Good Bye March!

Published on Saturday, March 28th, 2015

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And, to do something well, requires patience and perseverance. This month, we have focused on developing patience thru our yoga practice and meditation. Certainly, five weeks of focus on patience won’t make complete smooth sailing when it comes to demonstrating this virtue day to day. It is said that it takes about 12 weeks of practice to develop a habit (good or not so good), so we will continue to return to the topic of patience in the weeks to come.
This week as we wave good bye to March, we will have a chakra focused practice. Search this blog for info on the seven chakras and how they fit into yogic philosophy. Please join us on Monday nite March 30 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. All are welcomed!


Ananda practice for developing patience

Published on Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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I wondering if realizing this truth can help us foster the patience we desire? Our practice this week will be Ananda inspired(look to the right of the screen under Navigate for more on Ananda Yoga). This means that we move slowly in and out of poses, hold the pose for awhile and rest between each pose. In Ananda yoga, each pose has its own mantra which presents us with an opportunity to focus inward while holding the pose. While not a physically challenging style of yoga, it is a style that challenges us to become still, quite and inward focused.

Join us Monday nite March 23 at 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial Ave in Fresno for our weekly practice together. All are invited!


How can reducing stress increase patience?

Published on Sunday, March 15th, 2015

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Human life has always been full of stress. As the centuries have passed, the type of stressors we experienced have change, but the detrimental effects on our systems have increased. In days past, the stress of physical harm from something in the environment was followed by periods of calm. Now, the stressors we experience aren’t the jaws of a tiger, but the constant insidious push to get more done, have more, accelerate our lives. We want to have what we are being told we need or will make us happy and when we fall short of these goals, stress is the result. Working with our stress level can help us see what we truly need to be happy (as opposed to what we are being told we need) promoting within us calm, and then, patience. When you are changing your way of handling stress in a world that thrives on stress, it takes intention and daily effort.

Our weekly yoga practice provides us with a respite in a world full of stress. Carrying our practice forward into a more regular home practice, will only increase the benefits. But developing this new habit, new focus, takes patience. Join us as, together, we encourage, envision and practice a new way of handling stress. We meet on Monday March, 16th, from 6:30-8PM at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. We will use the techniques that yoga provides us to help manage our stress and move ever closer to practicing patience in our lives.


Finding patience to deal with our physical problems……

Published on Sunday, March 8th, 2015

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Many people, myself included, came to doing yoga for its physical benefits. Yoga does work to strengthen, stretch and promote balance, but it doesn’t do so quickly. This can cause disappointment for those who want rapid results. Yoga fits in as a consistent part of a lifestyle plan focusing on overall health. In our Western adult world, back pain seems to be ubiquitous! Some of us have back pain daily, others intermittently. Keeping our spines healthy in an age of sitting,is one of the physical benefits of yoga.

Please join us on Monday March 9 from 6:30-8pm for a yoga class designed for back pain. We do this series quarterly with handouts and discussion. Hope to see you there!


Welcome to March!

Published on Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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March brings the theme of patience. Patience can be a good match with the practice of Yin Yoga. Our first Monday of the month practice on March 2, will be a Yin practice. If you are unfamiliar with Yin, you can find links on the right hand side of this blog for information.
Yoga provides us with the opportunity to explore the capacity of both our bodies and minds. Yin yoga in particular, provides us with quiet time to explore changes we have made or want to make in our bodies and minds.

I see a connection between Yin yoga practice and the development personal development of patience. First, opening to patience with our body’s ability to get into and maintain long held postures. Then having the patience with our ever wandering mind to return to introspection as we hold the pose.

Please join us on March 2, 2015 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Let’s have the patience to explore our inner and outer worlds together!


Awakening to a new attitude for Lent

Published on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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In the Catholic tradition, Lent is a time of sacrifice in preparation for the glory of Easter. Many folks talk about what they will “give up” for Lent. As we continue on our path toward awakening, perhaps the giving up can be done by a replacement. Reflect on the attitudes above that can be given up and replaced by a more positive, self enhancing attitude. This maybe a new spin on Lent for you. Maybe focusing on just one attitude change can start you on your road to awakening.

For this week’s yoga practice, 2/23/15, we will go back to basics with focus on the foundational poses of Hatha yoga. Please join us from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Let’s start this season of Lent focusing on how we can bring a positive permanent change to our attitudes.


No Class February 16!

Published on Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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Remember yogis, no class this Monday nite 2/16/15. We will be back together 2/23/15! See you then!!


On the path to awakening!

Published on Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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This little person looks to know that relaxation and meditation are on the path to awakening! Often, adults can find examples of the simplicity in life by turning our attention to those who are closest to the Source: children and babies. They come to life experiences with an innocence and open heart, untainted by our adult views. They are the best example of “beginner’s mind”, which is seeing all with open, wide eyed acceptance. If we can model ourselves after this wonderful trait, our journey of awakening will be filled with wonder.

This week our yoga practice will continue with our monthly theme of awakening, with an eye to the celebration of Valentine’s Day on Friday. Part of awakening is an open heart, presented to all we meet. Not an easy attitude, but definitely worth cultivating. Join us on Monday, February 9, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the UU Church of Fresno.

I want to direct you to a class called “Yoga Under the Oaks”, which is presented by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy.It will be held February 28th. For more information on the class and to sign up, visit www.sierrafoothill.org and click on Events. Then go to the monthly calendar, click on Yoga Under the Oaks on Feb.28. Hope to see yo there!

Next Monday, February 16th,is President’s Day. No yoga class that Monday!!


Happy 5th year!

Published on Saturday, January 31st, 2015

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There is so much going on this week for our yoga class! First, it is the 5th anniversary of our class! Come join us for treats after our practice! Second, it is the first Monday Yin class, where we will focus on the Liver/Gallbladder meridians ( a requested practice). And lastly, the theme for February is awakening. So much going on!

If you have been considering trying yoga, come along this week. Yin yoga is a slow, mostly floor based, practice, which will give you a chance to focus inward. The poses are held longer, giving each of us time to get in touch with ourselves, physically and emotionally.

We meet at the UU Church of Fresno (on Alluvial) from 6:30-8 pm on Monday 2/2. Hope you can make it!


Inward Light of Abundance

Published on Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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As our last week of exploring the theme of abundance is upon us, I thought it might help us with this idea to focus our attention inward. Even within the trials and tribulations, pain, and difficulties of our day to day lives, within each of us is abundance of own light. This light helps us through the times of difficulty, allowing us to see the way forward. Taking the time to honor the light within really does help us get in touch with the abundance that is already present.

Our yoga practice is open to all who wish to continue with like minded souls as we explore all the issues of being human: changes in our lives, bodies and the world around us. We will meet Monday nite January 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. All are welcome!