SARAH SKELTON

My yoga journey may not be the most traditional, but everyone starts somewhere, right?

As an avid runner, I knew I needed a way to balance all of the stress I was putting my body through each week. I stumbled upon a DVD titled “Athletic Yoga for Triathletes” with Karen Dubs, RYT. Once or twice a week, I would get on my mat and do yoga with Karen in my living room. I always enjoyed how relaxed I felt after yoga, but I knew something was missing.

In 2013, when I stepped onto my mat for the first time at The Yoga Stand, I instantly knew what I had been missing: Community and Connection.

I continued to practice at The Yoga Stand, but only sporadically. My running and weight training workouts took up most of my free time when my kids were at school during the day.

Needless to say, my life was way out of balance.

In 2015, I began to struggle with right hip pain. I tried everything to attempt to heal my injury, but it started to affect my ability to run. I would sign up for a marathon and then switch to the half-marathon because my hip couldn’t take the mileage. This happened several times until it became too painful to run at all.

I finally saw an orthopedic surgeon, who recommended surgery for a suspected labral tear and CAM impingement. I had surgery on Halloween, October 31, 2016.

I figured, if I’m going through with this surgery, why not have it on a day I’ll remember? I had to have a sense of humor about it. My recovery included physical therapy of course, but coming to yoga helped me heal in ways that nothing else could. I came back to class exactly 4 weeks after my surgery. It was humbling (at first) to have to modify some of the poses, but more than anything, I was GRATEFUL. I was grateful that I was able to practice. I was grateful to be surrounded by a loving, supportive yoga community. I felt no judgment. I simply felt peace, acceptance, and grace. To say that yoga changed my life would be an understatement. I knew if yoga could transform my life so drastically, I had to share the love. As a former elementary school teacher, I naturally felt drawn to teaching and helping others. I enrolled in the Teacher Training program at The Yoga Stand in January of 2018 and graduated in April with my 200 HR RYT.

My husband Jon and I recently celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary, and we have 3 children who keep us on our toes. Though we are not native to Lubbock, we have fallen in love with the city and the people in it!

Sarah is 200 HR RYT Certified through The Yoga Stand Teacher Training School.

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