Sarah Taylor: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin

Birthplace? Blackpool, England

When did you move to OZ?
2nd August 2004 – so over 13 years ago now! I left England in March of that year and travelled in India and Asia first.

Signature dish?
Baked cheesecake!

Tea or Coffee?
Tea – decaf or peppermint. I love the smell of coffee but caffeine doesn’t agree with me!

Favourite café?
Pure Wholefoods in Manly.

Cat or Dog?
Dog. I’d like a labradoodle called Gary J

Star Sign?
Taurus. Loyal and stubborn!

What quote do you live by?
Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it’s mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful. (LR Knost)

What Yoga style do you practice?
Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin.

How did you start yoga?
When I was in my early 20’s and had just moved to London I started going to Ashtanga classes at my local gym. I loved the freedom I felt from being in the practice and then moved to Iyengar. Then when I travelled in India I stayed in an Ashram for a week which piqued my interest further. Then I came to Australia and began to practice more regularly.

Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words?
Peace, fulfilment and joy.

When and where did you do your first Teacher Training?
At Qi Health and Yoga in 2015 

Favourite pose?
Natarajasana (dancers pose)

Least favourite pose?
Headstand. I don’t practice it anymore after straining my neck a couple of times.

If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why?
That’s a tricky question. I feel like I should probably say Krishnamacharya (he died 30 years ago!) however I think I would be too daunted in their presence! I’m hoping to do some training with Michael De Manincor at the Yoga Institute next year. For me, yoga is as much a science as a spiritual practice and I like that Michael was a psychologist before he became a yoga teacher. That approach appeals to me.

Best in-class blooper?
“Put the bolster underneath your under-carriage”. I couldn’t think of a better explanation at the time!

Lululemon or Dharmabums?
Dharmabums. And anything animal print!

Ultimate Yoga retreat destination?
Costa Rica, hopefully 2018 might be the year!

What do you love most about your job?
Another tricky question! Everything. I love seeing my students every week 😀 and feeling the energy shift in the room during class. It’s tangible and makes me feel like I am helping to make a difference.

What have you given up to teach yoga?
I don’t feel like I have given up anything – teaching yoga has made me a better person, so I only feel like I have gained. 

What have you gained by teaching yoga?
Everything. Purpose, meaning and confidence in myself.
I’m not exaggerating when I say it has changed my life and I am very grateful.

If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her?
Try yoga. It will get you out of your head and into your body. 

What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga?
Cooking, eating, hiking, dancing and fantasizing about getting a dog.

How long have you taught at Qi?
My first class was in December 2015 (thank you Mark!)

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