Reasons to practice yoga……

Published on Saturday, October 1st, 2016

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Last week we talked about and had a practice designed for back care. Even if we don’t suffer from back pain, focusing attention on the health of our spine benefits our entire body. So too our focus for this week’s practice, bone health.

One of our group who recently moved to the Bay Area sent me a link to an article entitled, ” Can we pose our way to stronger bones? by Christina Downy, MD. Dr. Downy is a medical doctor and a yogi who sees the intersection of the two disciplines as key to our bone health. She sites a New York Times article(http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/12-minutes-of-yoga-for stronger bones/?) that reviews a small medical study focusing on yoga as a therapy for improvement of bone density. Although its strength as a study is weak due to sample size, the results seem to reflect the stories I hear from consistent practitioners about their own bone health.

This week, we will take poses recommended in this article and explore why they help us improve our bone health.

Please join us on Monday nite October 3, from 6:30-8pm for our weekly practice. No matter what your age, taking care of our bone health through yoga will reap benefits!


Class this week!

Published on Saturday, September 24th, 2016

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Gosh, I’ve missed you guys! Three weeks is a long time without class! But this week, we are back together!

Every quarter, we have a back care practice and this week, we’ll focus on our backs. Changing weather, a change in activity (like 3 weeks with little yoga practice) and our daily routines, can lend themselves to major to minor back discomfort. Our practice this week will focus on a series that is designed specifically for the back.
As usual, we will meet on Monday, September 26 at the UU Church of Fresno from 6:30-8pm.Hope to see you there.
P.S. If you are skipping class to watch the debate, I completely understand!Get up and stretch during the action!


See you September 26!

Published on Sunday, September 4th, 2016

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As I am thoughtfully packing for two weeks of unknown weather, I want to remind everyone of the change in the September schedule. No class 9/5, 9/12 and 9/19. We will come back together 9/26.

Our theme this month is commitment! You have plenty of opportunity to explore your commitment to your own practice over the next three weeks! So do I as we all know staying in our routine while traveling can be challenging.I provided some resources to classes available in Fresno/Clovis for you to expand your experiences! There are many local studios that may warrant a visit as well.
With intent and yoga mat in tow, I will check back in with you on 9/26 for how I did!

Enjoy our wonderful September introduction to Fall in the Central Valley! Stay safe and practice! Blessings to all.


Joy and health?

Published on Friday, August 26th, 2016

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It is hard to believe that this is our last practice for the month of August! The subtle changes in the weather as well as the plants let us know that a change is on the way. Have you noticed? It is a change that we expect as well as relish, but take for granted. One that will come whether or not we wish for it. We do nothing and POOF! it is Fall. Joy can be like that as well. It is our day to day state of living, we just sometimes to forget to notice. Just like the slow changes that bring us a new season.

What is our state of health right now? Health, not just physical, but mental/emotional and spiritual, make us a complete being. How do we know where we are in this moment unless we stop to notice? When we quiet the mind and still the body, that is when we can see clearly that all might not be “perfect” with/for us, but we are here, alive. Dig deeper. Perhaps you will find that seed of joy to plant and harvest this Fall.

Come join us for our last August practice, on Monday nite August 29 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. We will have an Ananda inspired practice to help us “notice”. All are welcomed!

During the month of September, there is a change in our regular class schedule. There will be no class Sept. 5, 12, 19. We will resume our regular Monday nite schedule September 26.


Joy and simplicity

Published on Saturday, August 20th, 2016

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In the past, we have spoken of the connection between joy and gratitude. This week, I’d like to present another quality I find increases my own joy. That is the quality of simplicity. Author Duane Elgin’s book” Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich” is a wonderful guide for tapping into this lifestyle. Without using the tools of yoga, Elgin shows a compelling vision for adding simplicity to any spiritual path. Topping off his suggestions for finding our joy thru simplicity in all things, a yoga practice can add an additional layer of support on this path.

Being present with our body/mind/spirit each week, provides us with a simple method of coming back to our center. An important physical aspect that we often take for granted are our feet. Join us this week, Monday, August 22 from 6:30-8pm for a yoga practice that will highlight care for our feet! All are welcomed!

The flyer below is a reminder of a Yoga Festival that is available locally ( a rarity in our area!). It will be held this coming Saturday August 27, from noon to midnight. I will be teaching an Ananda yoga class. Hope to see you there!

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Share Joy!

Published on Saturday, August 13th, 2016

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Let’s be honest…there have been times this summer(this year!) that it has been hard to be joyful. So many sad, frightening events have occurred in our world. Everyday we are bombarded by the negativity of the presidential campaign. You can be hard pressed to wake up in the morning and hear positivity. When we start each day trying to protect ourselves from the unhappiness around us, that alone set us off on the wrong foot.

Truth is, that despite all the hardness in the world, within us is a soft joy that cannot be destroyed. Is that our “joy”? Joy is an inside job that is not dependent on external forces. Sure, it is easier to express your joy if you have enough food, water, shelter, safety and comfort! Have you seen the faces of those children in a refugee camp with no home, minimal resources of food and water, with sheer delight on their faces? This is the joy within each of us that can flood thru us, despite our circumstances.

At times when we can slip into the hole of unhappiness, let’s turn to our yoga practice to find our true center, our center of joy. We can use our breath, our bodies and our minds as a tour de force to uncover what is already in us. Come practice joy with us on Monday 8/15 at the UU Church of Fresno form 6:30-8 pm. The joy is there. Let’s uncover it!

Below is the flyer for a local yoga festival at the Fulton Yoga Collective. I will be doing a Ananda for High Consciousness class from 3-4 pm that day. Hope you will be there!

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Is it time to celebrate? Joy is everywhere!

Published on Saturday, August 6th, 2016

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August in the Central Valley of California is a month of many extremes. Heat, residuals of wildfires(poor air quality), harvests, back to school, and the looking forward to Fall. Personally, I have always found August to be a month that feels too long and needs to be endured until September peaks thru. I think I have been missing the lessons that August has for me. Joy is everywhere, all the time. I just need to open myself to its presence.

I am feeling gratitude for my own experiences of the last week. Being confined to our home for 5 days while others battled a wildfire around us brought me to my mat and meditation cushion frequently in order to soothe my body and mind. Having my community and those who I will never know come together to care and protect each other, brought both tears and hope. We ARE stronger together.
Let’s come together on Monday nite 8/8/16 to celebrate our yoga community and have a yin practice. As always, we will meet from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Come and find the joy inside and together!


No class 8/1/16!

Published on Monday, August 1st, 2016

Sorry Yogis!

Can’t get down to Fresno for class because of Goose Fire restrictions! We will have Yin practice next week. Please contact your fellow students to let them know.

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Please check before class 8/1/16!

Published on Monday, August 1st, 2016

I have been under a mandatory evacuation in our home for the Goose Fire since Saturday afternoon.We are fine with food and electricity. This morning, it appears from news reports that the fire is not yet contained. This means if I leave my home, I cannot return until the evacuation is lifted.

It is early Monday and it does look like things are better to me. I have to wait for official word, however. In order to reach as many of you as possible, I will decide to cancel the class by 10 am this morning.
Please check back here for update before you head off to class! Thanks!

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From Sierra News Online


At the heart of our practice, is mindfulness

Published on Saturday, July 30th, 2016

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With this sustained heat wave, the physical aspects to our practice can be challenging. But we know, asana is only a part of the yogic path. When the weather is hot, yin and restorative yoga are nice physical practice alternatives. Both types of yoga give us an entry way into our body and mind without undue heat stress. The warmth surrounding us may may help our muscles relax, providing a greater degree of stretch and total relaxation. Yin and restorative yoga helps us practice that moment to moment mindfulness than can be more difficult to hold on to in a active practice.

Please consider joining our class on Monday August 1 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Wear light, loose clothing and bring plenty of water to sip!