October: A Month of Blessing

Published on Friday, October 2nd, 2015


Ah, October! Harvest, cooler weather, maybe even rain?! As we move slowly into the time of gratitude, let’s focus our attention on the blessing which is our life. Each week, we set aside some time to come together and focus our own attention inward, surrounded by others who are doing the same. The collective energy of our group helps each of us become comfortable in our individual pursuit. As we move quietly thru our Yin practice this week, let’s try to feel the blessing we create for ourselves thru this yoga practice.

Our yin practice this week will be from the Insight Yoga tradition developed by Sarah Powers. Her style takes Yin asanas and relates them more closely to the Chinese medicine meridian theory. This focus helps our chi to nourish our mind-body. Our practice will focus on the heart and small intestine meridian. Come and join us as we welcome this season of Fall to our Central Valley. Our practice is Monday , October 5 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. This is a donation only class and the donations are given to the Church for the use of the lovely space.

Back Practice, Part 2

Published on Saturday, September 26th, 2015


Last practice, we focused on our psoas muscle, tuning into how it’s strength and relaxation can impact back pain. This week, we’ll return to our quarterly back practice to complete our focus. We’ll briefly explore the theory on back pain put forward by John E. Sarno, MD (now retired) a physical medicine MD who’s ideas about the nature of back pain may be something you might explore on your own.

This week, one our local yoga studio’s is moving to a new location. If you are interested in knowing more, link to www.coilyoga.com to learn about the celebration, classes and more.

We will have our weekly Monday nite practice on 9/28 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Come join a group of yogi’s who will welcome you!

Re-creating our own space for health

Published on Saturday, September 19th, 2015


Is it possible that we have a great influence over the kind of life we live? Our physical, emotional and spiritual health is in our hands? Or, are we buffeted about my the fates, beholding to destiny? What do you believe? When something or someone is important to us, do we take time to focus on it/them? How important are we and our life/health to ourselves?

We all know people who “take great care of themselves”, however you may measure this “great care”. And we all know that even these folks end up with physical, emotional, financial and spiritual problems in their lives. There is no escaping that life can be difficult and that we all have suffering. While we can’t completely be free of suffering, we can create an attitude in our being that enables us to skillfully cope with our own personal challenges. This month, within our practices, we can take the time to look at our own reactions to difficulty (a hard pose?) and change create a reaction that enhances our abilities to make the difficult a positive in our life.

Please join us for a practice this week and next week focusing on a physical problem many of us deal with, and that is back pain. Back Pain is so common in American adults, that it seems like an inevitable part of adulthood. Is it? Can we create movement and attitudes that don’t foster back pain? We will work with two
practices for back pain to round off our September. We meet Monday evenings (21 and 28), 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno.Hope to see you there!

A month of creation

Published on Sunday, September 13th, 2015

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Life is continous creation and re-creation. And we can be active participants, if we so chose. Often we talk about how yoga helps us live our lives, be in our bodies, understand our minds. Creation/re-creation happens to us in each moment. Because we have to focus to bring ourselves into the present, it can be difficult to appreciate the subtle changes our yoga experience brings to our life. We are responsible for directing our own life direction. We just have to realize and embrace our own abilities.

On Monday 9/14, we will have our first Monday yoga practice. It will be a Yin practice. In addition, we’ll spend some time learning about walking meditation and a acupressure option for motion sickness. Come join us from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno!

No Class Monday 9/7. Labor Day!

Published on Sunday, September 6th, 2015


Enjoy your holiday! No class this week! See you 9/14 for a yin practice!

End of August!

Published on Friday, August 28th, 2015


I think it is so much easier to be compassionate with others than with myself. Somehow, I seem to always be the runner up in my own compassion lottery. Recognizing this, years ago I set an intention to go on retreat twice a year to give me, time for me, time to regenerate. This weekend is my second one this year. Hence, a short blog.

On Monday nite, August 31, we will meet at the UU Church of Fresno from 6:30-8 pm for our weekly practice. If the weather remains warm, we will have gentle practice with a focus on generating compassion fro yourself!

Mantras for transitions

Published on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015


Do you have your own mantra? That’s just a short, personal phrase that you say to yourself silently. A mantra, since it is personal, is the positive direction we wish our mind to take. Sometimes, a mantra can be helpful in a stressful situation, used to relax and reorient our mind when needed or just a little”home” you carry with you. I recently read a book where a young man related his experience of physical pain required him to handle the pain until medical intervention was available. He used his mantra,” (in-breath)Only (out-breath) now”. Very simple. It brought him to the space between the in and the out breath where he was able to manage his pain.

Ananda yoga provides us with mantras for each asana that can help bring that focus to our practice. They are wonderful, but perhaps you have your own mantra to use during each pose. It can be the same mantra over and over, or one of that Ananda mantras that speaks to you. More importantly, mantra’s are about focus, calm and inner peace. Try it!

Our practice this week 8/24, will be an Ananda inspired practice. The weather is warm and a relaxing practice can be just what we need. We begin at 6:30, end at 8pm. Wear light clothing and bring water! See you then!

Mythology and Ideas

Published on Saturday, August 15th, 2015


As a kid and a young teen in school, I was fascinated when we studied Greek and Roman mythology. I loved the stories that helped the western ancients explain and understand their world. These stories made their experience more real to me.Then, when I discovered yoga as an adult, I found how the eastern ancients described and understood their world thru mythology as well. The eastern ancients also used their bodies as the expression of their myths in order to bring their sacred stories into everyday life. They named yoga poses (asanas) after the deities of their myths and today we have their stories both in the written word and in physical expression of yoga. This week’s practice will include learning the mythology behind Markatasna, monkey pose twist.

This week our Monday nite practice (August 17) will include many poses to promote better sleep. Join us from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. I have added a link for new yogis (on the right) that can provide some guidance on yoga etiquette that may help you thru your first classes!

What are you bringing with you this week?

Published on Saturday, August 8th, 2015


Each time we step onto our mat, we are different from the last time we found ourselves on the mat. We are changed physically, emotionally and spiritually everyday by the world around us. These may be subtle shifts in us, but these shifts are what create the human we constantly becoming.How we allow these changes to positively impact us, is the control we have over ourselves. We could also allow our daily experiences to negatively impact our personal growth. It really is our choice. It is our choice to use our time on the mat as a time for personal growth.

Our practice this week will provide time to re-ground ourselves. Time for meditation, movement and breathing makes up our practice. We will meet on August 10 from 6:30pm-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno.

August is here! A month of transitions

Published on Saturday, August 1st, 2015


There is so much that August brings us: the finishing of vacations, new school year, heat (!), thoughts of Fall. As we ponder what this month will bring, we can hopefully find the courage to face all transitions, all change, with courage and acceptance. Yoga offers us tools for making these life transitions easier: pranayama, asana and meditation. Thru each of these yogic practices, we can begin the process of inner healing, outer healing and acceptance of our lives as they are.

Our first Monday of the month practice is a Yin practice. For those who are new to Yin, this website has older posts that can guide you in understanding what benefits you can expect from a Yin practice. Our practice this Monday 8/3/15 will provide you time to focus inward as we prepare for a month of transitions. We meet from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Please join us!