Designed for the absolute beginner, or anyone who could benefit from re-visiting the basics. No experience is necessary or expected. You do not need to be flexible or fit. If you have an injury or chronic illness, please talk with us first and obtain permission from your doctor before attending.
Ideal for beginners or continuing students who are looking for an accessible class with methodical instruction. We explore basic postures (asanas) with an emphasis on correct alignment supported as needed by blocks, blankets and other props. While we may introduce the fundamental tools of vinyasa yoga—or posture flow coordinated with breath—the focus of the class is on proper alignment and body awareness. Hatha classes are often themed to invite inquiry into aspects of yoga other than the physical practice.
Like hatha level 1, this class emphasizes alignment, but takes on more challenging postures, and assumes students have a basic understanding of standing and seated postures. We may introduce and explore vinyasa but that is not the core of the class. Hatha classes are often themed to invite inquiry into aspects of yoga other than the physical practice.
Vinyasa Flow (levels 1, 1-2, and 2)
Vinyasa Flow classes work well for intermediate students or athletic beginners who like to move. Building on the foundation of proper alignment, asanas (postures) are linked together with the breath to create a moderate to challenging, always creative posture flow. The flow and rhythm of a vinyasa practice creates a kind of moving meditation. Vinyasa sequences will often playfully and skillfully build toward a peak challenge pose, before winding down toward closing postures and Savasana. In the Vinyasa Flow (1) classes sun salutations are methodically taught, the pace is slow and mindful, and the focus is on accessible poses. In Vinyasa Flow (1-2), intermediate and advanced poses (like inversions and backbends) are introduced, while modifications are offered for newer students. Not suitable for beginning students or those with injuries. Vinyasa Flow (2) classes incorporate intermediate and advanced postures like arm balances and backbends into a nimble, vigorous sequence—a smooth, continuous flow that will deepen your breathing, increase your strength and endurance, and take you to the edge of your balance and flexibility. Not suitable for beginning students or those with injuries.
This energetic class combines flexibility and core strength training. The one-hour class will start out with mat-based Pilates moves and then move to the traditional Sun Salutations and some standing poses of yoga. Feel strengthened, toned, and lengthened from the inside out.
Gentle Yoga classes are a great way to restore and rejuvenate. The class is taught in a supportive atmosphere and open to all levels, for anyone looking for a quiet practice. We explore mostly seated and restorative postures, with some standing postures, and props are used liberally to support the body. Please note that this class is not designed for acute states of illness, nor is it specifically therapeutic. Pregnant women are welcome.
Restorative Yoga is exactly what it sounds like—a combination of gentle yoga and restorative poses. Restorative postures use multiple props to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer than is typical in an active practice. This nourishing support allows you to open the body through passive stretching. The postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate strain. This class is generally offered once a month.
An all-levels class that incorporates longer-held seated postures, preceded by a brief active sequence for warming up. Yin Yoga is based on the Chinese meridian system (acupuncture-like benefits, no needles!). Yin Yoga is generally offered one Friday evening per month. Please sign up from the calendar page to reserve a space.
Join us once a month for this FREE class, on Fridays, 6-7 pm. Classes are open to everyone and mixed level, teaching style determined by the instructor. See calendar for specific dates.
Forrest Yoga is a dynamic, mindful, smartly sequenced practice that brings vitality deep into the core of the body, the mind, and the spirit. Poses are held to release internal obstacles, build strength and flexibility, and create space within. Classes require focus; they are carefully designed to strip numbness from your core, help you breathe and move in ways that release emotional shielding, and prevent and heal injury. Forrest Yoga is generally offered the third Friday of each month, 5:30 pm. Check the calendar for exact dates.
This class is a strong, slow-paced Vinyasa Flow with emphasis placed on breath and alignment; there is a tendency for us to move through our day to day lives very quickly. The purpose of this class is to really challenge ourselves to slow the body and the mind and bring awareness to the here and now. We will focus on clearing the mind and synchronizing the movement of the body with the movement of the breath. We will also spend ample time transitioning between postures and making sure that we reach our deepest expression of each pose in a safe and supported way.
Wake up your mind, body, and soul with this ancient practice that builds your pranamaya kosha - energy body. Kundalini yoga practice includes asana (physical postures) as well as mantra (sound), pranayama (breathwork), and mudra (hand positions) in sequences called kriyas designed to cleanse, activate, and balance the bodily systems. All levels - even beginners - will flourish during this mystical workout, which focuses on building stamina and connecting with your spirit more than on accomplishing advanced physical postures. Warning: this energizing practice can be habit-forming and may bring beneficial change to your life rather quickly! This class will run as a series 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, Thursdays 7–8:15 am. You can drop in, use your existing pass, or purchase a pass for $50 for the 4-week session.
Sweat and Surrender
Leslie's signature class, Sweat and Surrender begins with an hour long, moderately heated flow practice. We transition with a restorative pose or two, and dive into a deep Yoga Nidra session. Yoga Nidra ("yogic sleep") is a guided meditation done lying down, and is an extraordinarily restful and peaceful practice. This combination is a recipe for sheer bliss! Typically this class is offered 4 to 6 times a year, and is by donation. Donations feed the Upper Valley Yoga Karma Fund-Our own scholarship fund-which is set up to make sure yoga classes are accessible to everyone, regardless of financial means.
Currently, we offer tailored, prenatal classes for individuals or small groups, on a contracted basis, taught by Cicely Conway. Cicely is a mother of 2 young children and loves working with women in all stages of motherhood. She has been instructing prenatal and postnatal yoga since 2006, and completed specialized prenatal/postnatal yoga training with Colette Crawford, RN (Seattle) and perinatal doula training with Penny Simkin, PT (Seattle). In addition to instructing yoga Cicely is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist. Cicely believes in making yoga accessible and useful in daily life. She will work with you to find the best time frame for all concerned, and then work with you and/or your group to meet your needs through all or part of your pregnancy. Please get in touch through the contact form, and we will put you in direct contact with Cicely to work out the details and discuss your needs.
Body, Mind and Soul: Part 1-Body, Structure and Access
This class requires payment in order to register. Early rate is available until October 20; $40 thereafter.
Pelvic Floor Series
Earlybird rate for series is available until October 20. Thereafter registration only for individual classes: $35 for early rate (up to one week prior to event) and $40 thereafter.
We invite you to join us for special events designed to strengthen your yoga practice and build community at UVY. Please register for classes here "Our breath is constantly rising and falling, ebbing and flowing, entering and leaving our bodies. Full body breathing is an extraordinary symphony of both powerful and subtle movements that massage our internal organs, oscillate our joints, and alternately tone and release all the muscles in the body. It is a full participation in life." - Donna Farhi.
Yoga and Live Music on the Winter Solstice!
Monday December 21, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Join Angie and Josh for a special edition of their 5:30 Monday night Yoga and Live Music class on December 21st. Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a vinyasa flow class honoring "Surya" the sun, and honoring the transition to growing days of light during this festive season. We will flow in a moving meditation to candlelight, Chant Mantras to the sun, indulge in a mini- yoga nidra and solstice meditation, and close to a few Kirtan chants. A special "Prasad"-offering of sweets, will be included. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up ahead. All are welcome.
Benefit Class for the Upper Valley Haven
Thursday December 24, 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Join Sharon for an all-levels class on Christmas Eve, all proceeds to benefit the Upper Valley Haven. UVY's tradition of hosting a benefit for our neighbors at Upper Valley Haven stretches back around 10 years. Come help us celebrate both the tradition and the season of giving. Your donation will be greatly appreciated! Everyone is welcome; bring your mat and your generous heart! Sign up on our website to reserve a space.
Gentle Forrest Yoga
Thursday December 31, 12:00 - 1:00 pm.Join Deb for a gentle Forrest Yoga practice on New Year's Eve, Noon to 1. Perfect time to set intentions for the coming new year, and celebrate in a way that will replenish your spirit and rejuvenate your body.
Sunday January 3, 5:00 - 6:15 pm.Gentle/restorative is exactly what it sounds like-a combination of gentle yoga (see above) and restorative poses. Restorative postures use multiple props to support the body so that you can hold poses for longer than is typical in an active practice. This nourishing support allows you to open the body through passive stretching. The postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate strain. This class is generally offered once a month on Sundays. Suitable for all levels; please sign up to reserve your space.
Friday January 8, 5:30 - 6:45 pm. An all-levels class that incorporates longer-held seated postures, preceded by a brief active sequence for warming up. Yin Yoga is based on the Chinese meridian system (acupuncture-like benefits, no needles!). Yin Yoga is generally offered one Friday evening per month. Please sign up on the calendar on the classes page to reserve your space. All levels are welcome.
Yoga Immersion (5); Subtle Anatomy
Sunday January 10, 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Join Sharon for our 5th session of Yoga Immersion to explore the world of subtle anatomy. $55 to enroll if you are not enrolled in the Yoga Immersion program; all levels are welcome.
Yoga for Tweens and Teens
Monday January 11, 3:45 - 4:45 pm. Liz Dion teaches a 6-week series for tweens and teens, January 11 through February 15. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Cost is $70 and pre-registration is required to reserve a space. Please register from either the schedule page or the purchase page.
Featured Yoga Packages
Attend any yoga class that we offer$16.00
10 Class Pass
Attend any 10 yoga classes$140.00
Unlimited monthly yoga, six month commitment
First-time guests only. Expires after 15 days
Attend three classes$30.00
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
At UVY we honor the ancient origins of the yoga practice while at the same time building a meaningful framework for doing the practice today. We work hard in the practice on the mat so we may meet the demands of the rest of life with integrity, honesty, and compassion for ourselves and others.