Awakening to a new attitude for Lent

Published on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

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In the Catholic tradition, Lent is a time of sacrifice in preparation for the glory of Easter. Many folks talk about what they will “give up” for Lent. As we continue on our path toward awakening, perhaps the giving up can be done by a replacement. Reflect on the attitudes above that can be given up and replaced by a more positive, self enhancing attitude. This maybe a new spin on Lent for you. Maybe focusing on just one attitude change can start you on your road to awakening.

For this week’s yoga practice, 2/23/15, we will go back to basics with focus on the foundational poses of Hatha yoga. Please join us from 6:30-8 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Let’s start this season of Lent focusing on how we can bring a positive permanent change to our attitudes.


No Class February 16!

Published on Saturday, February 14th, 2015

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Remember yogis, no class this Monday nite 2/16/15. We will be back together 2/23/15! See you then!!


On the path to awakening!

Published on Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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This little person looks to know that relaxation and meditation are on the path to awakening! Often, adults can find examples of the simplicity in life by turning our attention to those who are closest to the Source: children and babies. They come to life experiences with an innocence and open heart, untainted by our adult views. They are the best example of “beginner’s mind”, which is seeing all with open, wide eyed acceptance. If we can model ourselves after this wonderful trait, our journey of awakening will be filled with wonder.

This week our yoga practice will continue with our monthly theme of awakening, with an eye to the celebration of Valentine’s Day on Friday. Part of awakening is an open heart, presented to all we meet. Not an easy attitude, but definitely worth cultivating. Join us on Monday, February 9, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the UU Church of Fresno.

I want to direct you to a class called “Yoga Under the Oaks”, which is presented by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy.It will be held February 28th. For more information on the class and to sign up, visit www.sierrafoothill.org and click on Events. Then go to the monthly calendar, click on Yoga Under the Oaks on Feb.28. Hope to see yo there!

Next Monday, February 16th,is President’s Day. No yoga class that Monday!!


Happy 5th year!

Published on Saturday, January 31st, 2015

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There is so much going on this week for our yoga class! First, it is the 5th anniversary of our class! Come join us for treats after our practice! Second, it is the first Monday Yin class, where we will focus on the Liver/Gallbladder meridians ( a requested practice). And lastly, the theme for February is awakening. So much going on!

If you have been considering trying yoga, come along this week. Yin yoga is a slow, mostly floor based, practice, which will give you a chance to focus inward. The poses are held longer, giving each of us time to get in touch with ourselves, physically and emotionally.

We meet at the UU Church of Fresno (on Alluvial) from 6:30-8 pm on Monday 2/2. Hope you can make it!


Inward Light of Abundance

Published on Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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As our last week of exploring the theme of abundance is upon us, I thought it might help us with this idea to focus our attention inward. Even within the trials and tribulations, pain, and difficulties of our day to day lives, within each of us is abundance of own light. This light helps us through the times of difficulty, allowing us to see the way forward. Taking the time to honor the light within really does help us get in touch with the abundance that is already present.

Our yoga practice is open to all who wish to continue with like minded souls as we explore all the issues of being human: changes in our lives, bodies and the world around us. We will meet Monday nite January 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. All are welcome!


No class MLK Day!

Published on Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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Even though we don’t have yoga class this week, I hope each of us takes time out to remember and thank Martin Luther King Jr. He was brave. He laid his life on the line for what he believed in. While we have many examples, even today, of people who lay their lives on the line for their principals, luckily many don’t have to make the ultimate sacrifice as King did. Whether we agree or disagree with the causes they represent, their bravery and devotion to their cause (s) is remarkable.

We will resume class next week, 1/26/15! Look for next week’s post for more details!


The abundance of body wisdom

Published on Saturday, January 10th, 2015

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Within each of us lies and abundance of wisdom. Wisdom that is unique to us and our physical body. Coming to yoga practice each week, we have our own expectations for the time spent in practice. In other words, we have our won reasons for being in class. No matter why we come to class, we know by our body’s feedback, when a asana is not right for us or that we need to take a break. This is the wisdom that yoga can teach us. We must listen, be open and honor what is being told to us.

This week’s practice is Monday January 12 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Please join us for an Ananda inspired practice. This week we will take a few minutes to review the etiquette of a yoga class. Next week, 1/19/15 is MLK Day and there will not be class. Hope to have you join us!


January: Month of Abdundance

Published on Sunday, January 4th, 2015

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I know that I already have everything I need. As the years go by, I find that my want of things decreases. This is, of course, very much against our dominant culture’s world view. It is so easy to get off track and feel that we have to have whatever the object of desire is. Our yoga practice this week will give us the time to focus our attention on developing an appreciation for what we have (and maybe what we don’t have!).
Yin with the intention to focus on the abdundance in our lives will be our first practice in 2015. Come join us on Monday January 5 from 6:30-8:00 at the UU Church of Fresno. See you then!


Digestive health and yoga

Published on Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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A few days before Christmas, a very dear friend of mine found herself in the hospital. She’s the kind of person who you never think of being anything but in the peak of health. She is vibrant, active, eats well, has a good life balance and has worked hard to come into the career she has dreamed of. To find out she has cancer took me completely off balance. Illness can happen to anyone, no matter how well be care for our physical bodies. What I think will sustain her through this unexpected detour on her life’s path, is her yoga practice. Maybe not the asanas for awhile, but her breathing and meditation practices.

So even though her illness shocked me, I find my gratitude for the people who have skillfully cared for her in the hospital and will continue to. I am grateful for the gift of her friendship and her showing me how to face a very frightening time with grace and dignity.

In honor of her, our practice this week will be on digestive health. Please join us on December 29 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. It is our last practice of 2014! Bring your vision for 2015 and your grateful heart!


Creating vision thru yoga

Published on Sunday, December 21st, 2014

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Our theme this month is vision. It is a great focus for the winding down of our year. We have time to think about what 2014 has brought us and to be grateful. That is our vision of the past. What is our vision for the now? For me it is my yoga practice. The more centered I am in the now, the more I am able to open to the the vision of the future. Many people believe that our attitudes help create our future. This is part of why we use mantras during our practice. They help us to change the negative tapes that play in our head to a more positive vision of ourselves and our then, now and future. Thru the concentration of mind on our breath and body awareness, we can help visualize what is happening and what is to come.

Our practice this week will be our back care practice. We try to do this practice quarterly. This practice is specific for those who experience back pain, but all of yoga can help us strengthen and stretch our bodies.

Please join us on Monday December 22 as we move toward the light and a healthy body and mind. We meet at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial in Fresno from 6:30-8pm. All are welcome!