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Why We Practice Asana


“And the asana is really not the yoga. It is the residue the asana leaves in our minds and bodies and hearts that is the yoga.”

Judith Hanson Lasater

Asana is a word you’ll hear at nearly every yoga studio on the planet. The suffix of most Sanskrit names for poses, it’s often hidden within a much longer and complicated instruction. Savasana, Uttanasana, Bhujangasana. See it now?  

In today’s yoga culture, we use asana to refer to the practice of moving through postures or poses. The literal translation of asana is ‘seat,' but you probably already knew that because of the old 'get off your asana' joke.

The earliest Yoga texts only really offer one pose to practice and that is a comfortable seated posture. Lore states that yoga asana was originally developed as a way for monks to train their bodies to endure long, intense sitting meditation sessions.

At its very core, as Yogis, we don’t practice asana because it makes our butt (our asana) look great. Rather, we practice asana because it is the physical body manifestation of a much larger spiritual practice. A practice that calls to us to be our most human and our most divine simultaneously. Asana is a path we follow, a way of engaging the body to reach the spirit.

Because asana is just one of the eight total ‘limbs’ or aspects of Yoga. The first, most basic limb asks that we practice Yama. This concerns itself with how we act in the world. Do we treat others well? Are we living with integrity?

The eighth and final limb is Samadhi, which a self transcendent ecstasy. You could think of the eight limbs as being a ladder of sorts. We put effort and practice into each rung, further preparing ourselves to reach for the next.

Asana falls fairly low on the continuum. It is the third limb of yoga, right after cultivating self discipline (which assists in our asana practice) and before Pranayama or breath work (which prepares us for meditation). We often incorporate pranayama within our practice at the studio, marrying these two integral pieces of Yoga.

What asana does is prepare us for our next reaches into the fullness of Yoga, which is really the fullness of self with an eye toward the transcendent. Holding a demanding physical pose while maintaining a steady breath and keeping a focused mental state. That could be the description of a grueling Hatha class or an extraordinarily deep meditation.

Many stop their exploration of Yoga at asana, though the lessons transposed during your practice  often can’t help but extend into Life. That same habit of maintaining equilibrium in camel pose (Ustrasana) has a way of coming back to grace you in a stressful moment. When your partner doesn’t follow through on a promise, when your kids won’t listen, when a coworker challenges you. The stronger our roots, the deeper our calm, the more we can stretch to meet life’s challenges as our fullest selves and with open hearts.

The next time you’re in class and you reach the end, savor your savasana. It is in this pose that we find ourselves most within reach of the next limb. It is not the bookend of an hour, but rather the target of our asana practice. The time that BKS Iyengar described as “thoughtfully thoughtless.”

A nice perk of practicing Asana is that it makes our butt look great. There’s really no way to gloss over the fact that yoga asana is in itself a fantastic workout. It’s what gets a lot of people through the door in our society that tells us we should all have a beach bod, but doesn’t hold much regard for developing spiritual practices. What we’ve come to realize, though, is that whether or not we are working the larger Yoga Practice -- the capital ‘Y’ Yoga  -- the Yoga has a tendency to work on us.

Hollye Holbrook

August at Sweaty Ganesh Yoga!

 

  • Friends Free Friday
  • Immersive Sound Bath
  • Core 26 meets Vinyasa Smash-up Class with
    Jess, Karlene & Julie!
  • Music Class w/ Julie: Grateful Dead Night!
  • Community Classes with Teacher Training Graduates
  • Love Warriors Retreat with Cynthia Healey & Jess Eldridge
  • Posture of the Month: Crow Pose
  • Details of the SGY Teacher Training in Fall 2017


 

Friends Free Friday


August 11th

Bring a friend for free to every class you attend!


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Immersive Sound Bath
 

Sunday, August 13th
7:30pm–8:30pm
$10 per person


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Sunday, August 20th
11am class moved to Abbelone Vineyard!

 
Core 26 meets Vinyasa Smash-up Class
with Jess, Karlene & Julie!

 
85505 Christensen Rd, Eugene


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We're moving our 11am class out to Abbelone on Sunday, August 20th, so rather than coming to the studio, come out to the winery for this smash-up C26/Vinyasa class co-taught by Jess, Karlene, and Julie! Class will come off your unlimited package or class card, and if you don't have a current membership, you can drop in for $10.  Feel free to invite family and friends. All are welcome for this multi-level, outdoor class! Stay afterward & enjoy a glass of wine, great company, and gorgeous scenery.

*wine and kombucha not included*
 

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Music Class

Friday, August 25th

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Julie
Grateful Dead Night!


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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.

8/6 Joey
8/13 Susan
8/20 Danika
8/27 James

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Love Warriors Retreat with
Cynthia Healey & Jess Eldridge


November 3-5, 2017
Brasada Ranch, Bend, OR


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Calling all women, seekers, dreamers, leaders, and visionaries to the first annual Love Warriors Retreat at the beautiful Brasada Ranch in Bend, OR.  Join Cynthia Healey and Jess Eldridge for an incredible weekend of movement (dance, multi-level yoga classes), ceremony, ritual, and connection to facilitate radical expansion.

Cynthia is an integrative psychologist, practitioner of shamanic reiki, and founder of Dance Empowered.  Jess is a yoga teacher, counselor, and the owner of Sweaty Ganesh Yoga in downtown Eugene.  Together, these women are passionate about bringing people home to their true selves, igniting the fire of transformation, and creating connection in all it's myriad forms.


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Visit us at lovewarriorstribe.com for more information, including registration and housing options.  Early bird pricing through September 1st.

*This retreat is for all those who identify as "women" regardless of the sex they were assigned at birth.



 
 

Posture of the Month: Bakasana / Kakasana

 
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The two names for the asana come from the Sanskrit words baka ("crane") or kak ("crow") and asana meaning "posture" or "seat". While different yoga lineages use one name or another for the asana, Kakasana is cited as being with arms bent (like the shorter legs of a crow) and Bakasana with arms straight (like the longer legs of a crane). Bakasana is the foundation for a larger family of postures that include Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow) and two versions of Eka Pada Bakasana (One-Footed Crow).

Bakasana is iconic. For modern yoga practitioners, the pose not only represents strength, skill, and control, it symbolizes the entire concept of arm balancing. Practicing Bakasana builds self-confidence by reminding us that we’re stronger and more capable than we think.

The foundation of this pose is in your wrists and shoulders. It does take some time to build enough strength in those areas so make sure you listen to your body and don’t push yourself too fast. You don’t need super human strength to get into this pose, it’s more about how to shift your weight and when to engage the specific muscles required in the pose.


Pose Type:
Arm Balance

Benefits:
• Strengthens arms and wrists
• Stretches the upper back
• Strengthens the abdominal muscles
• Opens the groins
• Tones the abdominal organs
• Balance, concentration and coordination improve

Preparatory Poses:
Downward-Facing Dog; Butterfly; Childs Pose; Plank Pose; Hero Pose

Follow-up Poses:
Downward-Facing Dog; Chaturanga Dandasana; Plank Pose

Tips & Variations:
• Some students have a difficult time lifting into Bakasana from the floor. It's often helpful to prepare for this pose squatting on a block or other height, so that your feet are a few inches off the floor
• The full pose sometimes causes varying degrees of pain in the wrists. Instead of spreading the fingers on the floor, curl them slightly. This should take some of the pressure off the wrists.
• Beginners tend to move into this pose by lifting their buttocks high away from their heels. In Bakasana try to keep yourself tucked tight, with the heels and buttocks close together. When you are ready to take the feet off the floor, push the upper arms against the shins and draw your inner groins deep into the pelvis to help you with the lift.
• You can use a partnering technique in Bakasana for better balance. Your partner can support you as you lean forward and lift your feet off the ground in this position.
• Bakasana is the foundation for a larger family of postures that include Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow) and two versions of Eka Pada Bakasana (One-Footed Crow).

Cautions:
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Current or chronic wrist pain
• Pregnancy


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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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“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
~ Robert Lynd




 

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.

We will be offering two $500 need-based scholarships and one $1000 diversity scholarship for teacher training in 2017. For scholarship applications, please email Jess.  These applications are due by June 30th, 2017.

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!

 
 
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Hollye Holbrook

July at SGY!

  • Summer Retail Sale
  • Summer Schedule Changes
  • Summer Special
  • Friends Free Friday
  • Music Class with Alaina
  • Vinyasa in the Vineyard with Joey & Sarah at Sweet Cheeks Winery
  • Community Classes
  • Immersive Sound Bath
  • Posture of the Month: Downward-Facing Dog
  • Details of the SGY Teacher Training in Fall 2017


 


Summer Retail Sale


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From now through July 17th, all clothing items are 40% off!!!
Stock up on summer gear for yoga and your outdoor adventures!

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Summer Schedule Change



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*Effective July 1 - September 30

Monday:
9am C26 changes to Inferno Hot Pilates

Tuesday:
No 4pm C26

Wednesday:
No 6pm Vinyasa; come to Strength & Conditioning instead, which we'll hold in the sun room

Friday:
4pm C26 changes to 4:30pm Inferno Hot Pilates

Sunday:
No 4pm C26


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Summer Special


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3 months unlimited yoga for $199

Offer valid July 1 - September 30
Available for purchase now through July 31st


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Friends Free Friday


July 7th

Bring a friend for free to every class you attend!


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Music Class

Friday, July 28th
6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Alaina
Theme TBD


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Vinyasa in the Vineyard at Sweet Cheeks Winery

 
Outdoor Yoga in the Vineyard with Joey and Sarah 


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Sunday, July 30th

10:30-11:45am
$16/ticket
**Ticket price includes one glass of wine following class

Join Joey and Sarah for an incredible morning of Vinyasa in the Vineyard at Sweet Cheeks Winery. Sweet Cheeks Winery, located just 14 miles south west of town, offers amazing wines, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and spectacular views seven days a week. Come enjoy an outdoor yoga class overlooking the vineyard where we will root down like the vines themselves and soar like the birds above us. Stay after the class for a picnic lunch while you bask in your post yoga bliss. Feel free to invite your family and loved ones.

The cost for this event will be $16 per person, which includes a glass of wine or other beverage of your choice. 

All profits will go toward a scholarship for an SGY student to attend the One Fire Festival in Puerto Morelos, Mexico this November 2017. Pre-registration is encouraged! (www.sweatyganesh.com/apps/mindbody/enrollments)


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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.

Sarah 7/2
Salter 7/9
Danica 7/16
Lydia 7/23
Carla 7/30


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Immersive Sound Bath
 

Sunday, August 13th
7:30pm–8:30pm
$10 per person


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Posture of the Month: Adho Mukha Svanasana

 

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One of the most recognized yoga poses in the West, Downward-Facing Dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana (Ah-doh MOO-kuh shvan-AHS-uh-nuh), is a standing pose and mild inversion that builds strength while stretching the whole body. It’s named after the way dogs naturally stretch their entire bodies. Downward-Facing Dog (also called "Downward Dog" or just "Down Dog") is used as a starting point ,a transitional pose, a resting pose, a place of refuge and a strength-builder.

Downward-Facing Dog deeply stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, arches, hands, and spine while building strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs. Because your heart is higher than your head in this pose, it is considered a mild inversion and holds all the benefits of inversions: Relief from headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and mild depression. The flow of blood to the brain also calms the nervous system, improves memory and concentration, and relieves stress.

If you do just one yoga pose today, make it Downward-Facing Dog. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you!


Pose Type:
Standing; Mild Inversion

Benefits:
• Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
• Energizes the body
• Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
• Strengthens the arms and legs
• Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
• Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported
• Helps prevent osteoporosis
• Improves digestion
• Relieves headache, insomnia, back pain, and fatigue
• Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis

Preparatory Poses:
Plank; Standing Forward Fold

Follow-up Poses:
Standing poses; Standing Forward Fold

Tips:
• Engage your outer thighs and roll the upper thighs inward.
• Imagine your hip bones moving towards each other as a way to narrow the front of your pelvis.
• Open your shoulder blades wide and relax them down your back.
• Engage the outer arms strongly.
• Distribute the weight evenly in your fingers to support the arms.

Variations & Cautions:
• Keep the knees generously bent and the heels off the ground. This helps to raise the hips and push the torso towards your thighs.
• Bend one knee at a time and push the opposite heel into the mat. Alternate back and forth, pedaling out your feet and warming the body into this deep stretch.

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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"I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector."
~ William Stafford




 

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.

We will be offering two $500 need-based scholarships and one $1000 diversity scholarship for teacher training in 2017. For scholarship applications, please email Jess.  These applications are due by June 30th, 2017.

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!

 
 
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Hollye Holbrook

Finding the Right Yoga Mat for You

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In comparison to many other practices and activities yoga requires minimal equipment. It is unique in the way that the gear is either highly personalized or completely nonexistent. A mat can be completely optional, however, for those looking to find one to help improve their practice whether it's comfort, size or durability there are a lot of things to consider. Yoga mats come in all shapes and sizes -- if your mat is too thin, it’s going to cause stress on your joints. If it’s too thick and not dense enough, it can affect your balance. So how do you decide what’s the best one for your practice?

A team at Reviews.com recently completed a six-week study on 30 popular mat options on the market to determine which ones had the traction, support, and versatility for every yogi, from beginner to expert. They consulted a panel of instructors and experts, surveyed yoga enthusiasts, and scoured through scientific research to find the top performing yoga mats. Ultimately, they created a comprehensive guide detailing the most important features in a mat, as well as key materials to keep an eye out for.

The perfect mat varies from person to person, and their guide makes recommendations for a variety of preferences. Check out their entire review here: http://www.reviews.com/best-yoga-mat/.

Here are some things to consider when finding a mat that is right for you:

Open vs. closed cell structure - Open-cell mats are good for absorbing oils and sweat, but they are harder to clean. Closed-cell mats are easier to clean, but if you’re going to be sweating a lot you’ll probably need a yoga towel.

Density/thickness/weight - The denser the mat, the more support you have for your joints. But if a mat is too thick and not dense enough, balance poses may feel unstable. Mat thickness ranges from 1/16” to 1/4”. Yoga mat weight can be under two pounds to almost 10 pounds.

Durability - Some mats offer a lifetime guarantee. Natural rubber and some eco-friendly mats tend to last longer. You still have to take proper care of any mat, such as cleaning it regularly and not leaving it outside or in direct sunlight, which will make it break down faster.

Price - With most mats, you do get what you pay for. Yoga mats can range from $10 to more than $100. Just know that the cheaper mats will likely not last as long.

Yoga style & location - Depending on the style of yoga, you’ll need various levels of thickness and traction to hold up when you’re sweating a lot or doing more challenging poses. Also, if you’re doing yoga outside in a forest or on a beach, you’ll need a more durable mat.

Length & size - You want a yoga mat that covers your entire body when you are laying down.
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Hollye Holbrook

June at SGY!

  • A Note from Jess
  • Summer Schedule Changes
  • Summer Special
  • Friends Free Friday
  • Vinyasa in the Vineyard at Valhalla Winery
  • Beloved Teacher Megan Burke returns to SGY this month!
  • Special Summer Solstice Vinyasa and Yoga Nidra
  • Sunset Vinyasa with Jess and Karlene at the Sunshine Sessions Music Festival
  • Music Classs with Jess: Beyonce music mix! 
  • Last chance to catch restorative yoga this month!
  • Posture of the Month: Upward-facing Dog
  • Details of the SGY Teacher Training in Fall 2017


 

Dear SGY Yogis and Yoginis,



Summer is almost upon us!  I always love this time of year...more sunshine, warmer days, waking up earlier with the light, taking evening walks, and getting outside in nature.  We’ve made it through a particularly cold and wet winter, and we hope all of you are looking forward to the next few months!  I sometimes hear from folks that it’s harder to get into hot yoga practice in the summer, and I’d like to offer you a reframe for that.  Summer is my all time favorite time to practice hot yoga.  Your body is already warm from the outdoor weather and your fascia is also more pliable, meaning that your hot yoga practice becomes about opening and deepening, building upon all the foundational work you’ve been doing the last 6 months.  I never feel more alive, more connected, and more deeply grounded than I do during my summer yoga practice.  It’s also the best prep for all your outdoor adventures, and I feel this the most in my ability to nose breathe calmly and deeply while hiking, backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, running, or just throwing a frisbee around.  Enjoy your beautiful bodies this summer as a result of your dedicated practice!

 
We always appreciate hearing from you about classes and offerings you’d like to see on the schedule.  Our summer schedule will shift from July through September, with some class reductions and some class changes, and then it will shift once more in October as we gear up for the Fall.  Many of you have requested additional Inferno Hot Pilates Classes and we have heard you!  Many of you have requested that we keep foam rolling on Sunday mornings and we have also heard you on this!  See below for the summer schedule changes, as well as a special summer discounted package.


Speaking of the transformative qualities of summer, a new transformation is in the air for SGY.  Some of you may recall that when I took over the studio 4 years ago, I changed the name from Bikram Yoga Eugene to Sweaty Ganesh Yoga.  This was a name I selected intentionally based on who and what Ganesh represents – as a Hindu deity he is often referred to as the Remover of Obstacles.  In so many ways, yoga is the remover of obstacles in our lives.  Each of us has a story about discovering something we didn’t think we could do and coming more into alignment with our authentic voices and our true selves, whether that be through a job change, a shift in partnership, or a lessening of anxiety and depression.  Yoga is powerful medicine.


Recently, a member of the local Hindu community approached me to express concern over the use of a deity in a brand.  I appreciated her willingness to speak with me and share her perspective, and after hearing her out, I knew in my heart that her concern was valid.  As a studio we are wholeheartedly committed to facilitating and embodying the path of Yoga, which champions diversity and inclusion, creating a safe space for students of all backgrounds and experiences, promoting social justice, and listening to feedback from the community.  In response to this and to better reflect our values and the inclusive experience we currently offer at the studio, we will be changing our studio’s name, and we will be asking for your help with this process.  There is a box up at the front desk where you can write in your suggestions for studio names in the form of ______ Yoga Center.   We will have this box up for the entire month of June, and you are free to make as many suggestions as you like.  Thus far, we are playing with themes of fire and light in the name: Fire and Light Yoga Center, Luminous Yoga Center and Illumination Yoga Center are in the running, and we’d love to hear what creative and beautiful ideas you have!  Follow us on Instagram and facebook this month where we will keep you up to date with current suggestions and you can tell us what you like!
 

It’s been said that change is the only constant force in life…it propels us forward, helps us grow and stretch, and makes us better.  Our yoga practices, our minds, our bodies, and our studio community have grown tremendously in the last four years.  We are committed to this Yogic path of continual evolution as it strengthens us all.  Many thanks to each of you for what you bring to the studio.  I’ve said it before but it bears repeating…walking into SGY and seeing all of you fills me with such deep love and gratitude.  I often think I have the best job in the world.  Cheers to summer metamorphosis, adventure, fire and light!


With love,

Jess


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Summer Schedule Change


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*Effective July 1 - September 30

Monday:
9am C26 changes to Inferno Hot Pilates

Tuesday:
No 4pm C26

Wednesday:
No 6pm Vinyasa; come to Strength & Conditioning instead, which we'll hold in the sun room

Friday:
4pm C26 changes to 4:30pm Inferno Hot Pilates

Sunday:
No 4pm C26


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Summer Special



3 months unlimited yoga for $199

Offer valid July 1 - September 30
Available for purchase now through July 31st


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Friends Free Friday

June 9th

Bring a friend for free to every class you attend!


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Vinyasa in the Vineyard at Valhalla Winery

 Outdoor Yoga in the Vineyard with Joey and Sarah 


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Friday, June 9th
4-5:30pm
$16/ticket
**Ticket price includes one glass of wine following class

Open your heart! Shine your light! And dance all night! Join Joey and Sarah for an incredible afternoon of Vinyasa in the Vineyard at Valhalla Winery. Valhalla Winery (formally Domaine Meriwether Winery), located just 17 miles outside of Eugene in Veneta, offers amazing wines (bubbles – yay! – reds, whites), some beer, and non-alcoholic choices seven days a week. Come enjoy beautiful views and an outdoor yoga class in the vineyard where we will soak up the afternoon and evening sun, root down into the earth like the vines themselves, and open our hearts skyward. Stay after the class for live entertainment, food from a local food cart, and lovely company. The cost for this event will be $16 per person, which includes a glass of wine or other beverage of your choice. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 
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Beloved Teacher Megan Burke returns to SGY this month!


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We are so thrilled to welcome back our beloved vinyasa teacher, Megan Burke. If you've taken her classes before, you know how incredible she is, and if you haven't yet taken her class, you are in for a treat! Catch her on Saturday, June 10th at 11am. Megan will also teach our transgender/gender diverse class on Sunday, June 4th at 7pm.

For Megan, yoga is cultivating compassionate curiosity toward one's self and others. Although yoga is much more than asana, Megan embraces the joy that can come from learning new ways to move and be in one's body. In an asana-focused class, Megan encourages people to prioritize the breath and aims to give tools to develop a thoughtful and dynamic personal practice. Megan is deeply committed to integrating social justice and yoga and finding ways to make yoga teaching and studios accessible to and inclusive of marginalized groups. 


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Special Summer Solstice Vinyasa and Yoga Nidra



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Tuesday, June 20th
6-7:15 Vinyasa with Jess
7:30-8:30pm Yoga Nidra with Aricha Pluid
 
Join us for a special summer solstice celebration on Tuesday, June 20th! We will usher out the longest day of light this year with a 75 minute vinyasa class, led by Jess. Light is something for which we live and breathe, and something that we cultivate in our own hearts and beings through turning inward, opening the body outward, and directing our energy toward positivity and authenticity. Together we will cultivate and celebrate the light within us and all around us as we move and breathe. 

This special class will be accompanied by live music by Ryan Post of the Post Project. He plays an instrument called the hang, that looks a little like a silver spaceship.  The Hang Sound Sculpture was developed in 2001 by PanArt.  The instant creation of melody and rhythm with every tap of it's finely tuned surface makes for a unique acoustic experience.  Ryan Post has been sculpting and performing Hang like instruments for the past 5 years.  He has performed for over 100 yoga classes in Boulder Colorado and is excited to be playing at SGY for the Solstice.  Find out more about Ryan and the hang instrument at postproject.org, and thepostproject.bandcamp.com.


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Following vinyasa class, guest teacher Aricha Pluid will lead a one hour yoga nidra that will replace our restorative class. Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based meditation technique. When the mind is escorted into the background, the wisdom of the body is able to come through and promote deep restoration on many levels. Simply lie down and give yourself permission to release, letting non-doing take over. This special Solstice practice is open to students of all levels. If you're seeking extra physical support, bring an extra towel or two for propping.

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Hello! My name is Aricha Pluid. I am a lover of reading, gardening, and travel. I began practicing yoga at 18 and although I merely sought exercise, I gained far more. Thus, after I received a degree in English, I chose to teach yoga instead of continue down the academic path. In my experience, a regular practice of yoga and yoga nidra meditation reveals powerful opportunities to approach and navigate welcome and unwelcome challenges. My aim is to inspire self-compassion and to encourage a fearless dedication to the practice of listening to (and honoring) innate wisdom. Gazing inward on a regular basis, we can go outward with more trust, love, and ultimately, purpose. My practice features elements of the following: Hatha, Kundalini, Flow, Restorative, Yin, and lovingly, Yoga Nidra meditation. 
 

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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.

6/4 Benjamin
6/11 Sarah
6/18 Joey
6/25 David & Kathryne



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Sunset Vinyasa with Jess and Karlene at the Sunshine Sessions Music Festival 


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Saturday, June 24th, 7-8:30pm

Enjoy an entire day of live music outdoors at the Sunshine Sessions Music Festival in Alton Baker Park on Saturday, June 24th!  SGY will have a vendor booth at the event, where you can stop by and share some sunshine with Joey and Stormy!  This amazing day concludes with a sunset vinyasa class led by Jess and Karlene, complete with live music in the background.  Explore balancing, breathing, and opening your body with the beautiful backdrop of nature and sound.  Bring your own mat and some water.  Tickets to the festival and more information is available at: https://www.sunshinesessions.com/



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Music Class


Friday, June 30th

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Jess
Beyonce music mix!


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Last chance to catch restorative yoga this month!


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Our popular Tuesday evening restorative yoga class will take a leave of absence for our amended summer schedule, July through September. It returns in October, when we also hope to increase the number of restorative classes we offer. If you have day/time suggestions for this, please let us know!

This month, we are so happy to welcome three new restorative yoga teachers to our schedule – Annette, Charity, and Stormy. Some of these classes will include essential oils, for an even more deeply relaxing experience. Join us for these last three opportunities for "adult nap time" as some of our students have fondly called it, June 4th, 18th, and 25th at 7:30pm.

**Restorative yoga will be replaced with Yoga Nidra, an equally as relaxing, meditative and rejuvenating experience, for the special Solstice celebration on Tuesday, June 20th.
 



 


Posture of the Month: Urdhva Mukha Svanasana


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Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (OORD-vah MOO-kah shvon-AHS-anna) is a powerful pose that awakens upper-body strength and offers a wonderful stretch for the chest and abdomen. The name comes from the Sanskrit words ūrdhva meaning "up", mukha meaning "face", śvān meaning "dog".

In Upward-Facing Dog, the most common challenge is keeping the shoulders from creeping up toward the ears. This happens when we rest weight in the wrists.
To avoid this, anchor down into the first finger knuckle of your hands, keeping the forearms rooted like stable pillars to lift the chest out of. Push the floor away to lift the spine up through the crown of the head. At the same time, isometrically pull your hands towards your feet.

Another key challenge in this pose is engaging and lifting the legs. If you don’t press into the tops of the feet and engage the legs, the kneecaps and pelvis sag and rest on the mat. Lifting the uppermost part of the thighs, deep in the hip socket, creates space for the sacrum to slide away from the lumbar spine to prevent potential low-back compression.


Pose type:
Backbend

Benefits:
• Improves posture
• Strengthens the spine, arms, wrists
• Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders and abdomen
• Firms the buttocks
• Stimulates abdominal organs
• Helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica
• Therapeutic for asthma

Preparatory Poses:
Cobra; Bridge

Follow-up Poses:
Backbends; Twists

Tips:
• There's a tendency in this pose to "hang" on the shoulders, which lifts them up toward the ears and "turtles" the neck. Actively draw the shoulders away from the ears by lengthening down along the back armpits, pulling the shoulder blades toward the tailbone, and puffing the side ribs forward. If you need help learning this, lift each hand on a block.
• Common postural errors during this asana include overarching the neck and lower back. One recommendation is to keep the gaze directed down at the floor and focus on bringing movement into the area between the shoulder blades

Variations & Cautions:
• To increase the strength and lightness of this pose, push from the backs of your knees along the calves and out through the heels. The tops of your feet will press more firmly against the floor; as they do, lift the top sternum up and forward.
• Avoid this pose if you have a back injury, carpal tunnel syndrome or are pregnant.
• It takes time to build the flexibility and strength needed for Upward-Facing Dog. Practice Cobra Pose as an alternative pose if Upward-Facing Dog is not yet possible for you.

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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“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort. It’s choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy. It’s choosing to practice your values rather than simply professing them.”
~ Breneé Brown




 

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.

We will be offering two $500 need-based scholarships and one $1000 diversity scholarship for teacher training in 2017. For scholarship applications, please email Jess.  These applications are due by June 30th, 2017.

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!

 
 
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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!


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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

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Yoga Nidra with Michele Bulgatz



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Saturday May 20th
2:15-3:30pm

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!
 

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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!

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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…”



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Music Class

Friday, May 26th

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Daniel

Theme TBD!

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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




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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!


POSE TYPE:
Arm balance, Core

BENEFITS:
• 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.

PREP POSES:
Cobra; Upward Facing Dog; Plank

FOLLOW-UP POSES:
Downward Facing Dog; Upward Facing Dog

TIPS:
• 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


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VARIATIONS:
• 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.


CAUTIONS:
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!

Warmly,
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?



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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

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



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Sundays in April
9:30-10:30am

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.


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Community Classes with Teacher Training Graduates

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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.

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Friends Free Friday

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

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Restorative Yoga with Michele Bulgatz



Blue Bog

Saturday April 22, 2017
2:15-3:30pm

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.
 

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Music Class

 
Friday, April 28th

6:00pm • Core 26 Class
Led by Annette

Classical Concerto Mix!

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Teacher Training Info Session


Wednesday April 26th
6-7pm

 
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




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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!


POSE TYPE:
Arm balance, Core

BENEFITS:
• 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.

PREP POSES:
Cobra; Upward Facing Dog; Plank

FOLLOW-UP POSES:
Downward Facing Dog; Upward Facing Dog

TIPS:
• 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


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VARIATIONS:
• 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.


CAUTIONS:
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!

Warmly,
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?



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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

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


IMG_4496IMG_4571


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!

 

 

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