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13 October 2015

13 October 2015


YOGA AT HALFTIME?(Couldn’t resist….)

I’m not a watcher of football myself; I don’t have network TV so couldn’t tune into Fox if I wanted.

But….I appreciate the passion and fervor people bring to their Superbowl Sunday gatherings, and the camaraderie it helps foster among families and friends. Ponder this during halftime this evening: it is also technically “halftime” for Winter. You have made it through half of this exhilarating yet undeniably challenging season. Those of us who choose to live in a climate that is in continual flux and has extremes at both ends of the temperature spectrum, we tend to identify this choice like a badge of honor. We defend our choice to live here, because we “love the changing of the seasons” (even if the seasons themselves are sometimes hard to take). If we do complain, we also revel in the excitement of knowing that just around the corner, things are about to change…

A yoga practice, like New England Winter, is not a static experience. At UVY we have a range of instructors, and “variety” in sequencing, in style, is part of how we explore. Even within the framework of Vinyasa Yoga, each instructor blends posture and alignment in her own, unique way. But, even if you practice a form of hatha yoga like Ashtanga Yoga, or Bikram Yoga, which follow the same sequence, the same postures, every single time; with experience you come to understand that no two practices are truly ever the same, no two Downward Dog poses are ever the same. Your own experience becomes refined over time. On any given day, you are influenced by so many things—how cold it is, how much sleep you got the night before, what you have eaten that week, what deep sorrows or joys have tugged at your heart, illness, work, and on and on.

We are constantly changing, as is our experience of a given pose, a given asana practice, a given Savasana. We bring to the mat all of our accumulated experiences, we hone our attention through the practice of the postures, we feel what we feel. Relief, fatigue, delicious comfort, invigorating challenge, all of the above. And then, if we are lucky, we slip beyond the experience of the physical body and what blossoms inside is the experience of Purusa: pure, unadulterated awareness. Even if only for a moment, we dwell in that place where we feel ourselves part of an ocean of consciousness, and we are at peace.
I wish you a happy and peaceful Superbowl Sunday, and look forward to sharing the second half of winter with you!


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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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