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See You in One Month!
30 May 2018

See You in One Month!
30 May 2018

See You in One Month!

This is the Prajna Yoga Temple in Santa Fe, NM. Owners Tias and Surya Little run classes and teacher training out of this lovely space near their home, when they are not traveling and teaching elsewhere. On June 6 I will be traveling to Santa Fe for a month of immersive yoga study and teacher training with Tias and Surya Little. For years I have been longing to spend some concentrated time as a student again, and I'm excited to take a little break from teaching. I'm nervous too—In over 25 years of teaching, the only chunks of non teaching time were around having babies and, more recently, brain surgery. This time around, I suppose self discovery can stand in as a kind of "birthing" experience. And, diving into study/practice can be a kind of "excision", stripping away gunk of all kind. Whatever it is I gain or lose in my time away, I feel fiercely protective of my little studio and I worry a bit about being gone. But I am lucky to run a studio in a time when so much of the daily management can be done online and from afar—with so many excellent instructors on staff, I leave my own classes in capable hands. I will especially miss the students that I see regularly, and I am quite certain I will think of you all often, throughout the training. The education that yoga offers is a lifelong process. The very best teachers I know, the most senior, capable and inspiring masters of the practice of yoga, take continued learning very seriously. They are humble students of an ancient practice, and also creative teachers who never stop enriching and innovating what they teach. Tias Little embodies these qualities (he's also very funny) and when I did a weekend workshop on the cape last year with Tias and his wife Surya, I felt a deep and clear connection to his methodology and his process of inquiry. This, I thought, is someone I want to learn from. Some time ago, a student expressed worry that this time away would mean I would stop teaching the way I teach. I love what I do and I teach from that place of love. I'm not out to significantly change anything about what I do, but I do hope to add depth and breadth. I also am looking for guidance as I age, as my practice reflects the reality of getting older and all the other fun stuff—hiking, running, etc.—that have taken a toll on my body. I want in turn to be able to effectively teach other people as they deal with limitation, whether from sports or aging, illness or injury. I love to teach the challenging flow practices where we play with fun and difficult poses. I also love to teach my hatha and gentle classes, which take the physical expression of yoga toward subtlety and a more inwardly focused experience. I hope to do everything I do now, just do it better. So off I go! I'm really grateful that so many of you show up for classes. I know your enthusiasm and participation and focus will continue to hold the studio aloft in my absence. My last classes will be Tuesday, June 5. I'll be back to teaching Sunday, July 8. I will be reachable by phone and email so don't hesitate to be in touch. I'll update everyone at least once with this newsletter, and let you know how it's going in the high desert of New Mexico. 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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