Upper Valley Yoga Blog

The Fluid Body

This Georgia O'Keeffe sculpture, Abstraction, is outside, in downtown Santa Fe. I love the spiral nature of it—to me, anything that spirals embodies and expresses life force. The Psoas, ilia, and even temporal bone are all structures in the body that spiral or have spiralic motion. In asana, twisting poses revitalize the body and are an energetic expression of the spiral sheath. The "spiral sheath" of the body is made of bands of fascia that helix up the legs and criss-cross up the body and they . . .    Read more

From the Ground Up

Hello from Santa Fe, dear ones! Today marks the last day of the first session of my immersion out here in beautiful Santa Fe, at Prajna Yoga. It's been a very full week, and very hot here. My daily life is somewhat monastic: early to rise, meditate, 8 hours of learning/yoga/meditation/sangha, home to transcribe notes, shower, eat, sleep. (OK, also the occasional netflix fix for comic and psychological relief). I don't have a lot of time or space to get into the nitty gritty, but I will say it is a wonderf. . .    Read more

See You in One Month!

This is the Prajna Yoga Temple in Santa Fe, NM. Owners Tias and Surya Little run classes and teacher training out of this lovely space near their home, when they are not traveling and teaching elsewhere. On June 6 I will be traveling to Santa Fe for a month of immersive yoga study and teacher training with Tias and Surya Little. For years I have been longing to spend some concentrated time as a student again, and I'm excited to take a little break from teaching. I'm nervous too—In over 25 years of. . .    Read more

Nests Empty and Full

It's been a busy season for all things "nest". Though our nest technically emptied several years back, our older son Dylan graduated from college just a couple of weeks ago and after a brief and cherished stint at home, moved to Syracuse to start his first software engineering job. Just prior to that, I hung planters on the porch and within a day, a robin had gotten busy building her nest in the planter nearest the door. (If you look closely you can see her in the second photo). Given how much traffic the. . .    Read more

Hats Off to You, Mamas!

I'll keep this brief: A very Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, and additionally, Happy Mothering Day to all the people who provide mothering love—nurturing, caretaking, tending to—which I think we can all agree is everyone, at one time or another. Greg and I are off to attend our older son's college graduation this weekend, so I am conscious of the end of the era of my own active mothering. One down, one to go; something like that. The graduation is symbolic mostly in that light—he's been on h. . .    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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