Reminder for week of 1/15/17!

Published on Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Please enjoy your long weekend as we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. No Monday nite yoga class on 1/16/17!

Our Thursday, 1/19/17 classes, both Chair yoga(3-4pm) (#3 in workshop) and Thursday evening class(5-6;15 pm) are on! For our Chair yoga class we will learn about Energization Exercises as we continue to explore chair yoga practice. We’ll focus on our core for our Thursday evening class!

As always, we practice at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial! See you then!


Ready for a week of yoga?

Published on Saturday, January 7th, 2017

We have three classes to share this week! Monday nite we will revisit a series for bone health. Chair Yoga will explore a technique for meditation called Hong-Sau (be sure to read your handouts!). And Thursday evening will have a combined practice featuring both active poses and finishing up with yin poses. Looking forward to sharing time with you!

Times for classes:
Monday nite 6:30-8pm
Chair Yoga 3-4pm
Thursday evening 5-6:15pm

All classes are held at the UU Church of Fresno. With our cooler weather, be sure to wear layers and socks for your comfort!

Chair Yoga can squeeze in 2 more students. If know someone who is interested, please email me at sarayuyoga@gmail.com. Let’s move thru the coming week bringing our own unique gifts to the world! Blessings!


New Classes Start this Week!

Published on Monday, January 2nd, 2017

We begin this new year with two new opportunities for practice. They both begin this Thursday, January 5, 2017.

Our Chair Yoga offering will be the four Thursdays of January from 3-4 pm. The goal of this workshop is to introduce Chair Yoga to those who want to practice yoga, but have been discouraged due to mobility issues. We will of course do yoga asanas with or in a chair, but also explore meditation, breathing and maybe even some chanting!Yoga IS accessible to all who desire it! There are two more spots open for this registration only workshop. Pending interest, this workshop will be repeated quarterly in 2017.

Again on Thursdays, from 5-6:15pm, we will have a second weekly offering of Hatha yoga. This class will be similar to our Monday nite class. Yogis from the Monday nite class wanted a second weekly class, so here it is! I am hoping to get input from the students their desired focus for this second class.

If you are new to yoga, this class will be appropriate for you! Come and check it out! For questions, email sarayuyoga@gmail.com.


Welcome 2017 !

Published on Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Open the door of your mind and spirit! Let in the light and the love of the New Year. It is up to us to create what we want in our lives and in our world. Turn down the volume of the negativity and turn up the volume of your love.

We will start our new year with our regular first Monday nite Yin practice. We meet Monday, January 2 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. This year brings us another Hatha yoga practice on every Thursday evening and Chair Yoga Workshops throughout the year. January 5 starts off our first Chair Yoga Workshop (Thursdays Jan.5-26, 3-4pm, by registration) and our first Thursday evening (5-6:15pm) practice. Thank you to the UU Church for supporting our practices!!!

Yin yoga is a wonderful way to finish off our holiday season and bring us into the present for our new year. Please join us!

Every week on Thursdays(beginning 1/5) from 5-6:15 pm a second hatha yoga class will also be offered. Monday nite will continue as is. This second class will be similar in intensity to the Monday nite class. No registration is required. Both offerings are donation only (suggested donation is $3) which is given to the UU Church.


Leaving darkness, moving toward light

Published on Sunday, December 25th, 2016


Let’s honor and leave behind that which no longer serves us. Let’s move ourselves, toward the light of love, hope and possibilities. Being faithful to who we are, let us warrior on this New Year to maintain our ideals, hopes and standards. Slowly, as the warmth comes back to our minds and bodies, let’s find our own unique path.

Our yoga practice on 12/26 is our last practice of 2016. We will have and Ananda inspired practice to strengthen our intention to speak love and listen with all we have. We meet 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Bring your special energy, your presence, as we say good-bye to the year that was and hello to what may be. All are welcome!

Beginning January 5, 2017, there will be two more yoga classes available to you! On Thursdays from January 5- January 26 from 3-4pm a Chair Yoga class will be offered as a workshop class. The class is limited to 10 participants(as of 12/25 there are three spaces left).If you have a family member who wants to do yoga, but is limited by inability to get on and off the floor,they may be interested. Email me (sarayuyoga@gmail.com) for questions or to register.

Every week on Thursdays(beginning 1/5) from 5-6:15 pm a second hatha yoga class will also be offered. Monday nite will continue as is. This second class will be similar in intensity to the Monday nite class. No registration is required. Both offerings are donation only (suggested donation is $3) which is given to the UU Church.


Sun Standing Still: Solstice

Published on Friday, December 16th, 2016

Winter solstice brings us to a time of inward reflection. The word solstice means “sun standing still” Ancient peoples, our ancestors, both feared and revered the solstices of the year. The sun sustained them in every way, as it does us. They were closer to the changes in nature/seasons and held them in awe and gratitude. We can become more present with nature/seasons, but it does take more intention for us to connect than it did them. I don’t think it is a coincidence that Christmas, Mohamed’s birthday, St Lucia’s day and the remembrance of Buddha’s enlightenment all fall during this time of darkness. We too can sit with the darkness and follow into the light.

Please join us for our Winter Solstice practice and celebration on Monday December 19 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial( the actual solstice is Wednesday Dec. 21). Hope to see you!

Beginning January 5, 2017, there will be two more yoga classes available to you! On Thursdays from January 5- January 26 from 3-4pm a Chair Yoga class will be offered as a workshop class. The class is limited to 10 participants.If you have a family member who wants to do yoga, but is limited by inability to get on and off the floor,they may be interested. Email me (sarayuyoga@gmail.com) for questions or to register.

Every week on Thursdays(beginning 1/5) from 5-6:15 pm a second hatha yoga class will also be offered. Monday nite will continue as is. This second class will be similar in intensity to the Monday nite class. No registration is required. Both offerings are donation only (suggested donation is $3) which is given to the UU Church.


Soft front, strong back? Our Back care practice!

Published on Saturday, December 10th, 2016

There is a Buddhist saying that in order to bring lovingkindness into the world, we should have a soft front (open heart) and a strong back (able to help others carry the load).This speaks to both our emotional and physical strength. Meditation helps us craft our emotional life, our asana practice with our physical life. Both are integral for our health and the love we can bring into the world.

Join us for a practice that is directed at poses for the health and function of our back on Monday, December 12 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. This is a practice that we focus on once a calendar quarter!

Beginning January 5, 2017, there will be two more yoga classes available to you! On Thursdays from January 5- January 26 from 3-4pm a Chair Yoga class will be offered as a workshop class. The class is limited to 10 participants.If you have a family member who wants to do yoga, but is limited by inability to get on and off the floor,they may be interested. Email me (sarayuyoga@gmail.com) for questions or to register.

Every week on Thursdays(beginning 1/5) from 5-6:15 pm a second hatha yoga class will also be offered. Monday nite will continue as is. This second class will be similar in intensity to the Monday nite class. No registration is required. Both offerings are donation only (suggested donation is $3) which is given to the UU Church.


December Opening

Published on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

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Some of us, including myself, feel like we are trying to recover from the surprises of 2016. As we move toward new realities, finding a response to the new that feels unwanted can feel challenging. Finding our unique ways of handling the changes ahead takes time. I am feeling as if I am ready to begin my own plan. The great thing about being in this place is that in action, there is power.

The end of the year is here! The holiday season is here! How will we use them to help us begin to move forward in a peaceful, compassionate and balanced way? I think this next year will require more of us than ever before. More peaceful and compassionate responses, while standing for our values. This work takes energy. Our yoga practice, particularly our Yin Yoga practice, provides us the opportunity to focus inward. During these moments, we can get in touch with our pains, joys and values. It is a gift to have this practice accessible to us.

Please join us on Monday, December 5 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno. Let’s take care of our physical bodies as well as our spirits this season!


The story of Shiva’s bow

Published on Saturday, November 26th, 2016

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The holy book of the Hindus is called the Bhagavad Gita.Within it, there is an epic poem called the Mahabaharata. It is a story that is ageless, teaching us about how important it is to be faithful to our beliefs, to care for other’s and how this is easier said than done. This week we will become familiar with how the pose Shiva’s Bow (dhanurasana).

Our practice this week will have at its core, poses that are known to keep our bones healthy. Join us at the UU Church of Fresno on Monday nite November 28 from 6:30-8 pm. Come spend some time focusing on your healthy, relaxation and focus. See you then!


Finding gratitude amid turmoil

Published on Sunday, November 20th, 2016

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There has been so much going on since last we practiced together! But even so, we find ourselves as Thanksgiving week, a time to stop, be still and be grateful. There will be a practice November 21 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno.
Bring your grateful heart and let’s still our restless, over taxed minds together! We’ll have a gentle practice and time to reflect on whatever is on your heart! See you then!