Your personal practice

Published on Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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This quote reflects one of the important aspects of Ananda yoga. Each time I go on retreat at The Expanding Light, the Ananda retreat center, I come back to why I love this style. There are so many styles of yoga today, each with its own unique offering to the world. I encourage you to expand the breath of your practice and experience with yoga by trying as many styles as possible. Just like a favorite pair of shoes, one style is likely to stand out for you from all the rest. And, as your yoga journey progresses, you may find that your style changes.

This week, we will take the first few minutes of class to go over a handout that will give you Ananda Yoga 101. I think you will find tips that will improve your practice in class and on your own. Then, we will do an Ananda inspired practice.

See you on Monday evening August 18, from 6:30-8:00 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. We are in the midst of having a discussion about the pros and cons of starting class at 6pm. The dialogue is open, no decision as yet. Come and make your needs known!

Yin Yoga: The “Now” we have

Published on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014


Ah, Yin yoga! The physical goal of yin is to relax the muscles, stretch the connective issue and internalize your focus. All of those qualities can help us come into the “now”. Of course, “the now” is fleeting to most of us, allowing us to reside there only momentarily. Those moments are worth the effort!

On Monday, August 4, we will have our first Monday of the month Yin class from 6:30-8 pm. Our practice is held at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. If yin is new to you, I think you will find it perfect for this very warm weather!

Next Monday, August 11, 2014, there will not be a class. We will resume the following Monday, August 18, 2014 at the same time!

Strong Back, Soft Front

Published on Saturday, July 26th, 2014


The Zen mantra, “Strong Back, Soft Front” helps me daily, to re-focus myself. It reminds me that I have the ability and the desire to help others, even when that help is a strain for me. And, at the same time, my heart remains open to them as I carry the load. All of our lives are filled with these tough situations. Sometimes we can see that load on our “Strong Backs” as too burdensome for us. That is usually when we forget about the “Soft Front” that we present to the world. Each of us can strengthen our backs and open our fronts thru our focus on our personal spiritual practice.

In order to be present, we need to care for our own physical bodies. Our yoga practice provides us with that personal time and focus to prepare ourselves for our lives. Come join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial on Monday evening from 6:30-8 pm for a yoga practice that will support our individual intentions.

The Five Tibetan Rites

Published on Thursday, July 17th, 2014


Developing your own yoga practice can seem daunting. It is so much easier to go to a class and have a teacher guide you. Yet, the benefits of a daily home practice are immeasurable. This week, I will present the five tibetan rites. These are five yoga poses that can be done in 5 minutes each day, or longer if you’d like. We will discuss the history and myth of this series and demonstrate them. A great resource can be found at http://www.mkprojects/pf_TibetanRites.htm. It is multiple pages in length, so I recommend looking at it on line.

In addition to the five rites, we will have and Ananda inspired practice. With the warm weather, we want to honor our bodies by moving gently and slowly. Please join us on Monday July 21 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. All are welcomed!

Class on Monday Nite!

Published on Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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Back on track!!! Well, until August anyway! We missed our first Monday Yin class this month, so I thought that we should still have our beloved practice! While I was traveling, I took a restorative yoga class at Bloom Yoga in Chicago. Lovely! I will incorporate some of the asanas into this week’s practice.

Please join us on Monday nite 7/14 at the UU Church of Fresno from 6:30-8pm. It is likely to be a warm day, so I think a Yin and restorative practice will be delightful! See you then!

No class July 7!

Published on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Just a reminder! No class July 7! Class will resume on July 14! Stay tuned for class description closer to July 14! Have a safe 4th!

Fifth Monday of the Month!

Published on Saturday, June 28th, 2014

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What does it mean “to bloom”? To me, it means to give attention to all the facets of my life. Sometimes the facet that becomes the number one focus is my physical health, other times it is spiritual health or emotional health. Whatever it means to you, this week’s practice will have something for you. We will be focusing on the broad topic of inflammation, which can contribute to many health issues. Many health experts believe that inflammation is the basis of many the chronic conditions we face today.

Come join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Monday nite June 30 from 6:30-8pm for our weekly practice. Remember that next week Monday July 7 our class is canceled. See you Monday nite, June 30, 2014!!

Identifying our Core

Published on Saturday, June 21st, 2014


When you look at the picture of the abdomen above, it brings to mind photos of a person with a well defined “six pack”(rectus abdominus). Turns out that since the six pack muscles are very superficial compared to other abdominal muscles, they aren’t as important as other muscle groups in stabilizing our spine. In fact, we need all muscle groups, internal and external obliques, transverse abdominus to provide strength and flexibility. These groups lie deeper in our body making them difficult to admire as we can a “six pack”.

One of our mantras is “find balance”. Our practice this week will assist is in strengthening our muscles is a balanced way. We meet June 23, Monday nite, from 6:30-8:00 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. See you then!

Summertime Vibe

Published on Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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We’ve had our first real blast of summer heat, even though official summer doesn’t begin until Saturday! Yoga is the perfect activity for warm months because you can build as much heat from your practice as you desire. This week, we will focus on a practice that has been designed for those with back issues (like maybe every American adult?). The practice has 17 poses that have been researched through 3 western medicine designed studies to show a positive impact for back pain sufferers. We do this practice once a quarter and I supply handouts.
Hope to see you on Monday nite June 16 from 6:30-800 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Even if you don’t have issues with your back, using this practice regularly can help strengthen your back and prevent future problems!

A chakra focused practice

Published on Saturday, June 7th, 2014


Our garden was blessed with the gift of a flowering agave this year! It’s appearance reminded me of our spine (so straight!)and the chakra philosophy of energy. Our chakras are like the lovely blossoms making there way from the base to the crown of the plant. The bees were in heaven with the extra pollen available! Our chakra points (energy vortices) are alot like pollen in nature. They are a source of our pollen(energy) that allow us to grow as we provide for the world around us.
Our practice this week on Monday nite June 9 will highlight asanas that work with our chakra energies. Come join us from 6:30-8:00 pm. Equipment is provided!