No class February 8 and 15!

Published on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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I hope you have some time over the next couple of weeks to have a little adventure of your own! Since “Passion: The practice of our purpose” is our February theme, you have some time to ponder this over the next weeks.
As our winter draws to its end, take some time to enjoy its unique gifts. See you back on the 22nd!


Here’s to Us!

Published on Friday, January 29th, 2016

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I couldn’t have imagined that first Monday nite February 2010 that our yoga community would still be going strong 6 years later! We have been on our own journeys and our journey as a group throughout it all! Monday 2/1/16 we will celebrate during our practice and look forward to more years together!

February’s theme is Passion: the practice of our purpose. As we settle in to our first Monday Yin practice, we will have time to independently explore what our passion(s) may be. Yin yoga is a practice that provides us with that “me” time that many of our lives lack. It is physically challenging, but in a different way from the heart pumping, muscle strengthening hatha (Yang) practice. Come see this wonderful form of yoga and give it chance to open your body and soothe your spirit.

We meet Monday 2/1/16 at 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno.We love welcoming new students!

There will be no practice 2/8 and 2/15. Check back for info on our 2/22 practice!


Imagining our path

Published on Sunday, January 24th, 2016

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We’ve come to our last practice of January.By now, those who have made “resolutions” for the New Year have had time to evaluate how they are proceeding….or are open to modifying their goals.The end of January heralds the inkling that Spring is on her way and that we, like the seasons, are slowly changing. Yoga provides us with time and tools to observe the directions we are headed and the acceptance to alter the course if needed. If our yoga practice can grow,in balance, strength, and focus, so can our internal resolve to direct our lives.

This week, we will have an Ananda inspired practice, including the Ananda focus on directing our energy. Just like the Energization exercises of last week, feeling the energy in our body from a yoga practice can (at first) require imagination. Keeping ourselves open to possibilities is how I hope we come to our time together!

Please join us on Monday 1/25 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno for our weekly practice. You will find supportive and welcoming yoga students who laugh, breath and find the joy of community!


Where does your imagination take you?

Published on Saturday, January 16th, 2016

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Our dreams and our imaginations are a powerful force in our lives. They are like our mantras, guiding our consciousness toward the situations we want for ourselves, the positivity that can guide us. I remember when I was planning on going to nursing school years ago, I was told to imagine myself a nurse. To get nursing magazines, hang out with nurses, learn the lingo, etc. So I did. I learned a lot before I accomplished my goal and I felt more comfortable in my nursing life when my dream became a reality. I did the same when I dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher years later. I sent my energy in the direction of my desires.
No matter our age, we dream, we imagine and we become. This is part of what keeps our spirits young. Never stop dreaming,imagining, working toward what you wish to see in your life. In our yoga practice, we can see this in the new yogi who feels he/she isn’t flexible enough, strong enough. Six months later, the same yogi has accomplished increased flexibility and is now working on their balance. And so it goes. Each new focus in their practice brings improved mental and physical health.
Join us this Monday nite, 1/18 from 6:30-8pm as we come together to exercise our bodies and our imaginations. We will spend some time with the Energization Exercises of Parmahansa Yogananda. Learning this set of movements can challenge your imagination! We meet at the UU Church of Fresno!


Yoga of imagination

Published on Saturday, January 9th, 2016

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When I think of the word imagination, I think of children who often live with their imagination front and center. When we become adults, imagination is no longer at the forefront of our lives. Be practical. Be reasonable. This month, let’s tap into our imaginations and re-ignite their power! What is it or how is it that you imagine your life?

This week, our physical practice will weave yin and yang asanas together(making up a little for missing our first Monday practice!) and stretching our imaginations back into action. We meet at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial in Fresno on Monday nite 1/11 from 6:30-8 pm. We save a spot just for you!


Welcome 2016!

Published on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

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Happy 2016 Yogis!
Let’s move into our New Year with hopes and expectations for a peaceful world and continued focus on your inward journeys!
I have given you a link (see bottom of page) to a four week program that you might wish to consider for this month. I will be starting this January 1 as a means of collecting my energy and moving it toward a happy, healthy 2016. Yoga International website is a wonderful tool for your physical, emotional and spiritual practice.
There will be no class 1/4/16. We will return to practice on 1/11/16 at the UU Church of Fresno from 6:30-8pm. Enjoy your holiday and let’s compare notes on a January, 2016 of imagining the change we wish to foster all year!

https://yogainternational.com/article/view/on-the-road-to-self-transformation


“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.” ~ Rumi

Published on Saturday, December 26th, 2015

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Christmas morning, 2015. As close as we got to a White Christmas at our house! What joy and stillness to behold this year!

As we move into our last class together for the year, just like the year ahead, there are unknowns afoot for our group! I encourage you to look toward 2016 as the year you start your own home yoga practice. Doing that, believe it or not, will only make our time together more precious! There are so many resources on line: Yoga Journal, Yoga International, to name a few. Find a couple of asanas that speak to you, and do them at home. Even just 5 minutes will bring you benefits!

Our last practice of 2015 will include learning more about one of the four truly accient poses, simhasana (the lion pose). It is a fun pose, but its strength comes in allowing us to access our energy thru the use of bandhas.

Please join on Monday December 28 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. There are changes going on for our class for 2016! Come and find out what is happening!


Winter Solstice: A time for change

Published on Saturday, December 19th, 2015

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Our month of stillness leads us to the winter solstice. The focus we have this month on cultivating stillness, will help us work together for up coming change. Although we don’t directly focus our attention on the fact that change is happening in each moment, it is. No two moments are the same. It is inevitable that our lives, our world and we, will change. Being able to return to our internal stillness, can help us deal with the changes that aren’t always the change that we want.

This Monday, December 21, our practice will focus on the gifts of the winter solstice. In addition, I will be sharing some news that will be important to all. Please plan to be with us. If you are unable to join us, contact me via phone so I can discuss with you the changes in store for our community.
Hope to see you Monday and celebrate this special time of the year!


Coming into stillness: inhabiting our bodies

Published on Saturday, December 12th, 2015

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Inhabit our bodies?! Well, of course we do….or do we? How often do we take time to really feel what it is like to be in our body? When we practice the back care class, do we focus our attention on our back as we proceed thru each asana? Do we feel the flexibility in each part, or the tension and strain? To understand how to care for this body gift, we need to spend some quality time in it. This is the gift yoga can give us, if we choose to place our intention on finding it.

Every twelve weeks, we cycle back around to our back care class. Since it seems that most adults have some on-going issue with their back, this gives us time to focus specifically on this area with intention. The poses have been used in several Western Medical science studies and shown that with weekly use, can impact the spine’s health. A regular yoga practice will improve spinal health, but this series gives us the opportunity to inhabit our spines!

Try to find the time during this busy season to join us on Monday nites, from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno for a group yoga practice. Its a gift you can give yourself to slow down, focus, relax and be with others who share your intention.

Below is the sequence for this class. The numbers after each pose refer to the picture hand out you will be given.

Back care

Legs with a strap #6
Supine butterfly#5
Wind relieving #2
Side lying hip#15
Lying twist#11
Wheel#3
Kneeling forward bend#9
Gate to standing#16
Mountain
Standing Lateral,#17 head to knee,#13 Lunge, Warrior I,#7 standing forward bend#8 (do both sides)
Chair#10
Down dog
Swimmer’s#12
Cobra#1
Bridge#4
Lying Twist#11
Savasana


“In stillness, I touch my inner strength”

Published on Sunday, December 6th, 2015

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In Ananda yoga, we have mantra’s for each asana. The stillness mantra, is one of my favorites. It is used for Vajrasana (Hero’s, Firm pose or thunderbolt pose). I find this asana the perfect pose to refocus myself during a active practice. December feels to me like a time to follow the lead of nature and bring ourselves into the stillness. Of course, stillness goes against the dominant attitude of the holidays. Finding that balance between stillness and busyness can be challenge. Yoga can offer you this time to come into the stillness and reset our lives.

The first Monday of the month is our Yin practice, which couldn’t be a more perfect practice to encourage stillness. This week, instead of working with energy meridians in our yin practice, we will work with stillness. Please join us on December 7 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Please join us!