Be Kind, to Yourself

Published on Saturday, April 19th, 2014


The lotus flower is used frequently as a symbol in yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism. It is an apt symbol, given its culture and beauty. The lotus grows in muddy water. As it matures, it rises out of the mud, but always in it. The flower gradually unfolds, displaying its many petals and beautiful shades of color. We are like the lotus. Always in the mud of daily life, we take the “stuff” of our lives, work with it, accept it and final rise to the sky despite it. In our beauty of unfolding, we are mature, colorful, but still rooted in the “mud” of our existence.

Yoga helps us live in the mud yet rise above it with grace and beauty. It is a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual practice. You can chose what parts of the practice speaks to you at this time of your life. You are welcome to join a group of yogi’s who are also on this journey to the self. We meet at the UU Church of Fresno on Monday April 21 from 6:30-8:00 pm . Our practice provides the various aspects of yoga, so you can explore the path(s) that are right for you. Join us!

Creating our own happiness

Published on Sunday, April 13th, 2014


Are you happy? I don’t mean just in this moment, but in all moments. Day to day, we all have situations that cause us irritation, anger or annoyance. But underlying that, are we happy? That really depends on us and not on our circumstances. Circumstances come and go. Sometimes when we reflect back on a time when things in our life didn’t seem so good, we can’t remember the specifics of how we got to that negative emotional place. If we can acknowledge that life circumstances don’t create our internal happiness, we can begin to work on our “inside” happiness. That happiness can see us thru these incidental times of turmoil that we all have.

I find that lot of us are looking for a path that we can follow that will lead us to internal happiness while also helping us deal with the day to day realities of living. For some, a yoga practice can be part of that path. Remember, yoga isn’t just stretches, it is multiple techniques that we can use to bring calm, joy and happiness into our life.

Consider joining us on Monday 4/14 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the UU Church of Fresno for a yoga practice that will include stretches, meditation, and breathing that will offer guidance to you on your path. All are welcome!

Yin for You!

Published on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


With our last two practices focusing on insomnia/restful sleep, I am hoping that all of us are relating with the picture this week! And to take this one step further, our Yin practice (a notorious sleep inducing practice) this coming week will take us thru “the infant series”. This group of poses roughly traces the process of movements that an infant goes thru as it gains strength to rollover, crawl, stand and eventually walk. This process is truly a monumental feat for each human.
Please consider joining us on Monday April 7 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial in Clovis. Hope you can find time to discover what yoga, particularly Yin yoga, is all about!

Continuing on with sleep issues: Promoting a restful sleep

Published on Friday, March 28th, 2014

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We talked last week about poses and behaviors that can assist with insomnia. Whether we struggle with insomnia or not, we can all benefit from a restful sleep. If you are someone who has a more sedate type of work (i.e. sitting at a desk, driving in a car), you might benefit from a yoga practice that combines both muscular activity (yang) and muscle rest (yin). This type of practice helps release the tension/stress in the muscles, promote some cardio, and then settles the body down with a restful finish to the practice. This is the type of practice we will have this week.
Come join us this week as we explore this “balanced” practice. As always, we will focus on our breath! We meet at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial in Clovis from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm. A reminder that Sierra Foothill Conservancy( is sponsoring “Yoga Under the Oaks” with Linda Marie Hurst, Sunday, 3/30/14 from 10 am to 12 pm on the Mackenzie Preserve (just below Prather on Auberry Rd). See their website (go to Explore, then Event Calendar, then click on Yoga under the Oaks on 3/30, to sign up). It may rain that day, so stay tuned for cancellation! Hope to see you there!

Focus on health issue: Insomnia

Published on Friday, March 21st, 2014


I’ll bet that this sweet little person doesn’t struggle with insomnia! But many of us do. The group consensus last week is that they would like to have a practice focused on insomnia (with a little core work out for good measure!). I began thinking that it might be fun to focus on yoga for a different health concern on a Monday of the month, when the month contains 5 Mondays. For this year, that would be March,June,September and December. Start thinking about what the focus for June might be!
This week, we will spend sometime discussing insomnia and how we may be able to treat it without the use of medications. We’ll learn asanas that help calm body and mind, encouraging sleep. Yoga has much to offer us in settling down our hyper-responses which are contributing to the problem. Even if insomnia isn’t a constant problem for you, all of us have”those nites” once in awhile. Join us Monday March 24 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Maybe we’ll come up with another health concern for next week as well!

Back care class !

Published on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014


And that includes to yourself! On Monday March 17, we will do our back care class. It is a series we do about once a quarter to focus on yoga postures for back pain. Please join us March 17 from 6:30-8:00 pm.There will be handouts for those who wish to incorporate these asanas into a home routine!

Waking up our feet: Toe-ga!

Published on Saturday, March 8th, 2014


Don’t we all wish that we had this flexibility? More that yoga can do for you! As we approach Spring, many of us get more serious about our walking or running routines. Health of our feet , particularly our foot joints, can improve the comfort of our cardio activity. Many complimentary/alternative therapies work with the connections of the feet with the nervous system and the internal organs. Our practice this week will begin with a feet/toe focus that can easily be included in our home practice.

Come join us on Monday March 10 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Equipment is provided. All levels welcomed!

It’s already the first Monday of the month!

Published on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Wow! I feel like this statement is so true!

Maybe you do as well?! Our first Monday of the month focuses on Yin yoga. This month, we will celebrate the new moon with a flow(vinyasa) before our yin practice. The new moon is a time of renewal and connection with the natural world. Come join us for a practice focused on our hips as we begin this first month of March. We will meet at the UU Church of Fresno from 6:30-8 pm.

If you are interested in private yoga lessons, see the UU auction link on their web page. I will be offering a series of six classes for this auction. It will be designed to present the content that you need.In other words, this series will be individulaized under your direction. Attendance of these classes (offered in your home) is only limited by the number of students that your home can accomodate. This might be the type of instruction you have been desiring!
We will see you on Monday 3/3/14 at the UU Church of Fresno!

Breath and energy

Published on Thursday, February 20th, 2014


As we continue to work with our breath and energy, I want to remind you of a class that may help you tap into your breath and energy in a significant way. This Sunday, 2/24/14, Sierra Foothill Conservancy
is offering a yoga class. You can link to their website, go to events calendar, open Yoga under the Oaks and register. This class is lead by Linda Marie Hurst. Linda Marie also has a Face Book page. You can find that link on the right side of the screen.The pace and style of her class is much like our Monday nite class, so I think you will enjoy it. Experiencing yoga outdoors is an experience not to be missed!
On 2/24/14 from 6:30-8pm,our regular Monday nite class will be held at the UU Church of Fresno. We will continue of focus on breath and energy in the Ananda yoga style. All are welcomed!

Intention: more than just a thought.

Published on Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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I have been giving the idea of intention and magnetism a lot of thought lately. I was fortunate to be able to go on retreat this week where both these concepts came into play for me. My last retreat was in August, which seems like light years ago. At that time, I made the intention to take a retreat again in six months. Having no idea how this would happen, I proceeded living life as usual with no particular plan in mind of how I would make the next 6 month retreat happen. I am a very “plan-ful” person, so my normal style would be to make reservations, plan for taking time off from work, pre-paying, etc. But this time, a job change came at exactly the time to make my retreats(almost to the day) six months apart. I believe that I set the intention that these planned breaks were important for me and the magnetism of this intention set circumstances into action. This magnetism is enhanced by directing our energy in the direction we wish to go. This is really the essence of Ananda yoga.

Come practice an Ananda Yoga class with us on Monday February 17, from 6:30-8pm. Find out how the practice of yoga can direct the intentions you have for your life.