The Woman’s March, 2019

Published on Saturday, January 19th, 2019

I digress a bit this week during our month of,”Possibility: The practice of Unfolding”, to mention the third Women’s March. The possibility I hope see is that one day equality will be a reality. It is true we have moved the needle toward this possibility, but right now, equality remains a dream. Today in Fresno, I saw and felt the ongoing shift in consciousness among young and old, male, female trans, and folks of all cultural backgrounds. For me to get to see this at least once a year, helps me to stay hopeful and focused. Each year, this gathering is bigger and more diverse. That also gives me hope.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 1/21 6:30-8pm. It is MLK day but we still have class. Join me for a mix of Hatha and Yin.

Thursday 1/24 3-4 pm Chair Yoga.

Thursday Evening 1/24 5-6:15pm . Let’s use some props to support our practice!

Our classes are held at The UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. You will find us practicing in the sanctuary. Hope to see you soon!


Getting out of your own way!

Published on Saturday, January 12th, 2019

I have noticed that when it comes to barriers and obstacles in my life, I am my own worst enemy. I can talk myself out of trying something new faster than anyone else ever could. If I can stop myself from immediately saying “no”, sit back and relax into a new idea or possibility, I usually will give it a go and be surprised. Yoga was like this for me, as my first yoga experience left me oh so sore along with a horrible cold. It took years before I got this experience behind me and opened up to a new possibility. Glad I did.

This week in yoga:

Monday 1/14, Hatha practice from 6:30-8pm.
Thursday 1/17,Chair yoga practice from 3-4pm.

On Thursday evening there is a concert in the Church. We’ll be back to our full schedule next week.

What possibilities call to you right now? Perhaps, you should listen. Hope to see you this week!


Hello 2019! January a month of possibility

Published on Saturday, January 5th, 2019

We will start of the new month and the New Year with Yin! Our yoga week will be abbreviated this week. So here’s what will be in store:

Monday Nite 1/7 from 6:30-8pm Let it be Yin! We’ll renew and restore.

Thursday Chair yoga from 3-4pm. It’s our monthly balance class with Jenny Gaede.

This may be a good time to start your own home practice. Don’t forget that YouTube has an abundance of short practices. Search gentle yoga, beginners yoga or hatha yoga. Be patient in your search and try on a few. Remember, just a pose or two can make a great starter practice.


Do you need a yoga infusion?

Published on Saturday, December 29th, 2018

While I cherish this season, I too find it to have its stresses. So, we will have our regular yoga class on Monday nite 12/31 from 6:30-8pm. Bring your intention to greet 2019 by taking care of yourself.

Our Thursday yogas, Chair and Hatha, will be on regular schedule as well. Chair is 3-4pm and Hatha from 5-6:15pm. Hoping that you will take some time this week to honor the end of 2018 and the beginning of new things to come. Happy New Year!


Yoga for Christmas week

Published on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Our little evergreen has a story.We live in the foothills, so we are surrounded by trees of all types.Two years ago, we lost one of our beautiful trees to the drought/bark beetle and had to cut it down. Quickly, a small tree began growing out of the tree stump. This little tree had gotten quite big over the last years. My son is coming from New Zealand for his first Christmas home in 4 years, so we decided to decorate a tree this year. Lo and behold, our little evergreen filled the bill.

This week, there is no yoga class on Monday, Dec.24.But…

Thursday, December 28, Chair yoga from 3-4 pm.
Thursday, December 28, Hatha yoga from 5-6:15
Monday, December 31, New year’s eve from 6:30-8pm

Come join us if you have the opportunity! This is such a busy time. If you have family visiting, bring them along. All are welcome.


The mystery and awe within the Winter Solstice

Published on Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Albert Camus’ above quote is the thought I frequently reflected on during most of my mid-adult life. That time was marked by struggle, uncertainty, and scarcity for me and my family.I haven’t found a quote that reflects this current time of life as yet, but Albert Camus takes me back and, with gratitude.Each year, we can take the beauty of this time of year to remember our year, our past and our growth.

This week during our Monday nite practice and our chair yoga practice, we will have our now traditional winter solstice remembrance.

Monday Nite, 12/17 from 6:30-8pm A special practice focused on the winter solstice.

Thursday, 12/20 from 3-4pm. As we continue to focus on balance, strength, agility and flexibility, the return of the sun will hold a special place in our practice.

Thursday, 12/20 from 5-6:15pm. Drawing closer to the solstice (12/21) we’ll continue to focus our practice on the quite and reflection.


Misery & Ouch!: Back Pain

Published on Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Almost every American adult I know can share stories of back pain. Some of them are prolonged, some of them brief in nature. There are differing reasons why adults are prone to back pain (ever notice that kids don’t get back pain? If they do, it is a symptom of a serious problem). The one thing I can tell you is that staying active, putting your spine thru a range of movements and working with relaxation techniques can help keep your spine healthy.I’d like to tell you that back pain can be eliminated, but truth is it can be lessened with yoga.

Once each quarter, we spend a week on poses that have been found to be helpful for those with back pain. As we do these practices, you will notice that many of them are the same poses we do regularly. The key here is to tune into your spine and work the areas that been bothersome without aggravating muscles that tend to spasm. There is a school of thought that back pain can be triggered by emotions that we have stored in our muscles that lead to these spasms. As always, there are usually several factors that lead to an acute flare of pain. I find the mind/body connection an area that I want to explore more. If you are interested in this theory, look up Dr. John Sarno ( see the post from September 14,2014 on Dr. Sarno). He has books and practitioners that follow his philosophy

This week in yoga:

Monday, December 10, Hatha yoga 6:30-8pm. We will revisit the practice that has been tried in multiple medical studies on back pain.

Thursday, December 13, Chair yoga 3-4pm Jenny Gaede will lead our practice focused on balance. We’ll talk about a few specific chair poses to use when your back is aching.

Thursday, December 13, Hatha Yoga 5-6:15pm. Our back care practice will come from a series developed by Boston University in their wellness program.

Hoping to see you this week!


Mystery and Awe

Published on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

This is the season of both mystery and awe. How do you find these qualities during this dark and quiet season? Do you wonder at the changing of the seasons? The Holiday lights? The snow capped Sierras? Fo each of us, there are elements that will draw out the sacred and special feeling of this time of year. Attending to a friend or loved now who finds the holidays a difficult time can be part of the joy of the season. Being more present and available to the spirit in others is a gift. This can be a holiday gift that is immeasurable.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 12/3/18 First Monday Yin practice.

Thursday Chair Yoga,12/6/18. We continue to explore resources for Chair yoga that expand our practice.Maybe we can bring in a few Yin ideas.

Thursday Evening 12/6/18 Yin with a nice savasana.

Hope you take time for yourself this week! YinYoga is a great way to begin this Holiday season.


“It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”.Ghanaese Wisdom

Published on Saturday, November 24th, 2018

Often, we talk about being in the now. Looking to the present moment for guidance for the future. I think a balanced view of grounding ourselves in the present is the idea of evaluating our past in order to move forward. Personally, I have learned so much about myself from looking at past occurrences and making changes for the future. Past, present and future has something to offer us. Dwelling in the past or the future is where we can go off course. Our memories of the past helps us to create our now, and that is what assures us a more successful future.

We are back to our regular yoga schedule this week. It is partially the last week of the month and partially the first month of the week. That means we can look to practices that combine Hatha and Yin Yoga!

Monday November 26, 6:30-8pm Let’s mix Hatha and Yin!

Thursday November 29, Chair yoga, 3-4pm. Let’s revisit some past yoga poses and add a few new poses.

Thursday, November 29, 5-6:15pm. Let’s mix it up again for tonite’s practice.

Hope to see you this week!


Giving thanks, making memories and honoring memory

Published on Saturday, November 17th, 2018

We begin the season of togetherness, memories and gratitude. All of these things mean something different to each of us. We have our own stories of the holidays, our own memories. Perhaps we take for granted that we are making memories in the now, as we may feel wistful for past times “These are the good old days” is not just a song lyric, but a statement that rings true for me. I only have now as yesterday is a past memory and tomorrow, I can’t depend on. I hope you make fond memories and traditions this year.

We just have yoga on Monday nite this week. We meet from 6:30-8pm. I have a practice that I have used for Thanksgiving Day practices in the past. I hope it helps us all move more fully into the now of this season.

I am grateful for all of you as we spend time each week, bringing movement to our bodies and peace to our minds. Happy Thanksgiving!