Opening to gratitude

Published on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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Thursday is Thanksgiving. The one day of the year that our culture puts the idea of gratitude at the forefront of our minds. Our yoga practice on Monday nite (November 24), will give us some time to ignite our gratitude. In our meditation practice, focusing on gratitude can help us keep Thanksgiving in our hearts each day. You know, we really do have alot to be grateful for!!

You are welcome to join us for our practice of gratitude. We meet Monday evening 11/24 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno.

The first two Mondays in December, there will not be yoga class. This is December 1 and 8. We will resume our regular class on Monday December 15 with a winter solstice practice!


Openness: Letting go of Judgement

Published on Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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Letting go of our judgements seems like it shouldn’t be so hard to do, right? Even with good intentions, this is not so easy to do. Letting go of judgement doesn’t mean being disconnected from our environment, possibly leaving ourself in a dangerous position. It means using your senses to evaluate the situation, but not immediately translating that evaluation into a judgement of the person or situation. Each day in my work, I find that remaining open to the person in front of me, holding on to as little judgement as I can, results in a connection that nurtures both of us.

Yoga offers us an opportunity to open our physical, emotional and spiritual body. These practices can require intentional cultivation on our part. Our weekly practice provides this opportunity. Join us Monday November 17 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Come rest your mind and stretch your body!


A change begins with opening to the possibilitity

Published on Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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It takes an open mind to meditate and to see how meditation can effect us in a positive way. When we open ourselves to this part of the yogic path, it becomes more difficult to see another person as anything other than us. As we explore openness this month, we will explore a meditation practices that can develop open. Our asana will also focus on opening poses.

Join us on Monday November 10 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. All are welcome!


A month of openness: Let’s start with Yin!

Published on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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Our theme this month is openness. It is so appropriate to begin the month with a Yin practice as it is designed to open areas of our physical body that may be tight. As with transformation, openness is about attitude. Emotionally creating a space where we are receptive and soft to what is around us. This can be a difficult attitude, given what is swirling in the world around us. As with all change, determination and persistence will reward us with what we are seeking.

On Monday November 3, please join our group for a Yin practice that will initiate the openness in our bodies that we can follow with a chosen openness of our hearts. We practice in the sanctuary at the UU Church of Fresno, on Alluvial. We start at 6:30 and end at 8 pm. Please come and experience the wonder of a Yin practice!


The Physical Transformation of a Yoga Practice

Published on Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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This month we have explored aspects of a yoga practice that the yogi can find transformative. Patanjali describes the 8 limbs (parts) of yoga as a unified practice. Even so, many people choose one or two limbs as their personal yoga practice. The most common limbs people focus on are asana and pranayama (breathing) being the asana (poses). As you can see from the graphic this week, many of our physical ailments or dis-ease can be modified by an asana practice. And, it is difficult to separate breathing with asana. The combination of these two limbs is what makes yoga unique. Yoga truly has something for “everybody”.

Our last Monday in October, the 27th, we will focus on our asana practice on a Ananda inspired practice. If you are not sure what that means, this website contains information on this style of yoga. We hope you will join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial from 6:30-8pm. All levels and abilities are welcomed!


“Everyone wants to transform, but nobody wants to change.” Frederica Matthews-Green

Published on Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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So, transformation is about change. Change that we choose, or, in some cases, change that happens to us. When the change happens to us outside of our “choosing”, then it is our attitude about the change that can be transformative. But I think most transformations, require active participation on our part. Transformation requires a change, if you will. And we all know change requires intention and effort. A change that can be transformative, is the development of a meditation practice. This will be our primary topic for this week’s class.

I personally can’t think of a change in behavior that has been more daunting to me than the development of a personal meditation practice. My practice began 8 years ago and has been marked with “fits and starts”, experiments and issues. When we are developing an exercise program, the benefits of that program can readily be appreciated in our body. Our mind and it’s developing health from a meditation practice, can take longer to show the benefits. That makes it relatively easy to “fall off the wagon”. As we all know, that achieve a lasting benefit, we have to continue the change.

Have no fear! You are surrounded by fellow humans who share the same challenges you do! Join us on Monday nite October 20 from 6:30-8pm for a yoga practice that will include some tips on why developing a meditation practice can be part of your transformation process. We meet at The UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial!


“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Published on Saturday, October 11th, 2014

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Our focus this month is exploring transformation. Yoga is a path for living that can be transformative. Each yogi has the opportunity to determine where on this path they find the transformative power that they are seeking. If you search this site, you will find a posts on the Eight-Fold path of yoga. For me, I have found personal transformation thru pranayama, asana and meditation. What are you looking for in your life? What are you willing to include in your life to meet your goal?
On Monday October 13 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno we will have our weekly yoga practice. Come join us! All are welcome!


October 2014: A month to begin transformation

Published on Saturday, October 4th, 2014

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Welcome to October! Weather-wise, October is a month of change. Anytime is a great time to begin a personal transformation, whatever that may mean for you! We will begin October with a Yin practice on Monday nite October 6. Yin yoga can help you begin to learn how to begin an internal focus during your practice. Yoga is a journey that takes time, self-study and desire. Yin yoga is a great touch stone on this journey.

Please join us for this contemplative practice on October 6 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Our group is welcoming, our practice renewing!


Yogic Health Focus: Ayurveda

Published on Saturday, September 27th, 2014

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Our last class in September will have specific health focus. We will discuss Ayurvedic Medicine as a model for preventative health. Our asana practice will focus on poses for restful sleep. Since our focus for the month has been renewal, I can’t think of anything better than a good nite’s sleep for mind and body renewal! If you would like to get a jump start on understanding Ayurveda, discover your dosha! This can be done (very reliably) by taking the test at https://yogainternational.com/article/view/vikriti-test .

Come and share this time of learning and practice with us on Monday, September 29 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial.


Balancing Yin and Yang for Renewal

Published on Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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Balance can be illusive to us: balance in our work, our body, our work and personal life. It seems that balance a goal most of search, find for brief minute, then loose. Balance in any form, requires us to focus on it, practice it, “fall over” and start again. Being willing to get up and start again is where we find our balance. Each moment, each day presents us with unique challenges for staying in balance, staying in the moment.

This week’s practice will combine a Yin and Yang practice. As we celebrate the Fall Equinox, let’s set our intention on moving with balance and grace. Please join us September 22 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial!