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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

Sarah C instructs the following:
  • Hot Vinyasa Flow
  • 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.

  • Vinyasa in the Vineyard!
  • Vinyasa in the Vineyard @ Sweet Cheeks Winery
    Sunday, July 30th

    Join Sweaty Ganesh Yoga at Sweet Cheeks Winery for an outdoor, all-levels flow class.  Sarah and Joey will teach this class, combining breath work, meditation, and postures to move you deeper into stillness. Enjoy fresh air, amazing views, beautiful music, wine tasting, and the deep grounding of an outdoor yoga practice with your community!

    Sweet Cheeks has an enclosed patio, so we'll be cozy for class even in the case of inclement weather.  Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after class. 

    $16 Space is limited!!

    • Ticket price includes class and one glass of wine or a beverage of your choice after class
    • Bring your own mat
    • Doors open at 10:00. Please arrive at least 15 min before class
    • Tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable