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January at SGY


  • Guest Teacher Jennilee Toner: Workshops and Classes
  • Annual 30 or 60 Day Challenge
  • Next Level Core26 with Julie
  • Music Class with Jess
  • Foam Rolling Class with Kristen
  • SGY Yoga Retreat
  • Pose of the Month: Tadasana

Guest teacher Jennilee Toner will be at SGY January 6-8 for a variety of workshops and classes!
Friday, January 6th, 6-8pm
2 hour Core 26 Smash-up with Music! with Jess and Jennilee

Saturday, January 7th 1-3pm
The Perfect Chaturanga Workshop with Jennilee
Learn the proper mechanics of vinyasa transitions so that your shoulders, wrists, and core are aligned, safe, and stable. Jennilee has a wealth of knowledge about anatomy and yoga, and her workshops are dynamic, experiential and engaging!
$35; $30 for SGY Diamond Members

 Sunday, January 8th, 1-3pm
Arm Balancing Workshop with Jess and Jennilee

 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


Annual 30 or 60 Day Challenge




Tuesday, January 10th through Friday, March 10th

The new year is right around the corner, and what better way to step into 2017 than with a commitment to your health and vitality! This challenge is an opportunity to truly see what’s possible for you mentally, physically and emotionally. Those of us who have completed this challenge in the past know that you move beyond your perceived limitations, work through plateaus in your practice, gain more energy and confidence, and start feeling great from the inside out. We also join together as a community for this challenge, which is such an amazing way to build positive group energy and send it out to everyone around us. If you’ve never tried it, 2017 is your year!

You can commit to either a 30 or a 60 day challenge. The 60 day challenge begins on Tuesday, January 10th, and we’re hoping to have a live DJ at the 6pm vinyasa class that night for the kick-off! The 30 day challenge can begin for you anytime between January 10th and February 8th so that we can all finish together on March 10th. You could even sign up for the 30 day challenge and then decide to turn that into 60 when you feel amazing after that first month.

We’ll have a big sign-up poster on our announcement board so that we can all support each other along the way. ALL CLASSES AT SGY COUNT TOWARD THE CHALLENGE! If you happen to miss a day of practice, you can make it up by doing a double on another day. We strongly recommend that you only do this once or twice, as the idea here is to develop a daily practice that is both sustainable and invigorating. Cheers to our upcoming new year and another step toward discovering your most authentic, radiant Self!


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
Scholarships are available for this! Ask Julie for details.
Sunday afternoons 1-3pm
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.




Music Class

Friday, January 20th
6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Jess
An original music mix DJ Jade Bassix, who is our very own Maressa Surrett!



Foam Rolling Class with Kristen

Sunday, January 22nd
$10 drop-in
foam rolling
Foam Rolling is a myofascial release technique designed to stretch out connective tissue, break up scar tissue in the body, and massage and release tight muscles. It also increases flexibility while decreasing muscle tightness, as well as muscle soreness. Join Kristen for these drop-in classes once per month and see how foam rolling can improve your yoga practice and mobility in daily life!
Attend this class, roll everything out, and then take Vinyasa at 11, which will feel amazing afterward!
Please bring your own foam roller if you have one. We have 20 available for use while at the studio, and if all of those are taken, you can also purchase a foam roller at the studio.



First Annual SGY Yoga Retreat in Yachats

January 27th – January 29th, 2017

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.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, January 27th
6:30-8pm Dharma Talk with Jess

Saturday, January 28th
Two morning class options, and a restorative class in the afternoon
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
Two morning class options, and a foam rolling class and closing meditation in the afternoon
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

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)


It might look like you’re just standing there, but Mountain Pose is an active pose that helps improve posture, balance, and calm focus. Its name comes from the Sanskrit words "tada" ("mountain") and "asana" ("pose"). Tadasana is known as mountain pose because it is said to embody the stability, strength, poise and stillness of a mountain.

Tadasana is the foundational pose for all standing yoga postures and full inversions. It is the pose from which every other standing pose in your practice is born! The alignment, muscle movements, and mindset you learn in Tadasana are applied every time you do a standing yoga pose.

Tadasana provides space in our practice to re-connect with our breath, earth our feet and invite calm and clarity onto our mat and into our mind.

You can practice Mountain Pose many times throughout your normal day: While brushing your teeth, standing in line, etc. Once you have a hang of the correct alignment, you may find yourself standing and sitting straighter throughout your day with reduced back pain and a calmer, clearer mind.

Pose Type:

• Improves posture
• Cultivates clarity and calm
• Strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles
• Firms abdomen and buttocks
• Relieves sciatica
• Reduces flat feet

Preparatory Poses:
Downward Facing Dog; Standing Forward Fold

Follow-up Poses:
Try to recreate the alignment of Tadasana in all the standing poses :-)

• Stand with the bases of your big toes touching, heels slightly apart (so that your second toes are parallel). Lift and spread your toes and
the balls of your feet, then lay them softly down on the floor. Rock back and forth and side to side. Gradually reduce this swaying to a standstill, with your weight balanced evenly on the feet.
• Firm your thigh muscles and lift the knee caps, without hardening your lower belly. Lift the inner ankles to strengthen the inner arches, then imagine a line of energy all the way up along your inner thighs to your groins, and from there through the core of your torso, neck,  and head, and out through the crown of your head. Turn the upper thighs slightly inward. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor and lift the pubis toward the navel.
• Press your shoulder blades into your back, then widen them across and release them down your back. Without pushing your lower front  ribs forward, lift the top of your sternum straight toward the ceiling. Widen your collarbones. Hang your arms beside the torso.
• Balance the crown of your head directly over the center of your pelvis, with the underside of your chin parallel to the floor, throat soft,  and the tongue wide and flat on the floor of your mouth. Soften your eyes.

• You can improve your balance in this pose by standing with your inner feet slightly apart, about hips width.
• Your arms and hands can be placed in a variety of positions. To learn the correct alignment, keep the palms facing inward. To open the chest and shoulders more, turn your palms forward. To calm your mind and find center and balance, place your palms together in prayer position at your chest (Anjali Mudra).

As with all postures, I encourage you to listen to your body and honor where you are mentally, physically and emotionally each day. The pose will be there again tomorrow...
practice in such a way that you can be too!

Hollye and the SGY Teaching Team

 “You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!”
~ Dr. Seuss



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