I started practicing Hatha Yoga in 1996 as a means to recover from knee injuries due to ski racing and playing soccer. I saw a demonstration in 2000 of ashtanga vinyasa yoga while I was at the University of Oregon, and once I saw the flowing movements of concentration (dharana), meditation (dhyana) and samadhi (absorption), I knew this was the style for me.
Almost twenty years later, and I am still practicing ashtanga vinyasa. It took me four years to learn the Primary Series due to the tightness in my hips and the pain in my knees; twice as many years in Intermediate, and now I am currently practicing Sthira Bhaga, the Advanced series A and B.
Sri K Pattabhi Jois, David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg are my dearest teachers. Over the years many others have helped me as well: Christine Hoar, Randa Chehab and David Miliotis. It is with my love for them and my love for the practice in which I share with you.
Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois
I traveled to Mysore to practice with Guruji and Sharath in 2008. I also practiced with Guruji and Sharath in New York City, in 2002 and 2003.
I met David Garrigues in 2006 when he came to Boise Idaho for a weekend workshop at the YMCA. Ever since then he has never ceased to teach me about the magic of uddiyana bandha, the importance of svadhyaya, and finding the straight line in the asana practice. David is a bright light in my practice, the voice I often hear telling cheering me on to try "one more, Sarah!"
I assisted David in 2018 in Kovalum. He is coming back to Edinburgh, Fall of 2019.
I started practicing with Dena later in my ashtanga yoga path, in 2012. I started writing Dena letters and finally had enough courage to meet her in Europe on one of her summer retreats.
Dena encourages me that Guruji lives within all of us, reminds me to connect with my breath and myself, and shares the practice selflessly with me. I am forever grateful for her love and friendship.