About

Sally PughSally Pugh

Certified Ananda Yoga Teacher
Certified Therapeutic Yoga Teacher
Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance

I have been teaching yoga in the Bay Area for the past 20 years and have extensive experience working with people of all sizes. My classes, workshops and retreats offer a safe, comfortable and grounded space for people of all sizes to connect and integrate body, mind and spirit through yoga, meditation and breath awareness. I continue to learn from my students, from personal practice and exploration and from study.

I am guided by the wisdom of the body, the power of the heart, and the joy of discovery. One of my great privileges as a teacher is to introduce beginners to the practice of yoga.

In addition to Yoga for Large Women, I hold yoga and meditation retreats at the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs for people of all sizes and genders, and co-facilitate with Ann Doherty, RN, CDE, "New Strategies for Managing Stress and Optimizing Health," a Calistoga retreat offering CEU's for RN, MFT and LCSW.

I also teach yoga for employees at Alta Bates, Summit and Herrick Hospitals and Restorative Yoga at the Claremont Resort and Spa.

For more information, contact me at  SallyPugh@gratefulspirityoga.net or (510) 524-3832.

Click here to read "Bodies of Substance" a magazine article about my Yoga for Large Women classes.

 


Sally Pugh in the News

Interview with Sally Pugh, Yoga Instructor - by Bella Online
Sally Pugh is a registered yoga teacher and a certified practitioner of Body Mind Centering. She has been sharing her knowledge with people of all sizes for the last 20 years. Read on to learn more about Sally and how she incorporates plus-size women into her classes.

Moe: What type of yoga do you teach?

Sally Pugh: My certification is in Ananda Yoga, a gentle form of hatha yoga which focuses on the inner experience of yoga, the integration of body, mind and spirit. "Gentle" does not necessarily mean easy...


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Interview with Sally Pugh, creator of Grateful Spirit Yoga - by Mahaa Yoga
1. What inspired you to develop and teach yoga classes for larger students?

My students! Teaching yoga for large women was not something I set out to do -- it came to me. In 1997, I was asked to take over an aerobics class for large women called Major Moves (which had been started Kaiser Hospital several years earlier). I had had no experience teaching a class specifically for people of size but was really drawn in by the desire and commitment of the women for the class to continue...


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Q & A with Sally Pugh, Certified Ananda Yoga Teacher - by Make Friends With Your Body
Let me start by asking how long you've been a yoga teacher, and why you chose that career path.

Actually, I think yoga chose me. I started doing yoga in the early 70’s when I was pregnant with my first son, but discontinued after he was born because life took me in other directions. I didn’t come back to yoga until the mid 90’s when I was teaching Dance Alive! expressive and improvisational movement classes. As I would follow the flow of my own movement, I found myself emerging into yoga poses and if felt really good! So yoga called me back...


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"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." ~ Meister Eckhart
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