There are some things you can do in life that turn out to be transformative. For many Mainers, the practice of yoga is one of them. As daunting as the discipline can seem for newcomers, chances are that it has already deeply touched the life of someone you know, who will tell you that the transition between knowing next to nothing and the time when you look back and say, “What was I waiting for,” can be a relatively painless one. One friend of the Phoenix tells us that after practicing yoga for only sixteen months, he feels more a part of life on earth and, if not less stressed, better able to handle tensions in a constructive way.
All this is to encourage wannabe yogis to step over the threshold between thinking about it to trying it out, at the Maine YogaFest, happening at the East End Community School (195 North St) the weekend of July 7 to July 9. Experienced yoga practitioners, of course, are also welcome to participate, share and learn. Get tickets and build your schedule at http://www.maineyogafest.com/ .
This year’s event promises to be the best yet. Original founders of Maine YogaFest, Justine Carlisle, Dana Woodbury and Regan Johnson, have teamed with the all-women training group sheJAMs (their riverside boot camp 5K was featured recently in these pages) to offer yoga workshops and lectures that run the gamut of incarnations of the ancient art form, from “Rock and Flow Extravaganza” to “Aerial Yoga” to the chill “Easy Like Sunday Morning.”
In line with their shared philosophy of keeping Portland’s economy thriving, MYF and sheJAMs promise inspiring live local music, wholesome food, and local vendors throughout the weekend. We encourage experienced yogis who are planning to attend, to bring a friend or family member who could use a little unblocking. They will be in good company, and you will both head into the following week feeling relaxed and energized. Transformation, with commitment, is certainly not out of the question.