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2 New Teachers, 2 New Classes
13 October 2015

2 New Teachers, 2 New Classes
13 October 2015

2 New Teachers, 2 New Classes

Our two newest instructors, Laura and Sue, are teaming up to teach—in rotation—UVY’s new class: “Foundations: Yoga for Beginners”, Sundays, 11–12:15. This ongoing class will replace our 6-week Intro series. As with all other classes, please be sure to sign up on our schedule page to ensure your space in the class.

I’m so excited to welcome both of these amazing women, who— though very different—share a depth of understanding that shines through in their practice, and a quality of watchful compassion that makes them the best kind of teachers.

Laura Foley:

“I’ve been practicing yoga for nine years, after a karate injury (broken toes from kicking a black belt!) made me look for something a little gentler. I’ve studied lots with Leslie and Sharon at Upper Valley Yoga, also with Jill Johnson, Deb Neubauer, John Friend, Maeghan Finnegan, numerous other wonderful teachers, and I’ve just completed a 200 hour YTT with Michele George and Kellie Finn. I’m also ordained as a Zen lay practitioner, and practice volunteer chaplaincy at DHMC. My interest in yoga is finding the quiet, relaxed place in the middle of movement, and to tap into that stillness when off the mat. I love how yoga grounds us in the body, and how the body and breath help us to connect to the deeper, creative places. I’m also an award-winning poet, author of three books, and am working on a selection of mindfulness poems. I live with my partner and our three big dogs on a woody hill in Pomfret Vermont.”

Sue Howard

I came to yoga ten plus years ago as simply a way to warm up my muscles before dance and to stretch after my long physical days, studying primarily with Michele George, (completing her teaching training in the spring of 2014), Leslie Carleton and Deb Neubauer. My practice has evolved to become part of my everyday and I continue to find myself journeying deeper – exploring various forms, meditation, Ayurveda, and philosophy. It is a full and fascinating world. Coming to my mat settles my mind, challenges my body, opens my heart and allows me to move forward into the world a little more centered. That is what I hope for my students. Classes thoughtfully combine proper body alignment and attention to the breath with the pure joy of moving.

When you create an account with UVY, you can make payments with a single click, easily check which classes you are signed up for, and see how many classes are left in your pass.


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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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