“Dear Shadi, Thank you for creating a wonderful space and opportunity for me to re-charge and refresh. I leave Kismet enriched by the wonderful experiences I had here. You are a most generous, gracious host; your time and attention these past days a true gift.”


Yoga sessions
Yoga & Meditation RetreatIt is thought that the classic techniques of yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago. The word 'yoga' is derived from Sanskrit and means union – the union between the mind and the body or between a person's own consciousness and the universal, divine consciousness. Whether you believe in a universal, divine consciousness or not, yoga can work wonders for you!

To Some yoga is a purely physical practice that improves flexibility and strenght.  To others it is a comperhensive system that incorporates the physical postures (asanas), breath work (pranayam), meditation perhaps all within a spiritual framework.  For others still yoga is approached asa philosophical lifestyle that informs relationships, diest and daily decisions.  Ultimately yoga is a constantly eveolving practice so whatever reason that brings you to the mat is the right one for you. 

Yoga classes at Kismet Inn will integrate all aspects of the practice including meditation, breath work and a physical practice that accommodates students's abilities and preferences.  Beginners as well as seasoned practitioners are all welcome.  If you do have any injuries or limitations please communicate these to Kate Nicholson, the instructor before class so she can best support you. 

Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as other schools of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the supereficaial or muscular tissues (which we are calling the yang tissues).  Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues.  Such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.

Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular or hatha (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.  Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.  Typically postures are held 3-5 minutes and are either seated or lying down.  Various props are available to accommodate all bodies and most phuscial limitaitons.

Tibetan Yoga According to Tibetan teachings, in addition to the physical body there is an energetic body within every being consisting of channels and chakras. The channels (tsa) are tubes for circulation of the subtle winds (lung, prana, qi, vital breath) and consciousness. Tibetan Bon teachings explain "tsa" as pathways, "lung" as a wild horse and our awareness as the rider. If lung is deficient in a given area of the body, the senses won´t work fully, the mechanical functions of the body will be disrupted, or thoughts will be unclear. If the channels are blocked or damaged, the results will be the same. The purpose of Tsa Lung exercises and The Nine Breathings of Purification is to open blockages and obscuration in the chakras and to rebuild the proper flow of the energy through the channels. This will serve to heal our body, to overcome our negative habits and to improve our relationship with all that surrounds us. Through focusing the mind and exercising the body and breath in specific ways, we can actually release the habitual patterns of the conceptual mind, and as a result, directly discover being; our true nature.

Partner Yoga Treat yourself and your partner like a sacred temples of the divine that you really are. Doing yoga with a partner is one of the most profound way to enhance your relationship to your Self and to your partner. By using asanas, mudras, pranayama, and meditation to sync your energy with your partner; you create a powerful compassion between the two of you that transcends your physical , mental, and emotional bodies. As you give it, so you will receive it. Open to all levels ( not for children ) . Wear clothes fit for movements.

Blessed Bliss iRest Yoga Nidra - guided deep relaxation and alert wakefullness - using Body Sensing and Breath Sensing teachniques; led up to soft chanting to opening the heart to pure Joy and Bliss


Meditation Retreats: An Ideal Healing Weekend

There is a rich heritage of meditation in the yogi tradition.  In yogi meditation, one is taken into deeper states of awareness through using the body and breath.  In movement (asanas, postures) and through breath practice, the focus on the sensations, the breath and the energy or life foorce (prana) that is awakened.  It is possible to have the energy become stronger while the mind becomes quieter. 

So, meditation might be a moving meditation or asana practice, a walking meditation, an eating meditation, breatch practices, a body scan, seated meditation using the principles of a breath, relax, feel, watch and allow, could also be practiced.   As you see there are many ways to meditatie and Susan Lubner, Kismet Inn's primary yoga & meditation teacher will help you find the one best suited for you.

A Unique Yoga Experience at a Maine Bed & Breakfast

Relax & Renew Yoga Sessions
Learn stretches, postures and breath practices which can help calm the mind, increase your ability to relax and to release stress in your body.

"According to current estimates, 75%-90% of visits to primary care practitioners are for problems related to stress."  Institute for Natural Resources, July 2006

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