Upper Valley Yoga Blog

Sometimes the Power Goes Out

Welcome to 2019!—may we all thrive in the new year.

Last night I was teaching my 5:30 class in the barn in Thetford. We had a lovely, small group; the space warm and lit by fairy lights and dim sconces. The sky was pitch black by the time we started.

And then, it happened. Sometime between 6 and 6:30 the power went out. Completely out. The space went dark. There was no storm, no wind, no obvious reason we should lose power. Outside I could see  that sev. . .    Read more

The Shoulder Season

It's a funny phrase, "shoulder season", as a reference to Fall and Spring. Wasn't until I moved up here that I understood that phrase to refer to the "shoulder" at the side of a road, a kind of halfway point between the highway and the ditch.  Until then I had an image of the very weight of coming winter bearing down on the patient shoulders of Fall, a kind of seasonal kyphosis born on the hearty bodies of New Englanders. But if the shoudler is the side of the road.....is Winter . . .    Read more

How's the Weather in There? Turbulent Snow Squalls, Calm Inner Seas: Inside, Outside—Class Cancellations

In an age of constant acceleration,
nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow.
In an age of constant distraction
nothing is so luxurious as paying attention.
In an age of constant movemet
nothing is so urgent as sitting still

—Pico Iyer

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Time Changing or.....Changing Times?

It's that time again—set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.
Enjoy that extra hour in bed on Sunday morning.

Store up some restful serenity folks, because we vote on Tuesday, and I don't need to tell you the stakes are high. Greg and I voted early, and then he left for Cuba, part of a group from Hanover Friends' Meeting, and I leave Sunday afternoon for a week in Chicago to study with my teacher, Tias Little. I can't say I'm sorry to be sidestepping the anxious . . .    Read more

Meditation in the MRI Machine

I'm just back from DHMC, where I spent an hour in the MRI machine having my brain scanned for any hint of a tumor regrowth. I'm 7 years out from surgery, and I don't actively worry about this tumor coming back, because statistically, they rarely do. Not actively worrying doesn't mean that worry doesn't lurk in the wings, however. Judging by last night's dreams, worry was alive and well in my sleeping brain right up until my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning. Still, it wasn't until the doctor at my. . .    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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