See you May 31!

Published on Friday, May 11th, 2018

When I take a vacation, I always worry a bit about yogi’s not hearing that class has been cancelled for awhile. Hopefully YOU got he message! We will resume class on Thursday 5/31 from 5-6:15 pm. I likely will not get time to post for that class, so expect a surprise practice!


It’s May, let your creativity roll!

Published on Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Here comes May! Flowers, warmer weather, alot of outdoor living and activities. Our theme this month is Creativity: The practice of imagination. There are as many ways to express our personal creativity as there are individuals to express them. Besides our yoga practice, who can we uncover our creativity thru out this month? I am looking into replacing my creative feelings with a new art form due to a physical change I have experienced. I can’t wait to see what new direction I find myself headed.

This week in yoga:

Monday May 6, 6:30-8pm It’s Yin Monday!

Thursday May 10, 5-6:15 pm It’s Yin Thursday!

Thursday’s class is our last class until Thursday, May 31. You have some time to branch out. Maybe try a class at a local studio during this time. Be creative! Explore!


Transforming thought

Published on Sunday, April 29th, 2018

April has been a month of many types of transformation: weather, our gardens, and hopefully, ourselves. One of the transformations I am interested in for myself is transforming my internal dialogue. I think this “chatter” influences our day to day lives in ways we rarely acknowledge. It is very ingrained in us. It becomes to our “go to” thoughts when we are moving thru our day, wrestling with simple to complex problems, and interfacing with our external world. I often wonder if chanting is an ancient way of changing this. For me, some chants become, “ear worms” that run thru my mind all day. I certainly like those messages better than my own go to dialogue.How do you change your internal talk?

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite April 30, 6:30-8 pm A gentle Hatha practice

Thursday Evening May 3 5-6:15 Here comes may! Lets have a combined Yin and Hatha practice.

Here comes May! See you at class.


Transformative power of light

Published on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

We all have people in our lives that bring the sunshine along with their presence. After spending time with them, you feel uplifted, enthusiastic and yet, calm. That gift that they have can be acquired by anyone of us, if we recognize, then, cultivate it. Once recognized, we can take active steps to bring a little more light into our own lives with words, actions and attitudes that support the light. This light can be like the oxygen mask that drops down for you to use in an emergency on a plane, life saving and life enhancing. We first need to place the mask on ourselves, then we can help others. Find your own light, then share it. Take care of yourself, so you can help others.

This week in Yoga:

Monday nite 4/23/18, 6:30-8pm Let’s honor our connection to the earth, through our Hatha Yoga practice. Grounding poses that uplift the spirit.

Thursday 4/26/18 Chair Yoga 3-4pm. Last session in our workshop. Let’s focus on poses you want to work with for your personal practice this summer.

Thursday evening 4/26/18 5-6:00 pm. Our practice will be 15 minutes shorter this week in order to accommodate a program that follows after us in the sanctuary. Given the abrupt change in the weather, this practice will be slow and gentle.

Looking forward to the Fall, plans are afoot for making the Chair Yoga class a weekly event(rather than the 4 week series it has been). I would love to hear your thoughts if you are interested in this possibility. Send me an email at sarayuyoga@gmail.com with your thoughts, days and times you would like to see this presented and any questions you may have.


With adversity come wonders

Published on Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Almost two years ago now, our area experienced a wildfire. Called the Goose Fire, it ravaged a wide swath of Black Mountain, which is in our backyard. Each Mother’s Day, Black Mountain is open to the public to walk and revel in wildflowers native to our area. After a fire, many unexpected wildflowers show their faces, such as the one above, the wind poppy. Never before had I seen this magnificent little survivor who showed herself off amid the charred earth. I then set out on a quest to find a wind poppy for my garden. The photo above is the result. Her beauty transformed Black Mountain and my garden this year.

Sometimes the beauty in adversity can be hard to see when you are close to the event. It may take time and distance to see the transformation it brings. I think it is well worth waiting, looking for and appreciating.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 4/16 6:30-8pm A sound meditation will begin our practice tonite.

Thursday 4/19 3-4pm Chair yoga # 3 in this series. I will try again for that lovely savasana I promised last week. We’ll continue to explore our work books.

Thursday 4/19 5-6:15 Let’s work our hips!


A month of transformation

Published on Monday, April 9th, 2018

Here in the Central Valley, our short Spring has begun. Likely, the rains are subsiding as the foothills are green with budding flowers all around. Our Spring here is wonderful although far too short. Our own transformations are life-long, maybe being a bit more noticeable at this time of year. Perhaps you have been faithful to the changes you committed to in January and are reaping the benefits. Perhaps the warmer weather inspires you to kickstart your journey. Wherever you find yourself this April, know that you have it within you to transform your life at anytime.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite April 9, 6:30-8pm Using our intention stones, we’ll have an opportunity to focus our practice on our month of transformation.

Thursday April 12, 3-4pm Chair Yoga. We continue to explore our workbook as we put together our own personal practices.

Thursday Evening April 12, 5-6:15pm Let’s explore our three Namaskars and have a longer Yoga Nidra.


Swamij Froggy

Published on Sunday, April 1st, 2018

One of our long time Yogis brought this wonderful Frog to me last week. He certainly represents perfection in Tree Pose! He will grace our garden. I named him Swamij Froggy. You’ll notice in the title this week, I call him Swamij Froggy. When the”j” is added to the title Swami, it becomes a term of endearment (“dearest Swami”).

Our focus this month is, Emergence: The practice of transformation. Seeing transformation in nature around us, can provide personal inspiration. Nature’s transformation from winter to spring occurs in a rather predictable and dependable manner. A human’s transformation is more unpredictable as it is slower. Perhaps as we never completely transform but are constantly transforming?

This week in Yoga:

Monday Nite, April 2, 6:30-8pm. First Monday Yin.

Thursday, Chair Yoga, April 5, 3-4pm. We begin our last four weeks for this season. We will work on putting together chair practices that address our individual needs

Thursday Evening, April 5, 5-6:15pm First Thursday Yin.

Start dressing in lighter clothing now, as our temperatures will be more unpredictable. We may even have an Thursday class outdoors soon!


Are you closer to the balance you desire?

Published on Sunday, March 25th, 2018

We’ve had month to focus on this topic, from the abstract to the concrete. Are you any closer to your goal? I know that I for one, will keep trying.

Thanks to those who hung with the change we had last Thursday. We will be back on track this week!

Monday nite 3/26, 6:30-8pm We’ll start by learning about a few self-acupressure points I learned about this weekend. Then we’ll have an Ananda inspired practice.

Thursday Chair 3/29 Yoga 3-4pm. We’ll take a few minutes to review Energization exercises before our practice. Let me know if you plan to continue with the class in April. We’ll also talk about acupressure points.

Thursday 3/29 5-6:15pm How about we have a few Yin poses at the end of our Hatha practice

Chair Yoga will continue throughout April. I am still accepting participants. See you this week!


This week in yoga….

Published on Sunday, March 18th, 2018

I took an opportunity this weekend to take a girl’s weekend at the coast with fellow yoga teachers. Thinking about our topic of balance this month, it was certainly what I needed to re-balance. So, this week’s post is brief and right to the point!

Monday nite 6:30-8pm March 19. Let’s create our own practice tonite. I’ll ask for a favorite pose from each of you and we will put it together as our practice.

Thursday Chair Yoga Workshop #3 3-4pm March 22. Energization Exercises begin our practice.

Thursday Evening 5-6:15pm March 22. An Ananda inspired practice.

Please join us as you are able. It’s maybe not a trip to the coast, but you might find a little more balance in your life!


Balance: The yoga kind

Published on Friday, March 9th, 2018

Let’s get down to it. Yoga practice helps our balance. Physical balance becomes more difficult with age, but also with certain medications, chronic diseases, changes in our bodies (like pregnancy) and of course, disuse.When was the last time you walked heal-toe just for fun? Little challenges like heal-toe walking, standing on one leg and such, help keep our brains and ankles communicating. Yes, the ankles. The ankles contain the majority of our body’s balance receptors. You can experience this the next time you do a challenging balance pose. What seems to be working hardest during this pose?

Now, complicate things by adding foot problems: bunions, hammertoes, weak ankles from injury.One of our yogis mentioned to me a condition they were dealing with, hammertoes, which was making standing poses very challenging. This made me realize that many of you may also have these foot challenges. Looking for expert advise, I wrote to Baxter Bell at Yoga for Healthy Aging blog(spot). He is one of my go-to experts for questions. He was kind enough to do a post on this problem. Check it out at http://yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com, March 9, 2018 post. I will be taking an intensive training from Baxter this July.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite March 13 6:30-8pm. It’s time for the back care class again. We will also talk about Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of yoga.

Thursday March 15 3-4pm. Chair Workshop #2. We’ll go over a meditation technique before we practice.

Thursday March 15 5-6:15 Namaskar practice! There are many namaskars (salutes) but we will do three: Sun, moon and life force. Maybe even have time for a yoga nidra?

Bring a friend and join us! Your ankles and balance will thank you.