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Hollye Holbrook

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!



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Saturday, March 4th
1-3:30pm
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


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Special Teacher Trainee Classes in March

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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!

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Friends Free Friday

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

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SGY Anniversary Sale!

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Friday, March 10th

 

8am-8pm

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!)

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SGY Anniversary Party

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Saturday March 11th
5-8pm

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!

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Music Class

 
Friday, March 31st

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Benjamin

Theme TBA

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Inferno Hot Pilates Class with Karan

Hot-Pilates

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!

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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

 

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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


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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



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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


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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!


POSE TYPE:
Arm Balance; Strengthening

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

PREP POSES:
Downward Facing Dog; Table Top

FOLLOW-UP POSES:
Chaturanga Dandasana; Downward Facing Dog; Crow Pose

TIPS:
• 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.


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VARIATIONS:
• 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.

CAUTIONS:
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!

Warmly,
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?

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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


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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!

 
 

Hollye Holbrook

Pose of the Month: Uttanasana & Ardha Uttanasana



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The Sanskrit word Uttanasana (ooh-tuhn-AHS-uh-nuh) comprises ut, which means “intense,” “powerful,” or “deliberate,” and the verb tan, meaning to “stretch,” “extend,” or “lengthen.” Uttanasana is a stretch of the entire back body, a yogic term that covers the territory from the soles of the feet and up the backs of the legs; spans the lower, middle, and upper back; rises up the neck; and circles over the scalp and back down the forehead, finally ending at the point between the eyebrows. When you fold forward in Uttanasana, you stretch this entire sheath of muscles and connective tissue. According to B.K.S. Iyengar, the many benefits of this asana include slowing down the heartbeat; toning the liver, spleen, and kidneys; and rejuvenating the spinal nerves.

Half Standing Forward Fold – Ardha Uttanasana (ARD-uh ooh-tuhn-AHS-uh-nuh) – is an essential element of Sun Salutations and helps to prepare the body for deeper yoga poses. Ardha Uttanasana stretches and lengthens your hamstrings, calves, and front and back torso. It also strengthens the back and spine, improving posture. Practicing this pose stimulates the abdominal organs and belly, improving digestion. As part of the Sun Salutation sequence, this pose also helps to teach the linking of breath with movement – an action that soothes and calms the mind.


Pose Type:
Standing Forward Fold

Benefits:
• Stretches hamstrings and back
• Alleviates anxiety
• Relieves headaches
• Improves digestion
• Quiets the mind

Contraindications:
• Lower-back injury
• Hamstring tear
• Sciatica
• Glaucoma, detached retina

Preparatory Poses:
Downward Facing Dog; Standing Forward Fold; Head-to-knee Forward Fold

Follow-up Poses:
Standing poses, inversions, or seated forward bends.

Uttanasana Tips & Variations:
• Be sure to fold from the hips, not the waist. To learn this movement, place your hands directly on your front hip bones. Press your hands into your front hip bones and hinge from that spot, keeping your torso long.
• If your torso doesn't touch your thighs, bend your knees so that your lower back can release without your hamstrings pulling on it.
• Place yoga blocks under the hands.
• To increase the stretch in the backs of your legs, lean slightly forward and lift up onto the balls of your feet, pulling your heels a half-inch or so away from the floor.

Ardha Uttanasana Tips:
• Emphasize lengthening the front of your torso, instead of bringing your hands all the way to the floor. Bend your knees as much as you need to, or place your hands on your shins, yoga blocks, a chair, or against the wall to keep this length.
• Extend the crown of your head forward as you reach your tailbone behind you. Work to create as much space between your belly button and tailbone as you can.
• Aim for aligning your ankles, knees, and hips. It’s common to lean back, placing too much weight on the heels.

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!

Warmly,
Hollye and the SGY Teaching Team


 “Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar



 

Hollye Holbrook

February News at SGY

  • Foam Rolling Class with Kristen
  • Friends Free Friday
  • Music Class with Alaina
  • Inferno Hot Pilates Class with Karan
  • Annual 30 or 60 Day Challenge continues
    featuring Stormy Carter & Andrea Tison
  • Special Teacher Trainee Classes in March
  • SGY Anniversary Sale
  • SGY Anniversary Party
  • SGY Teacher Training in Fall 2017
  • Pose of the Month: Uttanasana & Ardha Uttanasana



 

Foam Rolling Class with Kristen

 
Sunday, February 5th
9:00-10:00am 
$10 drop-in
 
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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.

We hope to add more foam rolling classes on Sunday mornings this month. Check the website for the most up to date details.

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Friends Free Friday

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

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Music Class


 
Friday, February 24th

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Alaina

Theme is 90's music!!

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Inferno Hot Pilates Class with Karan

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Saturday, February 25th
12:30pm-1:30pm

Many hot yoga studios across the nation now offer a cardiovascular workout class called Inferno Hot Pilates. We are pleased to announce that our beloved Karan was recently certified to teach Inferno Hot Pilates, and we'll be adding this class to our schedule in March! Join us for a free introductory session on Saturday, February 25th, 12:30-1:30pm and experience this challenging, full body, low impact, high intensity workout. This class is performed on your yoga mat in a room heated to 95 degrees and 40% humidity (so it's cooler than the C26 class, but the humidity and the class itself will definitely have you sweating). Hot Pilates strengthens muscles and burns fat without the pounding of a high impact workout. It is designed for all fitness levels, and it's a great compliment to your yoga practice. See us at the front desk with any questions or to sign up in advance! Beginning March 1st, we will offer Inferno Hot Pilates 8-8:45am on Saturdays and 4:30-5:30pm on Thursdays (in place of the current Strength and Conditioning Class).


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Annual 30 or 60 Day Challenge Continues!

Student Feature: Stormy Carter

 

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1. Is this your first 30/60 day challenge ?

I did the challenge last time SGY had it .This is my second 60 day challenge.

2. What made you want to take the challenge this year ?

As always with the new year comes independent self changes for myself, In Numerology 2017 marks an Universal 1 year of this millennium , dedicated to practicing every single day with the challenge.

3. How is the challenge going for you? have you noticed any changes in your life /and or practice since the challenge began ?

The challenge is going really well for me as I am dedicated to myself for my daily practice. I have noticed I am getting up even earlier before yoga, feeling lighter in my body as things have shifted with the new year.

4. What is your favorite thing about the challenge so far ?

Seeing more people at the studios in the mornings when I am able to practice :)

5. Least favorite?

As always not being able to practice at SGY in evenings due to work so I don't get to take all the teachers classes or see some fellow yogis that can practice in evenings.

6. Any advice for those who may be thinking of joining for the last 30 days?

What is holding you back ?! The time is NOW. Be Present. Even if you can't practice at SGY every single day, make time for yoga elsewhere , anywhere!
 

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Student Feature: Andrea Tison

 

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1. Is this your first 30/60 day challenge ?

This is my first 30/60 day challenge!

2. What made you want to take the challenge this year ?

I wanted to do the challenge this year to prove to myself that I could! I thought, "Hmm, I know this would only benefit me. I have the time, I have no excuse!"

3. How is the challenge going for you? have you noticed any changes in your life /and or practice since the challenge began ?

The challenge so far has been surprisingly easy for me. I look forward to stepping into the hot room everyday, knowing it's where I can let go of everything. It's the place where I can forget about any stress that may have come up in the day. I'm also extremely excited to see my body changing! I'm feeling stronger (and starting to gain and feel muscles I never knew I had!)

4. What is your favorite thing about the challenge so far ?

My favorite thing about the challenge so far is noticing the progress in my practice. It really motivates me to continue. I'm having breakthroughs almost daily, like inching my forehead closer to the floor in forward fold!

5. Least favorite?

My least favorite thing about the challenge is just the hour commute to the studio. I live outside of Eugene so driving to and from eats up a little more time than I like. However, I believe making the time to practice improves the quality of the rest of my day so it's definitely worth it!

6. Any advice for those who may be thinking of joining for the last 30 days?

My advice to those thinking of participating in the challenge or are already doing it is just believe that you CAN. If you tell yourself you can do it then you will be able to. Just making a commitment to come to the studio everyday is simple. Then the rest that follows, like seeing the friends you make, and being able to release stress in a toasty sauna, comes easy!

 

 


Special Teacher Trainee Classes in March

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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!

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SGY Anniversary Sale!

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Friday, March 10th

 

8am-8pm

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!)

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SGY Anniversary Party

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Saturday March 11th
5-8pm

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!

As in years past, John Griffin will be catering delicious, vegetarian, Indian cuisine for us. 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!





Interested in Teacher Training?

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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


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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!

 

 

Hollye Holbrook

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


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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

 
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 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

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Annual 30 or 60 Day Challenge

 

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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!
 

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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.

 

 
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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!

 

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Foam Rolling Class with Kristen

 
Sunday, January 22nd
9:30-10:30am 
$10 drop-in
 
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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
 
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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)

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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:
Standing

Benefits:
• 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 :-)

Instruction:
• 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.

Variations:
• 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!

Warmly,
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