Upper Valley Yoga Blog

Newest Yogababy Has Arrived!

Congratulations to Bri and her family!
Baby Miles was born
October 29 at 7:34 pm

Steve Garnaas-Holmes

What seems like a wall may be a mirror.
Whatever you face can be a door, a path.
What’s important is not what happens to you
but how you respond.
What matters is not a great thing you should accomplish
but the beautiful person you are given to be.
Walk on, and go in peace.

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"Yoga Body" Review

Amanda’s thoughts on this contemporary yoga read

I recently found a book on UVY’s “library shelf” that I would call revolutionary. It’s called Yoga Body, and its author Mark Singleton asserts that modern yoga practice—yes, the poses we do here at UVY—derives less from ancient India than from Western gymnasts and bodybuilders! 

 Ancient yoga primarily concerns itself with training the mind, with few physical postures, and the physical yo. . .    Read more

The Dreamer, The Poet: Feeding Our Spirits

Recently, a yoga student gave me this beautiful children's book called Frederick, by Leo Lionni. The fable is about a young mouse who gathers memories in preparation for the long winter months while his family gathers food. Both dreamer and poet, Frederick sits on a sunny rock by himself while the other field mice work to gather grain and nuts. “I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days,” he tells them. Another day he gathers “colors,” and then “words.” And . . .    Read more

Looking for Blueberries Upside Down

I do, actually. Look for blueberries upside down. I know it sounds like I’m just trying to get you to open and read the newsletter, and there is that. But. Just yesterday, down behind my house where 16 lush blueberry bushes are still offering up their glorious fruit, I did a thorough picking. I’m systematic, meaning, down the row one side, back up the row the other. I look from the top. I squat and peer in from the side. And then, I stand, fold forward so that I’m gazing back at the bushes from. . .    Read more

Change is in the Air

Aren’t these photos—taken by Clara Gimenez—just gorgeous? To me, they demonstrate both the sweet stillness of a yoga practice, as well as its soaring flight and freedom. How beautiful you all are, and what a privilege to teach this thing called Yoga. There are more coming, too. Clara’s lovely photos will soon be featured on the website. What I love in particular in both these pictures is that they capture that sense I often have in both daily life and while practicing yoga, that time has stopped . . .    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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