Upper Valley Yoga Blog

Open Your Heart but Carry an Epi Pen. Anaphylaxis and Other Mysteries and Musings

Open your heart, but carry an epi pen....


This past Sunday after I taught my class I was outside enjoying a decaf latte and a blueberry muffin with friends, when seemingly out of nowhere I started sneezing and It quickly escalated to hives blooming around my eyes and my throat swelling up so much I couldn't speak normally or swallow. The long and short of it was an ambulance ride and an epinephrine shot and a day in the ER. By evening, I was discharged with an epi pen and no clear . . .    Read more

Snapshot

This is a snapshot from my back porch, on this beautiful Thursday morning, as I drink tea and enjoy a relaxed start to the day. I take and share this photo not because it is objectively a stellar photo or even a beautiful place (though it is!), but because I like to remind myself that with all the craziness and misery in the world and in the news, a snapshot is a reminder of what is right here, in this particular moment, with me, around me and in me. It's so easy to get pulled into the . . .    Read more

Farewell to Summer

— Suki— Jan 2, 2003–Sept 20, 2017 Tomorrow marks the autumnal equinox. Another crank of the wheel and we say goodbye to one season and step forward into another. This year, that farewell pales in comparison to the one Greg and I made yesterday, as we let our almost 15-year old dog Suki be put to sleep here at home and in our arms. A good decision, a devastating decision, we are both pretty wrung out today. She was a remarkable, beloved, funny, athletic companion. At almost 15, she grew up with. . .    Read more

Inner/Outer: The Yoga Journey

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate... At the source of the longest river...


—T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"


A couple of weeks ago I participated in a yoga immersion workshop with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga. Tias is someone I have wanted to study with for a very lon. . .    Read more

Late Summer Blues (Berries and the other kind)

Somehow we've gotten here already. Mid-August. Ripe blueberries are the psychological and gustatory antidote to my admittedly glum feelings around Summer's end. I could do with another July. Our Summer began with my mother-in-law's death and the subsequent visits and organizing and family stuff that happens when a matriarch dies. I'm not really sure my husband has even properly grieved her death, with all the tasks he had to see to. July was hijacked by family visits (though I love my family) and a . . .    Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS:

The building itself was renovated to be energy efficient, and the room is moderately heated in cooler seasons to promote a good, healthy sweat, but not heated to an excessive or wasteful degree. There are cubbies in our large office to store your personal belongings, a spacious changing room, a comfy sofa and a water cooler (please bring a water bottle to fill, to cut down on paper cup usage). Two nice, clean bathrooms are located just down the hall. There are also cubbies in the studio itself for valuables, which students are welcome to use. We have a full lending library of yoga books, and encourage students to borrow freely. Gift certificates are available for purchase in any amount.

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GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICE

Please do not wear perfume or any strong scent

People with allergies can be very sensitive to scent. Also, lots of people sweating in a closed space is less stinky than lots of people all wearing different brands of perfume or deodorant.

Wear comfortable clothing

Not so tight it binds, not so loose it gets in your way. And please do not wear clothes that “gap” and are inappropriately revealing.

Practice on an empty stomach

If possible, don’t eat at least three hours before practice. If you know that this isn’t possible for you, eat easily digested food one hour before class.

No food or outside beverages inside the studio

If necessary, bottled water is okay, but remember we are trying to generate internal heat; constant sipping cools the body. After practice, drink plenty of pure water.

Bring your own mat

Shared mats are not hygienic; you may borrow one from us if one is available, until you are able to purchase your own, but please clean it afterward with the mat wipes provided. Please understand mats may be borrowed on a first come basis….we have only a few to borrow, and do occasionally run out of them.

Keep your eyes on your own practice

The practice is richer when it happens from the inside out. It’s not about comparing yourself with the person next to you. Be present with your own experience.

Be kind and loving to yourself

Rest when you need to. Honor where you are in your practice. Use the energy of those around to inspire, not diminish, you. Remember: you are perfect just as you are now, and yoga is meant to enhance that understanding and let that perfection shine. Have fun!

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Newcomers! 3 for $30

If you are new to Upper Valley Yoga, you can purchase a 3-class pass for $30! (For our first-time guests only, package expires 15 days after purchase)

Single Class, $16

Drop in to any regular weekly class

Single Class, Student or Senior* Rate, $13

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

10-Class Pass, $140

Expires after one year

10-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $120

Expires after one year

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

5-Class Pass, $75

Expires after 6 months

5-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $63

Expires after 6 months.

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

Unlimited Yoga Passes

Monthly, Auto-Renew with credit card, $99/mo

Unlimited yoga. 6-month commitment is required; early cancellation fee of $50 applies if the auto renew is canceled before 6 months. This is the best value if you plan to attend at least 2 classes per week.

One month, unlimited, $140

Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

One month, Student or Senior* rate, $120

Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

3-Month Unlimited, $360

Unlimited yoga, 3 months

If you don’t yet have a mat, borrow one from us and please clean it afterward with the mat wipes.

We have a limited, need-based scholarship fund available for those who are struggling to pay for classes; please email or call us to inquire. We also gratefully accept donations for that fund in any amount. In addition, there are occasional work/study opportunities. If you are interested in being on the work/study list, please let us know!

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