< Back to blog

Finding Your Voice
13 October 2015

Finding Your Voice
13 October 2015

Finding Your Voice

As I begin to plan my classes for this week, the house is very quiet and in the early morning I hear the sweet, uncomplicated sound of bird song.

The sweetness and purity of this sound has me thinking about the Vishuddha chakra, or “throat Chakra”. Vishuddha Chakra is about how we express ourselves and how we communicate with others. It is the seat of our truth telling. It is generally associated with speech, and with being understood, but even more essentially, is concerned with all communication. How we listen, how we hear. And, it is a bridge from the more basic, human needs that define the lower chakras, to the more elevated, “spiritual” chakras of third eye and crown. It is the place where we align our deep self and values with how we live and express that self.
We’re told that when we work with this chakra, we draw in the support of Anahata (heart), and we’re able to communicate what is essential, loving, and full of truth.

When your Vishuddha is underactive, you hold back and are afraid to fully express yourself. When your Vishuddha is overactive, you tend to dominate in conversations and typically are unwilling to listen. Speaking with no filter, you might find yourself quick to act but without much consideration or compassion.

Sometimes the deepest communication is intent listening.

In this week’s classes I hope to visit, through yoga poses and sequences, the many ways we can create more openness, freedom and integration in our throat chakra. How do we soften the throat and heart through asanas that stretch the front of the throat, as well as asanas that gently draw the chin in, a gesture of self-reflection? How do we stay conscious of what we are putting out there in the world so our communication doesn’t do harm?  How do we listen more deeply to what is being communicated to us?

Membership benefits
$110 a month gives you unlimited yoga when you sign up for our auto renewal with a credit card (6 month minimum). New benefits for members include: 10% off all retail purchases from store and $5 discount on studio 2 hour workshops. Sign up with a credit card by phone OR at the studio.

New products from Free Verse Farm at the studio: Comfort Cream and Farmhouse Balm

work/study OpportunitiesContact Leslie for more information

Lost and Found is piling up again. We have moved it into the hallway in the hopes that people will see and retrieve belongings. Stuff is kept about a month and then donated. If you’ve left something valuable, we keep it in the desk.


Close window


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.

Close window


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!

Close window

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!

Close window

Privacy & Terms of Use

Upper Valley Yoga requires the use of your personal information for record-keeping and payment purposes only. We are committed to safeguarding your personal information, and will do so by using state-of-the-art digital technology and encryption services. We will not distribute your information to third parties.

We may use your online information to contact you about class cancellations or other information regarding Upper Valley Yoga. We require your personal information in order to provide you with an efficient and safe online class-registration and payment experience. Please feel free to contact Upper Valley Yoga with questions about this website, our privacy policy and terms of use.