December Opening

Published on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

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Some of us, including myself, feel like we are trying to recover from the surprises of 2016. As we move toward new realities, finding a response to the new that feels unwanted can feel challenging. Finding our unique ways of handling the changes ahead takes time. I am feeling as if I am ready to begin my own plan. The great thing about being in this place is that in action, there is power.

The end of the year is here! The holiday season is here! How will we use them to help us begin to move forward in a peaceful, compassionate and balanced way? I think this next year will require more of us than ever before. More peaceful and compassionate responses, while standing for our values. This work takes energy. Our yoga practice, particularly our Yin Yoga practice, provides us the opportunity to focus inward. During these moments, we can get in touch with our pains, joys and values. It is a gift to have this practice accessible to us.

Please join us on Monday, December 5 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Let’s take care of our physical bodies as well as our spirits this season!


The story of Shiva’s bow

Published on Saturday, November 26th, 2016

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The holy book of the Hindus is called the Bhagavad Gita.Within it, there is an epic poem called the Mahabaharata. It is a story that is ageless, teaching us about how important it is to be faithful to our beliefs, to care for other’s and how this is easier said than done. This week we will become familiar with how the pose Shiva’s Bow (dhanurasana).

Our practice this week will have at its core, poses that are known to keep our bones healthy. Join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Monday nite November 28 from 6:30-8 pm. Come spend some time focusing on your healthy, relaxation and focus. See you then!


Finding gratitude amid turmoil

Published on Sunday, November 20th, 2016

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There has been so much going on since last we practiced together! But even so, we find ourselves as Thanksgiving week, a time to stop, be still and be grateful. There will be a practice November 21 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno.
Bring your grateful heart and let’s still our restless, over taxed minds together! We’ll have a gentle practice and time to reflect on whatever is on your heart! See you then!


Remember this truth….

Published on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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Be kind to yourself today. Feel what you must, grieve or rejoice as you must and keep on working for the world you want.Breathe deeply. Blessings to you.


Something to ponder…..

Published on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

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Since we don’t have class next Monday, 11/14/16, I thought I would leave you this video. It’s not a practice, but some of the reasons why we practice.

Go to the website: uplift connect.com and scroll down to the section “Science behind yoga”. I did try to link this, but was unable. Hope you enjoy! See you on 11/21!


Story telling and yoga poses

Published on Saturday, November 5th, 2016

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This month’s topic is:Story, The practice of meaning making.

Yoga is rich with stories, mythology on par with the Greeks and Romans. While many of us studied Greek and Roman gods and goddesses and their stories in school, traditional Western education does not venture to stories of the East. In particular, Hindu mythology. Some people feel that Hinduism is a religion of many gods. Many Hindus argue back that they have only one God, but many manifestations of God. Each household has their own chosen god/goddess whose altar is am important part of family life. Our yoga asanas have a variety of names that can lead one to wonder, how a certain pose got that name and what is the story behind it. We will get a chance to focus on three this month.

Each week this month (with the exception of 11/14, no class!) we will briefly explore the story behind one pose. We’ll start with Dancer’s pose (as called Shiva Dancing) as we have been working on this difficult balance pose.

Monday, 11/7/16 is the first Monday of the month, which means Yin yoga will be our predominate practice.Please join us from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno.


Halloween to Valentine’s Day: The eating season

Published on Saturday, October 29th, 2016

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We are often visited by the wildlife who share our home. For them, finding food and water each day is a full time job! For us, the livin’ is easier and we actually have to turn away food. A dear friend and fellow yoga teacher says that this is the Eating Season: the time between Halloween and Valentine’s day when our focus is enjoying and abundance of food, rather than not enough. Choices for us.Difficult choices at times.

In yoga, the fire of digestion is called agni. We can influence this digestive fire thru our yoga practice as well as our food choices. Agni resides in your third chakra, the power center. Ayurvedic medicine (the medical science of yoga) stresses attention on how we assimilate (digest and incorporate nutrients)food as a key to health. So it is not surprising that there are many yoga practices focused in improving our digestion.

Come join us on Halloween nite, October 31 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno for a physical practice focused on improving our digestion. We will also take some time to remember those who have left their bodies this year and have left a last impression on our lives. Join us!


Karma Yoga

Published on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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A quick midweek post!

I briefly touched on the concept of Karma yoga this last week. On the blog, yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com on 10/26/16, there is a lovely post on just this idea. I think the idea of karma yoga is more clearly expressed here than I could do.

If you are interested in karma yoga as a means of donation for your yoga classes with us, please contact me. We can discuss ways for you to do this! Blessings!


Visualize a healthier you

Published on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

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Let me give you the back story of the above photos. It comes from a website I follow called yoga dork. Yoga dork taps into all things yoga, the serious to the silly. A couple of months ago,a story about this 86 year old woman with severe kyphosis was featured. Over the course of a year, the 86 year old yogi worked one on one with a yoga teacher to improve her posture, her comfort and mobility. Left picture is the before, right, the after a year of work. Clearly, the effects are amazing! This is not the kind of change you would see in a class setting. Rather, it is a wonderful example of a consistent practice with a dedicated teacher.

I think I can make a generalized statement that each of us wants to age with the best health possible, with ease in our bodies and minds. This vision, takes effort and focus. Maybe our results won’t be as physically dramatic as the pictures. But our personal results will allow us to have grace and mobility during the years ahead.

Our practice this week, October 24, will be a combination of a practice for healthy bones and yin poses. Please join us from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Come with your own vision for health and wholeness and let’s begin!

The UU Church has graciously given us support for a second weekly class! This class will begin in January, 2017. More info to come!


We’re back: and with gratitude!

Published on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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Apologies for the hiccup on the blog. “Technical difficulties out of my control”. Now we are back, with gratitude to my son. He set this blog up for me in 2007 and has helped me maintain it ever since. A deep bow to him for his skill and time!
Look for a post upcoming on our practice for next week. Have a healthy and happy week!