Upper Valley Yoga Blog

How to Change Your Mind


How to Change Your Mind is the title of Michael Pollan's newest book. I first heard about this fascinating exploration of the new science of psychedelics—and its role in psychological healing and understanding consciousness and transcendence—from a student at UVY. She—like I—hadn't strong feelings one way or another, or much direct knowledge, but she told me it was a fascinating read and, intrigued, I ordered it and am about three quarters done. The b. . .    Read more

Community Supported Yoga: A Huge Thank You!


Kat and I are filled with wonder and gratitude for the love and support and community that filled the studio on Labor Day, as 42 people turned out to help us celebrate 15 years! It was fun and moving and tremendously powerful, to share the space with people who were with us way back at the beginning, people who regularly practice with us, and a handful of people brand new to our studio.  I spoke briefly at the beginning of our practice, about the powerful nature of our particular. . .    Read more

Meaningful Adjacencies

Meaningful Adjacencies
Greg and I were in NYC last weekend to visit family and have some time in the city. One of our stops was  the 911 memorial and museum, first time for both of us.

“Meaningful adjacencies” was the phrase used to describe how names were organized and placed on the panels—the names of all the people who died. Rather than list the names alphabetically, there was an effort to identify meaningful connections between people, placing side b. . .    Read more

Mystery or Mastery?

Mystery or mastery? Can we have both? The longer I practice yoga and meditation, the more interested I am in connecting to mystery. The longer I teach, the more I hope to help students feel their own connection to mystery. Mastery is interesting for sure, and it's fun to geek out on the biomechanics of posture, how to reverse engineer challenging poses and use props to help the progression of a particular pose. But mystery is compelling. Mystery for me is connected to deep, studied listening. I want. . .    Read more

The Subtle Body

I’m home after my month of intensive training with Prajna Yoga founders Tias and Surya Little. Happy to be back in New England! If you’ve read these posts over the past month, you have a sense of what my time was like. If you’ve seen me back teaching in the past few days, you might sense how renewed I feel, and how happy I am to be back in my own home Sangha of UVY. 
Here is what I posted on UVY facebook, shortly before leaving:
And so my month. . .    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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