Gratitude is everyday

Published on Saturday, November 21st, 2015


Here comes Thanksgiving! A day when we gather, we nourish our bodies feasting and we nourish our souls with the love of others. What are we thankful for? What will nourish us this season? Everyday? Our practice this week will give us space to uncover the answers. Each of us need this time and space to connect with the answers inside of us.
Please find time to join us as we have our Thanksgiving practice. We meet on Monday nite, November 23, at the UU Church of Fresno from 6:30-8 pm. Bring your grateful heart!

A Nourishing pose: Eka pada raja kapotasana

Published on Saturday, November 14th, 2015


I am so torn this week between talking about our practice for Monday nite and acknowledging the massacre in Paris. Je Suis Paris
We will begin our practice with a Metta meditation for all those who are suffering from this tragedy including ourselves. Then our physical practice will revolve around preparing for and moving into one-leg king pigeon pose. It is a beautiful pose that helps us tightness of hip flexors, our deep gluten and our piriformis. Many of us have suffered from sciatic nerve pain, which is another condition this pose helps relieve. It is a wonderful pose to help us stay mobile as we age.

Please join us at the UU Church of Fresno for our Monday nite practice November 16 from 6:30-8pm. We look forward to meeting you!

The Yoga of Nourishment

Published on Saturday, November 7th, 2015


Human nourishment, beyond food which is a universal needed, is a issue of personal identification. For some of us, it is found in music, for some, in the visual arts, others in literature. Remaining open and curious is how we each uncover that which provides us the inner guidance which comes from finding that which brings “aliveness”. You may already know what feeds you. You know what for you, mirrors the Divine in yourself. Others of us are on the path of discovery.
How can a yoga practice help us on this interior journey of self-discovery? Yoga provides us with techniques that foster developing and listening to our internal life in a unique way. A yoga practice can attune you (your body, mind and spirit) to the wisdom that you already have inside. Yoga refines our whole nervous system to become sensitive to our internal and external world.

Come join a group of yogis who have committed themselves to a practice that promotes listening to our own internal wisdom. We meet on Monday nite 11/9 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Our monthly yoga focus coincides with the monthly congregational theme. All are welcome!


Published on Sunday, November 1st, 2015


Our theme for November is nourishment. Human nourishment happens thru more than just the intake of food. This month as we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s dig a little deeper into what nourishes us beyond the table. Part of developing a “nourishing” life style is learning how to care for ourself. Yoga is helping us accomplish this. In addition, the kindness we show to ourself through self care can be extended to those around us. In reality, the “other” is really ourself.
As we begin this new month, our first practice for the month will be a Yin Practice. It will be part two of the practice we did the first Monday of October. We will work with the meridians governing the lungs and the large intestines in this practice which are very similar to the heart and small intestines we worked with in October. And at the end of it all, we will have time for a nourishing Savasana.
We meet on Monday nite November 2, from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Come join us!

Honoring your journey

Published on Friday, October 23rd, 2015


Let’s move slowly thru our last practice of the month of October. Let’s relish the change in the weather. The subtle changes in our lives.

In November, the Church is presenting a one day retreat. Below is the description of the event and how to navigate the web site to sign up.

F. A Spiritual Retreat: Nature and the Language of the Soul-Saturday

November 21, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Have you wanted to learn to meditate, but aren’t sure how? Do you wish you felt more connected to your spirituality, but aren’t exactly sure what that means. Would you like to have a slow, gentle day to think about your life, but your schedule is just too full to do that on your own? Do you wish you had a chance to spend time with other people looking for the same things? Then join Tim for this nurturing day of renewal. Please wear loose and comfortable clothing, bring TWO cozy blankets for relaxation periods, and bring pillows or a mat to sit on. If getting down on the floor feels too hard physically, never fear—we’ll have a comfy chair for you to sit in. Please bring a bag lunch. Registration is required. 

How to access registration

1. Go to
2. Click on Learn
3. Click on Life Span Religious Education
4. Scroll down to Adult religious Education
5. Page should say Adult Religious Education, Fall Class Offerings
6. The above class description is there
7. To register for this, go back up to top of page and click on blue” click here”
8. Next page will open for you to enter info to include name of class which is “A Spiritual retreat”

Our practice this week will include a walking meditation followed by a Ananda Inspired Asana practice. We meet on Monday nite October 26 from 6:30-8pm. All are welcomed!

Rain is beautiful!

Published on Sunday, October 18th, 2015


October is beautiful! Let’s appreciate what we have been given, starting with ourselves! This week we will have a special meditation to guide us in bringing the compassion we have for others, to ourselves. Our practice focus will be asanas to bring our breath into our body with more ease!

We meet at the UU Church of Fresno on Monday nite October 19 from 6:30-8 pm. Bring a willingness to be with yourself as we explore internal self-compassion and opening our upper body to deeper connection with our breath. See you then!

The Blessing that is October

Published on Friday, October 9th, 2015


I used to think that September was my favorite month of the year, but now I would have to say it is October. October sparks the desire to be outside and enjoy the remnants of the summer, to travel and feel the grace of Fall.The days of heat in October are much more tolerable than the days of August. The cooling temperatures in the evenings lets us know that the heat is just a momentary thing. Soon, it will be sweater weather again!

Please take some time to join our group of yogi’s on Monday nite October 12 for an Ananda inspired practice. We will also take some time to explore the maze of yoga styles available today. We meet from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Enjoy this October weekend!

October: A Month of Blessing

Published on Friday, October 2nd, 2015


Ah, October! Harvest, cooler weather, maybe even rain?! As we move slowly into the time of gratitude, let’s focus our attention on the blessing which is our life. Each week, we set aside some time to come together and focus our own attention inward, surrounded by others who are doing the same. The collective energy of our group helps each of us become comfortable in our individual pursuit. As we move quietly thru our Yin practice this week, let’s try to feel the blessing we create for ourselves thru this yoga practice.

Our yin practice this week will be from the Insight Yoga tradition developed by Sarah Powers. Her style takes Yin asanas and relates them more closely to the Chinese medicine meridian theory. This focus helps our chi to nourish our mind-body. Our practice will focus on the heart and small intestine meridian. Come and join us as we welcome this season of Fall to our Central Valley. Our practice is Monday , October 5 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. This is a donation only class and the donations are given to the Church for the use of the lovely space.

Back Practice, Part 2

Published on Saturday, September 26th, 2015


Last practice, we focused on our psoas muscle, tuning into how it’s strength and relaxation can impact back pain. This week, we’ll return to our quarterly back practice to complete our focus. We’ll briefly explore the theory on back pain put forward by John E. Sarno, MD (now retired) a physical medicine MD who’s ideas about the nature of back pain may be something you might explore on your own.

This week, one our local yoga studio’s is moving to a new location. If you are interested in knowing more, link to to learn about the celebration, classes and more.

We will have our weekly Monday nite practice on 9/28 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Come join a group of yogi’s who will welcome you!

Re-creating our own space for health

Published on Saturday, September 19th, 2015


Is it possible that we have a great influence over the kind of life we live? Our physical, emotional and spiritual health is in our hands? Or, are we buffeted about my the fates, beholding to destiny? What do you believe? When something or someone is important to us, do we take time to focus on it/them? How important are we and our life/health to ourselves?

We all know people who “take great care of themselves”, however you may measure this “great care”. And we all know that even these folks end up with physical, emotional, financial and spiritual problems in their lives. There is no escaping that life can be difficult and that we all have suffering. While we can’t completely be free of suffering, we can create an attitude in our being that enables us to skillfully cope with our own personal challenges. This month, within our practices, we can take the time to look at our own reactions to difficulty (a hard pose?) and change create a reaction that enhances our abilities to make the difficult a positive in our life.

Please join us for a practice this week and next week focusing on a physical problem many of us deal with, and that is back pain. Back Pain is so common in American adults, that it seems like an inevitable part of adulthood. Is it? Can we create movement and attitudes that don’t foster back pain? We will work with two
practices for back pain to round off our September. We meet Monday evenings (21 and 28), 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno.Hope to see you there!