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Magic and Dying
13 October 2015

Magic and Dying
13 October 2015

Magic and Dying

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― WB Yeats

A week ago, a dear friend from college died of cancer, out in San Francisco. Her last month on this earth was full of agony but also tremendous love, given and received, and tremendous awareness of life’s magic. Friends and family waited with her, for death to take her body. On the other side of the country, I waited to hear news. I tried to listen to my own thoughts and memories, to clear space in my head and heart for her to take up residence there. 

At the same time, I have felt myself waiting for spring. Not always patiently. And, the day after Amie died—on a long car ride up to Quebec City for my son’s audition—I anxiously checked emails, waiting for news about her funeral. When I learned it was in two days—in keeping with Jewish tradition—I stayed up late into the night, awaiting my own clarity, as I struggled with how to get to Chicago by Tuesday for the service. Waiting, waiting….my whole being felt both sluggish and taut with the sensation of waiting, and, preoccupied, I bent down to pick up a towel the next morning and felt a searing pain in my lower back. So, now I wait to heal. I was unable to go to the funeral. Unable to do much of anything but wait, if the truth be known. So, I’ve of necessity given myself to the experience of waiting, investigating what that means, as I let myself feel sorrow for Amie, acknowledgement of physical pain, and the humility of not being able to hasten the process of either by “doing” anything. 

And I quietly reflect on the world’s “magic things” which are waiting, too, for me to wake up to their presence. Injury and loss both have something to teach me, of that I am sure, so I keep my ears open, my heart accepting, and wait.

I will be away from teaching until I am certain I am in the clear, but how lucky we all are! The teaching staff at UVY is second to none. There are numerous and wonderful workshops coming up. And we have the best, most dedicated and most experienced teachers in the Upper Valley. I leave you in their capable hands while I heal, and wait, and look forward to, the time I am able to return to teaching.


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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+

10-Class Pass, $145

Expires after one year

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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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