Travel reflections

Published on Monday, October 14th, 2019

Travel challenges and delights us. Exposure to new ideas, historical facts, foods and people offers personal growth.

In Lyon, France, this statue sits by a bridge on the Saone River. It fascinated me as it had no markings, no indication of the artist or a title. I was intrigued.

Lyon is an incredible city that was important in Roman times and carries an remarkable impact from the Resistance in WW2. After some research, I found the title to be, “The Weight of Oneself”. The statute is a reminder that we are responsible for our own growth, baggage and healing. I felt like seeing this statue at the end of my trip, gave me a message that I needed right at this time.
Funny how that happens.

Miss all of you. Keep on practicing. We are on the calendar to resume May 4, 2020. Blessings to all.

A month of expectation

Published on Saturday, September 7th, 2019

It was difficult to find a representation of expectation on this our last week of yoga classes for awhile.I have my own expectation of how long this hiatus will be, but of course, I don’t know. I have goals for this time, including when we will resume our classes, but I know I need to remain open to what actually happens.It has been many years (check out the archives) that I have been adding to this blog. Not doing that will alone be an adjustment.

We’ll finish off our classes this week in the Hatha classes by tuning up the back!

Monday Nite September 9 from 6:30-8pm Our tried and true back care class.

Thursday September 12 Chair Yoga 3-4pm Let’s get ready for our break by reviewing the poses you want to use at home.

Thursday Evening, September 12 5-6:15pm. A back practice that you can do at home.

I want to inspire you to continue by this poster that lists conditions positively affected by yoga.

September is here!

Published on Saturday, August 31st, 2019

It is well known that developing a new habit, whether it be a self enhancing or a not so self enhancing one, takes time. It is usually said to require about 12 weeks to get in the swing of this new addition. During the time we are focusing on this new development, we will have “oops” along the way. That’s part of the process. The whole idea is to continue slowly moving forward in the intended direction.

As we enter September, those of you who are on the email list know that there are changes coming. Our classes will be on a hiatus after the second week in September. It is unclear right now how long this break will be, but I will keep you all posted. I likely will not be posting during this time. You can always check the UU Church of Fresno website and Facebook page to see when classes return. The Director of Education at the Church is looking for a certified yoga teacher to teach in my absence, so maybe classes will continue on a new schedule(!). Meanwhile, this is the time to develop a home practice. You can do this with the help of Youtube, DVD’s for the yoga postures or just a timer on your phone for seated meditation.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite, September 2, Labor Day, 6:30-8pm.Yin!

Thursday September 5, Chair Yoga 3-4 pm

Thursday Evening September 5, 5-6;15pm Yin again!


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?