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Hollye Holbrook

May at SGY

  • Friends Free Friday
  • Mother's Day
  • Yoga Nidra with Michele Bulgatz
  • Community Classes with Teacher Training Graduates
  • Music Class with Daniel
  • Teacher Training This Fall
  • Posture of the Month: Cobra Pose
  • SGY Teacher Training in Fall 2017

Friends Free Friday

May 5th, 2017
Bring a friend for free to every class you attend!


Mother's Day is May 14th!

In honor of the effort, dedication, compassion, and love that mothers endow upon not only their children but our society at large, we are offering free class for all moms and free child care for the 11am Vinyasa class!  Come celebrate and rejuvenate with us!

9:30 Foam Rolling with Karan
11am Vinaysa with Sarah
12:30pm Community Class with Jason
4pm C26 with Julie
6pm C26 with Benjamin


Yoga Nidra with Michele Bulgatz


Saturday May 20th

Relax into your Natural State of Health and Well–Being
Pervasive stress can consistently overwhelm the nervous system, inhibiting physical and emotional well-being and healing. This practice offers  a systematic, multistage set of relaxation techniques that help induce the state of Yoga Nidra which is conscious deep sleep. The state of Yoga Nidra relaxes, restores and allows deep healing to take place in the entire body/ mind field. This practice helps move the nervous system from hyper arousal(fight/flight/anxiety), into a state of relaxation and rest and digest). We begin with a brief warm up followed by  participants lying comfortably on their backs to follow guided relaxations. Yoga Nidra is for everyone at any level with a body/mind who wants to experience deep peace, healing and serenity.

Register now! (10 students minimum to guarantee class)

There is no extra charge for this class. If you do not currently have an SGY package or membership, you are welcome to pay the drop-in rate for this special class.  

Michele Bulgatz, M.S., E RYT 500 will guide, support and honor you however you show up!


Community Classes with Teacher Training Graduates

Sundays from 12:30-1:30pm
We continue to 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.

5/7 Vinyasa with Charity
5/14 Vinyasa with Jason
5/21 C26 with Kathryne & David
5/28 Vinyasa with Lydia

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Teacher Trainee Feature:

Every Yogi! Meet Jason!


Hometown: Alliance, NE
Something that’s yours: An unquenchable thirst for spiritual truths.

What First Drew You to Yoga and Why?

I was drawn to yoga for many reasons. The most important reasons were to heal my body from numerous past athletic injuries, and to deepen my spiritual practice. In the early 2000s I was a world ranking high jumper and current school record holder for the University of Oregon. During my athletic career, I sustained numerous muscular sprains and strains, and three arthroscopic knee surgeries on my right knee. Before starting my practice two years ago I had thought it was a foregone conclusion that I would need another surgery, or even a knee replacement. As of today I can say that I am pain free, and fully enjoying that feeling of peak physical form/clear mind that I was once took for granted. Now that I have followed the path of yoga to heal my mind/body/spirit, I wish nothing more that to share my direct knowledge and experience to help others heal. My first name in Greek literally means “healer” or “to heal”.

What Do You Find Most Satisfying About Teaching?

The most satisfying part about leading others through their practice is the connection that I feel with other people’s physical bodies. I have a finely tuned mind-body connection, or proprioception of the physical body. I can tune my consciousness into other’s space and “feel” movements, adjustments, and the sensations of others. I can then leverage this information to guide others through their own practice. I also feel the energy of the room quite profoundly. During my athletic career, working the crowd’s energy was one of my strong points. Getting a crowd of a few thousand people all clapping in unison, focusing their energy on me, and then redirecting that energy back is quite an enlightening experience. I often get this same experience inside the studio during class.

Teaching Style and Classes Taught:

Vinyasa style classes drew me in instantly to yoga. The dynamic flow of movement in the body directs energy around in ways that I wasn’t familiar with. Also, the importance of pranayama to keep the mind steady and still, while still working hard and having an elevated heart beat is a profound experience. To me the body is a magical tool that we are only starting to understand how to fully utilize. Vinyasa practice is my way to explore the far edges, and the unseen inner spaces that hold all the secrets. As within, so without.

Words of Wisdom:

To me the most important parts of my practice are the hours and minutes away from the mat. It isn’t what happens on the mat that defines us, it’s how we take the lessons learned in the studio out into the outside world. And in the words of my favorite spiritual guide Kryon: “And so it is…”


Music Class

Friday, May 26th

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Daniel

Theme TBD!


Interested in Teacher Training This Fall?

 If you missed the informational session in April, please email Jess at sweatyganeshyoga@gmail.com for an application.

We will be offering two $500 need-based scholarships and one $1000 diversity scholarship for teacher training in 2017. For more information on this, please speak with Jess.


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!