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Meet Kyla Pearce
24 April 2019

Meet Kyla Pearce
24 April 2019

Meet Kyla Pearce

from Kyla Pearce:

I’m honored to be stepping back into the Upper Valley Yoga community for the summer! I took a hiatus from teaching public classes to have my now 16 month old son, Bear, wrap up my PhD, and grow the LoveYourBrain Yoga program. Some of you may of heard about LoveYourBrain, a non-profit that aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury—from concussion to severe injury—through programs that build community and foster resilience. It was established by my now husband, Adam Pearce, and his brother, Kevin Pearce, after Kevin suffered a near fatal brain injury in a snowboarding accident just before the Vancouver Olympics. We were motivated to create LoveYourBrain Yoga after witnessing how much Kevin benefited from yoga and meditation to support his own healing, particularly by finding a sense of peace, accomplishment, and vitality that were unavailable elsewhere. LoveYourBrain Yoga is a free six-week series designed to build community and foster resilience. It incorporates gentle yoga to improve strength and balance, meditation practices to reduce stress, class themes to foster resilience and compassion, and facilitated group conversation to build community. When we first launched our program in 2015, Leslie was incredibly supportive, and actually taught our very first fundraiser yoga class to raise awareness about our program in the Upper Valley. Since then, we’ve partnered with about 50 yoga studios to offer LoveYourBrain Yoga across 29 states and 4 Canadian provinces. It’s been a full, humbling, and incredibly rewarding past five years. If you know of anyone who has had a concussion or other form of TBI, please encourage them to check out our program and sign up for the next one at Mighty Yoga in Lebanon, NH in July, or swing by one of my classes to chat more about it.

I look forward to reconnecting with the wonderful UVY community!

—Kyla
 

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ACCOMMODATIONS:

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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GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICE

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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