November is here!

Published on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

As we enter into November, we also move into the holiday season. It is a time for making memory and remembering memories made. It is a difficult time of the year for some of us. It is a joyful and stressful time for others. However this season comes into our living, let’s take some time to slow down, feel what becomes present for us, and make new memories.

This is the first full week of the month, it’s time for Yin. Here’s what to expect this week in yoga:

Monday, November 5 from 6:30-8pm Yin practice.

Thursday, Chair Yoga, November 8, 3-4pm We’ll continue to work on strength and flexibility.

Thursday, November 8 from 5-6:15pm Yin!

Let’s mindfully move into our November!

Halloween Practice!

Published on Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Some spirits really take their yoga practice seriously! This photo is an interesting view of what our skeletons look like doing Warrior 2! I am sure all of us look at least this solid in our pose!

We move from October to November during this week. Here is what is happening in yoga:

Monday nite yoga, 6:30-8pm We’ll move stretch and strengthen our own skeletons!

Thursday, November 1, Chair Yoga 3-4pm We continue to build on our practice with something for everyone.

Thursday, November 1, Tuesday evening yoga from 5-6:15pm Let’s do a Yin practice tonite to welcome November.

Hope to see you at practice this week!

Finding the Sacred Space in Southern Utah

Published on Sunday, October 21st, 2018

I don’t know why I was surprised. I’ve been to Southern Utah before. Perhaps, it was spending extended time camping in the red rocks. Being held by the canyon in its beauty and quiet, gave me an appreciation for the antiquity and sacredness of this place. I knew that I felt this sacred connection in the Grand Canyon, but was surprised to find it here (Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, Utah).

We are back to our regular schedule for yoga this week:

Monday October 22, Monday Nite yoga from 6:30-8pm.Hatha Yoga

Thursday October 25, Chair yoga 3-4pm

Thursday October 25, 5-6:15pm Hatha Yoga

I will often describe our Monday nite yoga and Thursday Evening yoga as Hatha yoga. I do this mainly to distinguish these classes from Chair Yoga. The definition of Hatha Yoga is:

Hatha Yoga, which literally means “union through discipline of force”, is a school of Yoga that stresses mastery of the body as a way of attaining a state of spiritual perfection in which the mind is withdrawn from external objects. (from the website)

This week, I haven’t posted what our classes will be this week. Don’t worry, they will be gentle!

Class update for week of Oct.15-19

Published on Friday, October 12th, 2018

This upcoming week we have some exciting things going on in yoga. On Monday Oct.15, please join yoga teacher Mary Ann Jones. She will be teaching our regular 6:30-8pm practice.

On Thursday, Oct 18 the Chair Yoga class will be treated to a balance focused class taught by Jenny Gaede. It is from 3-4pm. Jenny is a practicing yogi as well as a Physical Therapist. She has taken additional training in balance issues.

The Thursday evening class this week is cancelled. Please plan to join us the following week 10/25 when we start back to our regular schedule.

See you soon!

Connect to your sacred

Published on Sunday, October 7th, 2018

This month we are exploring our own sacred. Where do we find it? For some, the yoga mat is a sacred space. They do not like others walking on their mat as it represents a personal space that should not be violated or shared. For others, the mat is a symbol for a space that they carry inside and it’s physical presence is not as personal. We respect each attitude understanding that each of us find the sacred in our own way.

This week in yoga:

Monday 10/8 6:30-8pm We’ll explore Namaskars (salutes) in our practice.

Thursday 10/11 3-4pm Chair Yoga We’ll continue to build on our practice options.

Thursday 10/11 5-6:15pm We’ll build a practice based on each yogi’s favorite pose.

Come join us!

October: The practice of finding sacred space

Published on Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Where is(are) your sacred place(s)? I have one inside, my meditation altar, and many more outside, like my garden. The sacred can be large scale or small scale. I remember years ago being fortunate to raft down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon. We took two trips, one from Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch and the second from Phantom Ranch to Lake Mead. Each of these experiences were sacred in different ways. On the first trip when we hiked up to Nankoweap, an ancient home of the Anasazi peoples. Looking out from their dwellings, I saw a view of the Colorado River that I wanted to see each morning for the rest of my life. And I do now by the miracle of photography.Seeing it, helps me to remember the sacred we find in each day of our lives.

This was a sacred place for the Anaszi. It was where they lived. In their lives, everyday and sacred were entwined. This was brought into my consciousness by a comment made while on a neighborhood walk on Saturday. As we entered a Fresno neighborhood, a resident of that neighborhood who was out for a walk stated, ” Our neighborhood is sacred”.She may have actually said “secret”, but with her accent I heard “sacred”. I realized in that moment that the neighborhood we walked thru the previous week was also sacred to its community as it should be to us. It’s all sacred, the beautiful and peaceful and the chaotic and the crowded. It is with our senses and our souls that we connect with the sacred around us.

This week in yoga:

Monday October 1 from 6:30-8pm. Our only practice of the week. Come stretch and reflect.

No classes this Thursday. We are off to Denver for a 1st birthday party!

Vision and action

Published on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

The Dalai Lama imparts so much wisdom to us is such a few words. This quote helps me realize that not only do I need vision, but I need to see how(a plan) that vision can become a reality. Without the action component, the vision goes nowhere. The positivity of both the vision and the action we take to bring forward that vision only makes both vision and action a positive end for both ourselves and those in our sphere. Looking at our own vision, we can ponder what positive attributes we can bring into the world.

This week in yoga:

Monday 9/24 from 6:30-8pm. How about an Ananda practice focused on strength, flexibility, balance and agility>

Thursday Chair Yoga 9/27 from 3-4pm. We’ll keep on strengthening those quads as we work on our overall strength.

Thursday 9/27 from 5-6:15pm We’ll pull in various props that allow us to linger in poses a bit longer.

When a vision disappoints

Published on Saturday, September 15th, 2018

Ever have a vision, or a view of the future, disappoint you? Often? I think this is a common human consequence of not being able to control everything. I venture a guess that most of us had dealt with large and small disappointments in the way we envisioned our futures. I think it’s fair to say that we owe ourselves some time to readjust our attitude to what IS from what we thought it would be. After sometime adjusting our attitude, then what? Then, the hard work begins. We begin to live in a situation that we didn’t plan on. This is the time for creative thinking, optimisum, hope, laughter and honest dialog. We need friends to hear us out about our disappointments and become our cheerleaders as we adapt.We can bring our real selves to our yoga mat as we breath, stretch and feel our way thru to our new reality. Life is hard and it is made easier surrounded by those that care for us.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite 9/17 from 6:30-8pm It’s back care week. We’ll explore a practice that give some ease to aching backs.

Thursday 9/21 from 3-4pm Join us for a balance focused class with guest teacher Jenny Gaede.

Thursday 9/20 from 5-6:15pm. Another practice for that back. You will have access to copies of both practices for home use.

Forward, ever forward.

Published on Sunday, September 9th, 2018

I guess, we could stop searching, stop looking ahead, stop thinking about the future. Our mantra may be ,”be present”, don’t worry about the past or future. But is that really the way most of us can live moment to moment? For myself, I am constantly attempting mindfulness in my daily activities, which perhaps, negates thinking about the future. But I don’t think anyone can completely eliminate planning, dreaming, anticipating, our future. Nor, do we want to! I believe the goal is to learn from the past, be mindful in the present and look to the future. Touching our memory on the past helps us move forward with experience and open eyes. Seeing what may come in the future from our current activities/focuses, lets us have hope and dreams. Being present in the now, allows us to show that we have learned from the past as we walk into what our lives have in store for us. I hope that this month you take time to take stock of your path forward.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite 6:30-8pm Yin!

Thursday 3-4pm Chair yoga.We’ll continue to put together practices we need for strength, flexibility, balance and agility.

Thursday 5-6:15pm Well mix our Yin with some Yang!

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!