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If a website falls in the forest….will students still come to class?
26 April 2018

If a website falls in the forest….will students still come to class?
26 April 2018

If a website falls in the forest….will students still come to class?

Last week the website went down. Lots of you probably noticed. Something went sideways when I tried to install a new webmail portal through my webhost, and the site went “poof.” What shouldn’t surprise me but did was how flummoxed my web host tech support team were. What didn’t surprise me one bit was my own initially overwrought response. Just shy of full on panic, my fear had something to do with the misguided assumption that with no working website, nobody would show up to class—like a confused philosophical thought experiment (see title). It took me a day and a half to simply calm down, walk away, and admit there wasn’t a thing I could do about it. As it usually is, letting go was liberating. Eventually things were fine. And, once I ceded control of the situation I could feel again the smooth river of my breath, and feel ease and connection in my body and mind. Events beyond our control are—like pain and injury—both (mostly) inevitable and also opportunities for continued growth and self awareness, and self-awareness is where it’s at, at least for this yoga instructor. In order for the brain to be able to rest in profound states of meditation, we have to develop the skill of absorption, and an abiding, pervasive awareness. We cannot do that if we are constantly churning with worry and stress. As a yoga practitioner, I’m increasingly interested in the somatic experience of stress—what happens in our bodymind when things go south. This examination of how stress shows up in the body is a laboratory for developing the skill of yoga and for sharing it with others. Life gives us ample opportunity to study the mind and body connection. To yoga teachers, this is fascinating territory. Yoga teachers do most of their learning long after their first teacher training. Life ripens us with its bruises and its joys. Maturity lets yoga in. We find our teachers. We live. We find our teachers again. In this evolution and maturation, those of us who do this for years, decades, more—we go back again and again to learn and relearn, from each other, from innovators, from deep thinkers and practitioners. It’s continuing education in every sense. And really, what profession doesn’t ask that of its practitioners? So, I learn yoga daily in my practice and in planning classes and in helping students problem solve and in turning a questioning eye toward my own injuries and other experiences that are written in my body, but I also try to steal time away to learn from other seasoned, wise teachers. To be a student again. To see the practice anew with beginner’s eyes. I expect to do this my whole life. Not because I hunger for mastery, but because I am compelled by mystery. While mastery (of a pose, of a sequence) can be alluring, especially in the beginning, ultimately, it just isn’t that interesting. Continuing education for me is the more pressing questions: what now? What next? What else? I will be going to Santa Fe for the month of June to study with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga—both accomplished teachers, writers, thinkers, innovators in the field of yoga and other contemplative practices. I look forward to a deep and immersive learning experience, and I look forward to sharing what I learn. The site is back up. I thank you for all the emails and voicemails, and apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused you. As noted below, we have lots of very cool additions to the schedule and the teaching roster. Some in May, some in June. The studio is alive and well and as always, we welcome everyone. Much love, Leslie


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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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