- Friends for Free Friday
- Foam Rolling Class with Jess
- Special Winter Solstice Candlelight Vinyasa Class
with Hollye and LIVE MUSIC by Chris Brown
- Music Class with Annette
- Community Class with Karan
- Special Aromatherapy Yin Yoga Class with Karlene
- Ammended Christmas and New Year's Schedule
- Annual 30 or 60 Day Challenge
- Guest Teacher Jennilee Toner: Workshops and Classes
- Next Level Core26 with Julie
- SGY Yoga Retreat
- Pose of the Month: Savasana
- Student of the Month: Chris Brown
Friends for Free Friday
Bring one friend for free to each class you attend today!
Foam Rolling Class with Jess
Winter Solstice Candlelight Vinyasa Class with Hollye & LIVE MUSIC by our very own Chris Brown!
As the days shorten, we welcome the darkness. We honor this time by turning inward, connecting to our heart’s desires, letting go of the things that no longer serve us and planting seeds of intention.
No extra charge for this class.
1-hour Strength & Conditioning • 12:30 - 1:30pm
Led by Karan
This month's class will benefit Luvable Dog Rescue, a local organization dedicated to re-homing exceptional, loving dogs who have been rescued from high-kill shelters where they had little chance of being adopted.
All levels of practitioners are welcome to attend this donation-based class.
Special Aromatherapy Yin Yoga Class
Saturday, December 10th
$35 or $30 for SGY Diamond Members
Join Karlene in a slow and gentle yin flow, paired with essential oils, offering a deeper opening for the superficial back line of fascia* in the body, which includes hips, lower back, hamstrings, and the backside of the legs. This class will offer a remedy for runners, cyclists, avid yogis, and active people to help relax habitually tight hot spots on the lower body. When we focus on these specific areas of tension, a common tendency is to run away or fidget our way through the hold time. This class will offer you the time and space to lean into those tendencies and tender spots. Through this leaning in, you will transform moments of haste into opportunities to lengthen the body, breath and mind in order to receive the most benefits mentally, physically and emotionally.
*Fascia is the connective tissue network - the three-dimensional spider web of fibrous, gluey proteins that saran wraps our muscles, bones, blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves and organs together and holds them in place. Often times, what we experience as tight or inflexible muscles, like the hamstrings, is actually the product of a tight fascial chain that wraps around the hamstrings as well as other muscles in the body. Loosening the fascial chain increases flexibility, mobility and ease in the body, which is exactly what this yin yoga class is all about!
Amended Christmas and New Year’s Schedules:
Saturday, December 24th – 9am C26, 11am Vinyasa
Sunday, December 25th – 11am 1-hour C26
Monday, December 26th – no 6:30am class
Saturday, December 31st – classes as usual
Sunday, January 1st – 11am Vinyasa, 4pm C26 (no 6pm class)
Monday, January 2nd – classes resume as usual
Annual 30 or 60 Day Challenge
Guest teacher Jennilee Toner will be at SGY January 6-8 for a variety of workshops and classes!
$35; $30 for SGY Diamond Members
Join Jess and Jennilee for an exploration of arm balancing yoga postures. This is an entirely experiential workshop that will involve pranayama, meditation, prep poses, and techniques to work toward a variety of arm balances.
$35; $30 for SGY Diamond Members
Next Level Core 26 Series with Julie begins in January!
Join Julie for an exploration of the full lineage of 84 postures from which the Core 26 class was created. This series involves additional pranayama techniques, hip openers, arm balances, backward bends, and inversions. If you’re looking to deepen your physical and mental yoga practice, this is an amazing opportunity. Julie used to lead these sessions regularly for experienced practitioners before she gave birth to her beautiful daughter Sylvia, and she is now back for this special 8 session series beginning this January!
Total cost is $100 for all 8 sessions
Jan 15, 22, Feb 5, 19, 26, March 12, 19, 26
For more information, join Julie on Tuesday December 13th from 6-7pm in the moon room! It is an open session, so please feel free to pop in anytime during that hour to ask her any questions you may have about the series.
First Annual SGY Yoga Retreat in Yachats
Join us for our first annual SGY Yoga Retreat from Friday, January 27th through Sunday, January 29th, 2017. The retreat will take place on the beautiful Oregon Coast at the Yachats Inn, where we will explore moving toward edges in life with grace, ease, and an open heart. Our asana focus for the weekend will be on backward bending and opening up the thoracic spine just behind the heart center, for the purpose of discovering deeper physical capacity, letting go of mental roadblocks (called samskaras in yoga), removing energy blockages, and reconnecting with our higher sense of self in honor of the new year.
Friday, January 27th
6:30-8pm Dharma Talk with Jess
Saturday, January 28th
10-11:30am Level 1/2 Asana class with Jess and Julie
11:45-1:30pm Level 2/3 Asana class with Jess and Julie
4-5:30pm Restorative Yoga class with Karan
Sunday January 29th
9-10:30am Level 1/2 Asana class with Jess and Julie
10:45-12:30pm Level 2/3 Asana class with Jess and Julie
1:30-3pm Foam Rolling class with Kristen
3-3:30pm Closing Meditation with Jess
$150 for the entire weekend, or $125 for SGY Diamond members; lodging not included
Please bring your own yoga mat, 2 blocks, a strap, and 2 blankets. You can rent these items for an additional $10, or you can purchase them at the studio for 20% off retail price.
$25 cash only drop-in price for each class for anyone who would like to attend just part of the retreat
Pose of the Month
Hatha Yoga Pradipika—one of the ancient yogic texts—sums up the pose nicely: “Lying flat on the ground with the face upwards, in the manner of a dead body, is Savasana. It removes tiredness and enables the mind (and whole body) to relax.” Chapter 1, Verse 32
When you first start practicing Savasana, it can be a struggle to relax in the pose; you may lie there feeling tense. Or, you might fall asleep. The essence of Savasana is to relax with attention – to remain conscious and alert while still being at ease. It’s normal for the mind to try to resist this deep relaxation. It takes practice and patience to surrender easily.
It is called corpse pose not only because of the position of the body, but also in its ability to prepare us for the ultimate relaxation: death. Being aware of death doesn’t make us morbid and doesn’t need to make us afraid. It can bring about more joy as we choose to live our lives fully, knowing that it will end. Savasana represents surrender to the unknown, the foreign, to the changes that we need in our lives. It asks that we let go of our efforts and simply allow the Divine to work through us.
• Helps relieve mild depression, high blood pressure headaches, fatigue, and insomnia.
• Calms the nervous system.
• Promotes equanimity in your entire body.
• Helps fatigued muscles relax.
PREPARATORY & FOLLOW-UP POSES:
Savasana should conclude your yoga practice.
• Back injury or discomfort: Do this pose with your knees bent and your feet on the floor, hip-distance apart. Or, bring your feet about as wide as your mat and let your knees fall together in the center of your body (see photo).
• You can do Supta Baddha Konasana as Savasana. It helps your nervous system to place a block as support under each outer thigh (see photo).
• Pregnancy: Raise your head and chest on a bolster.
• Rest the arms and hands away from the hips with the palms turned upward.
• Make a comfortable distance between the shoulders and ears.
• Relax the skin of the forehead, eyes, and cheeks down toward the bridge of the nose.
• Deliberately relax the weight of the bones, muscles, organs, fluids, and nerves.
• Explore and receive the feelings and sensations as they come in and out of your awareness.
• Experience what it feels like to relax. And relax a little more.
COMING OUT OF SAVASANA:
• Allow movement to stir throughout the body.
• Bend the knees, placing the feet onto the floor.
• Draw the knees in to the chest, and roll to the right.
• Prepare for what’s next.
Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive.
~Bryant H. McGill
Student of the Month
Anyhow, I drifted away from yoga for a few years while I continued to travel. After many stops along the way, I ended up in Eugene in January of this year. I came to SGY back in August setting different intentions about what yoga would be for me. I come from a long history of athletics. I was a nationally competitive runner in high school, and for a brief time in college at Penn State University. Since leaving college I’ve completed a few marathons, and an ultra-marathon as well. Now at 29 though, my body hurts a lot. I’m seeing how the choices I made to constantly push through pain have affected me. Practicing yoga this time around is about restoration, healing, and training wisely. It’s funny though, as much as yoga is a physical practice (and it’s working wonders for my body!), for me that’s not the point of it. It just happens to be another benefit. Maybe, I’m just in a different place in my life from the last time I practiced, but this time yoga is a major piece in the puzzle of healing my mind, and one of the ultimate forms of self-care. I’m learning about patience, self-compassion, right effort, being ok not being perfect, or the best, living from my heart not my head, and separating myself from my thoughts! I’m seeing how these lessons spillover from my practice of yoga to the rest of my life. I feel incredibly lucky to have met so many wonderful people at SGY in my brief time practicing there. It’s been an awesome place to develop a community in Eugene, and truly feels like coming home. Thank you to all of you for your practice, and I look forward to sharing the studio with you soon!