Published on Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Is our identity fixed or fluid? I think each of us has our own answer to this question. In someways, it is the question of our time. We are challenged to stay open not only our own identity, but the identity of those around us.Growing personally through out our life is one of the keys to healthy aging.Trying on new ideas, ways of being, and acceptance of others doing the same, opens up an exciting world.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite, 8/19/19 Hatha yoga, 6:30-8pm. Our practice will reflect the heat of the day.

Thursday 8/22/19 Chair Yoga, 3-4pm. Last week, we worked on balance doing a lot of our poses with the chair, not necessarily in the chair. Can we do more standing?

Thursday evening 8/22/19 Hatha yoga, 5-6:15pm A balanced practiced based again on our environment.

Enjoy the bounty of the summer garden

Published on Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Do you identify as a gardener? Likely you identify as an eater! This is the time of year to revel in both of these identities. Eat fresh, can, freeze the bounty. Your body will thank you.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite, 8/12, 6:30-8pm A gentle hatha class

Thursday Chair yoga 8/15, 3-4pm Let’s continue our adventure

Thursday Evening 8/15, 5-6:15pm Hatha and relaxation

It’s hot, but we keep on moving!

Published on Sunday, August 4th, 2019

I like this quote both for its content and the picture. Watermelon is the quintessential summer food. Just looking at it makes me feel cool! The message here is stay cool and re-arrange the pieces of your life as they scramble. Make the pieces come together in a way that makes sense for you. I feel like a yoga practice is a good example of of “re-arranging” when life changes. Right now, we have warm days to adapt to, but many of us also have physical and emotional changes that are rippling thru our lives.As we acknowledge these changes, let’s let our practice provide a safe space to work thru these changes as we arrange our pieces.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 8/5, 6:30-8pm. It’s Yin! (need I say more?)

Thursday Chair yoga, 8/8. We’ve had a week off. Did you practice?

Thursday Evening 8/8. Yin and maybe a longer savasana?

Yearning and mindfulness

Published on Saturday, July 27th, 2019

This week’s image ties together two concepts that we have been talking about in class: yearning and mindfulness. I also have to throw in the idea of contentment (equanimity) which we focus on a lot as well. The quote above, brings in the mindfulness component that may be overlooked. As we finish off this month of July, yearning will likely take a back seat to the constant challenges of mindfulness and equanimity. Yearning will always been within us. Equanimity and mindfulness will likely be what we yearn for.

This week, I will get an extra challenge to my practice of equanimity as I search for my next steps with a health problem.I am yearning for answers, while I know some of those answers will challenge my equanimity. This week in yoga:

Monday Nite, July 29 from 6:30-8PM. I have tried to be aware of our heat wave. Let’s see what the environment is like and match our practice with our heat.

This is the only class for this week. We’ll be back on track August 5!

What is within you?

Published on Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Our culture is never at a loss for informing us of what we are lacking: clothes, a car, a”look”. Do you find yourself yearning for something you have been “told” you are yearning for? I advise you go deeper than the surface of your mind and listen. Listen intently and gently. Your yearning is there for you to identify.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite, July 22 6:30-8pm. Let’s look for that open heart and mind that will lead us to our deepest yearning.

Thursday Chair Yoga, July 25, 3-4pm We’ll breathe and move!

Thursday evening, July 25, 5-6:15pm Let’s think about a slow practice with a yoga nidra capper!

Dreaming and yearning

Published on Sunday, July 14th, 2019

I remember during my younger years, I had a lot of dreams about the future. Mostly about how my life would unfold in rather specific ways. I also a repetitive dream for years that is too complex to relate here. Suffice it to say, this dream ended when my life came together in my 40’s. I sort of miss the dream that was both mysterious(in meaning) and comforting (familiar). I believe that this dream was about a yearning for a wholeness on several levels. Once I fully embarked on that part of my life journey, my subconscious no longer needed this dream and it was gone. These days, my yearning is less for myself and more for the world surrounding me.
As our summertime continues, and we perhaps yearn for the coming of the next season, let’s be sure we don’t miss the opportunities that are in front of us. Continue to year. Continue to be grateful.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite, July 15, 6:30-8pm. As our Fresno summer and it’s temperatures have arrived, this week our practices will reflect our environment. Hopefully cooling and refreshing!

Thursday Chair Yoga, July 18 3-4pm. We’ll focus on balance and agility.

Thursday Evening , July 18, 5-6:15pm. Maybe a yoga nidra if the the weather warrants?

July: A month for yearning

Published on Saturday, July 6th, 2019

I have always felt like July and August are such long months. That’s likely because they tend to be so hot that activity is limited (at least outdoor activity). I find myself yearning for Fall about mid-August. As with everything, our attitude is under our control. I can turn these two months into a time for self-care, learning, and refocusing my energy. I plan on doing lots of yoga nidra practices and guided meditations. Getting out of the Valley heat and enjoying nature is also on the ticket.

This week in yoga:

Monday Evening 7/8, 6:30-8pm. First Monday Yin!

Thursday Chair Yoga 7/11, 3-4pm. Let’s discuss the difference between mobility and flexibility.

Thursday Evening, 7/11, 5-6:15pm More yin please!

August calendars have been sent out! Did you get yours?

“Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?”

Published on Saturday, June 29th, 2019

This is a line from poet Mary Oliver. In it’s simplicity, it reminds me to take those deep important breaths as I dive into life. This week, breath deep and live your yoga and practice your postures as you can.

There are no yoga classes July 1-5. The church is cleaning and sealing the floors. Who notices and appreciates the floors more than yogis? See you July 8!

Savoring the season

Published on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Late June gives us so much to savor! Wildflowers, our gardens, intermittently cool nites. Here is my yearly June savor from my flower garden, a dahlia called “Dark side of the sun”. From the foliage to the flower, this plant encourages me to slow down and savor all the beauty of June.

This last week in June, besides the flowers to savor, let’s savor our yoga practice. Here is what is in store for us this week:

Monday Nite Hatha, June 24, 6:30-8pm A gentle Ananda practice.

Thursday Chair Yoga, June 26, 3-4pm Come get a balance workout with Jenny G!

Thursday Evening Hatha, June 26, 5-6:15pm We’ll continue focusing on the gentle stretching and stretching practice that Ananda offers.

Back on track!

Published on Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Are you savoring the late Spring? It isn’t summer quite yet, but it feels like it is.

This week we will pass thru the Summer Solstice, the mid point of our year. These warmer months bring us challenges and joys to savor: time with family, beautiful evenings out doors, bountiful water in streams and lakes. Let’s take each moment as it comes with curiosity and gratitude.

This week, we are back to our regular schedule for yoga classes. Our Hatha classes will focus on our quarterly topic of yoga for healthy backs!

Monday Nite Hatha Class, June 17 from 6:30-8pm. We will have our gentle 17 poses practice for back issues. A handout will be available for those who would like to practice at home.

Thursday, June 20, Chair Yoga from 3-4pm. Join us for a peaceful time for stretching and community.

Thursday Evening Hatha Class June 20 from 5-6:15pm. Our back care practice will come from a Boston University curriculum for back care.

We look forward to seeing you at class!