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Posted: August 6, 2014

Yoga Sails in Casco Bay: Putting the “mast” in namaste

Sure, tree pose is slightly harder to hold when the boat deck is gently tilting one way and then the next under your bare feet, but your savasana never felt so good.

Written by: Shannon Bryan
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Savasana just feels better on a sailboat.

Sure, tree pose is slightly harder to hold when the boat deck is gently tilting one way and then the next under your bare feet (or foot, in this case), but no one at this season’s inaugural Yoga Sail seemed to mind.

The Yoga Sails are a collaborative effort between Lila East End Yoga in Portland, Willard Beach Studio in South Portland and Megan Jones, captain of Frances, a gorgeous 74-foot gaff-top cutter that you’ve probably spotted sailing in Casco Bay or docked at Maine State Pier.

Whether you’re a regularly practicing yogi or entirely new to the notion of reverse warrior, triangle, and the impressive-if-you-can (I can’t) eagle, please, climb aboard!

Yoga Sailors climbing aboard Frances, docked at Maine State Pier in 2013.
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Yogis on board can even help out with that hands-on Frances experience. During a yoga sail in 2013, a few folks volunteered to help hoist the sails (which the crew makes look easy, but those volunteers admitted was tough work).

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The three-hour-ish sail includes one hour of yoga in the middle, which means there’s plenty of time to relax, chat, and enjoy the fact that you’re on a sailboat in Casco Bay – because you’re on a sailboat in Casco Bay! You’re not working, not cleaning the bathroom, not kicking the washing machine because it decided to stop inexplicably mid-cycle and, darnit, you need a clean pair of pants!

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After a while, the boat is moored (it was moored off Cow Island during the sail I attended last year) and mats are rolled out on the deck. Then the yoga begins.

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Following the practice, there will be light fare, socializing and a toast as Frances heads back to Portland. There will also be wine and beer for sale.

Yoga Sails are open to all levels and registration is encouraged (these yoga sails tend to fill up fast). Reserve online by filling out the form on the right margin of the Day Sail page or by calling Maine Sailing Adventures at 207-749-9169. And don’t forget to bring your own mat.

The next Yoga Sail is slated for Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $70. There is also a yoga and breathwork sail at noon on September 6. Cost is $90. For more info on upcoming Yoga Sails, Day Sails, Wine School and other events aboard Frances: mainesailingadventures.net/special-events

And just so you know, this is what savasana looks like on sailboat:

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