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!


September Back Care

Published on Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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Back pain, chronic or acute, seems to be ubiquitous in 21st century adults. Dr. John Sarno presents and interesting perspective on dealing with back pain. He proposes that we all carry with us negative energy from past emotional experiences that manifest in some of us as back pain(hence the anxiety girl in the picture!). If you think about this, what he is proposing relates directly with the chakra philosophy of energy (blocked first and second chakra energy). If you are someone who has back pain, you might want to explore this idea, especially if you have tried all other avenues of treatment.

Once a quarter we spend an practice specifically devoted to the back. Monday September 15,from 6:30-8 pm our practice will focus on a series of 17 poses designed to keep our backs supple and strong. Please join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial.


September Renewal

Published on Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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As we begin September, let’s think about yoga and how it is a part of our personal renewal each week. This week will be a yin practice. Yin provides us with the opportunity to focus within and find a personal place of relaxation. Is it the long holds or the connective tissue stretch that gives us this possibility?

I have been talking alot about setting our intention and focusing our attention during each practice. Taking the idea of renewal into your consciousness can start this month with a solid intention.

Join us Monday nite September 8th from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. We will continue our practice beginning at 6:30 pm as it remains the most inclusive time for our community. Please note a new posting to be found on the right hand side of the page that lists the 75 medical conditions improved thru yoga! See you then!


No Class on Labor day!

Published on Monday, September 1st, 2014

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No class this Monday September 1, Labor Day! See you next week Sept.8 for a Yin Practice!!!


The waning days Summer

Published on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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What we would give for a nice August shower! We can only hope! What we can do, is move mindfully thru our yoga practice and thru our lives. Each week, together, we have the opportunity to practice our attention and our intention thru yoga. Our physical practice this week will have something for everyone: slow stretches and vigorous muscle work.

Please join us on Monday nite August 25 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Who knows, perhaps will do a rain dance as well! Join us!