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March at SGY

  • Handstands for EVERYONE!
  • Special Teacher Trainee Classes in March
  • Friends Free Friday
  • SGY Anniversary Sale
  • SGY Anniversary Party
  • Music Class with Benjamin
  • Inferno Hot Pilates Class with Karan
  • Annual 60 Day Challenge continues
    (featuring Katie, Mike, Dave and Alyssa!)
  • SGY Teacher Training in Fall 2017


Handstands for EVERYONE!

Tuck and Julie handstand

Saturday, March 4th
With Julie, Kristen and Collin

This fun-filled handstand workshop is open to all levels of practitioners whether you are experienced with handstands or brand new to them! Our goal is to ensure that everyone learns to safely and effectively execute handstands and also feels confident to continue attempting and practicing them. At the workshop you can expect to learn:

• mobilization tools
• shoulder activation techniques
• a breakdown of every part of the handstand from the finger tips to the toes
• solutions for wrist pain
• multiple options for getting into and out of a handstand safely
• tools to advance your handstand practice
• lots of fun

Cost: $35 or $30 for diamond members


Special Teacher Trainee Classes in March



Saturday, March 4th, 4pm Core 26 class
Sunday, March 5th, 12:30-2pm Hot Vinyasa Flow class

Our first SGY Hot Yoga Teacher training is drawing to a close the first weekend of March. We are so proud of the 16 new teachers we will be graduating. As part of their training, they will each be co-teaching either a Core 26 or a Vinyasa flow class at SGY that are open to the public. Join us on Saturday, March 4th for a trainee-led, 90 minute Core 26 class at 4pm. The fun continues on Sunday, March 5th with a special trainee-led, 90-minute Hot Vinyasa Flow class at 12:30pm. Come to one or come to both in support of these new amazing teachers and your fellow community members!



Friends Free Friday

Friday, March 10th
Bring a friend for free to every class you attend!


SGY Anniversary Sale!


Friday, March 10th



Each year, we honor our studio’s anniversary with huge discounts on packages and retail items! This year, our Anniversary Sale is happening all day on Friday, March 10th, 8am-8pm at the studio. Take advantage of these amazing offers:

Diamond Annual Package - $995 (regular price $1195)

Half off first month of Diamond Auto-Debit and no sign-up fee

50 class card - $445 (regular price $495)

30% off retail (Diamond members receive 40% off)

10% off local retail items (Belle Weather, Brightly Shining Life Bracelets, Fancy Clancy, Xylem, Lotus Leaf Mat Straps, Purify Mat Cleaner)

Come in to see us in person, call us at 541-349-9642, or use online code SGYANNIVERSARY2017 to take advantage of these savings. (Online code applies to the Diamond Annual Package and 50 class card only; Diamond auto-debit purchases require an in-person signature, so come see us at the studio for that!)


SGY Anniversary Party


Saturday March 11th

Join us in celebrating the best year yet at SGY! Our teaching staff and overall community has grown tremendously this year. We are almost finished with our first ever in-house teacher training that will graduate 16 new 200 hour Yoga Alliance-certified teachers, and we just wrapped up a phenomenal retreat in Yachats that will be an annual event. 65 of us are currently doing the 30/60 day challenge – our board is entirely full! And we are continuing to grow in response to your wants and needs as a community. Thank you for another incredible year of moving toward stillness, laughter, love, inclusion, and transformation together. We have so much to celebrate!

Michael Garcia of Dominican Delights will be catering a delicious salad bar! Partners and children are cordially invited! Unlike years past when we’ve had a number of speeches and awards that take up most of our time together, this year’s party will offer games, group entertainment, and time spent connecting with your community off your mat. Please let us know if you can make it by RSVPing at the front desk! We hope to see all of you there!


Music Class

Friday, March 31st

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Benjamin

Theme TBA


Inferno Hot Pilates Class with Karan


Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm
Saturdays 8-8:45am

We've added a new class to our Spring schedule - Inferno Hot Pilates with Karan! Join us on Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm and Saturdays, 8-8:45am for a high-intensity, low-impact, cardio workout done in a 95 degree room. This class will build up your cardiovascular endurance while toning your arms, legs, and core...and it will make your chaturanga and your awkward pose feel light and easy!


Annual 60 Day Challenge Continues!

Student Feature: Katie Wright


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1. How has the challenge been going for you?

Overall the 30-day challenge went well. I'd never done anything like it before, but it was a good way to kick off the new year.

2. What observations have you noticed from doing the challenge? (in body, mind, mood, or anything that comes to mind!)

I found myself being more patient in class, especially on days when I felt tired. I also noticed that I felt differently each day, as some classes felt great - while others were a serious challenge.

3. What has been your favorite aspect of this challenge?

I loved when going to the studio became part of my daily routine and I didn't have to think about it. I enjoyed the daily ritual of attending class each day. The last few days sort of snuck up on me during the home stretch. Time flies when you're having fun, right? :)

4. Do you have any advice for folks who may want to do a future challenge?

Just stick to it. Try to mix up the types of classes you attend during the challenge, it'll be better for your body and brain in the long run!

5. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?

Watch out for "yoga brain" during the challenge :) I had to go back to the studio for forgotten article of clothing or mat, on more than one occasion. Thank you to everyone at the studio. It was great to see familiar faces around the studio and to have feedback from teachers.

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Student Feature: Mike Grossman



1. How has the challenge been going for you?

The challenge format rescues me from the internal debate of whether to show up or not. Even when my mind tries to talk me out of going.

2. What observations have you noticed from doing the challenge? (in body, mind, mood, or anything that comes to mind!)

Both the challenge and SGY in general do wonders for coping with my often too hyper mind. It has shown me intimacy that is a symbiotic relationship between breath, mind and body. Especially with the breath. Which I take with me wherever I go (mind and body not always.). I feel lighter, more alert, and more kind. I feel like I am taking time out to be both present and good to myself.

3. What has been your favorite aspect of this challenge?

Growing as a person. I love growing and watching others grow. I also love the community at SGY. I feel super safe there. I am inspired & awed by the environment that has been created at SGY.

4. Do you have any advice for folks who may want to do a future challenge?

Go for it! You can always rest out if you have to. After 2-3 years of regular attendance, I dropped off for 4 years. I used this year's challenge as an opportunity to jump start my practice. If I did not commit to the challenge, my return may not have taken root. I am very grateful to be back.

5. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?

There is something magical about completing a challenge. No, I take that back. It is not "magic". It is one of, if not the best, intention setting devices I have ever known.

I have two amazing tales to illuminate my point. In my former yoga life I had completed 60 day challenges twice. The first challenge I did was due to being completely driven to the emotional brink by my dog that went missing. This was my all time favorite dog & friend. I was literally crying myself to sleep and crying to wake everyday. I engaged the challenge and set my intention on getting my Lucy-dog back. Did it mostly to cope with my punishing thoughts. We found Lucy-the-light-of-my-life after 23 days and she was 50 miles away from home! I thought she was gone forever. Thank you, challenge.

Then the next year I had a couple of super close loved ones who had gone down to extreme addiction. Both were solid people that experienced an extraordinary chain of events leading to the most dire situations. That had been going on for a few years. The challenge came up and I told myself "If I could get Lucy back the least I can do is a challenge dedicated to my loved ones in distress." To this day both have been clean for years now. They both got clean shortly (Immediately?) after the challenge. They had no idea I was doing this on their behalf. They were 5150 at the time of the challenge.

As a result of these 2 successful challenge dedications, I am forever grateful to this practice and all the peers and teachers who facilitate my advancement. I never feel judged and that is my goal in life. Not to judge. But to love.

THANK YOU FOREVER SGY!!! I love you too much!!!

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Student Feature: Dave Wagenheim


1. How has the challenge been going for you?

I set out to do the 30 day challenge just as I was completing my first year of yoga practice. After the 30 went surprisingly well, I continued with the 60 day, and that has allowed me to make some observations that were less obvious to me during the first half.

2. What observations have you noticed from doing the challenge? (in body, mind, mood, or anything that comes to mind!)

I have definitely been feeling some changes and soreness in my body after 40 days of yoga. I am embracing these issues as I feel they present me with opportunities to notice what my yoga practice brings to me physically and mentally. I tend to push myself hard in yoga and since the every day practice has started to cause some physical discomfort, I have reached out to teachers to find ways to remain focused when tired and back off when necessary for a better overall practice.

3. What has been your favorite aspect of this challenge?

I continue to enjoy the class variety opportunities that exist at SGY. This challenge has remained fresh despite coming in every day because I know I can choose classes like Core 26, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga, among others. I think my commitment to yoga during the challenge has provided some advancement in postures I had not seen previously and a better understanding of self care and yoga fitness in general.

4. Do you have any advice for folks who may want to do a future challenge?

Look forward to your own unique experience that may surprise you. Be prepared for advancements and setbacks and keep in mind it can serve as a larger learning experience for you.

5. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?

I am extremely grateful to the SGY community, teachers, and management for providing a place that fulfills me on many levels. I love that there are many classes and teachers to chose from and it is obvious that Jess is always striving to make this studio work well for all practitioners.

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Student Feature: Alyssa Ricken


1. How has the challenge been going for you?

The challenge has been incredible and so truly rewarding! I have loved the journey and all that I have experienced from day one until now. I, like many others, am busy with parenting, work, and being wrapped up in day-to-day life. Prior to the challenge I was at a point where these things were taking over and I was neglecting myself. I actually practiced very little prior to this challenge.

2. What observations have you noticed from doing the challenge? (in body, mind, mood, or anything that comes to mind!)

This challenge has been a renewal, a commitment to myself, an opportunity to become healthier. Understanding the importance of taking care of myself, so that I can be stronger and more positive in other areas of my life, is perhaps my biggest take away. I signed up with a goal of 30 days, but that quickly changed to 60. It has been wonderful to have so much support from my family so that I can accomplish this!

3. What has been your favorite aspect of this challenge?

I love Yoga because it's always changing. Each day, each practice, is always different. Some days practices are more challenging, and other days I've found I can push myself a bit further with more ease. Learning to breathe and stay with my breath has translated to my life outside of the studio. I feel more mental clarity and stability. I was just sharing with Jess the other day that I feel like I walk lighter on my feet.

4. Do you have any advice for folks who may want to do a future challenge?

I would definitely recommend doing the challenge to others that are considering it. You are worth it! For me, it has been a lifestyle change. It is something I will continue to do with regularity beyond day 60! I'm grateful that I made the commitment to myself.

5. Any other thoughts you'd like to share?

Each instructor has been wonderful and offers something different. I have loved becoming a part of the community st SGY and honestly it feels a bit like a home away from home. It's nice to be greeted with so many smiling faces each day and I look forward to coming.

Posture of the Month: Plank Pose


Plank Pose is an arm balancing yoga pose that tones the abdominal muscles while strengthening the arms and spine. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word "kumbhak," which means "breath retention”. In the traditional practice of this pose, you would hold your breath for a brief moment before lowering your body into the low push-up position. Plank is an essential component of Sun Salutations and is often used as a transitional pose, in which the breath is not held. It can also be practiced on its own to build strength and stamina.

Plank Pose tones all of the core muscles of the body, including the abdomen, chest, and low back. It strengthens the arms, wrists, and shoulders, and is often used to prepare the body for more challenging arm balances. Plank also strengthens the muscles surrounding the spine, which improves posture.

There are many variations and modifications for this pose (see back of sheet) – find the one that works best for you, and then watch as your strength and power increase!

Arm Balance; Strengthening

• Strengthens the wrists
• Core strengthener
• Chest strengthener
• Leg strengthener
• Elongates back
• Increases respiration and circulation

Downward Facing Dog; Table Top

Chaturanga Dandasana; Downward Facing Dog; Crow Pose

• Do not allow your hips and butt to sag too low or poke too high – it’s important to keep your body in one straight line.
• Keep your shoulders aligned directly over your wrists.
• The distance between your hands and feet should be the same in both Plank Pose and Downward-Facing Dog. Move back and forth between the two to get a feel for the correct distance.
• Keep the space between your shoulder blades wide while broadening across your collar bones. This action helps to prepare you for deeper arm balances, like Crow Pose.


• If you have wrist pain or injury, lower to your forearms.
• If your arms or abdominals are not yet strong enough to support your full body weight, lower your knees to the floor (this is called Half Plank Pose). Be sure to keep your head and spine in a straight line.
• To deepen the pose, try lifting one leg at a time. Hold the lifted leg for five breaths. Then, repeat with the opposite leg
for the same amount of time.

Do not practice the full version of the pose if you have carpal tunnel syndrome – either practice the pose on your knees in Half Plank Pose or on your forearms.

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

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“A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.”
~ Proverb

Interested in Teacher Training?


Our SGY 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Hot Yoga Teacher Training program starts up again in Fall, 2017. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to email Jess at sweatyganeshyoga@gmail.com or speak with any of the current teacher trainees about their experiences.

Yoga is a lifelong journey of returning home to ourselves by unlocking our true potential, developing a healthy physical body and skillfull mental habits, and living the rich, meaningful, value-laden existence we all seek. In essence, it is a process of becoming more of who we already are. Join Jess Eldridge and her team for this comprehensive hot yoga teacher training at Sweaty Ganesh Yoga this Fall to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Yoga and to learn to guide others along this path.

This is a collaborative, empowering, group-based training that incorporates classical Yoga teachings, psychology, and neuroscience. It offers a strength-based, breath-focused, mindful, non-dogmatic approach to teaching Yoga. Training includes experiential coursework in:

Asana, pranayama and meditation (postures, breathwork and finding stillness)

Anatomy and physiology

The nervous system, including learning to read and calm your own nervous system as well as facilitate a collective, downregulating nervous system experience for your students

Yoga philosophy

Yoga history, including C26 and vinyasa lineages, classical methods and modern developments

Core 26 and vinyasa teaching methodologies

Class sequencing

Hands-on adjustments

Ethics and power dynamics inherent in the teacher-student relationship

Mindfulness practices

Discovering your own unique, authentic teaching voice


Training meets over 8 weekends from October 2017 to March 2018, including one weekend retreat in Yachats. This is a Yoga Allianced certified 200 hour teacher training.

Training Schedule (all SGY weekends meet Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 8:30-6pm and Sundays 8:30am-6pm):

Oct 6-8
Oct 20-22
Nov 10-12
Dec 8-10
Jan 5-7
Yachats Retreat Jan 26-28
February 9-11
March 2-4

Cost: $2850; $2600 Early Bird pricing through September 1st, 2017
Payment plan options are available.
Email Jess for an application packet and more information!