September Back Care

Published on Sunday, September 14th, 2014

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Back pain, chronic or acute, seems to be ubiquitous in 21st century adults. Dr. John Sarno presents and interesting perspective on dealing with back pain. He proposes that we all carry with us negative energy from past emotional experiences that manifest in some of us as back pain(hence the anxiety girl in the picture!). If you think about this, what he is proposing relates directly with the chakra philosophy of energy (blocked first and second chakra energy). If you are someone who has back pain, you might want to explore this idea, especially if you have tried all other avenues of treatment.

Once a quarter we spend an practice specifically devoted to the back. Monday September 15,from 6:30-8 pm our practice will focus on a series of 17 poses designed to keep our backs supple and strong. Please join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial.


September Renewal

Published on Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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As we begin September, let’s think about yoga and how it is a part of our personal renewal each week. This week will be a yin practice. Yin provides us with the opportunity to focus within and find a personal place of relaxation. Is it the long holds or the connective tissue stretch that gives us this possibility?

I have been talking alot about setting our intention and focusing our attention during each practice. Taking the idea of renewal into your consciousness can start this month with a solid intention.

Join us Monday nite September 8th from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. We will continue our practice beginning at 6:30 pm as it remains the most inclusive time for our community. Please note a new posting to be found on the right hand side of the page that lists the 75 medical conditions improved thru yoga! See you then!


No Class on Labor day!

Published on Monday, September 1st, 2014

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No class this Monday September 1, Labor Day! See you next week Sept.8 for a Yin Practice!!!


The waning days Summer

Published on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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What we would give for a nice August shower! We can only hope! What we can do, is move mindfully thru our yoga practice and thru our lives. Each week, together, we have the opportunity to practice our attention and our intention thru yoga. Our physical practice this week will have something for everyone: slow stretches and vigorous muscle work.

Please join us on Monday nite August 25 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Who knows, perhaps will do a rain dance as well! Join us!


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

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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

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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

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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!