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our teachers




Our instructors are all trained and certified, either by the Yoga Alliance, Bikram Yoga Headquarters, or Tony Sanchez's Ghosh Yoga System.
As Tony likes to say, "When you stop growing you start dying"...As a teaching community, we require and provide continuing education in anatomy, postural alignment, mechanics of the nervous system and breathing, mindfulness, and yoga philosophy.

We each truly love what we do, and here’s a little bit more about us...


Why do you practice yoga?
Well, when I first started practicing yoga in 2005 I was looking for a good workout and something that would be great cross-training for running, which was my physical activity of choice at the time.  I certainly found that, but I also found a whole lot more that I couldn't have told you I needed...self-acceptance, body acceptance, coping skills for anxiety, a more powerful voice, and a general attitude of mindfulness that makes the ever-changing, unexpected nature of life feel rhythmic and even exciting.  There's a phrase that's always stuck with me...yoga makes you you.  And it's true.  That's why Ganesh is in our studio's name - I wholeheartedly believe that yoga removes the physical, mental and emotional obstacles to being our authentic selves.
What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
I love watching students figure themselves out and do things with their bodies and minds that they never thought were possible.  And just like the practice, teaching is a continual growth process.  I learn new things about myself and my students each time I step into the room.
What's the funniest thing you've ever said while teaching or practicing?
I have moments of verbal dyslexia sometimes...so this one time I was attempting to tell a student named Shelby to "sit down" further in a posture and it came out, "Selby..." I'm sure you can fill in the rest.  I couldn't even finish what I was saying after that because I couldn't stop giggling.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
At the risk of sounding like everyone else who has ever answered this question...I would love to fly.  
Kristen Tucker
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Something that’s yours: 2 dogs, 5 chickens, 3 bicycles and 1 husband (on May 11th :)

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

I practice yoga for balance in my life. I’ve been an athlete since I was a kid, and in my adult life I have become even more active and competitive in different endeavors (CrossFit, Cycling, and Running). At first, yoga was a way for me to stretch my sore muscles. The longer I practiced though, the more I realized that I needed it not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. Yoga helps me clear my mind and release tension that I hold onto, plus it makes me feel great and keeps me healthy and able to do what I love to do!


Teaching Style and Classes Taught:

At Sweaty Ganesh Yoga I teach the Strength and Conditioning class as well as the Foam Rolling class. These two classes pretty sum up what I do in my everyday life and in my other work…I help people get fit for whatever it is they want to be good at in their life, and I also teach them how to take care of their bodies from a self treatment perspective!


Silliest Thing You’ve Said Whilst Teaching:

The silliest thing I have said whilst teaching a class was once when we were using medicine balls. The workout was over and I wanted to make sure everyone was cleaning up after themselves, so I said “please wipe your balls off before you put them away.” Yeah that one made us all laugh for a while!


Hollye Holbrook
Hometown: Cottage Grove, Oregon
Something that is yours: An unwavering belief in the capacity for humans to connect through sharing our humanity with courage, authenticity and kindness!

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I went to my first yoga class simply to explore something new and to aid in my physical fitness. Since then, it has grown to mean much, much, much more to me. In the first few months of a once-per-week practice, I always left class feeling grounded, centered, stronger in mind, body and spirit, and with a general feeling of peace and wellness. The days I went to yoga class were always good days. I soon was hooked. I wanted to learn more. My once-per-week class became an almost-daily class. And eventually, a seed was planted for the possibility of me teaching yoga. My gut said “Yes!”. Through practicing yoga (then and now) I feel more mindful, more conscious and compassionate, centered and balanced, more limber in body and mind, empowered, less fearful and more confident. I live with more intention and presence both on and off my mat. I feel connected to something greater, connected to community, more connected to myself, and able to put a more authentic expression of myself into the world.


Teaching Style and Classes Taught:

I teach a strong and steady Vinyasa flow class. My classes are an exploration into self-discovery with a focus on alignment, breath awareness, and ‘being here now’. I am deeply committed to holding a space for people to explore their own truths, grow and heal through physical practice, meditation and pranayama (breathwork). And, some laughter!

What you love about teaching at SGY

I love the community! SGY feels like coming home. Jess and all of the teachers at SGY are committed to creating a welcoming, all-inclusive, come as you are atmosphere and it’s truly a joy to be a part of. I’m honored to share this time and space with you all and look forward to seeing you on the mat and/or around the studio!


Words of Wisdom/Inspirational Quote

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
—Mary Oliver

Name: Steven Tygart
Hometown: Muldoon Road, Anchorage, Alaska
Something that's yours: I have 4 kids, a love for travel and exploration shared with my wife, and a lava lamp that is older than me.

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

I practice yoga to remind myself how it feels to be in my body, to be in the magic of my stillness and movement. I practice to tap into subtle sensations that I become aware of when I slow down. I love to be still with my breath and let my thoughts dance as they do. I love to wobble and shake, fall down and get up, feel new movements and challenges, to allow myself to be vulnerable, to find edges. It's also part of my longevity plan. Being able to get up off of the ground is a skill I will continue to practice. That and the flat footed squat. So many more reasons...

What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

The most satisfying thing about teaching for me is that I get to be in the collective sweet energy that is cultivated in a class. I get to breathe with everyone, I get to see the beautiful shapes explored, I get to be present for exploration, and it is a gift, every time. Plus when people are so involved in their practice my random jokes might get more laughs.

Favorite Class to Practice Right Now and Why

Right now I really love a restorative yoga practice. I enjoy the stillness, the support. And while I can't explain how, it really adds to and compliments my vinyasa practice. Maybe I just like lying down a lot.

Words of Wisdom/Inspirational Quote OR Silliest Thing You’ve Said Whilst Teaching
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. - Rumi

And also I often get my lefts and rights confused, accidental rhymes might happen, so just remember that.

Why do you practice yoga?
For a very long time I had a strong distaste for exercise. Mindless exercise was never in my cards. I needed an exercise that meant something other than just staying fit, a deeper purpose behind the movement. I needed the spiritual seed that is open for exploration in yoga. I practice because yoga keeps me engaged and evolving, both inside and out.

What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
I have been given so much from my practice I simply cannot contain it. It is my joy and honor to witness that gleam of contemplation, that spark of realization in their eyes. Like butter on warm toast! Scrumptious. To me, teaching is another stage in learning and I am grateful to be a forever-student.


What is the funniest thing you've ever said while teaching or practicing?
Eagle pose: “Imagine your wearing really tight whitey-tighties and they are squeezing and compressing all up in your thigh creases!” then I said “Imagine you have a big walnut in-between your thighbones and your gonna crack it!”. The gentlemen in my class teased me forever after that.


If you had a superpower what would it be?
I would love to fly like superman! But it must include breathing underwater and in outer space.

Annette Garcia aka AG
Hometown: Higley, Arizona
Something that's yours: 1 daughter, Ash.
2 yoga leotards. 3 Pendleton flannels. 4 Yoga books. 5 pairs of shoes

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

A lot of reasons attract me to yoga! consciousness, composure, grace, humility, lightheartedness, and strength. I love Core 26 because it is the foundation to my asana practice. My mind, heart, and body merge on the mat. On my best days I master the art of relaxation. I feel grateful for all styles that I learn in Yoga, and every time I learn something new it transcends in to every aspect of my life.


What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

The most satisfying feeling about teaching is developing unity within the unique. The stillness and the breath amongst the people together conjure the same power and depth as witnessing ocean waves.


What you love about teaching at SGY:

I love the solidarity I feel in the teacher collective. We bond because of yoga. The depth of which we are all connected to our yoga story makes us a family. As a student, I feel genuine community. The leadership and guidance of the teachers keeps me happy on my mat.


Inspirational Quote:

Perfection in an asana is achieved when the effort ceases and the infinite being within is reached- B.K.S Iyengar

Why do you practice yoga?

I practice yoga because it helps channel my excess physical energy and calm my mind. I am a more centered and happy person due to my yoga practice.

What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?

As a new teacher I am excited to share my love and knowledge of yoga with both new and old students.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever said while teaching or practicing?

I haven't had the chance to say too many funny things as a teacher though I have heard some funny things. Let me know when I say something goofy.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

My superpower... Flight would be really fun but probably wouldn't be that practical. Maybe breathe underwater and be able to withstand the pressure to explore the briny deep.


Why do I practice yoga?
Initially, I was allured by asana because it offered what felt like a trifecta of post-class benefits: the endorphin release of a workout, the ease of a massage and the calm of meditation. My practice offers me time to slow down & marinate in sensation - I'm more capable of creating space between me and the constant pull of stimuli that surrounds my life.  In these moments, I become more attune to a wiser, stronger sensibility within myself and listen to my intuition's soliloquy. In short, time on the mat makes for a better me off the mat.

What do you enjoy about teaching yoga?
The energy exchange – the collective positive & peaceful vibe that may be present in the beginning of class but more strongly grounds and reverberates within the room toward Savasana.

What's the funniest thing you've ever said while teaching or practicing?  Spread your head.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
To stay connected to my practice while being a mother of three, supportive and encouraging friend, sister, daughter, wife and educator.
Additionally, I'd appreciate the ability to make it snow whenever I need solace.
Karan Estee
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Something that's yours: Hopefully, your undivided attention ;).

Why Do You Practice Yoga?

There's an innate part of practicing yoga...something I can't really explain, that makes me feel amazing. It has always, somehow, made me feel strong and beautiful and WORTHY of MY attention to myself. Like a lot of us, I spend a lot of time beating myself up and I feel like yoga is the perfect opposite to that. It has truly taught me to accept my mistakes, my human-ness, and to move on and just try to be the best human and the best teacher that I can be.


Teaching Style and Class Styles Taught:

Intuitive and improvisational. If I try to plan a class ahead of time, it almost always fumbles me up. I enjoy the venture of walking into a room with no plan and sensing what is needed. Some might say I teach a “challenging” class and I would like to think that is true. But we all have different challenges. Some of us need to work harder, and many of us need to work less. And I seek to challenge all of my students in whatever way they need in that moment; to offer them the space to figure that out for themselves without any judgment, and the guidance to bring them to a place of balance and loving kindness towards themselves.


What you love about teaching at SGY:

Oh wow, where to begin? I have taught and practiced at so many studios for over 17 years and SGY is HANDS DOWN the absolute best space I’ve ever experienced. First of all, Jess, our incredible leader. She has set a foundation of knowledge, appreciation, love and acceptance that ties us ALL together as a FAMILY strong in those values. Somehow, she has brought together the BEST group of instructors and students I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Even when I’ve had the absolute worst day, the minute I step foot into our studio, I immediately feel nestled in at HOME; warm, loved, appreciated, accepted. I am so grateful for her, our amazing teachers, our incredible students, and this COMMUNITY that brings pure bliss to my existence.


Inspirational Quote:
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you -David Whyte, House of Belonging

Lyn Hudgins
Hometown: Eugene,Oregon

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

Throughout my life I have had a interest in the human body and how all of the systems work together both scientifically and spiritual. Taking my first yoga class in the 70's in Lake Tahoe. I found through yoga a way to get to know my self and a different way to look at life. Through the philosophy of yoga I find life more excepting. I continue to practice with a more sustainable asana and implementing the other limbs of yoga.


What you love about teaching at SGY:

Teaching yoga invites a place to explore the human expression.


Favorite Class to Practice Right Now and Why:

The core 26 class has brought my awareness to how I move, my breath, my tendencies, learning to forgive and accept in a safe, loving community at SGY.


Inspirational Quote:

Yoga is a life process of living not a goal -Ganga White

Alaina Melconian, Studio Manager
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Something that's yours: 4 Amazing children-Sam, Stevie, Alex and Nick

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I saw a sign in my hometown for Hot Yoga and thought, what is this? I stepped inside had my first class and never stopped. I truly thought where has this been all my life? I guess you could say I followed the sign!


What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

Teaching is a gift. I love the excited energy I feel as I step through the door to the yoga room. Seeing students eager to move both mind and body. I watch the transformation throughout class of lifes many ups and downs melting into the mats. My hope and goal is that I am able to touch each student in a way that they feel a little lighter after class.


What you love about teaching at SGY:

The community feel for sure. We have a special vibe where people want to stick around and chat in our “living room” SGY truly feels like family to me and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.


Inspirational Quote:

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel -Maya Angelou

Julie Coren
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Something that's mine: My mind and It’s Perceptions


What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I first heard about the potential for healing through hot yoga back in college but never had the drive to give it a try. After a knee injury in my mid-20's hit me harder than I would have liked, I decided I had nothing to lose. The yoga healed my knee and then some. And it quickly transformed from simply a way to heal an acute injury to something that permeated and nourished my entire being.

What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

Teaching provides challenges that excite and inspire me on a daily basis. I see teaching as an extension of my own practice and personal growth. But teaching also asks me to look outside of myself and practice holding space for others. Being a witness in that way is both humbling and satisfying, and for that I am truly grateful.

Favorite Class to Practice Right Now:

Core26 is where I got my start. And although it has been over a decade since I took my first Core26 class, it remains the ultimate class for me. I absolutely love the Ashtanga primary series and I'll never shy away from the ever-changing flow of a vinyasa class. But good, old-fashioned, 90-minute, Core26 is the class I can always count on to ground me, challenge me, and wake me up. There's no hiding in there -- and that really speaks to me.


Silliest thing you've said whilst teaching:
I definitely have never ever told students to bring their nipples to their chins. Never.

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