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!


Authenticity and our Fifth Chakra

Published on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

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This week I spent some time with a friend who is saying good-bye to her 30’s as she anticipates her 40’s. Interestingly, our conversation focused a lot on her feelings about being (or not being) authentic in her life. She was doing that life review, backward and forward, as many of us do when a “big” birthday is upon us. It was wonderful to listen to her as she evaluated where she is and where she thinks she wants to go. From career, to kids, to life passions, she wove her way thru her possibilities. And, what to keep and what to let go. The conversation kept circling back to being authentic in all life aspects and ways to accomplish this, sometimes terrifying task.

The privilege of being a couple of decades ahead of her is knowing that the road ahead is exciting and powerful and precious, and nothing to fear! Driving home, I had time to reflect about being at that same threshold and where I have journeyed since. It was amazing to me how the issue of authenticity was the persistent thread of our conversation.

In yoga, our fifth chakra, vishudha chakra, located at the base of our throat, is where we find our authentic voice. Tapping into that energy/power can be scary, especially for women. Much like any new skill we wish to develop, practicing speaking our truth in words or thru our bodies (in asana practice) is well worth the slow and steady stretching we do.

Please come and join us as we honor our authentic selves, stretch in ways that nurture our bodies and spirits on Monday Nite July 25 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Given our recent “warm up”, our practice will work on balance, stretching and strengthening. Come and explore!


Authentic, Open Hearts

Published on Saturday, July 16th, 2016

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I think this summer will go down in the books as one that was not for the faint of heart! I for one have had plenty of opportunity to practice the gifts of yoga. I am grateful for the foundation that I can return to with the announcement of each new tragedy and pain.

As we continue thru our summer, let’s look to these times as a time to keep our hearts open. It is no easy task, but may help us all find our way out of this sad, confusing time. Our practice time gives us the opportunity to be in community as we breath, focus and move. Those actions may not save the world, but may help us save ourselves and each other.

Join us for our yoga practice on July 18 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Bring your authentic self, however you feel. On the mat, we will explore where we are in the moment.


Practicing authenticity amid difficulty

Published on Saturday, July 9th, 2016

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I must admit that the events of this week have been a challenge for me to handle. It seems that the suffering is coming hard and fast. There is little time to adjust before we are faced with another sadness. Times like these call for quiet reflection, compassion and community. Each of us can respond as we always have, or we can choose a new response. In whatever way you choose to respond, let it come from your authentic self. Let it reflect your intention of compassion, understanding and healing.

When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to have teachers who were studied in classical literature, philosophy, Latin and Greek language. One of them, introduced me to the French philosopher Albert Camus. I was reminded of one of his quotes this week that I relied on during my early life. ” In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer”. This summer, I am cherishing that mantra as never before.

Our practice this week will be a Yin practice;quiet, reflective, inward. Maybe what you are needing right now? Come join us in community on Monday nite July 11 from 6:30-8pm at The UU Church of Fresno. Let’s journey together thru this winter to find our invincible summer.


No Class July 4th!

Published on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

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Have a wonderful and safe holiday! See you next week, July 11 for a Yin practice!