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Tomorrow We Close Our Doors
16 March 2020

Tomorrow We Close Our Doors
16 March 2020

Tomorrow We Close Our Doors

When I sit down to write this newsletter, even in the midst of a normal, busy day, I think of our yoga community, individually and collectively,  and am grateful for that moment of quiet connection, to each other, to myself.

Monday evening* we will close our physical doors for a time, but our community remains open through live broadcast classes.
(*Leslie's 5:30 Monday this evening in Thetford will be in person, but Angie's WRJ class will be broadcast. Thereafter, all classes will be broadcast only)

Wow what a challenge the past few days have been. And how quickly things change, day to day, hour by hour. Monday evening, Upper Valley Yoga will close—as so many businesses and public spaces are doing to try and flatten the curve of the spread of the coronavirus—for at least the next 2 weeks, through March 31. I hope that by doing this we are helping to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and protect our greater community.  I would encourage all of us to honor and take seriously the urgency of following social distancing guidelines. Taking preventative measure now will make a huge difference.

Beginning Tuesday, we will offer live broadcast of most of our yoga classes, and in this way we can stay connected, help you keep your practice and yoga community vital, and ensure we are keeping our practices of self care alive and well. We hope to reopen our actual doors in a couple of weeks but will monitor things as news unfolds.

Your unlimited and other class passes will enable you to take these classes virtually. My hope is that you will continue to "attend" so that we can be together in that way, doing yoga.  Should you choose to not practice with us during this time, rest assured we will extend expiration dates on passes. I am hopeful the studio can provide a valuable service and survive financially; I also recognize that other small business owners and employees are financially affected too, and am working on creating a discounted drop in pass rate for people who have been hit hard financially by all the closures. Whether using your current passes or taking advantage of a discounted rate, we greatly appreciate your presence and support as we navigate this new and unknown passage.

If the virtual experience of taking a yoga class is just not for you or you are not comfortable with technology, I understand and we will see you down the road, in person. For everyone else, read on!

The good news is I taught my first live broadcast class yesterday, a free class to give it a test run, and it worked! It was kind of cool to be "in" the room with a nice big group of people. Of course I would much rather we were together in person, but I felt and appreciated the presence of all those who were practicing remotely with me along with  the small group that were there in person.

Today, Monday, classes will be held as usual, with the exception of Angie's 5:30 class, which will be a live broadcast.

So how does it work?
It's super easy, actually. You just go in through the website, and are prompted through a portal to "zoom". Join, and we are off!

Following is a brief primer on how this will work, should you want to join us for a live broadcast class.

• Make sure you are logged in to uppervalleyyoga.com. Upper right, "log in" (or sign up if you have never logged in).
• go to Classes page
• Sign up for class (if you haven't already). You will see a link that says "signup and pay": You must either pay for the class or have an existing pass with credits, or an unlimimted membership. Students who do not have credits or a pass will be prompted to pay. (we have a special "community kindness" drop in rate for people financially affected by all the closures, in addition to our regular passes).
•  Wait for "View Broadcast" link to appear below “De-register” on the schedule page and click
(you might need to refresh the page for that link to appear, if you just signed up)
If you don’t have Zoom, you will be prompted to download the zoom app. You only need the free version as an attendee and the download is quick. You will see:
Zoom would like to access your camera. ok
Zoom would like to access your microphone ok
Join with Video
Call using Internet Audio
(on a phone) After you join the group you can bring up all the participants on one screen if you swipe left. Double tap on the Leslie Carleton (or whatever instructor is teaching) that is showing the view of the yoga mat and red wall (or whatever is in the instructor's background).
(on a computer) Gallery View in the upper right corner. Select the view of Instructor. Press Pin Video
Enter full screen

You will be able to join about 15 minutes before the class starts, and feel free to chat and socialize as you would before an in person class. When we are ready to start, the instructor will ask everyone to mute their mics, and then class can begin.
I hope this new service offered by UVY can help sustain us through these challenging times.  I value your part in our community.  Hope to see you on the mat, soon.

Once things stabilize and are running smoothly, I am hoping to offer a free class during the week. Stay tuned, check the website and social media (fb, insta) for updates.

Above all dear yogis, be safe, get outside, take walks, avoid crowds and unnecessary outings, wash your hands a gazillion times a day, do your yoga practice, with us or on your own, do a short daily meditation and pranayama practice to keep the anxiety from bubbling up too much.

Take good care of yourselves and each other from a temporary distance.



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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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