Monthly theme

Published on Saturday, August 18th, 2018

This has been a busy and scattered month, so I haven’t put a spotlight on the monthly theme, self-determination. As I think about this focus, I think about my yoga practice over time.I found the practice in my early 50s when my body had different abilities, capacity and needs. Years later, I have changed and my practice has changed. Using yogic principals, I have determined that my practice needs to change as I have.Because I feel my practice and I are one, the changes I need to continue my practice fits me now. Maybe its time for you to evaluate your practice in order to make it truly yours?

This week in yoga;

Monday nite 6:30-8pm We’ll continue the exploration of Yoga for Healthy Aging principals in our practice.

Thursday evening 5-6:15pm As our warm Valley weather continues, we’ll have an extended savasana to cool and relax us.

Coming back home

Published on Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Coming home after trips away can be joyous. Our lives may be full, but we crave some variety, new scenery and experiences. Summer is giving way, ever so slowly, to Fall. I am happy to be home and armed with new skills and information on keeping our yoga practice relevant, personal and accessible

Here is our line up for this week:

Monday Nites 6:30-8pm We missed our Yin practices for the first of August, so this week, lets do Yin!

Thursday 5-6:15pm Keep it Yin!

If you are not quite ready to return to routine, we’ll be here when you are ready. Remember that Chair Yoga will resume September 6!

Tree and so much more!

Published on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

We are back after a two week break! I have so much to share with you after my yoga intensive, Yoga for Healthy Aging! Thursday evening class will be 8/9, tomorrow evening, from 5-6:15pm. Expect some new additions! See you then!

Class Schedule

Published on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Our last Thursday class for awhile is tonite 7/20. Thursday evenings will resume 8/9. There is no Monday nite class 7/23. There will be class 7/30 and 8/6 lead by Mary Ann Jones.

Have a good couple of weeks everyone!Maybe our friend Ganesha here will remove our latest obstacle, the heat!!!

The Spine: More than just your low back

Published on Saturday, July 14th, 2018

I promised this dramatic picture about our head and our spine. Last week, we focused on our backs.I think alot of us think about our back from our shoulders down, and forget that our neck (cervical spine) is a crucial part of the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine). Each region of the spine has it’s own unique function and potential issues. I think this picture dramatically demonstrates the importance of posture for our cervical spine.All day long, I self correct my head placement in relationship to my cervical spine. Yoga begins our awareness of correct posture improving our back pain.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite July 16 from 6:30-8pm Ananda inspired practice.

Thursday Evening July 18 5-6:15pm Your “favorite pose” practice

This is our last full week for two weeks. If you have the calendars, please refer to them for specifics. Briefly, next week, the week of July 23, there are NO classes. The following week, July 30, please join Mary Ann Jones for our regular Monday nite practice. NO THURSDAY CLASS that week. The week of August 6, Mary Ann will again lead the Monday nite class. August 9, Thursday, we will resume our regular schedule.

The Empathy Map

Published on Saturday, July 7th, 2018

I try to find every opportunity I can to see signs that our world is turning toward love. This Empathy Map is a tool designed for businesses to teach their staff the skill of empathetic customer service. While I would hope that most of us saw this attitude modeled in our families, that is not a given situation in all families. Many need to be taught what the differences are between sympathy, compassion and empathy. Sympathy seems to naturally arise in humans. Compassion and empathy seem to be traits that can be nurtured and developed with intention and attention.
We can turn our developing empathy and compassion inward by our yoga practice. As we master these attitudes toward ourselves (which, by the way, is hard work), we can slowly turn those healing beams of energy toward others. Let’s begin and continue this sacred work as we journey thru the month of July.

In yoga this week:

Monday, July 9, 6:30-8pm. It’s all about our backs this week! We’ll start with the 17 posture practice developed from numerous medical studies as our guide for this practice.

Thursday, July 12, 5-6:15pm. We’ll explore a four segment practice from Boston Medical Center’s Back to Health Trial.

Of note, Chair yoga will resume September 6 on Thursdays from 3-4pm. It will now be a weekly class with no registration required.

For the next two Wednesdays (July 11 and 18) I will be guiding a Restorative Yoga class from 6-7:15 pm at the Zen Den, 670 E Bullard Ave, Suite 105, Fresno 93710. I will be subbing for the regular teacher. This might be a great time to see what restorative yoga can do for you in an environment that has all the needed equipment. Call 691-4011 to explore class costs.

A time for empathy and compassion

Published on Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Our hearts stir. Tears well in our eyes. Our sensibilities are outraged. We are ashamed of our leadership’s decisions, actions and words. We can protest, discuss, support with our money, and yet, we may still feel so powerless and ineffective.What can we do in the moment, in the moments, of each day?

I feel like I am being exhausted by the instability of our country and our world. My optimism is being eroded. I feel like I am folding inward with each insult, as if I am emotionally pummpled by a boxer.Yet, this is the time we have prepared for. Our spiritual strength is being tried. This is the time. I go to my breath. I am going to open my shoulders, directing my heart into the great unknown before me. As best I can, I accept the blows, resume my deep breath, keep my heart and chest open and send to all suffering beings the Buddhist metta:

May you be happy
May you be well
May you be safe
May you be peaceful and at ease

Our practice this week:

Monday nite 6:30-8pm July 2. Let’s send our energy to the suffering families of our world. A yin practice

Thursday Evening 5-6:15pm We’ll continue our wonderful week of yin!

Each day, a new chance for blessings

Published on Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Sometimes, it’s very easy to identify our blessings. When we wake up, our body feels great, the day is perfect, and seeing the blessings of life is easy. Other days, seeing the blessings can be near impossible. In reality, this is really up to us and our attitude. In class we talk about how the breath is under our control. Our attitude is also under our control. Maybe we can think of it as “the breath of our mind”. It really is.

In yoga this week:

Monday nite, 6:30-8pm, June 25. How about a slow vinyasa?

Thursday evening 5-6:15, June 28. We’ll finish our practice with a Yoga Nidra.

Mid-June: Solstice and more

Published on Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Several years ago(2015), the UN recognized June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Although not well known as yet, this recognition made a clear acknowledgment that Yoga was now in the international eye. The date coincides with summer solstice (and occasionally Father’s Day) marking the day as one that integrates an astronomical point in the year, the change of seasons, and hopefully, a change in world consciousness. While celebrations of this day have not really caught on in a big way, just like yoga itself, it is slowly seeping into the world and the changes are for the better. We will have a practice on the 21st and in our own way, bring attention to both the solstice and the IDY, 2018.

This week in Yoga:

Monday Nite 6/18 from 6:30-8pm. A slow, gentle Ananda inspired practice. Maybe even a gentle vinyasa.

Thursday Evening 5-6:15 pm. We’ll mix a hatha and a yin practice to honor both traditions and our transition to Summer.

Come and hear a little bit about Fresno Mindfulness Walks. This may be a nice addition to your mindfulness practice.

Our yoga blessing

Published on Friday, June 8th, 2018

We have a practice that is both a blessing to us and our bodies/spirit, but also gives us the opportunity to share a blessing with each other. It seems that the word Namaste is known or at least has been heard by most everyone. When I ask new students if they have heard the word, almost all say yes. But when asked if they know what it means, they say no. I think it is a term that is sorely needed in our world today. It brings us together. It acknowledges our sameness. Creates a safe and welcoming community.

This week in yoga is short!

Monday Nite 6:30-8pm. Our only practice this week. This is Chalice Camp Week at the Church. Be ready for some temporary changes in our practice space! No class on Thursday so we don’t conflict with the end of Camp that day. Our practice will reflect the changes in our space that evening.