistically and cumulatively to return the body to a balanced state. This yoga builds energy, stamina and finesse. It incorporates strength, flexibility, balance and most importantly, the “tourniquet effect.” The tourniquet effect gently stretches, squeezes and massages the internal organs, flushes out the cardiovascular system, and stimulates the endocrine and nervous systems. Deficient hormones and enzymes are released or inhibited as necessary. This yoga will boost the body out of its unbalanced state, allowing it to become self-regulating and self-adjusting. Cholesterol in the blood gets “blasted out” of the arteries and veins; in turn it can become regulated. Oxygen and nutrients are supplied to parts of the body that have been in “cold storage.” Toxins are eliminated and the central nervous system is both energized and soothed The lymphatic system is flushed and the immune system strengthened. Sexual vitality and fertility are improved. The internal organs and endocrine glands are corrected and balanced, bringing them back to peak efficiency. Lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality. Bones are strengthened. The joints are opened and lubricated with synovial fluid. Muscles are strengthened, toned and flexibility is increased. Stretching the muscles works the body at the cellular level. As a result, calories become more accessible and are more easily burned, helping the body operate at optimal fitness.
Is Maine Hatha Yoga a Franchise?
No! We have never been a franchise. Angela Weymouth and Michael Seymour opened this studio in August of 2002 and continue to be the primary Instructors as well as the owners and managers.
How Often Should I Come to Class?
Come as often as you can. Ideally, at least 5 times a week for the first two to three months. This gives your body a jump start, and in that time period you will notice incredible improvements in your practice and in your overall health and life. A daily practice from the beginning can relax into a regiment of 3 or 4 times a week. You will find you will want to do this practice. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the time or budget for a daily practice. Just come as often as you can, especially in the beginning. You will start to organize your schedule to fit it in. This yoga, practiced 3 times a week, is thorough enough to be your only form of exercise! In fact, the harder this yoga is for you initially, the more you need to do it and the more you are going to benefit from it. The time and effort you put into your hatha yoga will be returned to you tenfold.
What Benefits Can I Expect?
The benefits you receive from a regular, devoted yoga practice will vary depending on who you are, your health history, what you put into your practice, and what you may be struggling with physically or mentally. The most frequently reported benefits are:
- Escalation in energy and metabolism
- Weight loss and increase in muscle tone
- Increase in strength and flexibility
- Reduction in stress and a newfound ability to induce relaxation during stressful moments
- Alleviation of symptoms of chronic diseases and Injuries
- Rejuvenated sense of calm and well-being
- An inspired and positive outlook on life
As with anything the amount of effort and focus you put into something is directly proportionate to the results you will achieve. Try your best. Your postures do not have to be ‘perfect’ in order to do yoga. It’s called yoga practice and all we can ask ourselves is to try the right way with 100% effort.
Why Did We Change Our Name From Maine Bikram Yoga to Maine Hatha Yoga?
We had elected to remain affiliated with Bikram Choudhury in the midst of several years of unfair business practices, law suites and fear tactics designed to force our independently owned and personally loved small business into becoming a faceless façade of a global franchise. We successfully resisted these offensives and distanced ourselves from the Teacher Training Center and the activities of Bikram Inc. We did continue to promote Bikram Yoga because the style of yoga is well known and the benefits are well documented. However, the actions of Bikram Choudhury and Bikram Incorporated have become excessively intolerable. We will no longer associate our studio with this corporation and its questionable CEO.
Though we are separating ourselves from the name and brand “Bikram,” our beloved yoga practice remains untarnished. It stems from a much larger ocean of knowledge, wisdom, and practice. The Ghosh lineage of Hatha yoga is an offshoot of Paramahansa Yogananda’s universal yoga teachings. Bisnu Ghosh is Paramahansa’s younger brother. He focused the physical culturing path of Hatha yoga into a safe, reliable and effective discipline. We are the direct beneficiary of this transmission of wisdom, and we will continue to share it with you. We are thrilled to now have the freedom to teach from the entire 84 Asana series, including the 26 postures you are most familiar with.
We are committed to providing a safe place for healing and transformative growth. We are committed to continuing training for ourselves and our staff so that we provide you with the best possible attention and care. We are committed to you so that you may find the place, patience, and perseverance to do the same. We know and we live the benefits of this yoga, we see its transformative powers reflected in you every day. We are eternally grateful to you, our most direct teachers, and to the lineage of yoga as a healing practice.
We are now Maine Hatha Yoga. We will continue teaching the 90 Minute Classic Hot 26 Yoga class that we have taught since 2002. This is our core focus. We will also offer alternate classes that explore other Asanas and their therapeutic effects. We are blessed to serve this inspiring community.
Much love, Angela and Michael
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.” -Anais Nin
What Are The Prerequisites for This Practice?
Our classes are designed for ANY beginner yet still challenging for more advanced students. All you need is a good attitude and a willingness to try your best. These qualities will enable you to reap all of the benefits yoga can offer.
Why Is It So Hot!?
7 Great Reasons for a heated yoga room:
- Enhances vasodilatation so that more blood is delivered to the muscles. This means that the capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to the heat by dilation. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
- Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily. When blood passes through warm muscles, oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles releases less oxygen.
- Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
- Makes muscles more elastic, less susceptible to injury.
- Improves coordination.
- Reduces heart irregularities associated with sudden exercise.
- Burns fat more easily. Warmed muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. Fat is released during stress. The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood stream. If you exercise with cold muscles, they can’t use the fatty acids, and they end up in places they are not wanted such as in the lining of your arteries.
Our Flooring Is Now Hardwood!
We are happy to offer beautiful hardwood floors in our yoga room and surrounding space. Please be careful walking around if your feet are wet.