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13 October 2015

13 October 2015


Yoga in the time of Love….
Or, Love in the time of Yoga!…..

I have my fair share of cynicism around Valentine’s Day, and yet, a part of me is gleeful that we have a holiday that celebrates the loving heart—cards, candy, flowers and all. I think anything that gives us an excuse to ruminate on the nature and taste of love between not just lovers, but all people, can’t be all bad. For my own part, I have been meditating and marveling on the nature and power of love, and of sorrow, and the love of letting go. I have a dear friend who is dying, suddenly, painfully, and quickly. Amie is not expected to live much longer, and I would like to share a few thoughts and insights from her brother, and friends, made powerfully clear to those of us witnessing her process of letting go and dying. 

Her brother writes: “At the request of Amie, today we let the flood gates down. Amie wanted to see, talk and really be with as many of her most cherished people that the day and her failing body would let her manage. She is a fountain of love, receiving love from those around her and flinging it up into the sky to shower on those around her and to those far away and reading this note. She wants to you all to know that she hears and feels the love you are bestowing on her….she is determined to make the absolute most of whatever time she has left. We who are with her now are doing our best to make her as comfortable as possible and to facilitate her wishes to remain part of the living world through her relationships with all of you.” And a mutual friend writes, “She has let go of fear, and it was joyful to be with her. When she said goodbye, it was so hard to leave. But I left her in such good hands. And I left knowing she is feeling loved and peaceful.”

Hold your loved ones close. Love big and love unreservedly. Fling your love across the universe. And remember that sometimes loving well means letting go. May we all have the courage and depth of love to release with arms wide open.


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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

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5-Class Pass, $80

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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