True Yoga?

Published on Saturday, May 13th, 2017

This week is the last session of our Chair Yoga Workshop. Our group has been open about learning that yoga is not a set of poses, but a practice that we take into our lives. Whether you practice your yoga on a mat, in a chair, in a wheelchair or in a bed, if you embody the heart of yoga, you are “doing” yoga. Bringing this ancient practice back (in some small way) to it’s original purpose, is what our classes are about. “Walking” the path in community with others, extends the practice to a practical way to live.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite, 5/15/17 from 6:30-8pm a practice centered on bring our awareness to how our body and mind link together to bring us both strength and softness.

Thursday 5/18/17 3-4pm Chair yoga, session 4. We will put all our tools together
in this last class using a chair version of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salute).

Thursday Evening 5/18/17 5-6:15pm Let’s move from Yang (activity) to Yin ( quiet) with this dual practice.

As always, we meet at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Classes are accessible to all levels. It is recommended that for Monday Nite and Thursday Evening classes you are able to independently get up and down off the floor.Please feel free to email me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com for questions. Blessings to all!


Embodiment: The Practice of Making Real

Published on Saturday, May 6th, 2017

What does it mean to embody our life? Is it filling an empty space within us with intention, awareness and presence? How can yoga play a role in assisting us in seeking and finding the embodiment we are after?

After we learn the basics of yoga practice (what to do in this pose or that) then we can relax into adding our breath with our movement. When the breath becomes second nature, then the turning inward starts and the real practice begins. It is then that yoga becomes your portable sanctuary, available to you at any moment. Then, you don’t actually need movement to link the practice together. Being in your asana (which means seat) where you are in each moment of your life. If you are a beginner, stay with the practice. Notice how you feel when you are on the mat. Does the mat become your home, your sanctuary of peace? When it does, then it is time to move your practice off the mat and into the world.

This week’s yoga opportunities:

Monday nite 6:30-8pm A new vinyasa called Prada Flow Pranam will start us off into a gentle Ananda Practice. All levels.

Thursday form 3-4pm Chair Yoga Workshop session # 3. We will explore the Energization Exercises of Parmahasna Yogananda along with new poses.

Thursday evenings 5-6:15 We’ll start with walking meditation and move into a gentle Ananda practice.

We meet at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Join us!


A week of Yin!

Published on Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Welcome to May!What does your body need this month? Gardening, hiking, long trips, all of these activities bring different needs for stretching and strengthening. All of us need relaxation and mind quieting, even if our bodies are feeling fine.
Normally, we have a Yin Practice on the first Monday of each month. Even the the first Monday is a holiday, we make up that Yin practice the following Monday.I think this shows how much this practice is appreciated. In talking with the Thursday evening class, they expressed a desire to have Yin on Thursdays as well. Why not have the first week of the month be our Yin week? And so we will!

Here is what is in store yoga at The UU Church of Fresno for the week of April 30-May 6, 2017.

Monday Nite, 5/1 6:30-8pm, Yin Yoga

Thursday 3-4pm Chair Yoga Workshop, session #2, Focus on meditation. Be sure to bring your booklet

Thursday Evening 5-6:15pm, Yin yoga

Hope to see you this week!


Allowing in the winds of change

Published on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Our theme this month has been Transformation: The Practice of Change. Change seems to be a constant in everyone’s life. From small to large, physical, social, economic, to political, sometimes change feels more like a hurricane than a gentle spring breeze. We can weather these changes and possibly even enjoy the new possibilities they open to us. It goes back again to what we touch on over and over again: attitude. Yoga helps us develop an attitude of acceptance, gratitude and resiliency for all life is and has to offer. The present and unique moments of our lives that come only once.

Let’s end our April together this week with a yoga practice (or two!). Our schedule this week is:

Monday Nite 4/24/17 6:30-8pm Hatha yoga, gentle and nurturing. Promoting a deep rest. All levels

Thursday 4/27/17 Chair yoga Workshop, first session, 3-4pm Intro to yoga and specifically chair yoga poses for those with physical limitations.Registration requested.

Thursday4/27/17 evening 5-6:15pm Hatha yoga, gentle and strengthening. All levels.

Let yoga help gently move change thru your life and body! All are welcome!


Inviting nature in

Published on Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Each year in Spring, we have a return visitor, a great blue heron. She comes to feed on on gophers, frogs, tadpoles.Most years, the visits are brief and intermittent due to lack of water. This year, she has visited frequently, bringing with her great joy and awe. The change this year of course is the volume of water which remains in our creeks and grass land. But I was surprised and honored to find a mother duck nesting in the reeds by our largest flowing creek. Another joy to watch and wonder during this time of water abundance.Nature is the greatest change artist there is.

This week, our yoga is limited to our Monday Nite class. The Church has a big event on Thursday evening. We will meet from 6:30-8pm for a gentle Hatha class. All are welcomed!

We’ll be back on our regular schedule, Monday and Thursday next week. In addition, Chair Yoga Workshop (#3, class #1) will begin on 4/26.Contact me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com for Chair Yoga registration.


Yoga for April 9-15

Published on Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Spring break, Easter, great weather……..travel, family, good times!

This week, April 9-15, we have only one yoga class. This is our Thursday evening class April 13, from 5-6pm at the UU Church of Fresno. If you are taking a break this week, enjoy! We’ll see you back on the mat on Monday, April 17 for our regular schedule.

Next Chair Yoga workshop will be April 27-May 18, Thursdays from 3-4pm. Be sure to call or email as space is limited to 10 participants. sarayuyoga@gmail.com.


What we practice, we grow.

Published on Saturday, April 1st, 2017

I was listening to a TED talk this week about mindfulness. The speaker told a story about how the five words, ” What we practice, we grow”, spoken to her by a monk, changed her life. The simplicity, yet profound wisdom of this sentence, gave me pause. We have the power within us to grow the qualities that we want to have! The ability to truly be in this world the way we wish to be. Its about focusing and repeating the positive attributes we want to put forward. Simple.

This thought takes our yoga practice to a new level. Our practice is not just about moving our bodies, but about moving our intentions, behaviors and mind.

This week in our yoga classes:

Monday 4/3 from 6:30-8:00pm First Monday Yin

Thursday 4/6 from 3-4pm the 4th and last Chair Workshop in this session. We are working toward a Sun Salute

Thursday 4/6 from 5-6:15 a heath practice to take us into stress free April

Please join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial in Fresno. All are welcome!


How far can you go?

Published on Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Do you ever wonder why risking scares us? I am not talking about the daredevil, extreme sports kind of risking, but the ordinary everyday risk.Risking to smile at the homeless person you pass.The risk in stopping and assist a stranded driver at the side of the road, or to (gasp!) pick up a hitchhiker.Everyday risks that can lead us on a path to understanding and compassion of others. Are we fearful of failure, rejection or involvement? Opening ourselves to the possibility being more, giving more and receiving more.

We are coming to the end of the month of March, where risk taking has been our practice theme. Did this focus bring up anything in you on or off the mat?

This last week of March, our yoga classes look like this:

Monday Nite 6:30-8pm, Hatha yoga, general practice, all levels

Thursday Chair Yoga Workshop # 3, 3-4pm, with focus on learning the energization exercises

Thursday Evening 5-6:15 pm Hatha yoga, general practice, all levels

As always, we meet at The UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Bring your intention to step out of your everyday life to take a pause, a breath and dare to risk time for yourself!


Small actions can have big results!

Published on Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Like our friends the trees, what we do matters in the bigger scheme of things. Without the trees, whose main job is gas exchange, we would not have oxygen. We can not only thank a tree for each breath we take, but know that those trees also depend on us for their survival. Their respiration results in our ability to breath, their survival depends on our care. Small actions with big impact. Breathe.

Our yoga practice provides us the opportunity to make small adjustments in ourselves, our minds, our bodies. These small adjustment accumulate over time, leading to major shifts within us. Change happens, but it is slow. Definitely worth waiting for!

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 6:30-8 pm Hatha class focus on balance
Thursday 3-4pm Chair Yoga work shop, second class, deepening our breathing practice and new chair poses
Thursday 5-6:15 pm Working with subtle energy in poses

Please join us for a class or two this week! Chair Yoga for this session is full. Next session will be in May. Feel free to contact me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com for questions.


Give it all you’ve got!

Published on Saturday, March 11th, 2017

This week in yoga….looking toward the sun staying with us a bit longer each day. The time change moves us just a bit closer to Spring, and we open up to new possibilities. As this month’s our theme is Risk: The practice of Daring, we contemplate moving our physical practice forward by holding poses longer, being more mindful as we evaluate our bodies after each pose, noticing our improvements in strength and balance. Even as we know our limitations today, we anticipate our expanding them tomorrow.

Join us Monday evening from 6:30-8pm for a practice focused on keeping our precious backs healthy. Ony,Thursday our first Chair Yoga Workshop begins from 3-4pm. Then our Thursday evening practice, 5-6:15 pm will include slow vinyasa with work on a new challenging pose. Bring your desire to connect with others as we explore how yoga can give us ease in the body, mind and spirit.

All are welcome! Please remember to pre-register for the Chair Yoga class (email me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com), as handouts are provided and class size is limited.