Upper Valley Yoga Blog

Prana Vayu, the Energy of Expansion

I thought I would devote the next 5 newsletters to mini essays (Sharon calls them 'essayettes') on the subject of the 5 Prana Vayus, with the disclaimer that this rich and layered topic is much much more than what I can present briefly here. That said, an introduction to the Vayus—the different "winds" of Prana that help us understand how energy moves in the body—is a reminder that yoga invites us to explore not just the world of asana and the obvious physical body, but also the more. . .    Read more

On Being Whole

I've had the privilege to be invited to come to tomorrow's Yoga Immersion session on the Subtle Body in Yoga, and talk with Sharon's students about the 5 pranavayus in Yoga. Big topic. Like most "topics" in yoga history and scholarship, it has a multitude of threads that can take you in about a thousand directions. And there is very little chance I will do more than scratch the surface, but it's a topic dear to my heart and it gives me an opportunity to revisit, in various texts and notes, t. . .    Read more

Forward into 2016

I'm pretty sure I'm circulating the same thoughts about New Year's resolutions that I did last year. At first glance, a resolution is a worthy endeavor. But it makes this sneaky transformation into something that smacks of self loathing. a kind of: "do THIS because you're THAT" (I'm sure you can fill in this madlibs-like formula with your own choice words and phrases). And that subtext of discontent seems to be at clear odds with yoga's concept of santosha, or deep contentment and acc. . .    Read more

Finding Grace in our Bodies

With her permission, I am sharing below a lovely blog post written by Kate Gamble, from Open Door Workshop. Open Door is our neighbor down the street, and Kate, a physical therapist and a dancer, offers a really interesting array of classes and workshops all devoted to increasing health and wellbeing through art and movement modalities. Her blog entry completely captivated and resonated with me; I will often start classes with students on their backs in constructive rest, at least fo. . .    Read more

Let the Heart Break Open

I recently re-listened to an episode of On Being that aired last year sometime. Christa Tippett mentioned this poem by Mary Oliver, which feels relevant and timely, so I've transcribed it here. Bits of that podcast have stayed with me over the past several days, as the world reels with the shock of the attacks in Paris. This is how my mind has turned it over, both the podcast and the events:

Violence is what arises out of suffering, when we don't know what else to do with our suffe. . .    Read more

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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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