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Hot Vinyasa Flow

This class is taught by:

Jess E

Why do you practice yoga?
Well, when I first started practicing yoga in 2005 I was looking for a good workout and something that would be great cross-training for running, which was my physical activity of choice at the time.  I certainly found that, but I also found a whole lot more that I couldn't have told you I needed...self-acceptance, body acceptance, coping skills for anxiety, a more powerful voice, and a general attitude of mindfulness that makes the ever-changing, unexpected nature of life feel rhythmic and even exciting.  There's a phrase that's always stuck with me...yoga makes you you.  And it's true.  That's why Ganesh is in our studio's name - I wholeheartedly believe that yoga removes the physical, mental and emotional obstacles to being our authentic selves.
What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
I love watching students figure themselves out and do things with their bodies and minds that they never thought were possible.  And just like the practice, teaching is a continual growth process.  I learn new things about myself and my students each time I step into the room.
What's the funniest thing you've ever said while teaching or practicing?
I have moments of verbal dyslexia sometimes...so this one time I was attempting to tell a student named Shelby to "sit down" further in a posture and it came out, "Selby..." I'm sure you can fill in the rest.  I couldn't even finish what I was saying after that because I couldn't stop giggling.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
At the risk of sounding like everyone else who has ever answered this question...I would love to fly.  

Jason B

Jason Boness
Hometown: Alliance, NE
Something that’s yours: An unquenchable thirst for spiritual truths.

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I was drawn to yoga for many reasons. The most important reasons were to heal my body from numerous past athletic injuries, and to deepen my spiritual practice. In the early 2000s I was a world ranking high jumper and current school record holder for the University of Oregon. During my athletic career, I sustained numerous muscular sprains and strains, and three arthroscopic knee surgeries on my right knee. Before starting my practice two years ago I had thought it was a foregone conclusion that I would need another surgery, or even a knee replacement. As of today I can say that I am pain free, and fully enjoying that feeling of peak physical form/clear mind that I was once took for granted. Now that I have followed the path of yoga to heal my mind/body/spirit, I wish nothing more that to share my direct knowledge and experience to help others heal. My first name in Greek literally means “healer” or “to heal”.


What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

The most satisfying part about leading others through their practice is the connection that I feel with other people’s physical bodies. I have a finely tuned mind-body connection, or proprioception of the physical body. I can tune my consciousness into other’s space and “feel” movements, adjustments, and the sensations of others. I can then leverage this information to guide others through their own practice. I also feel the energy of the room quite profoundly. During my athletic career, working the crowd’s energy was one of my strong points. Getting a crowd of a few thousand people all clapping in unison, focusing their energy on me, and then redirecting that energy back is quite an enlightening experience. I often get this same experience inside the studio during class.


Teaching Style and Classes Taught
Vinyasa style classes drew me in instantly to yoga. The dynamic flow of movement in the body directs energy around in ways that I wasn’t familiar with. Also, the importance of pranayama to keep the mind steady and still, while still working hard and having an elevated heart beat is a profound experience. To me the body is a magical tool that we are only starting to understand how to fully utilize. Vinyasa practice is my way to explore the far edges, and the unseen inner spaces that hold all the secrets. As within, so without.


Words of Wisdom

To me the most important parts of my practice are the hours and minutes away from the mat. It isn’t what happens on the mat that defines us, it’s how we take the lessons learned in the studio out into the outside world. And in the words of my favorite spiritual guide Kryon “And so it is…”

Charity L

Name: Charity Anne La Follette
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Something that’s mine: The only thing that is truly mine is my life, this body, and my consciousness;
everything else is frosting.

What first drew you to yoga?

I was first drawn to yoga at the age of sixteen. I was up all night watching TV and this show came on called "Inhale". It was a vinyasa yoga class that came on at 5 am.
I remember thinking, “I can do that,” then tried and felt so clumsy and out of sync with my body. I continued to wake up early and do vinyasa in my living room ... this was something I did that was all mine.


Teaching Style and Classes Taught:
I have recently finished my 200 hr yoga teacher training at SGY and have had the privilege of co-teaching three vinyasa classes with my fellow yogi Jason Boness. Vinyasa is my first love, but I am excited to learn other systems of yoga like Core 26 and Ashtanga. I practice all three and love them all equally.


What do you love about teaching at SGY?

Not only are the other teachers extremely helpful and filled with valuable knowledge, the practitioners are very encouraging as well. After my first class I thought for sure people would just leave and not say anything really, but when they came out they had smiles on their faces and told me I did a good job. My 💓 was bursting and I knew I was doing a good thing.


Words of Wisdom

You are in control of your life. No matter where you are, who you are, or where you came from, you have the power to change the course of your life in a positive way. The first step is to recognize that you have power. I know in this life it can feel like we don’t have many choices or the choices we have are no good enough, but one of those choices will lead you to a better one. Listen to your intuition and follow your heart because the heart never lies. This advice is from my heart to yours. Believe me I was in the pit and could not see the light, but that was a part of the lesson. Now that I know how dark and bad things can be, I will never let this light inside of me go out again. That is power manifested.

Karan E

Karan Estee
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Something that's yours: Hopefully, your undivided attention ;).

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

There's an innate part of practicing yoga...something I can't really explain, that makes me feel amazing. It has always, somehow, made me feel strong and beautiful and WORTHY of MY attention to myself. Like a lot of us, I spend a lot of time beating myself up and I feel like yoga is the perfect opposite to that. It has truly taught me to accept my mistakes, my human-ness, and to move on and just try to be the best human and the best teacher that I can be.


Teaching Style and Class Styles Taught:

Intuitive and improvisational. If I try to plan a class ahead of time, it almost always fumbles me up. I enjoy the venture of walking into a room with no plan and sensing what is needed. Some might say I teach a “challenging” class and I would like to think that is true. But we all have different challenges. Some of us need to work harder, and many of us need to work less. And I seek to challenge all of my students in whatever way they need in that moment; to offer them the space to figure that out for themselves without any judgment, and the guidance to bring them to a place of balance and loving kindness towards themselves.


What you love about teaching at SGY:

Oh wow, where to begin? I have taught and practiced at so many studios for over 17 years and SGY is HANDS DOWN the absolute best space I’ve ever experienced. First of all, Jess, our incredible leader. She has set a foundation of knowledge, appreciation, love and acceptance that ties us ALL together as a FAMILY strong in those values. Somehow, she has brought together the BEST group of instructors and students I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Even when I’ve had the absolute worst day, the minute I step foot into our studio, I immediately feel nestled in at HOME; warm, loved, appreciated, accepted. I am so grateful for her, our amazing teachers, our incredible students, and this COMMUNITY that brings pure bliss to my existence.


Inspirational Quote:
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you -David Whyte, House of Belonging

Steve T

Name: Steven Tygart
Hometown: Muldoon Road, Anchorage, Alaska
Something that's yours: I have 4 kids, a love for travel and exploration shared with my wife, and a lava lamp that is older than me.

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

I practice yoga to remind myself how it feels to be in my body, to be in the magic of my stillness and movement. I practice to tap into subtle sensations that I become aware of when I slow down. I love to be still with my breath and let my thoughts dance as they do. I love to wobble and shake, fall down and get up, feel new movements and challenges, to allow myself to be vulnerable, to find edges. It's also part of my longevity plan. Being able to get up off of the ground is a skill I will continue to practice. That and the flat footed squat. So many more reasons...

What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

The most satisfying thing about teaching for me is that I get to be in the collective sweet energy that is cultivated in a class. I get to breathe with everyone, I get to see the beautiful shapes explored, I get to be present for exploration, and it is a gift, every time. Plus when people are so involved in their practice my random jokes might get more laughs.

Favorite Class to Practice Right Now and Why

Right now I really love a restorative yoga practice. I enjoy the stillness, the support. And while I can't explain how, it really adds to and compliments my vinyasa practice. Maybe I just like lying down a lot.

Words of Wisdom/Inspirational Quote OR Silliest Thing You’ve Said Whilst Teaching
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. - Rumi

And also I often get my lefts and rights confused, accidental rhymes might happen, so just remember that.

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.

Karlene L

Why do I practice yoga?
Initially, I was allured by asana because it offered what felt like a trifecta of post-class benefits: the endorphin release of a workout, the ease of a massage and the calm of meditation. My practice offers me time to slow down & marinate in sensation - I'm more capable of creating space between me and the constant pull of stimuli that surrounds my life.  In these moments, I become more attune to a wiser, stronger sensibility within myself and listen to my intuition's soliloquy. In short, time on the mat makes for a better me off the mat.

What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
The energy exchange – the collective positive & peaceful vibe that may be present in the beginning of class but more strongly grounds and reverberates within the room toward Savasana.

What's the funniest thing you've ever said while teaching or practicing?  Spread your head.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
To stay connected to my practice while being a mother of three, supportive and encouraging friend, sister, daughter, wife and educator.
Additionally, I'd appreciate the ability to make it snow whenever I need solace.

Hollye H

Hollye Holbrook
Hometown: Cottage Grove, Oregon
Something that is yours: An unwavering belief in the capacity for humans to connect through sharing our humanity with courage, authenticity and kindness!

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I went to my first yoga class simply to explore something new and to aid in my physical fitness. Since then, it has grown to mean much, much, much more to me. In the first few months of a once-per-week practice, I always left class feeling grounded, centered, stronger in mind, body and spirit, and with a general feeling of peace and wellness. The days I went to yoga class were always good days. I soon was hooked. I wanted to learn more. My once-per-week class became an almost-daily class. And eventually, a seed was planted for the possibility of me teaching yoga. My gut said “Yes!”. Through practicing yoga (then and now) I feel more mindful, more conscious and compassionate, centered and balanced, more limber in body and mind, empowered, less fearful and more confident. I live with more intention and presence both on and off my mat. I feel connected to something greater, connected to community, more connected to myself, and able to put a more authentic expression of myself into the world.


Teaching Style and Classes Taught:

I teach a strong and steady Vinyasa flow class. My classes are an exploration into self-discovery with a focus on alignment, breath awareness, and ‘being here now’. I am deeply committed to holding a space for people to explore their own truths, grow and heal through physical practice, meditation and pranayama (breathwork). And, some laughter!

What you love about teaching at SGY

I love the community! SGY feels like coming home. Jess and all of the teachers at SGY are committed to creating a welcoming, all-inclusive, come as you are atmosphere and it’s truly a joy to be a part of. I’m honored to share this time and space with you all and look forward to seeing you on the mat and/or around the studio!


Words of Wisdom/Inspirational Quote

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
—Mary Oliver

A vinyasa class is a moving meditation. Synchronizing movement, internally and externally, with one's breath, the intention of the class is to place in a special way, one's body, breath, and being in an asana practice. A focus on the integrity of the breath, alignment, and proper modifications and variations are integral to each class so that a vinyasa practice can be accessible for a range of practitioners. Because it is not a one-size-fits-all practice, it is common for practitioners to be doing different expressions of an asana in a vinyasa class. Each class is intelligently sequenced so that each posture prepares the practitioner for the next.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri May 26 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Jess E
  • Sat May 27 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Jason B
  • Sun May 28 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Charity L
  • Mon May 29 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Karan E
  • Tue May 30 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Steve T
  • Tue May 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Karan E
  • Tue May 30 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Jess E
  • Wed May 31 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jess E
  • Wed May 31 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Ashley D
  • Thu Jun 01 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Karlene L
  • Thu Jun 01 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Karlene L
  • Thu Jun 01 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Karan E
  • Fri Jun 02 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Jess E
  • Sat Jun 03 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Jess E
  • Sun Jun 04 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Hollye H