Moving into Yes

Published on Saturday, August 12th, 2017

How we move in our bodies, transmits our attitude. How we walk, our posture, our physical openness, speaks to the world about us. Many times, we do the same things with our bodies each day: drive, sit, exercise. Our bodies develop a way or pattern of movement. Yoga helps us develop new ways to move our bodies which can change our mood, our subtle communication to the world. When we spend time to focus on our posture, opening our usually closed over chest, finding our balance, we change the message our body is broadcasting.

In yoga this week:

Monday nite 6:30-8pm We’ll learn a little about the fascia that covers our body, contributing to our movement. We’ll begin with a walking meditation.

Thursday nite 5-6:15pm Let’s continue the exploration of our fascia with a yin and yang practice.

On August 26 at noon, I will lead an Ananda Practice at the 2017 Yoga Fest at the Fulton Yoga Collective( This is an all day (10am-11pm)event that focuses on a variety of yoga practice, kirtan (yoga music), the yogic lifestyle (including foods and beverages), exposure to Aryuvedic principles and meet like minded yogis. All day ticket (come and go ticket) is $25. If you want to focus on a few individual offerings, they are $15 each session. Hope to see you there!

Willingness: The Practice of Yes

Published on Saturday, August 5th, 2017

I think it is interesting that one of the constant(and first) words in a toddler’s vocabulary is,”No!”. As we mature, does “No” continue to be our go to word? For me, I may not say “No”, but I am likely to be thinking it. Changing our attitude includes changing our thinking, our internal dialogue.At first, this change may only be an intention or a desire to think differently. Remembering each day to set that positive attitude can be much like the learning curve we all go thru of remembering to bring our own grocery bags into the store when we shop. At first, we remember maybe 50% of the time and are dismayed by the 50% of the time we forget. With practice, we slowly remember, until we hit the 90% of the time. Not perfect, but definitely more toward our goal. More positivity goes on in our head.

Yoga provides us with many opportunities to practice willingness. To say “Yes” when we are unsure. From physical movement, to learning to quiet our minds, to trying a breathing technique that seems tough, yoga provides us tools to make the shift from No to Yes.

Come join us this week for our yoga practices!

Monday Nite from 6:30-8pm. Its Yin week! Be ready to relax and stretch.

Thursday Evening from 5:6:15pm More Yin!

All are welcome. Instruction is provided with help as you may need. Let’s say “Yes” together!

Yes! Yoga back to normal schedule this week!

Published on Sunday, July 30th, 2017

I am a bit tardy about this posting for the week of July 31- August 3. I’ve been at a family reunion away from technology for bit. Have no fear! We are back on track this week with Monday and Thursday yoga. Scroll back thru the posts on this site for days and times. I think I’ll keep you in suspense about what we’ll be doing this week, other than to say we will do a Yin practice on Thursday.

Please join us as we begin our last full month of summer! See you Monday nite!

Just a reminder…..

Published on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Just a reminder that we are taking a little break here in July to do some exploring! No classes 7/20 and 7/24. See you back on 7/27! Enjoy the time to explore your world!

Strength within

Published on Saturday, July 15th, 2017

“The roots of resilience….are to be found in the sense of being understood by and existing in the mind and heart of a loving, attuned and self-possessed other.” Diana Fosha

Our temperatures this month in the Central Valley may have tested our personal resiliency. So many days with high day time temps and little to no relief at night, can wear many of us down. Sleep is such an essential to good health that prolonged disruption is wearing and harmful. This is a good time to practice Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) to help refresh our brains and our bodies. There are many guided yoga mudras to be found on the Internet (Google or You Tube, “Yoga Nidra”). What Yoga Nidra does is brings our minds into that state between consciousness and sleep. You may recognize this state as the time between being fully awake and drifting off into sleep. Our bodies and minds relax in Yoga Nidra, but we do not fall asleep. Even so, coming back out from a yoga nidra practice, you may feel like you got a refreshing nap.This may help you with the accumulative sleep deprivation many of us feel in the heat. Even short (10-15 minute) Yoga Nidra practices can be helpful.

This week in yoga, ONLY one practice!

Monday Nite July 17 from 6:30-8pm A gentle Ananda practice finishing with a Yoga Nidra.

We will have a break in our group practices with no classes July 20 and July 24. This might be a good time to check out some Yoga Nidra! Hope to see you Monday Nite!

Developing a personal resiliency plan

Published on Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Psychology says that there are many factors/qualities that help us remain resilient thru challenges: belief in one’s self, viewing bad times as temporary, knowing your boundaries,cultivating self-awareness,willingness to sit in silence, self care habits, a sense of humor, and community. Your tribe.
This is what I feel a regular yoga class with a group develops. I marvel at the before class time when people are checking in and catching up. Knowing that in a few moments, we will share silence, laughter, movement and breath. It doesn’t get any better than this!

This week, we will continue to honor the summer heat by making our practices slow and easy. Perhaps more yoga nidra at the end of class??

Monday nite 6:30-8pm Lots of time and space to breath and stretch

Thursday Evening 5-6:15pm More of the same! If you venture out in the heat to come to class, perhaps you will find coolness within!

We practice at the beautiful UU Church of Fresno. Please join us and bring your water!

Resilience: The Practice of Thriving

Published on Saturday, July 1st, 2017

At one time or another, all of us “go off the rails”, “loose it” ” temporarily lose our minds”. Our lives are complicated. Even the most calm of us has times when we feel we are completely disconnected from our body, our mind, the world. Yoga and mediation helps us to bring ourself back to balance, to help us remember who we are, the place where we feel most comfortable inside. Our theme this month is resilience, the practice of thriving. Resilience is learned and developed. Most of us have a certain amount of resiliency innately, but even that can at times be overwhelmed. Meditation gives us tools to settle the mind. Yoga provides us a way to develop/strengthen the connection between our body and mind, improving our resiliency.

This week, our yoga practice is easy to describe. ITS YIN WEEK!

Monday July 3, 6:30-8pm YIN!
Thursday July 6, 5-6:15pm YIN!

Join us at the UU Church of Fresno as we allow ourselves the space to develop resiliency in our own ways. All are welcome!

Altering practice

Published on Saturday, June 24th, 2017

There are many reasons we may need to adjust our practice: injury, recovery from illness/injury, aging, practice environment changes. Yoga encourages us to honor our body. For me, this has been challenging. My body has changed over the years, making some asanas unattainable and even dangerous. I have had physical injuries over the years which required thoughtful changes in my practice. And finally, as we move through the seasons of the year, our practice needs to reflect our environment. This summer, we have been hit hard by hot weather quickly and for an extended time. This doesn’t mean we stop practicing, it means we modify our practice. Our sacred space remains there for us no matter what condition we find our body, mind, and spirit.

This week in yoga at the UU Church of Fresno:

Monday nite 6:30-8pm Join us for a gentle Ananda inspired practice.
Thursday Evening 5-6:15 pm Let’s mix a yin and Ananda practice!

Keep in mind, that only you know your body’s limits and capacity. This heat is a wonderful opportunity to use your inward reflection skills to determine just how much should do during hot weather.You are always welcome to come and practice just what you feel you can. Being in community is part of yoga. See you soon!

Taking stock mid-year: Summer solstice

Published on Saturday, June 17th, 2017

We are so used to the traditions of the New Year. In particular, the tradition of setting New Years resolutions or intentions. Often, we only briefly return to our memory of what seemed like a solid commitment for our New Year, as the days pass on from winter to summer. Here we are at the half year mark, the time we celebrate the year’s longest day. The day where we have the most (day)light to shine back on ourselves and our lives. How have we done? Did we sabotage ourselves with too many things to change? Did life overwhelm us, leaving our good intentions behind? This is a good time to evaluate our year so far, make course corrections if needed, and continue to live in joy!

Keeping in mind the expected >100 degree temperatures anticipated for this week, here is what our practices will be like:

Monday Nite 6:30-8pm We will learn about yoga nidra and our practice will focus on body sensing yoga techniques.

Thursday Evening 5-6:15 pm We will bring in the summer solstice with a Surya Namaskar (sun salute), followed by a reflective, introspective practice.

Please join us to explore taking our practices to a new level with body sensing and interoception this week. Our classes are held at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. All are welcome! Be sure to rehydrate and bring water!

Is back pain lessening your zest for Life?

Published on Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Our theme for this month, is the practice of enthusiasm: Zest. It is difficult to find that zest for life when pain is ever present. Yoga in general can help us deal with the pain that finds our body as we live and age. This week’s practice focuses specifically on a practice that can assist with managing the pain and disability that we can find in our backs. We’ll do this practice as well as give you a copy of it for home use.

In Yoga this week:

Monday 6:30-8 pm Back care practice

Thursday No Practice this week!
Watch this space for the return of Chair Yoga workshops.

We practice at the UU Church of Fresno. Join us!