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Sweet 16!
2 September 2019

Sweet 16!
2 September 2019

Sweet 16!

16 years ago UVY held its first official class, in the newly built Black Community Center in Hanover. Kat and I co-taught the class and to our amazement, the gymnasium was packed with curious newcomers and seasoned yogis alike! At the end we just kind of looked at each other in amazement, laughed out loud and agreed that maybe, just maybe, we could open a yoga studio, and people would come. This was 2003. There was maybe one other yoga studio in the UV. I'd already been teaching a good 10+ years at that point in Chicago and then San Diego. Kat was a relative newcomer to teaching but what she lacked in years she more than made up for in enthusiasm and had enough confidence for us both.

Kat lives in Philly now. I've been running this ship on my own for a lot of years. I still love and cherish what we, all of us in the UVY Sangha, have collectively created and nurtured. I still love teaching—many things have changed, that has not. I still marvel at the talented, devoted and loving teachers that teach here.

I just turned 55 so as I find myself on the further shores of "middle age" ( I mean. I think it unlikely I'll live to 110. But who knows?) my little yoga studio has turned into a full-on teenager, with all the sweetness and some of the heartache (and thankfully none of the brooding).  I won't share the heartache bits. But there are tough days when I'm not sure I can afford to keep it going. And other days when a studio full of shining faces and laughter, loving spirits, and glowing bodies brings me back to myself. When yoga students leave looking clear eyed and serene, sweaty (sometimes) and refreshed, I am deeply gratified.

which brings me to the "sweet 16" pass. Summer's over and we want to help you get back into the swing of things, yogically speaking. So: $160, 16 classes, 90 days to use them. A regular practice is essential to my own wellbeing and I can say that holds true whether you've been doing yoga for 30 years, or 30 days.

Take a look at our schedule: Intro starts up this week, Christina begins a new level 2 flow class on Saturday afternoons, also this week. Chrissy Morley (welcome, Chrissy!) will be teaching the Tuesday evening class, beginning this week.

Lastly, this piece by RL Knost popped up twice in my social media feeds and after the third time I decided to give it some attention. It so captivated me that I have been reading it at the end of classes for the past week. A lot of people have asked, so I share it below.

Thanks all,

"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So, go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you." L.R. Knost


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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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