The first yoga class I ever took was at The Yoga Stand while I was in college, and although I remember feeling extremely lost in the midst of Sanskrit words and unknown poses, slipping all over my sad little $10 yoga mat from Walmart, and becoming painfully aware of the fact that I in fact did NOT know how to breathe and move at the same time, I also remember feeling on top of the world when I walked out of the studio. I’d been a ballet dancer practically my entire life, and although I considered myself physically fit and thought yoga would be a good addition to my already intense training, I had no idea that I would be getting more than just a good workout.
What I love most about yoga is its innate adaptability and sense of personal ownership. Coming from the world of ballet (which happens to be quite the strict environment), I adored that I was encouraged by my yoga teachers to take charge of my own practice and make it completely my own. If I was in desperate need of restoration and wanted to sit in child’s pose or lay in Savasana the whole class, I could! If I was feeling extra energetic and wanted to push myself by adding in extra elements to my flow, I could! It took me a while to become comfortable with all of this freedom, and for the first few years I obsessively followed the teachers’ instructions without deviation, but when I finally listened to my body and what it was telling me it needed I felt such a life changing release. Because of this, my favorite thing in life is empowering my students (both in dance and in yoga) to take charge of their practice and garner what THEY need from it, whatever that may look like for them.
Sarah is 200 HR RYT Certified through The Yoga Stand Teacher Training School.