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Finding the Sweet Spot
12 January 2020

Finding the Sweet Spot
12 January 2020

Finding the Sweet Spot

It's early days in 2020, really just the tail end of the holiday season. Often in January we experience a burst...of energy, optimism, determination. Perhaps that burst is tinged with stress. How do we harness that freshness and lightness without over efforting and then burning out? To be in the state of balance, of Sattva, wherein we nourish body, mind and spirit with healthful practices, it's important to use intelligent effort. If we only ever senselessly drive ourselves with mindless tapas, we don't invite that sublime experience of purity and lightness that characterize the sattvic state of being. And, if we are "over-efforting" on the path to being well and whole, we end up depleted, crashing, and likely reverting to not so healthy habits.

As yoga practitioners, how do we cultivate this balanced state?
Many of us push too hard. Often our response to stress (even healthy stress) is to push, and then push some more. This can lead to a kind of sensory amnesia—we lose the ability to actually feel all that is happening within our own bodies. The practice of yoga is not one of overactivity—We sometimes work hard but ideally we use intelligent effort to better support ourselves. When we have that conscious blend of effort and ease, when we touch into this deep harmony with ourselves, when we feel that "hum" during yoga practice that signals a sublime balance of effort and ease, that's when the practice of yoga ripens and matures into something beyond a 'workout'.

Many of us have learned to over rely on the yang parts of our being. But, when we are reminded what balance feels like, we become more curious and open to what it’s like to be in a constant start of harmony. When we start to touch into this sattvic state, we prioritize our inner refuge of stillness.

Ask yourself what is in balance in your body, in your life, what is out of balance, and how you might invite the quality of Sattva into your yoga practice. Maybe a gentle class, or SATYA, or restorative yoga. Maybe being curious and open about how you can invite qualities of stillness and refuge even during a more dynamic practice.

As always, we invite you to come with an open, curious mind, leave your ego at the door, and see what happens.



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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

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Expires after 6 months

5-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $70

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*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

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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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