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Trans/Gender Diverse Dedicated Yoga 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

Megan B

Why do I practice yoga?
Life on the mat has taught me patience. A dedicated asana practice has afforded me mindfulness and gratitude off the mat.

What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
The people! I love watching people explore their bodies and become conscious of their breath. There is so much curiosity that unfolds on the mat and I love participating in this.

What's the funniest thing you've ever said while teaching or practicing?
I have (more than once!) told people, while in a standing forward folding, to pick their feet up. Maybe one of these days someone will actually levitate!

If you had a superpower what would it be?

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


Upcoming classes:

  • Sat May 27 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Lydia V
  • Sun Jun 04 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Lydia V
  • Sun Jun 11 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Megan B
  • Sun Jun 18 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Sun Jun 25 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Sun Jul 02 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Sun Jul 09 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Sun Jul 16 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Sun Jul 23 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Alaina M
  • Sun Jul 30 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Alaina M