Windy Wellington, in the beautiful country of New Zealand.
When did you move to OZ?
I moved to Australia when I was 5, my dad was transferred. I have heaps of cousins and family in NZ and often go back to hang out.
What’s your signature dish?
Donna Hay’s Shepherds Pie, haha not mine but I’ve turned it into mine. I’m someone that needs a recipe to follow, mind you Jamie Oliver, Donna Hay and Women’s Weekly have the best cook books, fail safe (almost).
Tea or Coffee? Its tricky, currently a flat white coffee.
But at night I’m really into Rose Tea, so calming, so nourishing, so sweet.
21 Grams, Dee Why. I was one of their first customers and that’s about 9 years ago. I’m loyal!
Cat or Dog?
Both, who could choose! But don’t tell my dog Teddy I wrote that.
Pisces, forever the dreamer.
What quote do you live by?
I love sitting with this, by Mary Oliver “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”.
This makes life feel more intentional to me, which relates of course to a consistent yoga practice.
What Yoga style do you practice?
I love Yin Yoga for relaxing at home, and a splash of Hatha for waking myself up in the morning.
I adore the devotional practices of yoga; setting up an altar, mantra and mediation.
I am currently diving into the amazing Vedic text, the Bhagavad Gita (a wonderful manual for life off the mat).
How did you start yoga?
I was sharing an office at Revlon Cosmetics with a lady who asked me to join her for a Yoga class one night, I did, and that was the beginning of my love affair with Yoga. We went to an ‘open’ Ashtanga class, it was so hard, I was wayyyyy out of my depth, but hey I survived and was then officially hooked!
Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words?
Yoga nurtures me, gives me strength, it holds me and brings me right back to my heart of hearts. Time after time I’m amazed and surprised at the benefits yoga gives me even if its a few minutes.
When and where did you do your first Teacher Training?
I did my first teacher training with Qi Yoga in 2010, it was truly the best year! My gorgeous husband looked after our two little kids every Sunday for a year. He’s a star. That was the first of many Teacher Trainings, there’s so much to learn and practice.
Pascimottanasana, because that stretch when it wraps around me feels so good. It’s tending to the back body that I love, the part of the body that gets much less attention than the front, but it’s so important to us.
Least favourite pose?
Urdhva Dhanurasana. Because my back has its own way and big bends ain’t one of them.
If you could study with any teacher, who wold it be and why?
I’ve been blessed to study with so many great teachers over the past 10 years, so I’d ask could I please study with the Goddess Lakshmi?
Best in-class blooper?
Could you please lift your right leg, oops I mean left, nope I was right, its right!! LOL.
Lululemon or Dharmabums?
Lulu all the way. Although at home lately, I like to practice in a dress. Frocking up for meditation and my seated practice feels so good.
Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination?
Puglia Italy, imagine those blue waters, pink bougainvillea with a healthy dose of Yoga, followed by long afternoon lingering in a cafe.
What do you love most about your job?
I love that I get to study and teach a combination of ancient tools and principals that truly work, that help people feel good, that gets shared to others because it actually helps. I enjoy cultivating a class and having that group of people feel like they are coming home each time they come to class.
What have you given up to teach yoga?
A year of Sunday’s to get my first TT Cert.
What have you gained by teaching yoga?
The world! Seriously, my life has been so enriched by yoga. Yes that might sound cliche, but I’ve gained so many tools that I use in my day to day life (I have two teenagers!!), I’ve gained amazing friends and beautiful students, and a draw full of leggings! LOL.
What did you learn from Lockdown(s)?
That I will never take for granted lingering in a restaurant with my husband, dreaming up workshops in a cafe, strolling through the Art Gallery.
I miss my family and friends that don’t live in my LGA. I’ve realised that I’m actually a pretty good cook but I’m still excited to taste someone else’s cooking, that I miss being in a Yoga studio and seeing people in real life and HUGS! I miss HUGS!
If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her?
I’d say, Sara go with your strengths and don’t worry that your back ain’t bendy cause you have other gifts.
What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga?
I love riding my bike, its red so yes it goes faster. I love taking photos of sacred spaces and writing about Yoga that I share at sarasloves.com or @sarasloves. I love hanging out with my husband & kids, friends and my Cavoodle. Oh yes, I’m also pretty decent at Uno!
How long have you taught at Qi?
I’ve taught workshops and am delighted to be teaching classes now. I love Qi, I have so many memories and am keen to make new ones.
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