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When Inspiration Does Not Come
7 April 2016

When Inspiration Does Not Come
7 April 2016

When Inspiration Does Not Come

I’m primed to be inspired by Spring, caught up in the mad fever of warmer days and things growing. But it is not happening. Inspiration eludes me. It’s part New-England’s-cruelest-month doldrums, and part well, I’m not sure. Bad timing? Whatever the reason, I am sitting at the dining room table, watching a fat robin bounce across my vegetable beds, pecking its beak between remnants of mulch straw and the sandy bits of wet April snow, and I feel no spring stirrings of the heart. However, experience has taught me that it will come. It will. In the meantime, I haul myself outside for a run in full winter layers, but it’s a slog, not an inspired romp. The dirt road through the dam that is my route is breathtakingly beautiful. Still not inspired. Still, it’s a slog. It could change tomorrow. Tomorrow I could be lifted out of my dullness and feel buoyancy return. So it goes with work, with yoga, with life. I’ve practiced yoga since 1988. I’ve taught since 1994. I’ll be honest: I am not always inspired to either teach, or practice, though often I am. I love what I do, I feel privileged daily to teach and run a studio, but it is hard. It is especially hard when I unroll my mat to practice or to plan my next class, and I am not particularly inspired. I always figure it out. I always prepare my classes. I practice most days. But, like my currently uninspired runs (that I am diligently sweating through to prepare for a 10K trail run), it’s a bit of a slog. Does this make me a bad teacher? Bad yogi? I don’t really think so. The flip side of the sometimes drudgery of starting, of just unrolling my mat, and seeing what happens, is that something always does. If not always the winged joy of inspiration, when I start to practice, the process unfurls its familiar path to me, and an hour or two later, I roll up my mat, content and happily energized, with a clear something to teach the next day, or an improved mood to see me through my day. This is partly a 'pep talk to self', partly a reminder to those of you still stuck in the muddy mood ruts of Spring’s reluctance: it doesn’t have to feel inspired. You don’t have to be in a good mood when you start. But carry on, my fellow New Englanders. We are hardy in body and spirit! (I mean, look where we chose to live.) Inspiration may not come today in your work, your play, your yoga practice (your blog posting :), but if you unroll your mat and begin, put on your shoes and walk out the door, pick up that folder and deal with that report, the process will unfurl for you and deep contentment will settle in and carry you forward. And tomorrow: who knows? Perhaps inspiration.


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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

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+

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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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