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Vibrant Living

Vibrant Living

Practices, guidance and support to help us maintain strength, flexibility, and mobility for years to come.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

The roots of this new Vibrant Living offering began 20 years ago when a group of senior citizens, all residents of Liberty- came to the new Yoga Studio’s Open House.

They had never taken a yoga class before and were interested to know how Yoga could help ease their achy joints, improve their energy, decrease their worries, and help them age well.

I listened to their needs and challenges. I spent some time developing a program and  Gentle/Chair Yoga was born.

Back in the day they were the most committed group of folks. They didn’t miss a class.  We had lunch after class every Tuesday at local restaurants – our favorite was the Corner Restaurant.

They told stories of their lives.  We gathered at my home for holiday celebrations.

Those years were some of the most precious years of my teaching career.  I will always miss that group of folks and appreciate what they taught me and what they brought to my life.

My  mom, Nancy Stephens Keene

All but two of the participants have passed on now, including my mom.  And the two remaining continue to take class on a regular basis.

One of my greatest passions is studying and learning about ways to enrich my programs.

Now that I am closing in on my mid 60’s, my interest is as strong as ever in understanding how we can remain healthy, strong, and vibrant well into the older years.

An area of focus this past year has been on this very topic which brought me to the decision to change the name from  Gentle/Chair Yoga  to Vibrant Living.

This new title better reflects my studies, practices, latest research, and understanding of what contributes to the aging process and how we can slow or reverse the effects.

I have been and will continue to slowly make changes to the class format so the transition remains a smooth one. 

And there are still some of standard familiar elements;  always will be.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patients in care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

-Thomas Edison

Vibrant Living consists of gentle stretching, whole body movements, yoga poses, breathing practices, healthy living info all designed to help us not only remain strong, limber, and mobile but also ease stress and feel lighter and brighter. The content is practical and applicable to our daily lives.  And fun!

There is a continued focus on:

-Spinal health
-Nervous and glandular systems strength and balance – a key for overall well being
-Food for the soul
-Food for the brain
-Relaxation techniques to calm the mind and so much more.

Chairs are still available and used during part of the practice just like before for those that want and need them.

“If you know the art of deep breathing, you have the strength, wisdom and courage of ten tigers.” – Chinese adage

This “one of a kind” program as it’s been called by some of the participants is powerful enough for anyone/any age and gentle enough for everyone – including seniors

The age range has been from mid-twenties to 98.

Comments such as “There is nothing quite like this” is not uncommon.

It is unique:  I consider this offering one of my signature programs found only here in Liberty, Maine.

On that note…  To honor all who joined me twenty years ago, all who have come over these past many years, and to honor those who are with me now:

I am offering a free Vibrant Living Class next week, on Tuesday, July 2nd from 9-10:15am. Please come and bring a friend.  We’ll make room.

All are welcome! I hope to see you!

For a complete list of the offerings here at the Ayurveda Yoga Center in Liberty, please see the schedule and offerings pages of my Website:  ayurvedayogacenter.com

Summer blessings to all,

Deb
Deborah Keene, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher
Ayurvedayogacenter.com

Celebrate International Day of Yoga and the Summer Solstice

Celebrate International Day of Yoga and the Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice Celebration

This Friday, June 21st – 6:30-8:30am

Live with more lightness of being and a more joyful, loving heart.

I invite you all to join this wonderful community right here in Liberty where we are fed on all levels.  There is a lot of heart and soul here with offerings that are uplifting, grounding, and deeply healing: all to help us live happy, healthy, purposeful lives.

Everyone is welcome.

I am happy to share a picture of the Studio’s new Gong.

The Gong produces sound vibrations that help to heal the nervous system, remove negativity, ease stress, and so much more.  The Gong works on all levels to heal and transform. Please come and experience the Gong’s sound vibrations for yourself.

Also, another surprise has arrived! Come see what’s new in the Studio

~Summer Solstice and International Day of Yoga Celebration
3 spaces left!
This Friday, June 21th – 6:30-8:30am

We go deep with our practices: this one has the Yoga and Ayurveda Camp vibe. Includes healing session with the Gong. Tea is served. $20-$30. Sliding scale Please e-mail me if you wish to register. (Pay when you come on Friday.)


Weekly Schedule

See the Schedule and offerings page of the website for more info: Ayurveda Yoga Center.com Currently in Liberty at the Ayurveda Yoga Center

-Vibrant Living Yoga
Tuesdays, 9-10:15am

-All Levels Yoga
Wednesdays,  8:00-9:30am  Time change! We have return to the summer hours for class.

 -Kundalini Yoga for Anyone
Thursdays – 6:00-7:15pm

Yoga and Ayurveda Camp for summer – Pitta Season
July 8 ~ 12  Monday thru Friday
6:30-8:30am

1 space left! $120. Early registration
Checks payable to:
Deborah Keene
61 Stevens Pond Rd.
Liberty, Maine  04949

I hope to see you.
Love, Deb

Summer Solstice Celebration

Summer Solstice Celebration

Photo Courtesy of Sharyn Peavey Photography

Photo Courtesy of Sharyn Peavey Photography

Feel uplifted, shiny and bright!

 

Prepare for the upcoming precious season of Summer.
Friday, June 21, 6:30-8:30am
Ayurveda Yoga Center, 91 Stevens Pond Rd., Liberty

We will Align our internal rhythms and energy with that of the cosmos so that we can feel the inherent ease when we are in balance with all that there is.

Our breathing and posture practices will help us charge our own solar power, remove blocks that fetch us up, and smooth away stress, irritation and excess stickiness.

We will chant a mantra to open our hearts and calm our minds with the Solstice in mind.

The Sound vibrations of the Gong will help to dispel negativity and clear away whatever might be holding us back from living the life we want.

We will drink a nourishing beverage that will help with seasonal allergies –with a short discussion on that topic.

I develop these monthly and seasonal  practices so that they are powerful enough to carry us for a few days: even weeks. I give my all to these offerings.  I design them so that we are fed on every level of our being.  They are for all levels – which means all levels.

Gentle enough for anyone – powerful enough for everyone!!

I hope you will come and continue to support these offerings in the “off the beaten path community” right here in the small country town of Liberty, Maine.

As a friend once said,  “It may be a little out of the way, but it’s well worth the trip.”

This day on  Friday, June 21, 6:30-8:30am will certainly be a celebratory morning to greet the longest day of the year. If you haven’t been here in a while or you haven’t been here before, or you come all the time,  please come!

(And, my second surprise may be here by that time!!!  The Gong being the first Surprise!)

Please e-mail me to hold a space.  Minimum of 6 people are needed. $20-$30. Sliding scale payable at the door.

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