Upper Valley Yoga Blog

Nest Open, Heart Full

My youngest son Liam has left for his 4th and final Summer of touring with Circus Smirkus. When the tour ends, he’ll be home for about 4 days before heading up to Canada, where he will attend L’ecole de Cirque de Quebec. Tomorrow is his high school graduation, but he will not be there. We celebrated the closing of this chapter of his life with the Baccalaureate ceremony last Sunday, and an emotional gathering with his closest friends and their families afterward. (As w. . .    Read more

Summer Changes Rolling In

Meet Sue Howard! She begins teaching at UVY next week.

Next week I begin teaching the Monday morning level 1-2, and gentle yoga at the studio. I will be taking over Liz’s spot as she launches herself into new adventures. I am honored. For those who don’t know me I came to yoga about twelve years ago, I love to move. I was dancing a lot and looking for a complement, as a warm-up and a way to more deeply explore alignment. Britton Mann was my first teacher; his atten. . .    Read more

Things Ending, Things Beginning

Hey Upper Valley Yoga Hive! As I hurtle toward my youngest son’s high school graduation, two weeks from now, I find myself emotionally tongue tied. “At a loss for words” pretty much covers it and yet it takes up big space in my brain and heart. So, I’m going to stick to the more easily digestible facts of the summer schedule at UVY. 

In a nutshell: Monday Noon Flow class is canceled June–August, Tuesday Noon class is canceled June–August, Wednesday Pilates Fusion class canceled . . .    Read more

The Peace of Wild Things

Newly returned from a long road trip with my family to NYC and NC and points between, my head was full of thoughts around the sorrow of empty nests, and the beauty of exuberant Spring in the South, and embracing change, and honoring the aging body (long hours in a car being the antithesis of this). But soon after coming home, we were hit with two devastating news stories, in Baltimore and Nepal. I find myself speechless. The world is loud right now with news and commentary around both events, and I am . . .    Read more

Banana Peel, Light Switch, Alarm Clock

Karma: what is it? Simply put, Karma is the law of cause and effect. Seed and fruit. You plant a lettuce seed and lettuce grows. There is never a time when you plant a lettuce seed and produce cauliflower from that seed. The seed determines what grows; that is an unvarying law. Understanding the law of Karma can help us unite how we say we want to live, and how we actually live. Intention and action.

My first yoga teacher defined Karma in 3 forms: 

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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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