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Happy May Day!
1 May 2017

Happy May Day!
1 May 2017

Happy May Day!

In the ancient Celtic calendar, May Day, or Beltane, is celebrated to usher in the light half of the year, a time of fertility and abundance. In the standard calendar, this happens on May 1. Celebrations include bonfires to honor the solar god, rites of cleansing and purification, and collecting flowers to symbolize the richness of Spring. ...and of course, the Maypole: during this festival boys and girls would traditionally dance in opposite directions holding the end of a colored ribbon of the Maypole (symbol of fertility) and weaving a multi-colored tapestry around the pole. Here on Thetford Hill, every May 1, at 5 am, Greg and I wake to the sounds of Morris dancers on the common—drums and recorders and gleeful shouts as the dancers, garbed in white, leap and circle each other with scarves and/or sticks. Presumably they dance and whoop and make merry to ensure that they wake up the sun and keep it shining through the year. They dance their celebration just steps from our house, and for the past 14 May 1's, Greg and I have woken up just before dawn, momentarily puzzled about what we are hearing. The first year it was a charming enough surprise that we bundled up our then small boys and staggered out to witness the spectacle. Now, we stay inside (rarely is it something other than cold and gray on May 1) and marvel at the number of May 1's we have listened to from under warm covers. Every year, without fail, we forget that this is "a thing" until we hear the first strains of pre-dawn revelry, but then one or the other of us mumbles "May Day" and we go back to sleep. Or, lie in bed and feel the accumulation of years, of May 1's. It's a bittersweet reminder for us, of time passing, children now (mostly) grown. Our dog, once attuned to all, is now mostly deaf and when she does hear something, for the most part is content to grunt and lay her head back on the dog bed and fall back into twitchy dog dreams. This year, she didn't even open an eye. A very happy May Day to you all. Fertility rites—symbolically and otherwise—seem a good and fruitful thing to celebrate. the coaxing of the reluctant sun to our New England landscape: also good (if a little overly optimistic at the moment.) I hope the sun shines warmly upon all of us (soon-ish, please) and that our lives are rich and abundant with love, family, fun times, and enough yoga to keep us in the balance when the gray days outweigh the bright ones! This Friday is May 5 and UVY recognizes Cinqo de Mayo with 3 events: NEW 9 am flow class in Thetford 5:30 YIN YOGA also in Thetford 5:30 HIP HOP YOGA in WRJ (in addition to our regular Friday classes).


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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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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+

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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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