Yoga Practice Provides Comfort in Tough Times



Yoga classes have popped up in every corner of Hancock County as many Mainers search for inner peace during these uncertain times.

“They’re searching for some of that calm and centeredness that doesn’t come from being busy and doing, doing, doing,” said Jessie Greenbaum of Mount Desert, who has been practicing yoga for over 20 years.

Greenbaum has taken classes for about 15 years with Roseanna Rich, a Lyengar yoga teacher and owner of The Yoga Place in Ellsworth.

To that end, The Yoga Place’s teachers have been offering a free yoga class on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon. This will go on at least until May.

Yoga seems simple. You breathe. You bend forward and backward. You stretch this way and that way. But the effect on the body and mind is magical.

Yoga reminds you that first and foremost you are a human being. You are more than your job, your spouse, your children, your house. The magic comes by being conscious and mindful.

Rich emphasizes yoga’s accessibility.

“There is a way yoga can work for every body,” Rich said. “I think the key is finding a teacher that you like and stick with it.”

There are physical benefits to yoga as well. Many people are able to heal injuries by practicing yoga. Yoga can help reduce the need for medicine for people with mild cases of asthma and high blood pressure. Studies have shown yoga can also help with attention deficit disorder.

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Hancock County Yoga Studios

Roseanna Rich
The Yoga Place
75 Main St., Ellsworth
565-2100
www.theyogaplaceme,com

Laura Neal
Yoga at Cattitude
Main Street, Bar Harbor
460-3908
www.cattitudemdi.com

David Walker
Blue Hill Center for Yoga & Wellness
Partridge Place, Blue Hill
374-2004

Sally Clinton
Art of Movement Yoga
Community Health Alliance
15 Ellsworth Road, Blue Hill
374-3800

Hancock County Yoga Teachers

Heather Murray
288-9711
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Vinyasa Flow

Mary Kate Murray
244-9745
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Anusara

Jodi Sargent
[email protected]
Vinyasa Flow

Deirdre Swords
460-4460
[email protected]
Sivananda

Lyn Gatz
288-2910
[email protected]
Vinyasa Flow/Yin Yoga

Roseanna Rich, RN MSN
565-2100
[email protected]
Iyengar

Mary Cline
288-7692
mcli [email protected]
Iyengar

Eileen Dunn-Kell
667-6208
[email protected]
Kripalu

Mary Grace
667-9556
[email protected]
Kripalu

Brennan Murphy
326-3236
[email protected]
Hatha

Yogatara (In Ellsworth seasonally)
[email protected]
Hatha

Penny Curtis
483-2958
[email protected]
Iyengar

Laura Neal
460-3908
[email protected]
Mindfulness yoga

Daksha Baumann
374-5423
Hatha

Charlotte Clews
374-5450
Anusara

Jen Munyer
[email protected]
Vinyasa Flow

Jeanne Gaudette
326 4735
[email protected]
Integral Yoga

David Walker
374-2004
[email protected]
Bikram, Ashtanga

Sally Clinton
374-3800
[email protected]
Kripalu, Iyengar, Ashtanga

Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]