Upper Valley Yoga Blog

Inner/Outer: The Yoga Journey

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate... At the source of the longest river...

—T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a yoga immersion workshop with Tias and Surya Little, of Prajna Yoga. Tias is someone I have wanted to study with for a very lon. . .    Read more

Late Summer Blues (Berries and the other kind)

Somehow we've gotten here already. Mid-August. Ripe blueberries are the psychological and gustatory antidote to my admittedly glum feelings around Summer's end. I could do with another July. Our Summer began with my mother-in-law's death and the subsequent visits and organizing and family stuff that happens when a matriarch dies. I'm not really sure my husband has even properly grieved her death, with all the tasks he had to see to. July was hijacked by family visits (though I love my family) and a . . .    Read more


There's a whole lot of restoring going on around here. If you take a look at our events line up, you will see that there are multiple opportunities to practice restorative yoga in the near future, starting with tonight's First Friday class. While I do put a fair amount of thought into designing the regular schedule, things also have a way of falling into their own shape, with teachers approaching me about teaching particular workshops or classes. How appropriate that restorative yoga is currently fill. . .    Read more

Happy May Day!

In the ancient Celtic calendar, May Day, or Beltane, is celebrated to usher in the light half of the year, a time of fertility and abundance. In the standard calendar, this happens on May 1. Celebrations include bonfires to honor the solar god, rites of cleansing and purification, and collecting flowers to symbolize the richness of Spring. ...and of course, the Maypole: during this festival boys and girls would traditionally dance in opposite directions holding the end of a colored ribbon of the Maypol. . .    Read more

Gentle Yoga, Yoga for Beginners....What's the Difference?

I've been getting this question a lot lately from students who practice regularly at UVY and from people who've never taken a yoga class in their life, calling to ask which class is best for a newcomer. While the website does offer brief descriptions of both classes, I thought I'd flesh it out a little here. I also put the question to my staff instructors, to get a fuller perspective. There is some common ground for both these classes, but Yoga for Beginners is designed to take someone who has had litt. . .    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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