No Class 9/3!

Published on Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Welcome to September and all it brings. We start the month with Labor Day on Monday 9/3. There will not be a yoga class on Monday. But… this week starts the return of Chair Yoga on Thursday. I hope to see the seasoned yogi’s and new faces who are exploring.

Our theme this month is, Vision: The Practice of Finding a Path Forward. Could yoga and mediation be a part of your path forward? Our vision for our personal paths are likely varied and at the same time, we may possess similar hopes on this path. Self-care and a on-going desire to find equanimity in our lives are hopefully fundamental elements on your path.

This week in Yoga:

No class Monday nite!

Thursday 9/6, 3-4pm Welcome back Chair yogis! Let’s learn about Yoga for Healthy Aging.

Thursday 9/6 5-6:15pm It is the first week of the month. Let’s Yin!

Have a peaceful, relaxing Labor Day!

Karma and Self-determination

Published on Saturday, August 25th, 2018

We are finishing up the month of August this week. I’ve spent a little time thinking about our theme for this month, self-determination. Relating the concept to yoga, I think about the idea of karma. Simply put, karma is a concept that says those things we do (thinking, actions and the like) directly influences what happens to us. If you do good, you reap good. Eastern thinking takes this further by saying that those thoughts deeds and actions we did in a previously lifetime, are played out in this lifetime. This, of course, requires that you believe in reincarnation or rebirth. But even if you don’t believe in reincarnation, you may believe “what goes around, comes around”. That is, how we behave in the world reflects what the world gives back to us. Only we can determine how we will act in the world. The more love and positivity we give out, the more we will receive.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite 8/27, 6:30-8pm. We’ll continue focusing on the concepts of strength, flexibility, balance and agility in our practice.

Thursday evening 8/30, 5-6:15pm. Let’s bring some yoga nidra into our practice tonite. Maybe even a bit of yin?

Monthly theme

Published on Saturday, August 18th, 2018

This has been a busy and scattered month, so I haven’t put a spotlight on the monthly theme, self-determination. As I think about this focus, I think about my yoga practice over time.I found the practice in my early 50s when my body had different abilities, capacity and needs. Years later, I have changed and my practice has changed. Using yogic principals, I have determined that my practice needs to change as I have.Because I feel my practice and I are one, the changes I need to continue my practice fits me now. Maybe its time for you to evaluate your practice in order to make it truly yours?

This week in yoga;

Monday nite 6:30-8pm We’ll continue the exploration of Yoga for Healthy Aging principals in our practice.

Thursday evening 5-6:15pm As our warm Valley weather continues, we’ll have an extended savasana to cool and relax us.

Coming back home

Published on Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Coming home after trips away can be joyous. Our lives may be full, but we crave some variety, new scenery and experiences. Summer is giving way, ever so slowly, to Fall. I am happy to be home and armed with new skills and information on keeping our yoga practice relevant, personal and accessible

Here is our line up for this week:

Monday Nites 6:30-8pm We missed our Yin practices for the first of August, so this week, lets do Yin!

Thursday 5-6:15pm Keep it Yin!

If you are not quite ready to return to routine, we’ll be here when you are ready. Remember that Chair Yoga will resume September 6!

Tree and so much more!

Published on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

We are back after a two week break! I have so much to share with you after my yoga intensive, Yoga for Healthy Aging! Thursday evening class will be 8/9, tomorrow evening, from 5-6:15pm. Expect some new additions! See you then!

Class Schedule

Published on Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Our last Thursday class for awhile is tonite 7/20. Thursday evenings will resume 8/9. There is no Monday nite class 7/23. There will be class 7/30 and 8/6 lead by Mary Ann Jones.

Have a good couple of weeks everyone!Maybe our friend Ganesha here will remove our latest obstacle, the heat!!!

The Spine: More than just your low back

Published on Saturday, July 14th, 2018

I promised this dramatic picture about our head and our spine. Last week, we focused on our backs.I think alot of us think about our back from our shoulders down, and forget that our neck (cervical spine) is a crucial part of the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine). Each region of the spine has it’s own unique function and potential issues. I think this picture dramatically demonstrates the importance of posture for our cervical spine.All day long, I self correct my head placement in relationship to my cervical spine. Yoga begins our awareness of correct posture improving our back pain.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite July 16 from 6:30-8pm Ananda inspired practice.

Thursday Evening July 18 5-6:15pm Your “favorite pose” practice

This is our last full week for two weeks. If you have the calendars, please refer to them for specifics. Briefly, next week, the week of July 23, there are NO classes. The following week, July 30, please join Mary Ann Jones for our regular Monday nite practice. NO THURSDAY CLASS that week. The week of August 6, Mary Ann will again lead the Monday nite class. August 9, Thursday, we will resume our regular schedule.

The Empathy Map

Published on Saturday, July 7th, 2018

I try to find every opportunity I can to see signs that our world is turning toward love. This Empathy Map is a tool designed for businesses to teach their staff the skill of empathetic customer service. While I would hope that most of us saw this attitude modeled in our families, that is not a given situation in all families. Many need to be taught what the differences are between sympathy, compassion and empathy. Sympathy seems to naturally arise in humans. Compassion and empathy seem to be traits that can be nurtured and developed with intention and attention.
We can turn our developing empathy and compassion inward by our yoga practice. As we master these attitudes toward ourselves (which, by the way, is hard work), we can slowly turn those healing beams of energy toward others. Let’s begin and continue this sacred work as we journey thru the month of July.

In yoga this week:

Monday, July 9, 6:30-8pm. It’s all about our backs this week! We’ll start with the 17 posture practice developed from numerous medical studies as our guide for this practice.

Thursday, July 12, 5-6:15pm. We’ll explore a four segment practice from Boston Medical Center’s Back to Health Trial.

Of note, Chair yoga will resume September 6 on Thursdays from 3-4pm. It will now be a weekly class with no registration required.

For the next two Wednesdays (July 11 and 18) I will be guiding a Restorative Yoga class from 6-7:15 pm at the Zen Den, 670 E Bullard Ave, Suite 105, Fresno 93710. I will be subbing for the regular teacher. This might be a great time to see what restorative yoga can do for you in an environment that has all the needed equipment. Call 691-4011 to explore class costs.

A time for empathy and compassion

Published on Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Our hearts stir. Tears well in our eyes. Our sensibilities are outraged. We are ashamed of our leadership’s decisions, actions and words. We can protest, discuss, support with our money, and yet, we may still feel so powerless and ineffective.What can we do in the moment, in the moments, of each day?

I feel like I am being exhausted by the instability of our country and our world. My optimism is being eroded. I feel like I am folding inward with each insult, as if I am emotionally pummpled by a boxer.Yet, this is the time we have prepared for. Our spiritual strength is being tried. This is the time. I go to my breath. I am going to open my shoulders, directing my heart into the great unknown before me. As best I can, I accept the blows, resume my deep breath, keep my heart and chest open and send to all suffering beings the Buddhist metta:

May you be happy
May you be well
May you be safe
May you be peaceful and at ease

Our practice this week:

Monday nite 6:30-8pm July 2. Let’s send our energy to the suffering families of our world. A yin practice

Thursday Evening 5-6:15pm We’ll continue our wonderful week of yin!

Each day, a new chance for blessings

Published on Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Sometimes, it’s very easy to identify our blessings. When we wake up, our body feels great, the day is perfect, and seeing the blessings of life is easy. Other days, seeing the blessings can be near impossible. In reality, this is really up to us and our attitude. In class we talk about how the breath is under our control. Our attitude is also under our control. Maybe we can think of it as “the breath of our mind”. It really is.

In yoga this week:

Monday nite, 6:30-8pm, June 25. How about a slow vinyasa?

Thursday evening 5-6:15, June 28. We’ll finish our practice with a Yoga Nidra.