What encourages Trust in you?

Published on Saturday, February 9th, 2019

I am always honored by the trust yoga students place in the teacher. You come to class, open, curious and willing to try things that may be out of your comfort zone. Even the act of lying in savasana is an act of trust.Yet, there are those who have experienced personal trauma that makes this trust tenuous at best. Our yoga practice can help work on this. Intentionally acknowledging the feeling of emotional discomfort during the practice, brings that feeling to the forefront for you to exam.The path of yoga includes a niyama called Svadyaya.This is the act of self study, learning about what makes us tick. As we make the mind/body connection that yoga provides us the opportunity to develop, svadyaya helps us better understand our own inner workings. Relax into this intention during savasana, and see what happens.

This week in yoga:

Monday nite 2/11, Hatha Yoga 6:30-8pm Beside stretching our bodies, come stretch your mind with a gentle practice.

Thursday 2/14, Chair Yoga 3-4pm. Show yourself some love this Valentine’s day with our chair yoga practice.

Thursday evening 2/14 5-6:15pm. We’ll do a “put together” practice tonite where we take everyone’s favorites poses and make them into a cohesive practice.

Happy Valentine’s week!

Trust? That’s a complicated issue.

Published on Monday, February 4th, 2019

This month’s practice theme is, “Trust: The practice of faith in a love that won’t let us go”.When I began pondering the topic of trust, my head started spinning! Maybe it is given freely and easily. Maybe it has to be hard earned. Maybe it is broken easily. Maybe it is continued to be given even when it isn’t warranted. Once broken, it doesn’t seem easy to bring it back. What is having a trust in a love that won’t let us go mean? How do we relate this to our yoga practice? There are now yoga classes taught by specially trained teachers in what is called “trauma informed” or “trauma sensitive”. Many of us have trust issues that linger in our lives from past events. This can make being vulnerable in yoga class, relaxing in savasana or just closing the eyes difficult. Please let me know if you are someone with these issues as there are trained teachers in Fresno/Clovis that I can direct you to.

As the month progresses, we will take some baby steps to begin to unravel this. I have trust in my yoga practice to keep me calm, strong, centered and flexible. I have been a witness to that over the years.Although I have had times when I physically couldn’t practice asanas, I can always practice the other limbs of yoga: the yamas, niyamas, meditation, pranayama. It has been an adaptable practice for this aging human life.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 2/4 6:30-8pm. We begin our 10th year of practice together. It’s first Monday Yin!

Thursday Chair 2/7 3-4 pm Continue your focus on strength, balance, flexibility and equanimity with us.

Thursday Evening 2/7 5-6:15pm Of course, Yin!

Hope to see you this week at class!

What would the world be like if…..

Published on Saturday, January 26th, 2019

We have focused on the possibilities of our lives this month. Although we never know what may await us in the future, we can be sure that our own positive attitude and acceptance can help us ease into any possibilities. Let’s continue to celebrate the wonderful gifts life has to offer us, even when those gifts come wrapped in situations that we may not want. Those are definitely the hardest to accept graciously and to see as gifts. While we love the good stuff of our life, the not so good often proves more learning, healing and satisfaction in the end.

In yoga this week:

Monday Nite 1/28 from 6:30-8pm. Join us for a Hatha class focused on Balance, Strength, Agility and Flexibility.

Thursday 1/30 from 3-4 pm Chair yoga.

Thursday 1/30 from 5-6:15pm Hatha yoga

Join our community of folks living, laughing and loving in this world as we breath and move together!

The Woman’s March, 2019

Published on Saturday, January 19th, 2019

I digress a bit this week during our month of,”Possibility: The practice of Unfolding”, to mention the third Women’s March. The possibility I hope see is that one day equality will be a reality. It is true we have moved the needle toward this possibility, but right now, equality remains a dream. Today in Fresno, I saw and felt the ongoing shift in consciousness among young and old, male, female trans, and folks of all cultural backgrounds. For me to get to see this at least once a year, helps me to stay hopeful and focused. Each year, this gathering is bigger and more diverse. That also gives me hope.

This week in yoga:

Monday Nite 1/21 6:30-8pm. It is MLK day but we still have class. Join me for a mix of Hatha and Yin.

Thursday 1/24 3-4 pm Chair Yoga.

Thursday Evening 1/24 5-6:15pm . Let’s use some props to support our practice!

Our classes are held at The UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. You will find us practicing in the sanctuary. Hope to see you soon!

Getting out of your own way!

Published on Saturday, January 12th, 2019

I have noticed that when it comes to barriers and obstacles in my life, I am my own worst enemy. I can talk myself out of trying something new faster than anyone else ever could. If I can stop myself from immediately saying “no”, sit back and relax into a new idea or possibility, I usually will give it a go and be surprised. Yoga was like this for me, as my first yoga experience left me oh so sore along with a horrible cold. It took years before I got this experience behind me and opened up to a new possibility. Glad I did.

This week in yoga:

Monday 1/14, Hatha practice from 6:30-8pm.
Thursday 1/17,Chair yoga practice from 3-4pm.

On Thursday evening there is a concert in the Church. We’ll be back to our full schedule next week.

What possibilities call to you right now? Perhaps, you should listen. Hope to see you this week!

Hello 2019! January a month of possibility

Published on Saturday, January 5th, 2019

We will start of the new month and the New Year with Yin! Our yoga week will be abbreviated this week. So here’s what will be in store:

Monday Nite 1/7 from 6:30-8pm Let it be Yin! We’ll renew and restore.

Thursday Chair yoga from 3-4pm. It’s our monthly balance class with Jenny Gaede.

This may be a good time to start your own home practice. Don’t forget that YouTube has an abundance of short practices. Search gentle yoga, beginners yoga or hatha yoga. Be patient in your search and try on a few. Remember, just a pose or two can make a great starter practice.

Do you need a yoga infusion?

Published on Saturday, December 29th, 2018

While I cherish this season, I too find it to have its stresses. So, we will have our regular yoga class on Monday nite 12/31 from 6:30-8pm. Bring your intention to greet 2019 by taking care of yourself.

Our Thursday yogas, Chair and Hatha, will be on regular schedule as well. Chair is 3-4pm and Hatha from 5-6:15pm. Hoping that you will take some time this week to honor the end of 2018 and the beginning of new things to come. Happy New Year!

Yoga for Christmas week

Published on Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Our little evergreen has a story.We live in the foothills, so we are surrounded by trees of all types.Two years ago, we lost one of our beautiful trees to the drought/bark beetle and had to cut it down. Quickly, a small tree began growing out of the tree stump. This little tree had gotten quite big over the last years. My son is coming from New Zealand for his first Christmas home in 4 years, so we decided to decorate a tree this year. Lo and behold, our little evergreen filled the bill.

This week, there is no yoga class on Monday, Dec.24.But…

Thursday, December 28, Chair yoga from 3-4 pm.
Thursday, December 28, Hatha yoga from 5-6:15
Monday, December 31, New year’s eve from 6:30-8pm

Come join us if you have the opportunity! This is such a busy time. If you have family visiting, bring them along. All are welcome.

The mystery and awe within the Winter Solstice

Published on Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Albert Camus’ above quote is the thought I frequently reflected on during most of my mid-adult life. That time was marked by struggle, uncertainty, and scarcity for me and my family.I haven’t found a quote that reflects this current time of life as yet, but Albert Camus takes me back and, with gratitude.Each year, we can take the beauty of this time of year to remember our year, our past and our growth.

This week during our Monday nite practice and our chair yoga practice, we will have our now traditional winter solstice remembrance.

Monday Nite, 12/17 from 6:30-8pm A special practice focused on the winter solstice.

Thursday, 12/20 from 3-4pm. As we continue to focus on balance, strength, agility and flexibility, the return of the sun will hold a special place in our practice.

Thursday, 12/20 from 5-6:15pm. Drawing closer to the solstice (12/21) we’ll continue to focus our practice on the quite and reflection.

Misery & Ouch!: Back Pain

Published on Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Almost every American adult I know can share stories of back pain. Some of them are prolonged, some of them brief in nature. There are differing reasons why adults are prone to back pain (ever notice that kids don’t get back pain? If they do, it is a symptom of a serious problem). The one thing I can tell you is that staying active, putting your spine thru a range of movements and working with relaxation techniques can help keep your spine healthy.I’d like to tell you that back pain can be eliminated, but truth is it can be lessened with yoga.

Once each quarter, we spend a week on poses that have been found to be helpful for those with back pain. As we do these practices, you will notice that many of them are the same poses we do regularly. The key here is to tune into your spine and work the areas that been bothersome without aggravating muscles that tend to spasm. There is a school of thought that back pain can be triggered by emotions that we have stored in our muscles that lead to these spasms. As always, there are usually several factors that lead to an acute flare of pain. I find the mind/body connection an area that I want to explore more. If you are interested in this theory, look up Dr. John Sarno ( see the post from September 14,2014 on Dr. Sarno). He has books and practitioners that follow his philosophy

This week in yoga:

Monday, December 10, Hatha yoga 6:30-8pm. We will revisit the practice that has been tried in multiple medical studies on back pain.

Thursday, December 13, Chair yoga 3-4pm Jenny Gaede will lead our practice focused on balance. We’ll talk about a few specific chair poses to use when your back is aching.

Thursday, December 13, Hatha Yoga 5-6:15pm. Our back care practice will come from a series developed by Boston University in their wellness program.

Hoping to see you this week!