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April at Sweaty Ganesh Yoga

  • Foam Rolling with Kristen
  • Community Classes with Teacher Training Graduates
  • Friends Free Friday
  • Restorative Yoga with Michele Bulgatz
  • Music Class with Annette
  • Teacher Trainee Info Session
  • Posture of the Month: Chaturanga Dandasana
  • SGY Teacher Training in Fall 2017


Foam Rolling with Kristen

foam rolling

Sundays in April

Foam rolling with Kristin is happening every Sunday in April, 9:30-10:30am, and this is now included with any SGY membership or package.

For those dropping in without an SGY package, it will cost $10.


Community Classes with Teacher Training Graduates



Sundays from 12:30-1:30pm

Beginning in April, we will offer donation-based community classes every Sunday afternoon 12:30-1:30pm led by our recent teacher training graduates. All classes with be either a 1 hour Core 26 class or a vinyasa flow. Bring your friends! Any donations are most appreciated and all proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund for future trainees.


Friends Free Friday

Friday, April 14th
Bring a friend for free to every class you attend!



Restorative Yoga with Michele Bulgatz

Blue Bog

Saturday April 22, 2017

A deeply relaxing practice of supported poses, guided relaxation, yogic breathing, and an extended savasana (final resting pose). This meditative practice cultivates a
necessary balance between body and mind while dissolving physical and mental tension. For any level student seeking to reduce the effects of stress. Bring two firm equally sized pillows.


Music Class

Friday, April 28th

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Annette

Classical Concerto Mix!


Teacher Training Info Session

Wednesday April 26th

Interested in becoming a yoga teacher? Learn all about the SGY Teacher Training Program at our free informational session. This is a comprehensive and unique 200 hour training that combines Classical and Tantric Yoga Philosophy with Western Psychology as the foundation for personal transformation and teaching Yoga. It includes voice coaching and training in anatomy, pranayama and meditation techniques, nervous system regulation, and class sequencing. Students who complete training are certified through the Yoga Alliance to teach both Core 26 and Vinyasa flow classes in heated as well as non-heated environments.  Bring all your questions to this info session! If you're unable to make it, please email Jess at sweatyganeshyoga@gmail.com and she can send you more information along with an application packet.


Posture of the Month: Chaturanga Dandasana


The full name of Chaturanga Dandasana comes from four Sanskrit words:"Chatur" – meaning "four"; "Anga" – meaning "limb”; "Danda" – meaning "staff"; "Asana" – meaning "pose". The "staff" of the pose refers to the spine — the main support system of the body. When performed correctly, the body resembles a rod or staff, with the spine in one straight line. Chaturanga is a powerful strength-builder.

Maintaining shoulder stability is the most important key to keeping your shoulders safe in Chaturanga. Although Chaturanga is demanding, keeping your shoulders safe is relatively simple. In fact, for students with otherwise healthy shoulders, there are two ways to protect your shoulders from injury in this pose. First, make sure that your shoulders don’t move into extension. Instead, keep your elbows in line with the side of your torso. If you lower your torso – or dip your shoulders – too low, your elbows will move behind your body and put your shoulders at greater risk. Second, firmly squeeze your elbows against the sides of your body, rather than allowing them to separate away from your torso.These are simple concepts, but they are challenging to perform!

Arm balance, Core

• Strengthens and tones the wrists, arms, abdominal muscles and lower back.
• Prepares the body for more challenging arm balances.
• Strengthens the muscles surrounding the spine, which helps to improve posture.

Cobra; Upward Facing Dog; Plank

Downward Facing Dog; Upward Facing Dog

• Do not let your shoulders drop below the height of your elbows. It’s better for your shoulders to be too high in the pose than too low.
• Keep your elbows stacked directly above your wrists. Doing so may require coming forward a bit more on the balls of your feet, shifting your torso toward the top edge of your mat.
• Your upper arms and forearms should create a perfect 90-degree angle.
• Keep your elbows tucked alongside your body, reaching toward your heels – do not let them splay out to the sides.
• If your arms and shoulders start to feel fatigued, you will lose the integrity of the pose. Back off for a while and practice Half Chaturanga (as shown above). Practice Half Chaturanga until you have built up enough strength to fully support your body with your arms


• If unable to perform a standard Caturanga, it can be done with the knees on the floor.
• As you get stronger, students can come into the pose by starting in Three-Legged Downward-Facing Dog (with one leg lifted in the air), moving into Three-Legged Plank Pose, and then finally into Three-Legged Chaturanga. Keep the same leg lifted the entire time, as you move forward into Three-Legged Upward-Facing Dog, and back into Three-Legged Downward-Facing Dog.

Do not practice Chaturanga if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, or a shoulder, elbow, or wrist injury.

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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“Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.”
~ Buddha


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!