Upper Valley Yoga Blog

Celebrate Love

Valentine's Day....
sigh...
Yes, it's soooo commercial. Yes it is there to make money for the card companies, candy manufacturers, and sellers of all heart-shaped manner of doo-dad.
But I find as I witness all the acrimony and strife, viciousness and deceit front and center in our white house and trickling down from there into our listening ears, watching eyes; that I can't object to a holiday that celebrates love.

Bring it on. Let the 'love reign o'er me' (I rec. . .    Read more

In the Deep Mid Winter

On these cold mid-winter days I find myself drawn to long, slow practices that take me into ever deeper forward bends. The feeling from the inside is akin to creating a nice cozy cave and climbing into it for a feeling of deep refuge and renewal. The first pose (not pictured here but in the newsletter), Kourmasana or "tortoise"  pose is a deeply introverted pose, inviting a feeling of retreating and drawing inward. To me it speaks of safety, of hunkering down in my closet as a 9-ye. . .    Read more

Finding the Sweet Spot

It's early days in 2020, really just the tail end of the holiday season. Often in January we experience a burst...of energy, optimism, determination. Perhaps that burst is tinged with stress. How do we harness that freshness and lightness without over efforting and then burning out? To be in the state of balance, of Sattva, wherein we nourish body, mind and spirit with healthful practices, it's important to use intelligent effort. If we only ever senselessly drive ourselves with mindl. . .    Read more

So About This Gratitude Business....

As I pause here a week before Thanksgiving I hesitate a bit to launch into the subject of gratitude. In fact, when I look over the blog I realize I've avoided it the past couple of Thanksgivings. Not completely: in offering the Thanksgiving class each year I have referenced the spirit of gratitude that Sharon inspires every Thanksgiving by raising money for the Haven, but to be honest, the vogue of gratitude practices in popular media and its omnipresence this time of year creates a q. . .    Read more

Waking Up, Taking Flight, and Deep Rest: What the season offers

Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves. ~Pema Chodron

I offer this w. . .    Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS:

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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GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICE

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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