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Community Class


This class is taught by:

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.