Pause, Elder Flowers, Yucca Flowers

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April 2012


In class, some of the pauses you do are:
–When you roll to your side
–In between one asana and another
–Within an asana

You can continue this practice throughout your day, taking a few moments to breathe and just notice what’s going on with your whole being.

This helps you to be focused and aware, and it is a way to release deeply held tensions.


Elder Flowers

Elder trees are blooming now. Our native Elder is Sambuca Mexicana. The flowers are helpful for colds, flu, fevers, viruses, respiratory infections, and for general strengthening of immunity.

Add some flowers to pennyroyal herb for a tea.

Or, put some in hot water and place a towel over your head for a toning facial steam. Also, a bath with the flowers will help pull out toxins.

Later in the year, we’ll talk about Elder berries.


Yucca Flowers

The beautiful Yucca is also in bloom. Gather fresh, young flowers from Our Lord’s Candle/Chaparral Yucca (Yucca whipplei) or Mojave Yucca/Spanish Bayonet (Yucca schidigera).

Remove the bitter center of the flower. Cook the petals in boiling water until soft. Add them to a stir-fry.

Coastal Sage Gardening has these plants.

You can get dried pennyroyal and elder flowers from In Harmony Herbs and Spices.


Special Free Dhara Yoga Classes for May

These classes are free and additional to our regularly scheduled classes. Please join us! Please see the March Living Yoga newsletter for the special free April classes.

Pt. Loma United Methodist Church
1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
Call or email to register

Yoga for Autoimmune Conditions
Tuesday May 8
12:30-1:30   Free
Yoga can help the physical, emotional, and lifestyle issues that go along with having an autoimmune condition. You can do yoga even if you are not flexible or are unable to be on the floor. We will also talk about the benefits of Yoga Therapy. No previous experience is necessary.
Please call or email to register.

Meditation for Stress, Illness, and Pain
Wednesday May 23
12:00-12:45   Free
Find your natural ability to relax and breathe easily. And with that discover your vast inner resources for being flexible and generous with life’s challenging circumstances. We will explore calming practices that you can do sitting, standing, or in any situation.

On-going Dhara Yoga Classes and Services
Please see the Classes and Therapy page

Gentle Yoga
Chair Yoga
Yoga Therapy
Healthy Food Consultation
Herbal Consultation



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