Mid-June: Solstice and more

Published on Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Several years ago(2015), the UN recognized June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Although not well known as yet, this recognition made a clear acknowledgment that Yoga was now in the international eye. The date coincides with summer solstice (and occasionally Father’s Day) marking the day as one that integrates an astronomical point in the year, the change of seasons, and hopefully, a change in world consciousness. While celebrations of this day have not really caught on in a big way, just like yoga itself, it is slowly seeping into the world and the changes are for the better. We will have a practice on the 21st and in our own way, bring attention to both the solstice and the IDY, 2018.

This week in Yoga:

Monday Nite 6/18 from 6:30-8pm. A slow, gentle Ananda inspired practice. Maybe even a gentle vinyasa.

Thursday Evening 5-6:15 pm. We’ll mix a hatha and a yin practice to honor both traditions and our transition to Summer.

Come and hear a little bit about Fresno Mindfulness Walks. This may be a nice addition to your mindfulness practice.

Our yoga blessing

Published on Friday, June 8th, 2018

We have a practice that is both a blessing to us and our bodies/spirit, but also gives us the opportunity to share a blessing with each other. It seems that the word Namaste is known or at least has been heard by most everyone. When I ask new students if they have heard the word, almost all say yes. But when asked if they know what it means, they say no. I think it is a term that is sorely needed in our world today. It brings us together. It acknowledges our sameness. Creates a safe and welcoming community.

This week in yoga is short!

Monday Nite 6:30-8pm. Our only practice this week. This is Chalice Camp Week at the Church. Be ready for some temporary changes in our practice space! No class on Thursday so we don’t conflict with the end of Camp that day. Our practice will reflect the changes in our space that evening.

It’s June! Finding the blessings of Summer.

Published on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

When you live in the Central Valley of California, you are surrounded with the blessings of agriculture. First, we have the blossoms and then we have the bounty of fruit and nuts they gift us. Living here is a blessing of abundance. But then of course, there is the hot weather that goes along with that. It may take a bit of work, but can turn that hot weather into a blessing as well.

This week we are coming back into our yoga classes after a break. The month of June is pretty consistent in the class offerings except for one Thursday, June 14. Let’s count our blessings this month as the season of summer is upon us!

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite June 4 from 6:30-8pm. How about some Yin?

Thursday Evening June 7 from 5-6:15 pm. More yin! A great way to practice as the weather warms up!

The Church parking lot will be re-paved on Thursday. Be sure to park on the street to above getting asphalt on your shoes! See you at practice.

See you May 31!

Published on Friday, May 11th, 2018

When I take a vacation, I always worry a bit about yogi’s not hearing that class has been cancelled for awhile. Hopefully YOU got he message! We will resume class on Thursday 5/31 from 5-6:15 pm. I likely will not get time to post for that class, so expect a surprise practice!

It’s May, let your creativity roll!

Published on Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Here comes May! Flowers, warmer weather, alot of outdoor living and activities. Our theme this month is Creativity: The practice of imagination. There are as many ways to express our personal creativity as there are individuals to express them. Besides our yoga practice, who can we uncover our creativity thru out this month? I am looking into replacing my creative feelings with a new art form due to a physical change I have experienced. I can’t wait to see what new direction I find myself headed.

This week in yoga:

Monday May 6, 6:30-8pm It’s Yin Monday!

Thursday May 10, 5-6:15 pm It’s Yin Thursday!

Thursday’s class is our last class until Thursday, May 31. You have some time to branch out. Maybe try a class at a local studio during this time. Be creative! Explore!

Transforming thought

Published on Sunday, April 29th, 2018

April has been a month of many types of transformation: weather, our gardens, and hopefully, ourselves. One of the transformations I am interested in for myself is transforming my internal dialogue. I think this “chatter” influences our day to day lives in ways we rarely acknowledge. It is very ingrained in us. It becomes to our “go to” thoughts when we are moving thru our day, wrestling with simple to complex problems, and interfacing with our external world. I often wonder if chanting is an ancient way of changing this. For me, some chants become, “ear worms” that run thru my mind all day. I certainly like those messages better than my own go to dialogue.How do you change your internal talk?

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite April 30, 6:30-8 pm A gentle Hatha practice

Thursday Evening May 3 5-6:15 Here comes may! Lets have a combined Yin and Hatha practice.

Here comes May! See you at class.

Transformative power of light

Published on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

We all have people in our lives that bring the sunshine along with their presence. After spending time with them, you feel uplifted, enthusiastic and yet, calm. That gift that they have can be acquired by anyone of us, if we recognize, then, cultivate it. Once recognized, we can take active steps to bring a little more light into our own lives with words, actions and attitudes that support the light. This light can be like the oxygen mask that drops down for you to use in an emergency on a plane, life saving and life enhancing. We first need to place the mask on ourselves, then we can help others. Find your own light, then share it. Take care of yourself, so you can help others.

This week in Yoga:

Monday nite 4/23/18, 6:30-8pm Let’s honor our connection to the earth, through our Hatha Yoga practice. Grounding poses that uplift the spirit.

Thursday 4/26/18 Chair Yoga 3-4pm. Last session in our workshop. Let’s focus on poses you want to work with for your personal practice this summer.

Thursday evening 4/26/18 5-6:00 pm. Our practice will be 15 minutes shorter this week in order to accommodate a program that follows after us in the sanctuary. Given the abrupt change in the weather, this practice will be slow and gentle.

Looking forward to the Fall, plans are afoot for making the Chair Yoga class a weekly event(rather than the 4 week series it has been). I would love to hear your thoughts if you are interested in this possibility. Send me an email at sarayuyoga@gmail.com with your thoughts, days and times you would like to see this presented and any questions you may have.

With adversity come wonders

Published on Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Almost two years ago now, our area experienced a wildfire. Called the Goose Fire, it ravaged a wide swath of Black Mountain, which is in our backyard. Each Mother’s Day, Black Mountain is open to the public to walk and revel in wildflowers native to our area. After a fire, many unexpected wildflowers show their faces, such as the one above, the wind poppy. Never before had I seen this magnificent little survivor who showed herself off amid the charred earth. I then set out on a quest to find a wind poppy for my garden. The photo above is the result. Her beauty transformed Black Mountain and my garden this year.

Sometimes the beauty in adversity can be hard to see when you are close to the event. It may take time and distance to see the transformation it brings. I think it is well worth waiting, looking for and appreciating.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 4/16 6:30-8pm A sound meditation will begin our practice tonite.

Thursday 4/19 3-4pm Chair yoga # 3 in this series. I will try again for that lovely savasana I promised last week. We’ll continue to explore our work books.

Thursday 4/19 5-6:15 Let’s work our hips!

A month of transformation

Published on Monday, April 9th, 2018

Here in the Central Valley, our short Spring has begun. Likely, the rains are subsiding as the foothills are green with budding flowers all around. Our Spring here is wonderful although far too short. Our own transformations are life-long, maybe being a bit more noticeable at this time of year. Perhaps you have been faithful to the changes you committed to in January and are reaping the benefits. Perhaps the warmer weather inspires you to kickstart your journey. Wherever you find yourself this April, know that you have it within you to transform your life at anytime.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite April 9, 6:30-8pm Using our intention stones, we’ll have an opportunity to focus our practice on our month of transformation.

Thursday April 12, 3-4pm Chair Yoga. We continue to explore our workbook as we put together our own personal practices.

Thursday Evening April 12, 5-6:15pm Let’s explore our three Namaskars and have a longer Yoga Nidra.

Swamij Froggy

Published on Sunday, April 1st, 2018

One of our long time Yogis brought this wonderful Frog to me last week. He certainly represents perfection in Tree Pose! He will grace our garden. I named him Swamij Froggy. You’ll notice in the title this week, I call him Swamij Froggy. When the”j” is added to the title Swami, it becomes a term of endearment (“dearest Swami”).

Our focus this month is, Emergence: The practice of transformation. Seeing transformation in nature around us, can provide personal inspiration. Nature’s transformation from winter to spring occurs in a rather predictable and dependable manner. A human’s transformation is more unpredictable as it is slower. Perhaps as we never completely transform but are constantly transforming?

This week in Yoga:

Monday Nite, April 2, 6:30-8pm. First Monday Yin.

Thursday, Chair Yoga, April 5, 3-4pm. We begin our last four weeks for this season. We will work on putting together chair practices that address our individual needs

Thursday Evening, April 5, 5-6:15pm First Thursday Yin.

Start dressing in lighter clothing now, as our temperatures will be more unpredictable. We may even have an Thursday class outdoors soon!