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Community Class

This class is taught by:

Lydia V

Lydia van Dreel
Hometown: Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Something that's mine: My deep and abiding belief that life is a gift (or my extended version box set of LOTR trilogy).

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I had dabbled in yoga for about 20 years but never had a consistent practice. in my mid-40s, I started having intense hip and lower back pain, so I began a more mindful and disciplined yoga practice, intent on understanding the causes of my chronic pain, and that process opened the door to the lifelong benefits of a disciplined yoga practice, both for physical health, and also for mental and spiritual well-being.


Teaching Style and Classes Taught

As a class teacher, I try to offer asana practice and appropriate modifications that meet students where they are at. I encourage a deep, contemplative approach to body, mind and breath awareness, while also challenging the physical capacity of every student. I teach vinyasa and core 26 style classes.


What You Love About Teaching at SGY

I love teaching at Sweaty Ganesh Yoga because the SGY yoga community is diverse, friendly, and fun! There is room for every body to practice yoga at Sweaty Ganesh Yoga.

Inspirational Quote

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired. Martha Graham

Benjamin W

Why do you practice yoga?
I've had plenty of experience running, cycling and climbing mountains in my life, but the hardest thing I've ever done is a Core 26 yoga class. It is also the most satisfying, rewarding and rejuvenating thing I have ever attempted. Also, I've learned that the "harder" I try, the less I get out of my practice. My "best" classes or the ones where I've made the most advancements are the ones where I have surrendered to being right where I am it. There's a reason I put "be still..." on my foot.

What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
It's hard to believe that there could be something more satisfying than practicing, but, if there is, it is most certainly teaching. I love guiding people into a place where they believe anything is possible, that today can be better than any day before it, and, that no matter where you're at, you're just fine. Also, I get to stand around in hot pants and tell people what to do.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever said while teaching or practicing?
Raise your hands up to parallel with the floor if you like this posture!!

If you had a superpower what would it be?
To put my forehead on my knee. Okay, maybe flying.


Sarah C

Sarah Elizabeth Carlson
Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Something that is mine: my 2 sweet kitties Petunia and Ali J

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

What first drew me to yoga was to heal my body after dealing with some health issues. I started practicing yoga during graduate school while studying the psychology of human cognition and learning. My practice started with hot yoga, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Yes, the heat was quite overwhelming at first, but once I dropped into it and stopped resisting it, the rest was history. Not long after I began practicing yoga, I realized that not only did I want to heal my body (and it felt amazing once I started feeling the benefits), but what I was really craving was the sense to connect my body, mind, and spirit. I learned that focusing on the breath is what can ultimately connect us with our Divine selves both on and off the mat. So, my continued practice of yoga is to work at finding the balance of every day stuff that life presents us with and come back to the breath to find a continued connection with the body, mind, and spirit.


Teaching Style and Class Styles Taught

My teaching style is to promote a positive learning environment and to hold a safe space to be present. The style of class I teach currently is vinyasa, and would like to teach restorative yoga eventually.


What you love about teaching at SGY

What I love about teaching at SGY is the community. I’ve been a part of this community since 2011 when I moved to Eugene and it is an absolute honor to be able to teach in a place that I feel like I grew up in as a student, teacher trainee, and now teacher.


Words of Wisdom/Inspirational Quote Words of wisdom

What you resist persists -Carl Jung

Joey D

Joseph Dion
Hometown: Columbia City
Something that’s yours:Joy

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

I practice yoga to connect with you—‘you’ as in ‘We’, as in Us, as in that universal source we all draw all of our energy from.


What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

The greatest aspect of teaching is the humbling opportunity to guide you through your own practice, your own connection between your own breath and your own body. Knowing how much yoga has already transformed and enriched my own life—almost entirely thanks to my fellow teachers and practitioners here at SGY—makes any and all attempts to summarize the gratitude I feel to guide you seem futile in comparison to the depth of that feeling.


Favorite class to practice right now:

My favorite class to practice right now is something I fondly refer to as Yangasa. It’s my own Vinyasa variation. With that being said, considering the classes we have on schedule, Vinyasa would be my leaves and branches and ability to soak up the sun; C26, on the other hand, is my trunk, my roots, my stability. It'd be hard to have one without the other.


Silliest thing you’ve said whilst teaching:

Although I have a tendency to say silly things almost every time I speak, I suppose telling a roomful of adults to mentally blow themselves a kiss in the mirror must come close to the top of the list.

David P

David Parker
Hometown: Bushy, Herts, England
Something That’s Yours: A Love of Languages

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

Since discovering hot yoga in 2008 after an accident that left me in a wheel chair, I have never looked back. The practice of yoga has become a metaphor for my life – being more mindful, eating better, sleeping better, living in the present moment more. Coming to a yoga class feels like coming home to a nice cup of tea and each time is a little different than the last. That’s what keeps me coming back- you could say I’m hooked on yoga and I love the addiction. Since taking the Teacher Training course, my mind has been opened further to the deeper aspects of the practice and I am very grateful for that. Being a teacher of what I have practiced for the last 8 years is both an honor and a responsibility that I feel towards my students.


Teaching Style and Class Styles Taught:

My teaching style is based on the Core 26 practice, 26 asanas and 2 breathing exercises, and is challenging for the students.


What you love about teaching at SGY:

SGY is a great place to teach and practice, because all the teachers are super supportive and ready to help, and the student population is diverse, motivated and fun to be with. The studio is well set up and a delight to teach and practice in.


Inspirational Quote:

Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run,strive, search or struggle. Just be! -Thich Nhat Hanh

This is a donation-based Core 26 or Vinyasa class taught by our very own Teacher Trainee graduates!!  It occurs every Sunday at 12:30pm and it is open to everyone, including those who have never been to the studio before.  

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun May 28 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Lydia V
  • Sun Jun 04 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Benjamin W
  • Sun Jun 11 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Sarah C
  • Sun Jun 18 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Joey D
  • Sun Jun 25 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with David P