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Late Summer Blues (Berries and the other kind)
15 August 2017

Late Summer Blues (Berries and the other kind)
15 August 2017

Late Summer Blues (Berries and the other kind)

Somehow we've gotten here already. Mid-August. Ripe blueberries are the psychological and gustatory antidote to my admittedly glum feelings around Summer's end. I could do with another July. Our Summer began with my mother-in-law's death and the subsequent visits and organizing and family stuff that happens when a matriarch dies. I'm not really sure my husband has even properly grieved her death, with all the tasks he had to see to. July was hijacked by family visits (though I love my family) and a constant stream of house guests. Was just getting a handle on August, and then the recent hate violence in Charlottesville—despicable and discouraging and shocking. I'd like an additional July free of anything but hiking and kayaking and river swimming and yoga and gardening. And, yes, I do hear myself whining. I love my life. I am privileged to live it as I do. It's just going a little too fast and with a little too much heartache. There were many times this Summer I tried to sit down and write about death and dying, because we stared down a lot of it this Summer. But I just didn't have it in me. I tried to write about my sweet elderly dog Suki who is pushing 15 and seems reluctant to leave this world, though she struggles with everything. But it felt too much like I was writing a eulogy. I tried to write about the very hard deaths of a couple of friends, but neither is my story to write about. And I cannot write about this horrifying violence in Virginia; I both appreciate and hate social media at times like this, when people do truly bad things. I'm glad there are so many eloquent voices trying to help everyone understand how such evil sh*t happens in 2017, helping us figure out who to write letters to, what petitions to sign, and where to send donations to help people who were injured. It needs to be written about. I'm glad other people are using their heart and intellect to do so. And, here we are. August 15. I've run out of time to dwell on the "now" of Summer, because I have a Fall schedule to plan and adapt around changing teacher schedules. I regularly receive requests for financial assistance for classes but our Karma Fund is in the red, so I'm planning a by-donation class for Labor Day to rebuild the Fund (see Event list at right. Please sign up and bring friends!). I feel the very real pull of September and so though I yearn to mush my toes into the warm mud of Summer and stay put there, I really can't, if I want to stay on top of things. Though it sounds like a pity party, trust me, it's not! I love everything about Fall, once I get there. I love the renewed energy at the studio, students coming back, new students coming for the first time, new, enticing classes filling out the schedule, all of it. I feel my own sails lift on the energy of Fall, I'm grateful for the students who bring that energy to the studio. But. If someone offered me a second July to do with as I wished, I wouldn't say no. In the meantime, if you come to a class in Thetford, feel free to bring a container and pick some blueberries after class. I'm happy to share my blues. There are about 16 bushes behind the barn, back by the field.


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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

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Expires after 6 months

5-Class Pass, Student or Senior* Rate, $70

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*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.

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