Explore More in Maine
Bred in Portland, I have spent most of my life in the Pine Tree State and absolutely love my city. It is a modest metropolis of 66,217 people with die hard local spirit. There is lots to do in Portland and you can even live your entire life on one street. Creativity flourishes here, foodies flock here and the summers are to live for but there is life outside of Portland and one of my resolutions was to explore more. Working for MYF allowed me to travel to various studios across the state, giving me access to some of the best yoga I’ve ever practiced and the most beautiful studios around. It has opened my eyes to quaint little towns that I would have never visited otherwise and has deepened my love for the state of Maine even more.
Broaden My Yoga Practice
Trained as a vinyasa teacher, I tend to practice mostly vinyasa - practice what you preach, right? Being introduced into the yoga community and teaching what I have grown to love has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life but I have only dipped a toe in the ocean. Yoga has been around for a long time and the boundaries of the practice as a whole are limitless. I vowed to myself to not only expand my asana to other styles but also to broaden my yoga practice as a whole. Having to take a variety of classes to create a well-rounded festival schedule allowed me to try different styles of yoga and immerse myself in this community fully.
We all live very busy lives and know that 24 hours is never enough. I often find myself getting caught up in tasks that need to be done or dazing off into a daydream so staying fully present has been something I constantly work to achieve. The festival itself was the ultimate teaching moment in staying present. Watching more than fifty students from all walks of life inhale and exhale at the same time reminded me that all we ever have is the present moment. It is in our best interest to open our eyes and respond to what is right in front of us.
As I begin my journey into 2014 I feel nothing but excitement. The yoga community in the state of Maine has done so much for my life and being able to work on an event that helps spread the knowledge and joy of the practice is truly a blessing. I cannot wait to see what this new year brings and am looking forward to starting to cross things off my 2014 “to-do”!
Kelly Casey coordinates the Social Media & Volunteer Program for Maine YogaFest and also teaches Vinyasa Yoga at Greener Postures. When she isn't working she is most likely visiting friends or dancing the night away at a live show.