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Come as you are
24 January 2018

Come as you are
24 January 2018

Come as you are

I'm just back from visiting family in Tucson. It was lovely; sunny and warm. I spent as much time outside as I possibly could. That said, I was so happy to come home. I am never more aware of my imperfections than when I am visiting family. I think this is largely because I have this idea of myself as a mature, reasonable, compassionate human being in my real life. But dealing with certain thorny family situations, I turn into a raging 3 year old. The fact that I (mostly) keep that side of myself hidden from those family members makes no difference. I see her clearly: her face beet red from screaming, her chubbly little fists holding fast to something, anything, her quickening fury at not being understood. I certainly love my family but that doesn't mean I like spending time with all of them. And, I struggle to feel love for myself when confronted with some deep and ugly feelings that surface when I am with them. From conversations with friends over the years, I am comforted to know I am not the only one who deals with this kind of internal turmoil with family of origin. It helps me ease up on myself just a bit. But coming home....coming home is so sweet. The studio is a place where I feel reasonably certain people are going to leave feeling better than when they came. I never feel like an emotionally wrought toddler when I'm teaching. I occasionally witness turmoil in other people, and am deeply empathetic, but I do not take it personally. I am always happy to have people show up, no matter how or what they are feeling. So—to the point of "come as you are": I know sometimes you think, ugh, I feel so crappy and sad today. So tired, so unworthy, so fat, so drained... I can't show up to yoga like this. I know because I face those feelings too. We all do. When you show up to yoga, and we ask you to leave your baggage at the door, we mean: drop the stuff that's dragging you down. We certainly don't mean, be perfect! Show up as you are and we (instructor, students, studio, your mat) will welcome you with open arms. If you're tired, be tired. Maybe you push through, maybe you take refuge in child's pose. Maybe through some combination of both, you find a spark of relief and light to make the rest of your day brighter. We aren't judging you. We all have crap days now and again. You don't have to show up your most perfect self, you just have to show up. Just show up. Let us meet you where you are. A belated Happy New Year. With love, Leslie


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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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