Upper Valley Yoga Blog

Happy Anniversary!

Hope this Labor Day finds you rested and enjoying a truly spectacular, early September afternoon. 13 years ago today (thank you Allison Schned, for reminding me!) we held our first official class as Upper Valley Yoga at the Black Community Center in Hanover. Kat Smith (then Frorer) and I ran an ad for a free Labor Day class and much to our astonishment, a huge number of people showed up. It was a beautiful, heart stopping experience to teach that class together, and it set the stage for many, many more ga. . .    Read more

Sorrow and Wonder

I have been trying to write this blog post since the horrific murders in Orlando back in June, but the cascade of shocking and heartbreaking news week after week since June has repeatedly squashed my desire to examine too closely either the world or my own psyche. I won't belabor the news; we all get too much of it anyway. Not to mention the nauseating and numbing news cycle around the election. But I do want to share with you something that happened one day before those awful murders in Orlando, when I . . .    Read more

Tines up! Yoga in the Garden

The Yoga of Paying Attention. In everyday life. This is at least one of yoga's off the mat lessons, right? And yoga, like anything learned, is a process of learning, re-learning, unlearning, re-learning, over and over, round and round. On Tuesday I was working on my blueberries with a hoe rake when I did the thing that you should never do. I held the tool loosely, tines down, while talking to someone. Suddenly, somehow I shifted one foot to the tines on the ground, and the handle o. . .    Read more

Are you my Mother?

Are you my Mother?
Do you remember that book?—I remember Its hilarity, sure, but also its particular heartbreak: the abandoned child, the absent mother, and a faint anxiety about its premise that lingered after the details of the story had faded, despite the happy ending. With Mother's Day on my mind, I went looking for this book the other day, in boxes of saved children's books. Though I did (happily!) find Goodnight Moon, and Pat the Bunny, I nev. . .    Read more

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. . . .    Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS:

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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GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICE

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, $16

Drop in to any regular weekly class

Single Class, Student or Senior* Rate, $13

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

10-Class Pass, $140

Expires after one year

10-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $120

Expires after one year

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

5-Class Pass, $75

Expires after 6 months

5-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $63

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, $140

Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

One month, Student or Senior* rate, $120

Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

3-Month Unlimited, $360

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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