At Upper Valley Yoga we honor the ancient origins of the yoga practice while at the same time building a meaningful framework for doing the practice today. We work hard in the practice on the mat so we may meet the demands of the rest of life with integrity, honesty, and compassion for ourselves and others.
While yoga is a serious practice and takes great effort, we believe in making the practice fun and enjoyable. It’s our goal to meet each student where they are, to create a welcoming environment for every student at every level, and to have each student leave feeling more connected with themselves, even a little closer to bliss.
Yoga is constantly evolving. It is both a science and an art, and even a means of transformation. While many students come for the transformation of body–to be more flexible, to gain greater strength, to have more ease—yoga is also a transformation of the mind and the spirit.
The practice of yoga challenges us to attend to the continual dialogue between body and mind, thought and feeling, awareness and action.
In addition to developing strength, ease and health in the physical body, through the practice of yoga we learn to deepen our awareness moment to moment, to develop a quiet mind, a vibrant and energetic body, and to awaken love, compassion, and intelligence.
Please join us, and “do yoga!”
Our instructors are highly trained and have many years’ experience in a variety of Hatha Yoga traditions. The word Hatha means a balance of opposite forces in the body and, is usually used as an umbrella term that refers to any style of yoga that focuses on Asana, or physical postures. Most of the Hatha Yoga styles practiced in American studios today combine ancient form and contemporary innovations. Our classes derive primarily from the lineage of Krishnamacharya and styles developed by two of his students–BKS Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga) and Sri Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga).
Most of our classes are taught in a Vinyasa form. Vinyasa is a flowing, athletic style of yoga that links breath with movement. It is often described as a moving meditation. This style allows teachers a great deal of flexibility and creativity in our teaching, and still brings great focus to the alignment principles taught in Iyengar and other yoga lineages.
The breath is the foundation of our yoga practice and teaching; the very source of movement. We move with the rhythm of the breath the way we move to the rhythm of music.
Cultivating this awareness of the breath allows us to move into stillness, quieting the constant chatter of the mind and bringing us back again and again to the present moment.
Instructors offer both verbal and physical adjustments. We are sensitive to individual issues of touch. Please let your instructor know if you object to hands-on adjustments.
Classes are offered in a variety of levels. Please come to a class that is appropriate for your level of experience, so that you can derive the most benefit and healthy challenge from the class without overdoing it.
If you are not sure if a particular level is appropriate for you, please contact us. We’d love to help you find the right class.
Upper Valley Yoga originated in 1999 in a drafty, uninsulated barn when Kathy Frorer gathered together a group of friends to “do yoga.” Cheerfully they practiced through the New England winter, using ujjayi breath, bandhas and vinyasa to keep in the heat and keep out the cold. In spite of the less than ideal conditions, the group continued to expand and formalize over the following three years.
When Leslie Carleton moved to Thetford from San Diego in 2002, together she and Kat launched Upper Valley Yoga more or less the way it is today. While we now have a lovely (warm!) space in downtown White River Junction, the original commitment to “do yoga,” regardless of the circumstances, remains. And though Kat has since moved to Philadelphia with her family, she pops in now and again, and the enthusiasm she brought to her practice and teaching is felt keenly in the yoga community that she helped create.
Kathy Frorer and Leslie Carleton
Our instructors are highly trained and have many years' experience in a variety of Hatha Yoga traditions. The word Hatha means a balance of opposite forces in the body and is usually used as an umbrella term that refers to any style of yoga that focuses on Asana or physical postures.
Leslie Carleton (UVY founder and owner) has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and teaching for 25 years, and has somewhere around 10,000 teaching hours. She trained first as an Iyengar instructor with Gabriel Halpern in Chicago (Yoga Circle), and over the next several years worked with many senior Iyengar teachers. In the late nineties she found herself in an Ashtanga Vinyasa class with Tim Miller and was ecstatic with how liberating it felt to move! She continued to teach, blending Iyengar Yoga’s attention to alignment and safety, with Ashtanga Yoga’s breath guided movement. She completed Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson in 2003 and later studied also with Shiva Rea, David Williams, Beryl Bender Birch, Schuyler Grant and other “innovators” of classic form. What she teaches in her vinyasa classes is essentially a form of vinyasa yoga that blends influences of Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions to create a balanced and creative flow practice. In July of 2011, Leslie had brain surgery to remove a tumor, and lost her right side balance nerve and much of the hearing in that ear. In the wake of this experience and its aftereffects, she has felt her own practice deepen and ripen into something sustainable and deeply personal. As a teacher, Leslie strives to offer her students a practice that is meaningful within a contemporary and personal context—the joy and fire of challenge tempered by intelligent alignment and our unique circumstances. More recently Leslie "went back to school" and did a one-month, 200-hour intensive with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, and is now happy to call them "her teachers." She plans to do more training with Tias and Surya, and looks forward to integrating what she is learning into her ongoing classes. Leslie lives in Thetford with her husband Greg and has two (mostly) grown sons, Liam and Dylan.
Sharon Comeau has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2005. She started as an apprentice under Leslie Carleton’s fine tutelage, and received certification from Yoga Alliance in 2010, after studying with Deb Neubauer and Todd Norian. Sharon came to yoga from her interest in movement, as an athlete and dancer for most of her life. She started with Bikram Yoga, moved to the Upper Valley and in her yoga practice into vinyasa yoga, and her teacher training was in Hatha Yoga, focused on the Anusara School of Yoga. Known for her attention to detail, kind teaching, and heart-centered themes, Sharon is pleased to welcome yogis of all traditions and levels into her classes.
While studying dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jenny had the opportunity to study Pilates with a first generation Pilates teacher, Kathy Grant and got hooked! After college she moved overseas to teach, and began suffering from daily back pain. Returning to her roots, she decided to leave that job and re-organize her life around health and wellness, which brought her back to Pilates and yoga. Jenny received her Intermediate Reformer and Matwork Certification from STOTT Pilates in April of 2007, and has been teaching ever since. She has been incorporating yoga into her own practice since college and just recently completed the Anusara Immersion with Deb Neubauer. She enjoys seeing people connect more deeply with their bodies, helping them to feel stronger both in their favorite physical activities and in their daily lives. Having experienced the benefits of Pilates and yoga in her own life, she is excited to explore the combination of these two techniques with others!
Angie Follensbee-Hall has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1996. Angie studies with many great teachers of various lineages in between making Handmade Paper Wall hangings, and raising two beautiful daughters! In 2005, her eldest daughter suffered a serious illness. During her daughter’s recovery, Angie began to seek ways of finding peace and a sense of wholeness, and she returned to the practice of Yoga with renewed vigor. In 2007, she graduated from Yoga teacher training with Linda Lalita Winnick, of Shakti Yoga and The Ayurvedic Enrichment Institute, of Woodstock, NY., and she is currently enrolled in Linda’s 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training. Angie’s training is unique in its application of Ayurvedic principles and practices. In each class, asanas are chosen in accordance with Ayurvedic principles of seasonal balance. Angie’s classes are vinyasa based, and incorporate alignment elements of Anusara and Iyengar Yoga, as well as the deep soul connection from the Kundalini Yoga practice. Angie has studied with top teachers in all these styles. Angie lives in Cornish, NH with her husband Joshua (who sometimes accompanies Angie’s classes with live music) her two daughters, and her many animal companions.
“I started practicing Ashtanga yoga with Leslie at Upper Valley Yoga when she opened her studio in 2003. I am graduating from a Hatha Yoga Teacher training course in August 2014, taught by Angie Follensbee-Hall, which has greatly broadened and enriched my own work on and off the mat. I believe in a yoga that is accessible and adaptable to the individual, and have tried to maintain a practice that I can sustain through the many transitions life offers. Yoga has brought not only strength and flexibility into my mind and body, but also a capacity for acceptance, patience and commitment to the process of mindful living. I also bring a sense of humor to every class.”
“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.”
Erin Tunnicliffe began practicing yoga in 1996, and has been teaching since 2002,when she completed David Swenson’s Ashtanga primary series teacher training. She credits local teachers Stephen Leslie and Chris Buhner with igniting her love of yoga as well as instilling the importance of a daily practice. Erin has completed Sarah Power’s Insight (yin) Yoga and Meditation teacher training levels I and II, and has incorporated this highly complementary style of yoga to her personal as well as teaching practices. Erin has also studied with Sage Rountree in her Teaching Yoga to Athletes program. Yoga has become a platform for broader study into the Eastern contemplative traditions, and Erin regularly attends workshops on these subjects at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she serves as a member of the board of trustees. Erin’s day job is with her MBA alma mater, the Tuck School.
Katie (RYT 200) discovered her deep and profound passion for yoga in 2013 while living in Asheville, North Carolina. From there, she took her personal practice on the road; making her way through several countries before completing her training with Rishikesh Yog Peeth in Rishikesh, India and beginning her journey as a teacher. After six months of teaching in Cambodia, she is happy to be teaching back at home in the Upper Valley. Katie strives to include elements from various styles of yoga to create well-rounded, judgement free, alignment and breath-based classes. She believes that the practice of yoga is beautifully unique for every individual and she strives to explore that with her students, encouraging and guiding each person in truly making their practice their own.
Deb Heimann is a certified Level 3 Forrest Yoga teacher, having completed her 200-hour Forrest Yoga training with founder Ana Forrest in 2014, a year-long mentorship with Senior Guardian Erica Mather in 2015, and further training with Senior Guardians Cat Allen and Heidi Sormaz in 2018. She is a Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra teacher, having trained with founder Richard Miller in March of 2018. Deb has a deep passion for connecting people to their authentic selves. Her focus is on building strength and tenacity through deep breathing, centering, and grounding in each practice. Deb’s home studio is located in Woodstock, VT, where she has regular weekly classes. Deb is a clear and compassionate communicator, a professional freelance book editor, and an amateur gardener. For more information, see http://www.forrestyogawithdeb.com/
"Miss Amanda" Anderson has been practicing yoga in various forms since 1999 when she lived in New Orleans, LA, and she started teaching in 2005 as a response to Hurricane Katrina. Amanda has used her Vinyasa Flow Yoga certification in various ways, including leading Yoga & Journaling workshops and Yoga Hikes in the Vermont woods. Inspired by her travels in India, Miss Amanda focuses on the use of yoga for mental and spiritual liberation as well as for its physical benefits. Her evolving practice has led her to the energizing, purifying style of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and she is excited to share this unique offering with the Upper Valley Yoga community.
Miriah Wall fell in love with yoga asana in 2009 and has been practicing with enthusiasm ever since. Miriah came to yoga with humble hopes of rehabilitating an injured knee but became a devoted practitioner as she began to see the ripples of positive change the practice inspired in all aspects of her world. Miriah has completed a 100-hour teacher training in the hot yoga series through Core Power Yoga as well as a YogaWorks 200-hour training with Natasha Rizopoulos. Miriah’s classes combine intelligent alignment, awareness of breath, and mindful movement with philosophy, playfulness, and laughter. While her love of asana is unwavering, Miriah nevertheless remains committed to the notion that the real yoga is found in how the lessons on the mat translate into life outside the studio. In addition to teaching, Miriah is a therapist in private practice in WRJ as well as at a local private boarding school.
Jen began practicing yoga in 2001 and has had the opportunity to work with many great teachers over the years. She completed her 200 hour Raja Yoga training in Costa Rica in 2013 and after opening her own studio in Big Sky, Montana, accomplished 1000 hours of teaching in 2016 for her E-RYT. Since, she has completed her RYT 500 in Hatha Yoga at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India, closed her studio and replanted her family back in Vermont, where she grew up. Being an athlete in the mountains has lead to personal struggles with injuries and chronic pain, and inspired her to teach and practice using structure-based mindfulness. As a teacher she uses asana alignment for strong and engaged poses that protect the body, while encouraging softness to go deeper into practice, decompress the nervous system and still the fluctuations of the mind. She also holds a Business degree and Master’s in Public Administration from Montana State University, is a Nationally registered EMT, Reiki practitioner and spends most her free time chasing around her three rescue pups.
Karen packed up two partners, two kids, three dogs, nine birds and a rabbit and returned to the Upper Valley in 2016. She completed her first yoga teacher training at Samadhi in Manchester, CT in 2015, is currently working toward her second 200-hour certification at Myriad Yoga, and has been teaching STOTT Pilates since 2010. She is one of the co-owners of Scratch in Lebanon, and is preparing to defend her PhD in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. When she isn’t at the studio, she spends her time knitting, writing, avoiding her dissertation, and trying to keep her 1780s farmhouse in working order. Karen is so grateful to have found her yoga home at UVY!
Pam came to yoga in 1995 as a way to stretch and stay in shape. The practice took hold and became more of a way to find some balance while raising a family and working as a hairstylist. Through some life challenges, yoga became a constant source of grounding and centering and became a true spiritual practice. Pam completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2016 at Laughing River yoga in Winooski Vermont with Emily Garret and Sofi Dillof. She is on her way to a 500 hour certificate by attending numerous workshops both at LRY and Kripalu, and just returned from a 5 day Hatha retreat at the Himalayan International Yoga Academy in Kathmandu. She loves being a student as well as teacher. Pam teaches Yin yoga at Safe Art Studio in Chelsea, Vt. Living the 8 limbs of Yoga, she has found a peace that sustains her abundant life. Pam and her husband are happy to be living in the area after 30 years in Colchester Vermont.
Becky has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2006. With experience in Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Anusara, Bhakti, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, her teaching is playfully interwoven with these styles, encouraging students to find their joy, love, and connectedness on the mat and outside the studio. She completed her 200-hr teacher training in 2018 at Heart of the Village (HOTV) Yoga Studio in Manchester, VT and is currently enrolled in their 300-hr training. With a sprinkle of philosophy, a breath-focused flow, and gentle assists her classes are multi-layered and aim to meet the student wherever she/he may be. When not on the mat, Becky spends time with her two young boys and husband finding adventures in the Upper Valley and beyond.
Caleigh is a born and raised New Hampshirite. She moved to the Upper Valley 4 years ago to pursue her career in nursing and currently takes care of pediatric and adult patients in the hospital. In her spare time, Caleigh enjoys hiking, antiquing, and adventures with her goldendoodle pup named Josie. Working as a nurse led her to become Reiki certified and spurred an interest in the connection between mental/spiritual health, energy, and the physical body. She started practicing yoga regularly just a few years ago and it quickly became an integral part of her life. Caleigh has RYT200 training in Vinyasa flow and has an interest in teaching to all levels of yoga and learning about different yoga styles herself. You will leave her classes feeling grounded, rejuvenated, and accomplished. She seeks to find a balanced class through a combination of physical strength building as well as alleviation of muscular tightness and stress through a calm and therapeutic class environment. She thoughtfully sequences classes to create a meditative and mind-body-breathe connecting yoga experience! Her hope is to help her students find a joyful yoga practice and become more mindful and resilient yogis in practice and in life.
Christina has been practicing yoga since 2006 and has completed her 500-hour RYT training with Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, ERYT, LMT at Native Yoga Center in Juno Beach, Florida (2013). Her practice and learning have been focused primarily on the Ashtanga yoga tradition. Over the years, she has continued her training with internationally known teachers such as Patrick Beach, Raghunath Cappo, Greg Nardi, Tim Feldmann, Kino MacGregor, Tim Miller, Krista Shirley, David Swenson, Dylan Werner, and David Williams. She completed a level 1 Yin Yoga teacher training with Cilla Weisman, E-RYT 1000 co-founder and instructor at Sukha Yoga in Burlington, Vermont (2018). Most recently she has completed a 50-hour FLY advanced teacher training focused on inversions and hand balancing with Thrive Power Yoga’s director Karen Burnett along with Daniel Rama, and Shakti ‘Sarah’ Bonsall. Her personal practice includes mindfulness meditation and Yin which she enjoys sharing with her students. Since completing graduate school in 2006, yoga has risen to play an important role in her everyday life. Initially, she fell in love with the physicality of yoga but soon learned the practice was something much more than just increasing muscular strength and flexibility. It evolved into a practice of moving meditation that serves her both on and off the mat. Regular yoga practice and meditation has brought her many gifts that she loves to share with others. You can expect a creative vinyasa flow inspired by the traditional Ashtanga yoga tradition interwoven with modern functional movement.
Kyla Pearce teaches a variety of gentle and vigorous yoga practices to support students to explore new avenues for understanding and connecting to their true nature. Her teaching reflects the power and discipline of Ashtanga, the playfulness and creativity of vinyasa, and the self-inquiry and mindfulness of meditation. Kyla’s deep belief in the importance of making yoga accessible for all led her to create the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, through which she teaches yoga and meditation to people affected by traumatic brain injury across North America. She also has trained over 1,000 yoga teachers and clinicians in how to adapt yoga and meditation for this population. She continues to be inspired by the dynamic ability of yoga to serve each person what he or she needs physically, mentally, and spiritually.
"I began my yoga journey after picking up a book on yoga postures in 1989. I was amazed at the power a few simple poses had in calming my mind and energizing my body. I became a teacher in 2004 after a 200 hour RYT training in Embodyoga in Amherst, MA. I LOVE teaching the poses as a means of getting into our bodies and finding joy and freedom there! My favorite classes to teach include both slow and active Vinyasa along with Yin yoga. Between the two I’ve taught over a thousand classes in numerous studios along with managing two studios in the Brattleboro area. I moved to the area in 2017 and am excited to have the opportunity to teach in the Upper Valley. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and have a private practice in psychotherapy in Norwich, VT where I incorporate yoga postures and principles into my work with clients.”
A long-time Ashtanga practitioner, Vicki Smith understands the healing and growth that can occur with a regular yoga practice. Expect the unexpected while exploring how yoga can challenge you not only in your physical asana practice, but also by considering perspectives offered by centuries of yogic thinking. Inspired by her many teachers and certified by Beryl Bender Birch’s Hard and Soft Yoga Institute, Vicki plans her classes to build strength while guiding you to find ease in your practice. She offers variations so every body benefits. Vicki has also trained with the Love Your Brain Foundation to provide yoga, meditation and community for survivors of concussion and brain injury, and their caregivers. Vicki gives her time to the Lyme Planning Board, Lake Fairlee Protective Association and Camp Billings, and as a conservation easement monitor. Vicki’s day job as a community planner has always focused on spirit of place. An avid gardener who loves outdoor adventure, travel and music festivals, Vicki designs her classes to cultivate so much joy and insight on the mat that there will be plenty of that energy for you to take with you off the mat.
Stacey has been practicing yoga since 1990. She has studied with many teachers over the years, including Richard Freeman, Beryl Bender Birch, and Deb Neubauer in the Ashtanga and Anusara traditions. Stacey has enjoyed practicing yoga with Leslie Carleton for more than fifteen years.
Amanda has been practicing yoga regularly for the last 5 years and decided to deepen her personal practice through Soma Yoga Institute’s 200-hour teacher training, which she completed in 2016. She particularly enjoys teaching slow flow classes where students are encouraged to take a little extra time in poses to breathe and focus on proper alignment. In 2018 Amanda completed additional training through the Prison Yoga Project, with a focus on trauma-informed yoga. Off the mat, Amanda works as the marketing manager for Northern Stage in White River Junction and spends her free time working on her small family farm in Vershire, Vermont, with 9 chickens, 2 Holland lop rabbits, 2 Nigerian dwarf goats, and her cat Otto.
Jasmin was born and raised in Germany. She came to the US for the first time in 1986. After working as a Physical Therapist for over 20 years, she developed an interest in Ayurveda, an ancient holistic healing system. While training in Ayurveda at Kripalu in the Berkshires, she rediscovered Yoga and went on to complete Yoga teacher training with Angie Follensbee-Hall in 2017. Jasmin is the owner/operator of Orange Blossom Wellness in Norwich, where she offers Ayurvedic massage, manual lymphatic drainage and Yoga. She loves the ancient wisdom and rich teachings of Ayurveda and Yoga and enjoys bringing her experience as a PT to the mat, integrating Eastern wisdom and Western science. Jasmin has two children, a son and a daughter, both who have left the nest for college. She has lived in Thetford sine 1989 and continues to live there with her husband, a six-year old Vizsla and two goats.
Cicely Andree Conway has been instructing yoga since 2006. She teaches a blend of movements and techniques informed by her work as a massage therapist and acupuncturist. She aims to give students tools to be in their bodies in the present moment. She is passionate about making yoga accessible, interesting and useful in daily life. She has an affinity for working with students who are new to yoga, managing illness, pain, pregnancy, postpartum and/or have limited mobility. She is an ever-curious student who loves a good laugh. Cicely has studied with a number of teachers over the years. Her most recent work has been with Theresa Elliott of Taj Yoga (Seattle) who blends an Iyengar yoga background with modern dance approaches. Cicely recently moved to the Upper Valley with her husband and two young children. In addition to practicing and instructing yoga, she is a licensed acupuncturist (LAc) and massage therapist (LMP) in the state of Washington. In her spare time she loves to cook, hike and sleep when her children will let her. She hopes to open a private practice in the Upper Valley in 2018.
Based in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Kim Hall is an accomplished muralist and yoga teacher. She completed both her 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher training programs with Angie Follensbee-Hall, whose extensive training and teaching experience give her teacher training graduates a strong foundation in all aspects of Hatha Yoga. Building upon this experience, Kim hopes to inspire her own students to embrace yoga beyond the physical practice: “Yoga IS a spiritual practice… the asana is just a warm up.” As an RYT-500 yoga teacher, Kim has brought classes to traditional yoga studios, as well as to special populations including women at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center, survivors of traumatic brain injury, older adults, cancer patients, and wellness classes for hospital employees. Focusing on alignment and body-mind awareness, Kim intertwines meditation, pranayama, and open-hearted asana. Kim brings elements of classic Hatha yoga, Svaroopa and Kundalini into her studio classes, guiding her students to develop greater strength, balance, and flexibility in their physical body, and a sense of clarity and contentment into their mental/emotional body.
Chrissy earned her yoga teaching certificate (RYT-200) in 2019 from Heart of the Village Yoga in Manchester, VT. She entered YTT primarily as a way to explore yogic philosophy and deepen her personal practice and initially had no plans to teach. Since the completion of her training, she has had many opportunities to sub and has found great joy, as well as a deepening of her own practice, in sharing the teachings and practice of yoga, both on and off the mat. She first cultivated her practice as a way to decompress after long days as a beginning science teacher at an alternative school in North Carolina. She has now stuck with both yoga and teaching for nearly 2 decades. Chrissy taught high school biology, anatomy and physiology (A&P), and environmental science for 13 years (most recently at Lebanon High School) until she had her daughters and wanted to spend more time with them. She now teaches A&P, Human Biology, and Wellness at the Community College of Vermont part time. When not practicing yoga, she is an enthusiastic runner, hiker, gardener and cook. She lives with her husband, Ben, daughters (4&6 years old) and sweet puppy in Norwich. Chrissy has a B.S. Comprehensive Science from Villanova University and an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
Camille Ames first discovered yoga in middle school during the early 2000's. A dancer at the time, she was drawn to asana practice for the benefits of increased strength and flexibility. She continued to practice yoga and Pilates throughout middle and high-school. During her late teen and early college years she began attending classes at Upper Valley Yoga Studio. In the two years after graduating from college she continued to practice and study yoga, as well as becoming increasingly aware of the physical and mental benefits of a regular asana practice. It is no coincidence that during this time she realized a passion for women's health and began to pursue an education in Nursing. This past May she earned her 200 hour RYT certificate through Nepal Yoga Academy just outside Kathmandu, Nepal. Her formal training focused heavily on Hatha tradition as well as classical yogic philosophy, which she has integrated with her many years of Vinyasa flow practice. She is grateful for the discipline, grace and clarity yoga continues to provide to her, as well as the opportunity to continue growing within our yoga community as both a teacher and a student.
Though Katy spent a short childhood jaunt in South Carolina, she feels like a New Englander at heart. She considers herself a generalist, finding passion for the richness of life in its many forms. She is an explorer, an artist, a singer, a writer, a yogi, a permaculturist, a best friend, and a deep lover of humankind all at once. She feels a profound commitment to inspiring harmony and integration with the earth. Lately she has been taking time to cultivate a “deep listening” in the natural landscape—a concept she discovered reading Rumi’s mystic poetry. This is a deep listening to the patterns and subtle callings of Pachamama, perhaps noticed in haunting howl of frigid winter wind, or the gentle hum of crickets who buzz at sundown and hold the landscape in a sweet embrace. She’s finding you can learn more depth of wisdom from an hour in the company of one tree, than many moons taking notes. Her yoga practice began 15 years ago, when Katy was only 11. The lure of an afternoon spent in meditative movement drew her in better than whatever the other 11 year olds were up to after school. Since then her practice has transformed to include forays into Kundalini, Bikram, Yin, Forrest, Hatha, and Vinyasa styles. She received her 200-hour teacher training with School Yoga Institute in Lake Atitlan Guatemala in August 2015, where she is grateful to have been in immersed in a style that cultivates and celebrates the spiritual connection that is yoga. This training was unique in its integration of Mayan and Peruvian Shamanic traditions. She since had the chance to study “womb yoga” with yoga scholar Uma Dinsmore Tuli. This style aims to provide a really nourishing space for all bodies to return a state of relaxation and wholeness. Katy’s classes aim to guide students into greater union of mind, body and spirit, so they leave feeling refreshed with a greater connection to the heart center and the teacher within.
Our space is a beautiful, well-lit studio about 1000 square feet in size, located on the second floor of the Dreamland building in White River Junction, with large windows looking out across the "cityscape" (yes, there is one!) of WRJ.
Our "kula", or yoga community, is welcoming, friendly, and always open to newcomers and visitors. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Questions? CONTACT US
58 N. Main Street #206
White River Junction, VT
Our Thetford studio address is 72 Library Road, in Thetford Vt. From 91 heading north, take exit 14, make a left and go about a mile up 113. Go left on Library Road; we are on the right, 2 doors past the library. Please park in the driveway and pull all the way to the car(s) in front of you. If the driveway is full, pull past the house and park on right side of Library Road. If those spaces are full, you can park in the Latham Library parking lot, close to 113. The yoga space is second floor of the barn. Please keep in mind that you must pre-register for Thetford classes as the space is limited.
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.
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!
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)
Drop in to any regular weekly class
*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+
Expires after one year
Expires after one year
*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+
Expires after 6 months
Expires after 6 months.
*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+
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.
Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.
Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.
*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+
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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