Allowing in the winds of change

Published on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Our theme this month has been Transformation: The Practice of Change. Change seems to be a constant in everyone’s life. From small to large, physical, social, economic, to political, sometimes change feels more like a hurricane than a gentle spring breeze. We can weather these changes and possibly even enjoy the new possibilities they open to us. It goes back again to what we touch on over and over again: attitude. Yoga helps us develop an attitude of acceptance, gratitude and resiliency for all life is and has to offer. The present and unique moments of our lives that come only once.

Let’s end our April together this week with a yoga practice (or two!). Our schedule this week is:

Monday Nite 4/24/17 6:30-8pm Hatha yoga, gentle and nurturing. Promoting a deep rest. All levels

Thursday 4/27/17 Chair yoga Workshop, first session, 3-4pm Intro to yoga and specifically chair yoga poses for those with physical limitations.Registration requested.

Thursday4/27/17 evening 5-6:15pm Hatha yoga, gentle and strengthening. All levels.

Let yoga help gently move change thru your life and body! All are welcome!


Inviting nature in

Published on Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Each year in Spring, we have a return visitor, a great blue heron. She comes to feed on on gophers, frogs, tadpoles.Most years, the visits are brief and intermittent due to lack of water. This year, she has visited frequently, bringing with her great joy and awe. The change this year of course is the volume of water which remains in our creeks and grass land. But I was surprised and honored to find a mother duck nesting in the reeds by our largest flowing creek. Another joy to watch and wonder during this time of water abundance.Nature is the greatest change artist there is.

This week, our yoga is limited to our Monday Nite class. The Church has a big event on Thursday evening. We will meet from 6:30-8pm for a gentle Hatha class. All are welcomed!

We’ll be back on our regular schedule, Monday and Thursday next week. In addition, Chair Yoga Workshop (#3, class #1) will begin on 4/26.Contact me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com for Chair Yoga registration.


Yoga for April 9-15

Published on Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Spring break, Easter, great weather……..travel, family, good times!

This week, April 9-15, we have only one yoga class. This is our Thursday evening class April 13, from 5-6pm at the UU Church of Fresno. If you are taking a break this week, enjoy! We’ll see you back on the mat on Monday, April 17 for our regular schedule.

Next Chair Yoga workshop will be April 27-May 18, Thursdays from 3-4pm. Be sure to call or email as space is limited to 10 participants. sarayuyoga@gmail.com.


What we practice, we grow.

Published on Saturday, April 1st, 2017

I was listening to a TED talk this week about mindfulness. The speaker told a story about how the five words, ” What we practice, we grow”, spoken to her by a monk, changed her life. The simplicity, yet profound wisdom of this sentence, gave me pause. We have the power within us to grow the qualities that we want to have! The ability to truly be in this world the way we wish to be. Its about focusing and repeating the positive attributes we want to put forward. Simple.

This thought takes our yoga practice to a new level. Our practice is not just about moving our bodies, but about moving our intentions, behaviors and mind.

This week in our yoga classes:

Monday 4/3 from 6:30-8:00pm First Monday Yin

Thursday 4/6 from 3-4pm the 4th and last Chair Workshop in this session. We are working toward a Sun Salute

Thursday 4/6 from 5-6:15 a heath practice to take us into stress free April

Please join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial in Fresno. All are welcome!


How far can you go?

Published on Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Do you ever wonder why risking scares us? I am not talking about the daredevil, extreme sports kind of risking, but the ordinary everyday risk.Risking to smile at the homeless person you pass.The risk in stopping and assist a stranded driver at the side of the road, or to (gasp!) pick up a hitchhiker.Everyday risks that can lead us on a path to understanding and compassion of others. Are we fearful of failure, rejection or involvement? Opening ourselves to the possibility being more, giving more and receiving more.

We are coming to the end of the month of March, where risk taking has been our practice theme. Did this focus bring up anything in you on or off the mat?

This last week of March, our yoga classes look like this:

Monday Nite 6:30-8pm, Hatha yoga, general practice, all levels

Thursday Chair Yoga Workshop # 3, 3-4pm, with focus on learning the energization exercises

Thursday Evening 5-6:15 pm Hatha yoga, general practice, all levels

As always, we meet at The UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Bring your intention to step out of your everyday life to take a pause, a breath and dare to risk time for yourself!


Small actions can have big results!

Published on Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Like our friends the trees, what we do matters in the bigger scheme of things. Without the trees, whose main job is gas exchange, we would not have oxygen. We can not only thank a tree for each breath we take, but know that those trees also depend on us for their survival. Their respiration results in our ability to breath, their survival depends on our care. Small actions with big impact. Breathe.

Our yoga practice provides us the opportunity to make small adjustments in ourselves, our minds, our bodies. These small adjustment accumulate over time, leading to major shifts within us. Change happens, but it is slow. Definitely worth waiting for!

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 6:30-8 pm Hatha class focus on balance
Thursday 3-4pm Chair Yoga work shop, second class, deepening our breathing practice and new chair poses
Thursday 5-6:15 pm Working with subtle energy in poses

Please join us for a class or two this week! Chair Yoga for this session is full. Next session will be in May. Feel free to contact me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com for questions.


Give it all you’ve got!

Published on Saturday, March 11th, 2017

This week in yoga….looking toward the sun staying with us a bit longer each day. The time change moves us just a bit closer to Spring, and we open up to new possibilities. As this month’s our theme is Risk: The practice of Daring, we contemplate moving our physical practice forward by holding poses longer, being more mindful as we evaluate our bodies after each pose, noticing our improvements in strength and balance. Even as we know our limitations today, we anticipate our expanding them tomorrow.

Join us Monday evening from 6:30-8pm for a practice focused on keeping our precious backs healthy. Ony,Thursday our first Chair Yoga Workshop begins from 3-4pm. Then our Thursday evening practice, 5-6:15 pm will include slow vinyasa with work on a new challenging pose. Bring your desire to connect with others as we explore how yoga can give us ease in the body, mind and spirit.

All are welcome! Please remember to pre-register for the Chair Yoga class (email me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com), as handouts are provided and class size is limited.


March: The month of risk-taking

Published on Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Our theme for the month is the practice of daring:risk-taking. For the yogi, each practice is an act of risk. We come to our practice in our unique body, in a unique state of mind and spirit, to move in challenging ways. Our balance maybe off, our mind wildly criticizing, our spirit unsettled, but we try. We risk.We return. We continue.

Yoga practice offers us a sample of personal risk-taking. For some students, just showing up for class is a risk. Even those who have an active practice, progress in their practice only comes with risk. That does not mean putting ourself in harm’s way. It means knowing all our capacities in that moment; physical, mental and spiritual. Then, moving, challenging ourself, in an appropriate way for that day.

Monday evening will be our only practice this week. It’s the first Monday of the month, so Yin is our style. Please join us from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. All our welcome! There is no Thursday March 9 practice. Our Thursday evening practice will resume next week March 16!


Falling Awake: Enlightenment

Published on Friday, February 24th, 2017

In reading about the life of the Buddha, one may get the impression that his enlightenment “just happened” as he sat under the Bodhi tree. As if, “Poof”, now you are an enlightened being. I think I held this idea for a long time, feeling that I must be failing on my spiritual path because “I’m not there yet”. I have come to realize that enlightenment comes in moments of our life, not necessarily a static state.

Our yoga practice provides “time away” from our busy lives to “fall awake”. That is, to but aside our minds that are so busy with planning, analyzing, critiquing ourselves. During our practice time, we can more easily focus our attention on what our body and mind is doing/experiencing, as we elevate our spirit. That is what “falling awake” means. When we are in savasana at the end of our practice, we are invited to fall awake into our body and mind as we incorporate the practice.

This week’s classes, Monday 2/27 and Thursday 3/2, will provide us the space to work on this connection. Our Thursday evening class will combine a Yin and Yang practice. Monday’s class is still in the works, at this writing. Remember there is an upcoming Chair yoga workshop March 16-April 6 (Thursdays from 3-4pm) that requires registration. Contact me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com for questions or registration.

Looking forward to seeing you at one or both of this week’s classes at the UU Church of Fresno, on Alluvial!


This week in Yoga…..

Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2017

We have had moments of incredible sunshine and warmth this past week. Along with Spring trying to break thru, we have had winter rains nourishing us. We need and want both! In good time, the seasons will change. Take a moment this week to appreciate whatever nature is giving us, in that moment. We need all patterns in our weather to keep our planet and ourselves, healthy.

No class on Monday, 2/20 as it is President’s Day. Thursday class is on track for 5-6:15pm. We’ll revisit the Bone Health practice.

Please join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. All levels are welcome! Come explore what yoga can do for your body, mind and spirit!