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Summer Changes Rolling In
13 October 2015

Summer Changes Rolling In
13 October 2015

Summer Changes Rolling In

Meet Sue Howard! She begins teaching at UVY next week.

Next week I begin teaching the Monday morning level 1-2, and gentle yoga at the studio. I will be taking over Liz’s spot as she launches herself into new adventures. I am honored. For those who don’t know me I came to yoga about twelve years ago, I love to move. I was dancing a lot and looking for a complement, as a warm-up and a way to more deeply explore alignment. Britton Mann was my first teacher; his attention to alignment, careful instruction, and gentle push kept me coming back. 

From there I found Leslie and Upper Valley Yoga at its home in Norwich. Yoga has a way of taking hold, of becoming something that permeates all aspects of your life, expanding one in ways I never would have imagined. More teachers came into my life. I have studied extensively with Deb Neubauer and Michele George and completed Michele’s Teacher Training in 2013. The journey just gets deeper, I continue to study and practice – asana, meditation, philosophy, and that’s what I love – there is always more.

Teaching feels like the natural transition. I love seeing folks eyes light up after a practice, the joy of recognition when something clicks. I love the community and the support we give each other to try, to learn, to be. 

Life can get very bumpy and in this small studio we all come together with our joys, or heartaches, our struggles and somehow the practice gets us through. We hold each other up without words.

Off the mat, I work in the soil. I am a horticulturist by trade and design and build gardens. My work feeds me in much the same way. I am constantly awed by the beauty of this planet. My asana practice keeps my body strong and able to do the physical day to day. My meditation practice helps to keep everything in perspective. I like to think that we can make everything we do a prayer.

My plan for these classes is to have fun, to explore our boundaries, try new things. It’s summer, it’s warm, and our muscles are pliable. Alignment is important to me – that will be reflected in class. I am up for requests for taking time with a particular pose. Lets see what unfolds. Looking forward to meeting you all. Sz


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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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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, $18

Drop in to any regular weekly class

Single Class, Student or Senior* Rate, $15

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

10-Class Pass, $145

Expires after one year

10-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $130

Expires after one year

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

5-Class Pass, $80

Expires after 6 months

5-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $70

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, $150

Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

One month, Student or Senior* rate, $140

Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

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

3-Month Unlimited, $390

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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