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The Fairy of Good Fortune
13 October 2015

The Fairy of Good Fortune
13 October 2015

The Fairy of Good Fortune

The Fairy of Good Fortune

Full credit to my friend Maureen for the title. This past Saturday, my husband Greg and I helped host the hundred and something-th Thetford Hill Fair. Every year the fair committee tosses around new ideas to try and draw more people to this very sweet and very quaint event. This is not quite a country fair—you know, oxen pull and 4-H. Neither is it an outsourced line-up of mini rollercoasters and tilt-a-whirls. The only Merry-Go-Round boasts painted (stationary) wooden horses that we yearly dig out of our barn and shore up with fresh paint (and sometimes, duct tape.) Instead, year after year we have a mammoth rummage sale, collectibles table, tea garden, fabulous plant sale, huge book sale, super soaker seat, etc. Every year, it’s a huge effort by a very few people to make this thing happen. The modest amount of money we do make keeps the Thetford Hill green (or, “common” ) and its trees healthy and well tended. When we met early this spring to begin to organize the fair, someone floated the idea of a fortune teller, and asked my friend and neighbor Maureen if she would run a fortune telling tent. Maureen, with gracious good nature agreed, but to make the title more in keeping with her own creative style and personality, called herself “The Fairy of Good Fortune.” She would don a fairy get up, put on sparkly makeup and good cheer, and sprinkle people with lovely, beaming, Maureen energy, complete with angel cards and a long white wig, wings, and painted stars on her cheeks. There is no one like Maureen, and I will freely admit that I for one could never pull this off. But seeing her there this past Saturday created a feeling of pure delight. I was reminded that when we are true to our very best selves, our nature, our spirit, our heart, we lift up the people around us. We cannot all be fairies of good fortune. Some of us are quieter, more introspective, even melancholy. But if we share that with love, if we offer who we are are, from the deepest well of self, we light up the people around us.

At the studio, we have some new faces beaming out their own particular shine and magic— Recent teacher training graduates generously offering up their skills to teach a free class, teachers new to the upper valley sharing their talents with us, new offerings, popular back-by-demand offerings…something for everyone! All of the teachers at UVY are fairies of good fortune, just waiting for you to walk through that door so they can sprinkle you and your mat with a little yogic fairy dust.


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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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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+

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Expires after one year

10-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $130

Expires after one year

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Expires after 6 months

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

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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.

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