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May! Meet Elisabeth Gardner
1 May 2019

May! Meet Elisabeth Gardner
1 May 2019

May! Meet Elisabeth Gardner

I grew up in the Upper Valley in the 60s-80’s, left to travel, marry and have kids.  During my time away I experienced the death of both parents, my marriage and my early careers as a waitress and environmental educator.  Twenty seven years later I’ve returned and am deeply enjoying my reconnections here.  As I walk around and marvel at the changes (White River Junction is now cool!), I am often surprised by memories that feel so contradictory to the 55 year old woman I am now.  


I was a gawky fairly shy kid.  I took figure skating at Thompson Arena and was one of the most out-of-body, ungraceful kids you could imagine.  I took gymnastics but was inflexible and too scared to leave the ground outside of a cartwheel.  In a nutshell, I didn’t trust my body.


While taking a semester off from college my Junior year, I discovered rock climbing and eventually I became good at it climbing all over the Northeast, Virginia, and Wyoming.  What made this surprising was that I suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia from ages 18-28.  I mean, I was terrified in a supermarket, scared to drive alone on the highway, but get me at the base of a 500 foot cliff and I was spiderwoman! There was something about climbing, the intense focus, the earthiness, the physical strength, grace and balance that drew me in.  


As the years went on and my climbing slowed, I developed a strong interest in body/mind work. I lived in Costa Rica for 18 months and found that doing yoga on a regular basis helped me to reduce my panic attacks. Like rock climbing, yoga required me to be focused and in my body.  I wanted more of this knowledge and completed a four year program to become an energy healer (Barbara Brennan School of Healing).  Here I discovered the chakras, our energy fields and deepened my practice and love of yoga.  In 2004, I became a yoga teacher. I discovered the power, strength and grace that I now know we all innately possess and along the way I learned to trust my body.


Today as a psychotherapist, I combine my years of schooling with my knowledge and experience of spirituality, energy, and yoga to help people heal from trauma.  As a yoga teacher, I enjoy helping students come to love and appreciate their bodies.  It’s not about 'getting your head to your knee', but using a pose to discover places of opening, sensation, release, joy and peace. Yoga is a perfect vehicle for taking small risks, getting stronger and becoming more flexible.  A place to invite curiosity and compassion for ourselves. This work directly translates into our lives.  I love this about yoga.


There are soulful and skillful teachers here at UVY and I am delighted and honored to become one of them. My intention is to bring fun, insight and self discovery into each class.  I hope you come in if you have a Thursday evening free!


- Elisabeth


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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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