Misery & Ouch!: Back Pain

Published on Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Almost every American adult I know can share stories of back pain. Some of them are prolonged, some of them brief in nature. There are differing reasons why adults are prone to back pain (ever notice that kids don’t get back pain? If they do, it is a symptom of a serious problem). The one thing I can tell you is that staying active, putting your spine thru a range of movements and working with relaxation techniques can help keep your spine healthy.I’d like to tell you that back pain can be eliminated, but truth is it can be lessened with yoga.

Once each quarter, we spend a week on poses that have been found to be helpful for those with back pain. As we do these practices, you will notice that many of them are the same poses we do regularly. The key here is to tune into your spine and work the areas that been bothersome without aggravating muscles that tend to spasm. There is a school of thought that back pain can be triggered by emotions that we have stored in our muscles that lead to these spasms. As always, there are usually several factors that lead to an acute flare of pain. I find the mind/body connection an area that I want to explore more. If you are interested in this theory, look up Dr. John Sarno ( see the post from September 14,2014 on Dr. Sarno). He has books and practitioners that follow his philosophy

This week in yoga:

Monday, December 10, Hatha yoga 6:30-8pm. We will revisit the practice that has been tried in multiple medical studies on back pain.

Thursday, December 13, Chair yoga 3-4pm Jenny Gaede will lead our practice focused on balance. We’ll talk about a few specific chair poses to use when your back is aching.

Thursday, December 13, Hatha Yoga 5-6:15pm. Our back care practice will come from a series developed by Boston University in their wellness program.

Hoping to see you this week!

Mystery and Awe

Published on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

This is the season of both mystery and awe. How do you find these qualities during this dark and quiet season? Do you wonder at the changing of the seasons? The Holiday lights? The snow capped Sierras? Fo each of us, there are elements that will draw out the sacred and special feeling of this time of year. Attending to a friend or loved now who finds the holidays a difficult time can be part of the joy of the season. Being more present and available to the spirit in others is a gift. This can be a holiday gift that is immeasurable.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 12/3/18 First Monday Yin practice.

Thursday Chair Yoga,12/6/18. We continue to explore resources for Chair yoga that expand our practice.Maybe we can bring in a few Yin ideas.

Thursday Evening 12/6/18 Yin with a nice savasana.

Hope you take time for yourself this week! YinYoga is a great way to begin this Holiday season.

“It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”.Ghanaese Wisdom

Published on Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Often, we talk about being in the now. Looking to the present moment for guidance for the future. I think a balanced view of grounding ourselves in the present is the idea of evaluating our past in order to move forward. Personally, I have learned so much about myself from looking at past occurrences and making changes for the future. Past, present and future has something to offer us. Dwelling in the past or the future is where we can go off course. Our memories of the past helps us to create our now, and that is what assures us a more successful future.

We are back to our regular yoga schedule this week. It is partially the last week of the month and partially the first month of the week. That means we can look to practices that combine Hatha and Yin Yoga!

Monday November 26, 6:30-8pm Let’s mix Hatha and Yin!

Thursday November 29, Chair yoga, 3-4pm. Let’s revisit some past yoga poses and add a few new poses.

Thursday, November 29, 5-6:15pm. Let’s mix it up again for tonite’s practice.

Hope to see you this week!

Giving thanks, making memories and honoring memory

Published on Saturday, November 17th, 2018

We begin the season of togetherness, memories and gratitude. All of these things mean something different to each of us. We have our own stories of the holidays, our own memories. Perhaps we take for granted that we are making memories in the now, as we may feel wistful for past times “These are the good old days” is not just a song lyric, but a statement that rings true for me. I only have now as yesterday is a past memory and tomorrow, I can’t depend on. I hope you make fond memories and traditions this year.

We just have yoga on Monday nite this week. We meet from 6:30-8pm. I have a practice that I have used for Thanksgiving Day practices in the past. I hope it helps us all move more fully into the now of this season.

I am grateful for all of you as we spend time each week, bringing movement to our bodies and peace to our minds. Happy Thanksgiving!

Memory is a special gift

Published on Saturday, November 10th, 2018

This Claude Monet painting, triggered a memory for me. The memory is of a place in Idaho called Billingsley Creek. We spent a nite here a couple of years ago. The creek was raging, compared to our non-existent California creeks. The sounds, smells and peace of this place has stayed with me. The Monet painting brought that memory and the feelings associated, forefront. I enjoyed slipping back to that visit. Maybe you have experienced a memory triggered by one or more of your senses?

This week in yoga:

Monday nite, 11/12 from 6:30-8pm We’ll have a gentle Ananda inspired practice.

Thursday Chair Yoga, 11/15 3-4pm This week our guest teacher, Jenny Gaede will take us thru a balanced focus class.

Thursday Evening 11/15 5-6:15pm We’ll focus on using our various props to help us develop pleasant memories of the more difficult poses.

All are welcomed!

November is here!

Published on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

As we enter into November, we also move into the holiday season. It is a time for making memory and remembering memories made. It is a difficult time of the year for some of us. It is a joyful and stressful time for others. However this season comes into our living, let’s take some time to slow down, feel what becomes present for us, and make new memories.

This is the first full week of the month, it’s time for Yin. Here’s what to expect this week in yoga:

Monday, November 5 from 6:30-8pm Yin practice.

Thursday, Chair Yoga, November 8, 3-4pm We’ll continue to work on strength and flexibility.

Thursday, November 8 from 5-6:15pm Yin!

Let’s mindfully move into our November!

Halloween Practice!

Published on Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Some spirits really take their yoga practice seriously! This photo is an interesting view of what our skeletons look like doing Warrior 2! I am sure all of us look at least this solid in our pose!

We move from October to November during this week. Here is what is happening in yoga:

Monday nite yoga, 6:30-8pm We’ll move stretch and strengthen our own skeletons!

Thursday, November 1, Chair Yoga 3-4pm We continue to build on our practice with something for everyone.

Thursday, November 1, Tuesday evening yoga from 5-6:15pm Let’s do a Yin practice tonite to welcome November.

Hope to see you at practice this week!

Finding the Sacred Space in Southern Utah

Published on Sunday, October 21st, 2018

I don’t know why I was surprised. I’ve been to Southern Utah before. Perhaps, it was spending extended time camping in the red rocks. Being held by the canyon in its beauty and quiet, gave me an appreciation for the antiquity and sacredness of this place. I knew that I felt this sacred connection in the Grand Canyon, but was surprised to find it here (Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, Utah).

We are back to our regular schedule for yoga this week:

Monday October 22, Monday Nite yoga from 6:30-8pm.Hatha Yoga

Thursday October 25, Chair yoga 3-4pm

Thursday October 25, 5-6:15pm Hatha Yoga

I will often describe our Monday nite yoga and Thursday Evening yoga as Hatha yoga. I do this mainly to distinguish these classes from Chair Yoga. The definition of Hatha Yoga is:

Hatha Yoga, which literally means “union through discipline of force”, is a school of Yoga that stresses mastery of the body as a way of attaining a state of spiritual perfection in which the mind is withdrawn from external objects. (from the Ananda.org website)

This week, I haven’t posted what our classes will be this week. Don’t worry, they will be gentle!

Class update for week of Oct.15-19

Published on Friday, October 12th, 2018

This upcoming week we have some exciting things going on in yoga. On Monday Oct.15, please join yoga teacher Mary Ann Jones. She will be teaching our regular 6:30-8pm practice.

On Thursday, Oct 18 the Chair Yoga class will be treated to a balance focused class taught by Jenny Gaede. It is from 3-4pm. Jenny is a practicing yogi as well as a Physical Therapist. She has taken additional training in balance issues.

The Thursday evening class this week is cancelled. Please plan to join us the following week 10/25 when we start back to our regular schedule.

See you soon!

Connect to your sacred

Published on Sunday, October 7th, 2018

This month we are exploring our own sacred. Where do we find it? For some, the yoga mat is a sacred space. They do not like others walking on their mat as it represents a personal space that should not be violated or shared. For others, the mat is a symbol for a space that they carry inside and it’s physical presence is not as personal. We respect each attitude understanding that each of us find the sacred in our own way.

This week in yoga:

Monday 10/8 6:30-8pm We’ll explore Namaskars (salutes) in our practice.

Thursday 10/11 3-4pm Chair Yoga We’ll continue to build on our practice options.

Thursday 10/11 5-6:15pm We’ll build a practice based on each yogi’s favorite pose.

Come join us!