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Restorative Yoga

Ah, Restorative Yoga
“Taking steps is easy, standing still is hard”

These lyrics from the “Orange is the New Black” theme song have been haunting my mind of late. Yeah, “Standing still is hard”. So much easier to flit around, busy, busy, lots to do, always something new! Stillness can provide pathways to serenity, revitalization, and insight. However, the experience of standing still can also, at times, be unsettling at best and completel. . .    Read more

Forrest Yoga

“Forrest Yoga is an intense practice that brings vitality deep into the core of the body, the mind, and the spirit. Over the past six years since I discovered Forrest Yoga, it has changed me in so many positive ways. I came to the mat with a lot of personal demons and internal obstacles. Breathing through those incredibly uncomfortable places within me accompanied my asana practice, and through Forrest Yoga I was able to allow space for both physical and emotional scary dis-eases to release. I feel m. . .    Read more


Weeding….I know, right?
This activity lends itself quite nicely to metaphor. The very mindlessness of weeding invites self observation and reflection.   I’m always a little surprised (and embarrassed to admit) that plunging the weeding tool into the earth, twisting and wrenching the roots free delivers a certain vicious satisfaction. Conversely, when the roots are tenacious, as they often are, and will not give, I experience an irrational flash of anger. And because I am observing myself,. . .    Read more


Welcome to June

…Onward into Summer! Our ENDLESS SUMMER pass begins today, June 1, with a full 3 months of unlimited yoga for only $299! Give yourself the gift of regular practice this summer to keep all the other fun summer stuff in balance. More info

A heartfelt Thank You to everyone who participated in our brief survey. It was helpful, illuminating, . . .    Read more

Finding Your Voice

As I begin to plan my classes for this week, the house is very quiet and in the early morning I hear the sweet, uncomplicated sound of bird song.

The sweetness and purity of this sound has me thinking about the Vishuddha chakra, or “throat Chakra”. Vishuddha Chakra is about how we express ourselves and how we communicate with others. It is the seat of our truth telling. It is generally associated with speech, and with being understood, but even more essentially, is concerned with all. . .    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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