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Hollye Holbrook

An Introduction to Yoga Nidra

“You don’t have to try to be aware, as in classic meditation. You are resting as awareness itself.”

We’re thrilled to welcome Aricha P to the Sweaty Ganesh team. She brings a wealth of expertise in the Amrit Method practice of Yoga Nidra, or Yogic Sleep. This class is something we’ve never offered before, so here’s a brief overview of what Yoga Nidra is and how it provides an essential benefit to our modern American life from Aricha’s very own teacher, Kamini Desai.

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If you’re looking for an hour a week of deep meditation to balance out your active Core26 or Vinyasa practice, check out Aricha’s Thursday evening class, held each week at 7:30pm. If you’d like to explore more resources outside of a class at the studio, you can find a banquet of tools right here.


Free Your Hips and the Rest Will Follow

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Beyond our posture of the month, we’re offering even more opportunity to get hip. Join us for a hip opening exploration like no other. We'll combine meditation, pranayama, and asana tools from vinyasa, yin and restorative yoga to increase mobility in the hip joints, legs and lower back.  

This workshop will be paired with essential oils designed to awaken and rebalance all your chakras from root to crown, focusing specifically on the lower chakras as these play a huge role in hip mobility and stability.

Free Your Hips and the Rest Will Follow!
Hip Opening Aromatherapy Workshop for All Levels
with Jess & Karlene!!
Saturday, October 21st, 1:15-3:15pm
$25/$20 SGY Diamond Members


Lizard Pose (October Posture of the Month)


One of the hippest asanas around, Lizard Pose gets into the strong ligaments and muscles of the hips and pelvis. The hips are the hub of the body, connecting the upper body and the legs. Ancient yogis name this location in our bodies as the resting place of kundalini-shakti energy. When our hips are strong, balanced and flexible, they are the foundation for a yoga practice and a life that hold those same qualities.


The sanskrit for this posture is Utthan Pristhasana. Utthan translates to “stretching out” and Pristha means “back of the body.” An alternate translation of Pristha is “page of a book,” an apt description as we are said to hold many of our leftover emotion in our hips. Some yoga teachers call our hips the “junk drawer” of our emotional body — as in, if we don’t know where to place an experience or emotion then we bury in our hips. Lizard Pose offers us a way to reread the previous pages of our lives and do a little editing by releasing what doesn’t serve us anymore.

Getting into the pose:
From Down Dog, bring your right foot to the pinky finger side of your right hand. Both arms should now be inside your right leg. For a yang hold of this posture, keep your left knee off the ground. For a more restorative version, uncurl the toes and drop your back knee.

Depending on your hip flexibility, you will either support your upper body on your hands or forearms. Go slowly as these are strong supportive muscles and tendons you are asking to soften. Sink the hips down while maintaining an equal weight distribution there as well as an evenness in your shoulders. Don’t collapse the chest — keep your chin up and shine your heart forward elongating the spine. Breathe.

Opens the hips, hamstrings, groin and hip flexors
Strengthens the inner thigh muscles on the front leg

Prep poses:
Child’s Pose
Warrior 1&2

Where to go next:


Introducing: Wild Light Yoga Center

First...we are absolutely bursting at the seams to unveil our new name.  After months of hearing your suggestions, talking with trademark attorneys, and having long conversations about who we are as a studio community, we are thrilled to announce that we will become Wild Light Yoga Center

Wild? Yes wild...we are each unique and multifaceted, and wild connotes a sense of freedom, expression, and inner fire that comes from removing the obstacles in the way of our authenticity and our dharma or life's calling.  When we embrace what is wild within us, we harness our own voice and our own power, much like the banks of a fast flowing river allow that river to flow more deeply, more powerfully, and to greater distances.  And we are not just wild...we are wild light.  We are beings of light and yoga pulls us toward the light - toward that place of belonging, unconditional love, and untapped potential.  I have long felt it is my personal dharma to guide others along the path to find their light, shine it up and then give it to the world so that we create a ripple effect of brightly shining lights reaching far and wide. 

With deep love and gratitude,