Strong Back, Soft Front

Published on Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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The Zen mantra, “Strong Back, Soft Front” helps me daily, to re-focus myself. It reminds me that I have the ability and the desire to help others, even when that help is a strain for me. And, at the same time, my heart remains open to them as I carry the load. All of our lives are filled with these tough situations. Sometimes we can see that load on our “Strong Backs” as too burdensome for us. That is usually when we forget about the “Soft Front” that we present to the world. Each of us can strengthen our backs and open our fronts thru our focus on our personal spiritual practice.

In order to be present, we need to care for our own physical bodies. Our yoga practice provides us with that personal time and focus to prepare ourselves for our lives. Come join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial on Monday evening from 6:30-8 pm for a yoga practice that will support our individual intentions.


The Five Tibetan Rites

Published on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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Developing your own yoga practice can seem daunting. It is so much easier to go to a class and have a teacher guide you. Yet, the benefits of a daily home practice are immeasurable. This week, I will present the five tibetan rites. These are five yoga poses that can be done in 5 minutes each day, or longer if you’d like. We will discuss the history and myth of this series and demonstrate them. A great resource can be found at http://www.mkprojects/pf_TibetanRites.htm. It is multiple pages in length, so I recommend looking at it on line.

In addition to the five rites, we will have and Ananda inspired practice. With the warm weather, we want to honor our bodies by moving gently and slowly. Please join us on Monday July 21 from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. All are welcomed!


Class on Monday Nite!

Published on Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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Back on track!!! Well, until August anyway! We missed our first Monday Yin class this month, so I thought that we should still have our beloved practice! While I was traveling, I took a restorative yoga class at Bloom Yoga in Chicago. Lovely! I will incorporate some of the asanas into this week’s practice.

Please join us on Monday nite 7/14 at the UU Church of Fresno from 6:30-8pm. It is likely to be a warm day, so I think a Yin and restorative practice will be delightful! See you then!


No class July 7!

Published on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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Just a reminder! No class July 7! Class will resume on July 14! Stay tuned for class description closer to July 14! Have a safe 4th!


Fifth Monday of the Month!

Published on Saturday, June 28th, 2014

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What does it mean “to bloom”? To me, it means to give attention to all the facets of my life. Sometimes the facet that becomes the number one focus is my physical health, other times it is spiritual health or emotional health. Whatever it means to you, this week’s practice will have something for you. We will be focusing on the broad topic of inflammation, which can contribute to many health issues. Many health experts believe that inflammation is the basis of many the chronic conditions we face today.

Come join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Monday nite June 30 from 6:30-8pm for our weekly practice. Remember that next week Monday July 7 our class is canceled. See you Monday nite, June 30, 2014!!


Identifying our Core

Published on Saturday, June 21st, 2014

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When you look at the picture of the abdomen above, it brings to mind photos of a person with a well defined “six pack”(rectus abdominus). Turns out that since the six pack muscles are very superficial compared to other abdominal muscles, they aren’t as important as other muscle groups in stabilizing our spine. In fact, we need all muscle groups, internal and external obliques, transverse abdominus to provide strength and flexibility. These groups lie deeper in our body making them difficult to admire as we can a “six pack”.

One of our mantras is “find balance”. Our practice this week will assist is in strengthening our muscles is a balanced way. We meet June 23, Monday nite, from 6:30-8:00 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. See you then!


Summertime Vibe

Published on Sunday, June 15th, 2014

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We’ve had our first real blast of summer heat, even though official summer doesn’t begin until Saturday! Yoga is the perfect activity for warm months because you can build as much heat from your practice as you desire. This week, we will focus on a practice that has been designed for those with back issues (like maybe every American adult?). The practice has 17 poses that have been researched through 3 western medicine designed studies to show a positive impact for back pain sufferers. We do this practice once a quarter and I supply handouts.
Hope to see you on Monday nite June 16 from 6:30-800 pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Even if you don’t have issues with your back, using this practice regularly can help strengthen your back and prevent future problems!


A chakra focused practice

Published on Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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Our garden was blessed with the gift of a flowering agave this year! It’s appearance reminded me of our spine (so straight!)and the chakra philosophy of energy. Our chakras are like the lovely blossoms making there way from the base to the crown of the plant. The bees were in heaven with the extra pollen available! Our chakra points (energy vortices) are alot like pollen in nature. They are a source of our pollen(energy) that allow us to grow as we provide for the world around us.
Our practice this week on Monday nite June 9 will highlight asanas that work with our chakra energies. Come join us from 6:30-8:00 pm. Equipment is provided!


Rest, like a blossom on a rock

Published on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Over Mother’s Day weekend, my husband and I took a hike in Yosemite from the Mariposa Grove to Wawona. The trail lead us deep into forested areas that are not well travelled. Our reward turned out to be groves and groves of Dogwoods in full splendor. In the Fall, we have been in Yosemite for the turning of the Dogwoods, but I have never seen them in full bloom. Because of the low water year, the blossoms were very abundant and large. This one caught my eye and reminded me how my practice supports me in living my life.

We return this week to our Monday nite practice with Yin Yoga. Practice will begin at 6:30pm at the UU Church of Fresno, on Alluvial. All are welcomed. All levels of practice accommodated!


No Class May 26, Memorial Day!

Published on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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As we kick off the summer season, just a reminder that there will be no class this week! We will resume June 2 with a Yin Yoga class! I hope everyone begins their summer with travel or plans for travel! Enjoy your holiday!