Sarah’s classes are intended to deepen one’s understanding of the experiential, philosophical and practical application of yoga and Buddhist meditation. The physical discipline of Hatha yoga centers on the harmonious embodiment of postures. How we practice these postures (our state of mind) is as important as which asana we choose and how we orchestrate them. Sarah will explore and refine your understanding of how to bring these passive and active yogic shapes alive within you. Her classes will focus on the combination of inner (breath, energy channels and mind training) and outer (cohesion within the bones and muscles) alignment, as well as the focus on bringing one’s full attention to the Hara, or earth center in the belly during postures. Her classes will combine both Yin yoga postures, practiced safely and effectively to enhance organ health, with strong yang postures. She will also include teachings on the subtle body anatomy according to Yogic and Chinese philosophy.
Pranayama is the expansion of the life force through breath regulation. It is the profound practice of circulating and redistributing prana in both the physical and subtle body through various breathing and visualization. Sarah will include these methods both in the asana practice, as well as a separate sitting practice.
Sarah feels the essence of a committed yoga practice is meditative focus and awareness. Developing and sustaining a formal meditation practice can be a continual source of insight, rejuvenation and compassion. It is a practice that can reveal and disempower our destructive, fragmented aspects while potentially revealing our essential nature. Meditation can also deepen one’s awareness and acceptance of oneself and of the world, deepening one’s openness and wakefulness. Sarah will focus on Shamatha (calm abidance) and Vipassana (Insight) during her classes. During the final retreat, we will discuss and practice the techniques of Buddhist Mindfulness meditation (Sati Patthana–The Four Foundations of Mindfulness), with an emphasis on how to share these practices with others.