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1 hour Core 26


This class is taught by:

Alaina M

Alaina Melconian, Studio Manager
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Something that's yours: 4 Amazing children-Sam, Stevie, Alex and Nick
 

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I saw a sign in my hometown for Hot Yoga and thought, what is this? I stepped inside had my first class and never stopped. I truly thought where has this been all my life? I guess you could say I followed the sign!

 

What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

Teaching is a gift. I love the excited energy I feel as I step through the door to the yoga room. Seeing students eager to move both mind and body. I watch the transformation throughout class of lifes many ups and downs melting into the mats. My hope and goal is that I am able to touch each student in a way that they feel a little lighter after class.

 

What you love about teaching at SGY:

The community feel for sure. We have a special vibe where people want to stick around and chat in our “living room” SGY truly feels like family to me and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

 

Inspirational Quote:

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel -Maya Angelou

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.

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

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

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.  
 

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.

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.

This is a 60 minute version of the Core 26 class. 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:

  • Fri Nov 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Sat Nov 25 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Joey D
  • Sun Nov 26 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Joey D
  • Mon Nov 27 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Carla L
  • Mon Nov 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Tue Nov 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Alaina M
  • Wed Nov 29 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Annette G
  • Wed Nov 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jess E
  • Fri Dec 01 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Alaina M
  • Fri Dec 01 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Sat Dec 02 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Joey D
  • Sun Dec 03 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Ashley D
  • Mon Dec 04 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Julie C
  • Mon Dec 04 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Tue Dec 05 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Alaina M
  • Wed Dec 06 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Annette G
  • Wed Dec 06 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jess E
  • Fri Dec 08 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Alaina M
  • Fri Dec 08 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Alaina M