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Core 26


This class is taught by:

Annette G

Annette Garcia aka AG
Hometown: Higley, Arizona
Something that's yours: 1 daughter, Ash.
2 yoga leotards. 3 Pendleton flannels. 4 Yoga books. 5 pairs of shoes
 

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

A lot of reasons attract me to yoga! consciousness, composure, grace, humility, lightheartedness, and strength. I love Core 26 because it is the foundation to my asana practice. My mind, heart, and body merge on the mat. On my best days I master the art of relaxation. I feel grateful for all styles that I learn in Yoga, and every time I learn something new it transcends in to every aspect of my life.

 

What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

The most satisfying feeling about teaching is developing unity within the unique. The stillness and the breath amongst the people together conjure the same power and depth as witnessing ocean waves.

 

What you love about teaching at SGY:

I love the solidarity I feel in the teacher collective. We bond because of yoga. The depth of which we are all connected to our yoga story makes us a family. As a student, I feel genuine community. The leadership and guidance of the teachers keeps me happy on my mat.

 

Inspirational Quote:

Perfection in an asana is achieved when the effort ceases and the infinite being within is reached- B.K.S Iyengar

Carla L

Name: Carla La Fleur
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.
Something that's yours: a warm smile
 

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

I practice yoga so that I may be a more peaceful, and mindful person. Life is full of twists and turns. Yoga gives me the flexibility to move with grace and ease through it, not to mention that it’s great for my overall health and well-being.

 

Teaching Syle and Class Styles Taught

My teaching style is one of focus, strength, and stability, all with softness and imbued with kindness and great care. Currently, I teach the Core 26 series. It is my foundation, medicine, and passion!

 

What you love about teaching at SGY?

There are many things that I love about teaching at SGY, but the main reason is that it is my home studio and you all are like family to me. I have developed many special relationships over the years that couldn’t have been possible without this very special space. We are so very lucky to have SGY as our sanctuary for practice and bringing forward our best selves.

 

Words of Wisdom/Inspirational Quote

Where the heart is full of kindness which seeks no injury to another, either in act or thought or wish, this full love creates an atmosphere of harmony, whose benign power touches with healing all who come within its influence. Peace in the heart radiates peace to other hearts, even more surely than contention breeds contention -Patanjali

Michael S

Michael Salter
Home Town: New Britain,CT
Thing that’s yours: 
 

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I came to yoga about 7 years ago looking for some flexibility and to maybe relieve some back pain. What I gained was certainly much greater. I ended up finding more about who I actually was. I found a vast and infinite realm called the mind/body connection and it constantly invites me to explore further every day I practice. I started practicing seriously with the hatha yoga Core 26, and so this is where I find myself teaching now. Today I consider this Core 26 series the foundation of my total practice which includes all types of yoga. I hope to share a little of what I have discovered about the very challenging series that tests and strengthens the mind and body.

 

Teaching Style and Class Styles Taught:

Like any good teacher, I hope to teach with all the amazing insights I’ve witnessed from my greatest teachers. I want my style to be compassionate yet disciplined, rigorous and respectful, present and gracious.

 

What you love about teaching at SGY:

What I love about teaching yoga at SGY is that I’ve been practicing there for 7 years and I feel close to the community. It is my yoga home.

 

Silliest thing you've said whilst teaching:

I have not taught many classes yet but I did instruct the students to raise their six arms. And the students were neither spiders nor octopi. And I know they had 8 arms but it still would’ve made more sense.

Daniel W

Why do you practice yoga?

I practice yoga because it helps channel my excess physical energy and calm my mind. I am a more centered and happy person due to my yoga practice.
 

What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?

As a new teacher I am excited to share my love and knowledge of yoga with both new and old students.


What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever said while teaching or practicing?

I haven't had the chance to say too many funny things as a teacher though I have heard some funny things. Let me know when I say something goofy.


If you had a superpower what would it be?

My superpower... Flight would be really fun but probably wouldn't be that practical. Maybe breathe underwater and be able to withstand the pressure to explore the briny deep.

 

Julie C

Julie Coren
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Something that's mine: My mind and It’s Perceptions

 

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I first heard about the potential for healing through hot yoga back in college but never had the drive to give it a try. After a knee injury in my mid-20's hit me harder than I would have liked, I decided I had nothing to lose. The yoga healed my knee and then some. And it quickly transformed from simply a way to heal an acute injury to something that permeated and nourished my entire being.

What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

Teaching provides challenges that excite and inspire me on a daily basis. I see teaching as an extension of my own practice and personal growth. But teaching also asks me to look outside of myself and practice holding space for others. Being a witness in that way is both humbling and satisfying, and for that I am truly grateful.

Favorite Class to Practice Right Now:

Core26 is where I got my start. And although it has been over a decade since I took my first Core26 class, it remains the ultimate class for me. I absolutely love the Ashtanga primary series and I'll never shy away from the ever-changing flow of a vinyasa class. But good, old-fashioned, 90-minute, Core26 is the class I can always count on to ground me, challenge me, and wake me up. There's no hiding in there -- and that really speaks to me.

 

Silliest thing you've said whilst teaching:
I definitely have never ever told students to bring their nipples to their chins. Never.

Ashley D

Why do you practice yoga?
For a very long time I had a strong distaste for exercise. Mindless exercise was never in my cards. I needed an exercise that meant something other than just staying fit, a deeper purpose behind the movement. I needed the spiritual seed that is open for exploration in yoga. I practice because yoga keeps me engaged and evolving, both inside and out.
 

What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
I have been given so much from my practice I simply cannot contain it. It is my joy and honor to witness that gleam of contemplation, that spark of realization in their eyes. Like butter on warm toast! Scrumptious. To me, teaching is another stage in learning and I am grateful to be a forever-student.

 

What is the funniest thing you've ever said while teaching or practicing?
Eagle pose: “Imagine your wearing really tight whitey-tighties and they are squeezing and compressing all up in your thigh creases!” then I said “Imagine you have a big walnut in-between your thighbones and your gonna crack it!”. The gentlemen in my class teased me forever after that.

 

If you had a superpower what would it be?
I would love to fly like superman! But it must include breathing underwater and in outer space.

Core 26 is a beginner level class created for total body health, done in a room heated to 105 degrees.  It works to increase strength and flexibility in joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones, while also providing a cardiovascular workout.  The spine and pelvis are targeted areas in all postures.  This class is appropriate for people of all ages, body types, and levels of experience, including those with injuries who are looking to heal the body.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Nov 25 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Annette G
  • Sun Nov 26 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Carla L
  • Mon Nov 27 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Michael S
  • Thu Nov 30 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Michael S
  • Fri Dec 01 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Daniel W
  • Sun Dec 03 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Julie C
  • Mon Dec 04 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Ashley D