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The Sanskrit word “Mudra” is usually translated as a seal or gesture. Mudras are typically used during meditation or pranayama as a way to direct energy flow throughout the body. Yogically speaking, different areas of the hand stimulate specific areas of the brain. By applying light pressure to these areas of the hand, you “activate” the corresponding region of the brain, not unlike reflexology.

Mudras also symbolize various feelings and states of being. This hand Mudra—Shu. . .    Read more

Meet Amanda!

Meet Amanda Anderson!Upper Valley Yoga is pleased to welcome Amanda to our roster of teaching staff. Amanda will be teaching the Tuesday evening class going forward, 6–7:15 pm, and she is also teaching a special Yoga for Hikers class this Friday evening. (More info to the right.)

Come take her class and welcome Amanda in person!Amanda began studying yoga in 2000 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Inspired by the need for yoga teachers after Hurricane Katrina. . .    Read more

The Fairy of Good Fortune

The Fairy of Good Fortune

Full credit to my friend Maureen for the title. This past Saturday, my husband Greg and I helped host the hundred and something-th Thetford Hill Fair. Every year the fair committee tosses around new ideas to try and draw more people to this very sweet and very quaint event. This is not quite a country fair—you know, oxen pull and 4-H. Neither is it an outsourced line-up of mini rollercoasters and tilt-a-whirls. The only Merry-Go-Round boasts painted (stationary. . .    Read more

Down the Road

See you down the road.
It’s what circus people say when they leave. Two hours ago I sent my own homestay group of Circus Smirkus performers—my son one of them—down the road to their next performance site in Essex. The house feels very quiet. There is a lot of laundry to do. I miss Liam. I miss all of them actually….their exuberance, their startling talent, their enthusiasm and hunger for noncircus things: Ashley is a NYtimes junky, Keenan an accomplished filmmaker, Linds. . .    Read more

Summer Changes

Yesterday I was up in Greensboro for Circus Smirkus’ opening of their summer touring show, “Anchors Away for Atlantis”. I promise this will be my very last plug for Circus Smirkus, in which my son Liam is performing his third season. But seriously, this show is absolutely stunning, beautiful, and powerful. There are acts that rival any circus I’ve seen, including Cirque du Soleil, and while it is a “youth circus”, this show, more than any Smirkus show I’ve seen,. . .    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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