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Meet Malerie Golgan of {sacred} Thread Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Malerie Golgan.

Malerie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My first year of college was the first time I ever went to a yoga class. I stayed for about five minutes and then walked out laughing. It wasn’t until I had a panic attack that I hesitantly came back to a yoga mat and started to open my mind and heart to what it was offering. I started off practicing at home just watching yoga YouTube videos before I went to bed.

Eventually, I went to take some classes in a gym, but it wasn’t until I decided I really wanted to learn more and receive my 200-hour certification that I wandered into a yoga studio. I have been teaching since 2014 at a variety of studios, but it wasn’t until I started teaching at {sacred} Thread that I really started to fine-tune my teaching skills.

The owner, Annelise Lonidier, puts her heart and soul into these spaces, and the teachers she hires. In the yoga world, it seems to be unusually difficult to find a mentor that challenges you and helps you hone in on the skills you desire. I know where I am now isn’t the end of my evolution. I will always want to continue to learn and develop in the hopes my students can do the same. Even though I know there is transformation on the horizon I am so blessed to be where I am now.

Has it been a smooth road?
Teaching yoga, in general, isn’t an easy career to making a living off of. It can be a lot of hopping around between studios trying to get enough classes a week to make a living. When I decided to teach “full time” I only had two classes a week.

I started traveling around trying to get into as many studios as possible. I just knew I wanted to follow my heart and share this practice. Being a yoga teacher can feel a little inconsistent and unstable, so I am thankful to teach exclusively at {sacred} Thread.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the {sacred} Thread Yoga story. Tell us more about the business.
{sacred} Thread is all about yoga, community, and art. We are an urban oasis for soul-cleansing, body-nourishing creative vinyasa, yin & restorative yoga. Our goal is to help you access your strength, but leave you feeling renewed through pranayama, meditation or elements of mantra often left behind in Westernized yoga. What is “sacred” for you is highly personal so when you practice with us the definition of “sacred” is implied, not imposed — and each class is an opportunity to reconnect to what you hold most sacred.

We offer over 70 classes each week, ranging from Beginner to Advanced in three diverse Atlanta neighborhoods As a locally-owned neighborhood studio, we believe your teachers should know your name. We welcome ALL Yogis to the mat – all races, sizes, “fitness” levels & offer a number of quarterly scholarships for those with a quantifiable need. Our classes are not over-crowded, but rather maintain a non-competitive, soulful vibe that creates an element of “space” and allows you room to move, breath and get clear.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
It doesn’t really matter how you get to yoga whether it’s the pull of a buti yoga class, stand-up paddle yoga or meditation. Any of those classes will draw you into the present, despite being a trend, and offer a path to consciousness. My hope is that we continue to move towards valuing the depths of the yoga practice including mindfulness, non-harming, unity, self-study, and contentment.

While those may not sound as enticing as glow in the dark yoga it is a beautiful step forward for the individual participating as well as the community they have an impact on. I hope classes become more well rounded by including practices like pranayama (breath work) and meditation so students can have a complete experience of what yoga has to offer. So far we seem to be moving in the right direction as we are placing an importance on turning inward and understanding how our yoga practice applies off the mat.

Pricing:

  • New Student Month Unlimited $49
  • 4 Class Savory Pass (1-Year Expiration) $60
  • 12 Class Speed Pack (3-Month Expiration) $120

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