April and May Schedule

Published on Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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Delight in your freedom….

Published on Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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As we explore the topic of freedom this month, I can’t help but reflect on my personal freedom. I feel gratitude for my freedom to travel and explore the world. Not everyone has the means to experience this type of freedom. And while traveling and learning about the world is thrilling, the freedom each of us has within ourselves is equally thrilling. Perhaps we don’t always acknowledge this inherent freedom of thought and action. Perhaps in not purposefully acknowledging this freedom, we lose the awareness that freedom is an “inside job”. Freedom is within us, even when our external circumstances are otherwise.

Our practice this Monday nite April 20, is our last practice together for three weeks. We will return to our regular schedule on May 18. In the interim, my hope is that all of us take some time each day to remember the freedom of our breath: the breath that connects our mind and body. That’s our practice. It’s that simple!

See you at the UU Church of Fresno, from 6:30-8 pm ! All are welcome!


A Yoga Practice to Free the Breath

Published on Sunday, April 12th, 2015

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Yes, the breath is important. It really is the key that connects the mind and the body. Focus on the breath is what makes yoga different from other forms of intentional movement. Our focus on freedom this month brings up the freeing our breath. Our practice this week will focus on helping us do this.

Please join us on Monday April 13 at the UU Church of Fresno from 6:30-8pm. Over the next few weeks, we will be missing some of usual Monday nite classes. Be sure to pick up a copy of April and May scheduled classes when you come to class.

On April 25th, Saturday, from 10 am-12 noon, there is another Yoga under the Oaks scheduled at the MacKenzie Preserve of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. If you are interested in signing up, go to their website http://www.sierrafoothill.org/, click on Explore, then Calendar and the event listed on the calendar for April 25th. This will take you to the reservation page.


Finding our freedom

Published on Sunday, April 5th, 2015

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With April, comes the theme of freedom. It seems to me that those who have lost personal freedoms as Viktor Frankl did, can speak more clearly about the topic than I can. I feel that I am fortunate to live within the circumstances that I do, never having had my personal liberties/freedoms restricted. The only restrictions for me then, are self-imposed. Those may actually be the harder restrictions to break! Knowing that we have a choice to change, even when our external freedom is inhibited, is freedom. We are only as free as we believe we are.

Our yoga practice this week will be a Yin practice. This form of yoga provides each of us with the time to dive in and work with our internal restrictions as we work with our body’s restrictions. We go into that space that Frankl refers to. Only, if we choose. Please join us Monday April 6, from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Come and join us as together, we stretch our bodies and relax our minds!


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.