Our memories of perseverance

Published on Sunday, February 11th, 2018

This week I have spent some times remembering the times in my life where I persevered. Just like the pain of childbirth, the pain of these times is hard to feel in the present. I remember the lack of sleep, the lack of self time, worrying about how my children where REALLY faring. When I was closer in time to the life events where I persevered, I would reflect more on the sacrifices and hard things, then I do now. Years out from most of these experiences, I feel a bit of awe of what was accomplished, leading to my life now. Every moment during those time, was worth the pain.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 2/12 our regular hatha yoga practice with a guided savasana

Thursday Evening 2/15 We will mix our hatha with a few yin poses at the end

The next Chair yoga workshop begins March 8-29,2018. A few open spaces remain. Email sarayuyoga@gmail for more information.

Our theme this month: Perseverance

Published on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

It’s a rather interesting coincidence that the month of February we are focusing on perseverance and that February is the 8th anniversary of Monday Nite yoga class. The community of yogis who have ebbed and flowed thru our class these last years gives honor to the idea of perseverance. Thru the many ups and downs of life, yogis keep coming back to their practice. The yogic observance(niyama) of tapas, zeal for practice, is the foundation of returning and returning. There is no doubt that life has a way of taking over our personal time, but that interruption usually passes. And the yogi returns.

Thank you for 8 wonderful years of community.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 2/5 6:30-8pm. It’s the first Monday of the month which means Yin!

Thursday 2/8, Chair yoga, Workshop #4. This week we will”put it all together” for a practice of meditation, pranayama, Energization and asanas.

Thursday Evening 2/8. Yin on tap for our Thursday evening yogis!

Chair Yoga Workshop will be on hiatus until March 8. Let me know if you will return!

It’s the end of January…how did we do?

Published on Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Change is hard. By the end of January, alot of folks have abandoned their “New Years’s Resolution(s)”. some, have modified their resolutions to fit the reality of their life. There’s nothing wrong with that! One way you can bring change into your life without feeling like your resolutions were a bust, is to bring intention into your life. “Why do I come to yoga practice? My intention is to……” fill in the blank. Setting our intention, sets our brain to value the activity. Whatever activity you wish to cultivate.

This week in yoga, flows into February!

Monday 1/29 6:30-8pm A gentle practice with a grounding savasana.

Thursday 2/1 Chair yoga Workshop #3 3-4pm. We’ll use a breathing app to cultivate our breath. Energization exercises will be introduced.

Thursday 2/1 5-6:15pm Let’s move a bit more vigorously and finish off our practice with mindful poses.

Hope you can join us!

Why we march or don’t march

Published on Saturday, January 20th, 2018

In January 2017, many of us chose to attend the Woman’s March. For me, it was a time of deep concern, astonishment, fear and sadness. We again, in 2018 have an opportunity to march together. Another year under our belt has let us see clearly the directions our country, it’s people and the world in general. The new year is a time for re-evaluation of ourselves, our world and what we want for ourselves and our world. What do we wish to preserve and what do we wish to let go? Is the march personal or more a gathering of powerful intentions by many others, or both? If we are marching, what are we marching for?

I hope that my marching today is a positive event as I do it with positive intentions. Showing up to say,”I am here. I stand on the side of love” is my intent. To let my granddaughters know, when they are old enough to understand, that their Bubie stood with other women and men to make the world better for them. Whether marching actually changes what is happening around us,I don’t know. I can hope it changes me and holds me to my beliefs and values. In yogic philosophy, we have the yamas, ahimsa (non-harming), satya (truthfulness), and the niyama svadyaya that provide direction on our life path. I also march with them in my heart.

This week in yoga:

Monday January 22 6:30-8pm a class that we will take our asanas(poses) to a personal level. While all doing the same asanas, we will hold each one to the count of our individual breath.

Thursday, January 25. Chair yoga 3-4pm. In our second workshop we will work on meditation techniques, exploring our individuality in the science of training our mind. We will also explore a Chair yoga curriculum.

Thursday evening, January 25 5-6:15pm. Let’s enjoy a combination class of active asanas followed by relaxation poses.

Please join us in our intention to start 2018, positive, healthier and in good company.

Welcome back!

Published on Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Just a reminder that we will resume our classes at the UU Church of Fresno this Thursday, 7/27 from 5-6:15 pm. We’ll have a “weather appropriate” practice for those who are worried about the heat. Bring your water and wear light, comfortable clothing! Hope to see you there!

Welcome back Buddhamommy!

Published on Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Sorry about the absence of the website. My wonderful webmaster lives in Australia, so it takes us some time get problems straightened out. Thanks for your patience.

This month our theme is Intention: The Practice of Choosing. . This is a good reminder that for 2018 and always, our intentions can form the direction of our lives. I believe the adage, “garbage in, garbage out”.This drives my own intention to find more exposure to the healthy and positive in life, rather than allowing the pervasive darkness in. That takes some planning, evaluating and re-evaluating every day.

This week in yoga:

Monday 1/15 6:30-8pm Join us for a gentle practice and a yoga nidra to finish our practice.

Thursday 1/18 3-4pm First Chair Yoga Workshop. If you attended last year, please bring your folder.

Thursday 1/18 5-6:15pm Gentle practice with focus on intention setting.

I hope to send out February and March calendars via email this week. Be sure I have your email!

Welcome 2018 with Yin Yoga!

Published on Saturday, December 30th, 2017

With open arms, open hearts, open minds (and a good sense of humor), let’s welcome 2018! We usually have yin as are primary practice throat the first week of each month. So Thursday, 1/4 and Monday 1/8 we will find our quiet place and come back to ourselves after a busy season.

The New Year often prompts us to make resolutions, things we wish to change in ourselves for the New Year. No matter if we are someone who values this yearly practice or not, everyone can be open to new experiences and focuses for our year to come. Self-care comes to mind when I think about a worthy endeavor for the new year. It affects the physical, emotional, spiritual layers of each of us. Yoga can be part of self-care along with the enjoyment of being in community with wonderful people.

So, yoga for this week is only one class!

Thursday Evening 5-6:15pm YIN!

Take some time to renew

Published on Monday, December 25th, 2017

We are in that “mid-holiday” time: those days between Christmas and New Year’s. The excitement of Christmas is wearing away from our thoughts and we slowly move to replace it with reflections of the past year and anticipation for the New Year. The cold, sometimes overcast, infrequently wet weather brings a quietness that rivals the darkness. Go inside and find out what is there.

Yoga this week will be only one class:

Thursday Evening December 28 from 5-6:15pm, our last practice for 2017. Join us to stretch, breath and reflect.

I am still taking participants for our Chair Yoga Workshop in January. Would love to hear from you! (sarayuyoga@gmail.com)

A Poem for Humanity in 2018

May we never feel alone. May we always have people to talk to, to share ideas with, and to lend and receive comfort; may we always have a friend.

May we never go hungry. May we always have food on our table and in our bellies; may we always have enough to share.

May we never go thirsty. May we always find a way to quench the dryness and may our parched and puckered mouths find relief.

May we never be cold. May we always have blankets, jackets, and hats. May we also have gloves, and good boots, and sweaters, and tights, and very thick socks.

May we never stop listening and learning. May we hear the point before making our own; may we wait and digest before countering with everything we know.

May we never stop finding joy and delight. May we laugh until our sides hurt and tears stream down our faces.

May we never stop fighting the good fight, for what’s truly right; may we always champion the underdogs with smaller voices, turning our darkness into light.

May we always be heard, believed, and encouraged; may our shared stories lift the veil that eclipses the truth.

May we always be seekers, doers, and problem-solvers; may we find tender ways to be part of the solution.

May we practice kindness like religion, and may compassion be the first thing we feel, even in the most difficult situations.

May our many prayers be answered. May all of our prayers upon prayers upon prayers for this troubled world be answered again and again.

May our words not be censored, or misconstrued, or stifled; may we always speak clearly, with conviction, and from the heart.

May our constitutional rights remain intact, even if they are amended; may we learn to accept amendments for the greater good and safety of all people.

May we explore renewable energy and slow down the human consumption that is currently killing our planet; may we work to put the excavation of fossil fuels secondary to environmentally sound options.

May we turn away from hatred, and rid ourselves from its suffocating grip; may we recognize it before it weaves its way into our lives and the lives of our children.

May our grief give way to fond, warm memories; may the recollection of our time spent with passed loved ones sustain us throughout our days.

May our physical health be our top priority, and may our mental health be just as important.

May our innocence shine through our cynicism and our jaded life stories; may the goodness we were born with keep us happy and young inside.

May we always feel free from fear; may our fears never hold us hostage.

May we first look to humble ourselves, to be grateful and ever-mindful, despite the raging world outside. May we feel stability and grace inside our own souls, for what else is there?

May peace be our collective dream; may prosperity be the byproduct of our quest for peace.

May we discover our unique gifts: may we hone them and move forward to create a happy life.

And may we find the kind of strength that comes from selfless love; may our strength come from how well we genuinely love others and how well we freely love (and forgive) ourselves.

Amen. written by Kimberly Valzania


Coming back to the Light

Published on Friday, December 22nd, 2017

When I saw this beautiful sconce on the wall in our Venice hotel, it immediately brought to mind the soft light at Year’s End: candles, tree lights. The beauty of the early winter brings to mind the past and the possibilities of the future. The ancients were grateful for the returning light which was their sustenance. While we have artificial light, the times that light doesn’t work for us can give us a subtle panic(notice how you feel the next time we have a power failure!). We are creatures of the light. Even so, the darkness can allow us to become more appreciative of the gifts of light and the gifts of darkness. Gratitude, acceptance and hope for what has gone and for what is to come.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite, NO CLASS. Have a blessed Christmas.

Thursday Evening 5-6:15pm Let’s move gently toward 2018 with a combination of restorative and yin, and a yoga nidra.

There are still a few openings for the Chair Yoga workshop Jan.18-February 8. Call or email to reserve your place.

Coming of the Winter Solstice

Published on Saturday, December 16th, 2017

This quote from Albert Camus has spoken to me all my life. I first read it as a teen, having no idea what life had in store for me. Many times,particularly hard times, this quote would pop into my head, warming my heart and providing me comfort. This was probably one of my first self-care modalities. Today, yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, water therapy are some of my “go to” modalities, but this quote is so portable and so immediate, I think it will always be with me.

Winter solstice is a time of reflection, renewal and intention setting.It can connect us with our past, present and future. A very powerful time of the year, if we remember it is there. Often, we are encouraged to focus outside ourselves at Christmas time: giving to others, helping our community, expressing compassion for all. Of course these are important focus now and all year. Let’s give the gift of this quiet, cold, and dark time to go inward and help prepare us for our year ahead. Unknown as the year may be, we can can look at how our reactions/actions are what truly shape our lives.

The week in yoga:

Monday nite 6:30-8pm. Our Winter Solstice practice. We will practice a winter solstice flow, then remember how our ancestors acknowledged the solstice as we reflect on this year and the next.

Thursday evening 5-6:15pm This year, our Thursday practice falls on the date of the solstice, December 21. A more gentle solstice practice focusing on our prana (breath/energy).

Join us for a practice! Remember, a chair yoga workshop is coming in January. Contact me or read thru the last couple of posts for more info.