If you are new to yoga, I’d love to help you get going. If you have already done yoga poses, great! They are a very powerful technique. Also, know that if you have only practiced yoga poses, you’ve probably fostered a lot of benefit but you may have only seen the tip of the iceberg. The benefits of yoga on your everyday life can appear a little random, don’t you think? Have you ever wondered exactly how it works? There’s so much more to it than physical poses and I would love to show you! Learn how to take your practice off your mat and into your life. The programs I offer are carefully crafted presentations interweaving knowledge and experiences that I’ve gained from personal and professional life. Read more about my personal journey here. Join me in deepening your inner connection in order to live from the inside out… body, mind and spirit integrated.
“I like when I make a mistake or two, then when I see someone doing it I don’t even think about criticizing them…I see everything is perfect.” ~ Sri Dharma Mittra
“I’ve never done yoga before. Where should I start?”
Are you a beginner wondering where to start? You can always catch one of my weekly yoga classes, if you’re local to Southern Maine. Or you can begin with a more complete experience. I recommend diving right in to one of my Lifestyle Immersion programs. Don’t be afraid to follow your curiosity… you’re as ready as you’ll ever be!
“Yoga is the quieting of the mind.” ~ Yoga Sutras
“I’ve taken yoga on and off for years, but I’ve never developed a regular practice. How do I know I’m ready for a Lifestyle Immersion?”
So you’ve done enough yoga to know that it helps your body feel better and it somehow helps you relax. Maybe you’ve taken hundreds of yoga classes over the last several years or maybe you’ve seen it’s effects after just your first few classes and you would like to learn more. The thing is that you can take classes forever to keep getting your daily dose of recharge. Finding practices that work for you is priceless and you’ve already changed your life for the better. The thing is… there’s more! There is so much more to teach that we never have time to fit it into a regular yoga class.
Both the Lifestyle Immersion and the Yoga Intensive programs are meant to give you the knowledge to reproduce your own experience outside of the yoga studio. What you’ve learned to do on the mat, you can learn to do in your life as you walk through your day, every day, through all the easy times and more importantly through the challenging times. The key is understanding the mechanics of the simple and powerful methods inherent in your yoga practice on the mat. Then being guided through the skill building process to use these tools in your daily life.
“Never underestimate the power of stillness.” ~ Penny Clum
“I’ve been doing yoga for a while and I think I’d like to teach. What’s the next step?”
My Yoga Intensive programs allow you to deepen a specific physical yoga practice or study of a yogic text. These intensives are short day-long or weekend-long programs. The next step is to participate in one of my Lifestyle Immersion programs. They lay the foundation that allows our yoga teachers to “hold the space” of a yoga class for our students. The two immersions account for the first 100 hours of the RYT 200 hour course. Yoga Teacher Training isn’t required after the immersions but some students choose to further their learning by teaching, and I am more than happy to facilitate that progression.
“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.” ~ Bhagavad Gita
“I’m already a yoga teacher, but I’d like to learn more from Penny. What’s the best way to do that?”
Our yogic journey is never over. I have students who are current yoga teachers and have participated in multiple Lifestyle Immersions, coming out of each one with a renewed sense of devotion to their yoga practice. The one-day Yoga Intensives allow for more experienced practitioners to continue their understanding of ancient texts like the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras.
And, if you’re interested in expanding your repertoire of yoga lineages, I offer Yoga Teacher Trainings in both Ashtanga Yoga and Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Yoga. Ashtanga is a unique traditional lineage that isn’t offered in many studios!