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Easter Sunday
29 March 2018

Easter Sunday
29 March 2018

Easter Sunday

Easter: what do we make of this holiday, if we do not practice any kind of organized religion? Our family doesn’t recognize Easter in any traditional religious sense. Certainly when our kids were kids, we participated in the more secular/commercial parts of the holiday, decorating eggs, making up baskets filled with way too much candy. Now though, I have to say I mostly forget about Easter until it is upon us. When I do contemplate its meaning and significance, I am compelled by the imagery of death/birth/renewal, and the “egg” as a potent symbol of this process. You don’t often see "Estrogen" and "Easter" in the same sentence, but just look at the two words and you can see a connection. They both come from Oestre, the ancient pagan goddess of the dawn. Estrogen being the hormone produced by ovaries, “Oestre” is apt for something so closely linked to the production of new life. Eggs have always been a secular symbol of Easter, which was originally a northern hemisphere festival for the celebration of the coming of spring, when nature bursts with new life. The Christian understanding of Easter includes the belief that tragedy and grief—symbolized by the crucifixion—can give way to new life— symbolized by the resurrection—and that pain and loss are essential steps on the journey toward enlightenment. When I think on it, I choose to see the holiday as a meditation on hope, a celebration of faith in the future, and a reminder that despite our failures, frailties and flaws, personal resurrection is always a possibility for us. This kind of reflection offers welcome consolation in the face of disappointment and fear. So: Easter as a time symbolically for hope and change and new life? There is so much turmoil and uncertainty in our world right now, but I have to say, I feel glimmers of hope (and such pride!) when I hear the Parkland students speak. When I hear their rage, their sorrow, their determination, I allow myself to feel hope. What the Parkland students have accomplished in such a short time in some ways reflects a utopian vision of revolution: bringing people together to create positive change, and coalescing groups with different voices around one movement. Their voices are going to continue, and in me that inspires a feeling of hope, even against the backdrop of despair and disgust with our current administration. We invite you to come practice with us this Easter Sunday morning (afternoon classes are cancelled). Whether and how you recognize the holiday, may the practice of yoga continue to deepen your own exploration of self, and to help reboot your sense of hope in the world around you. 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+

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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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