Yoga is an ancient form of exercise, that originated in India around 5000 years ago. It focusses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical, emotional and mental well-being. The main components of Yoga are postures, a series of movements to increase balance, strength, joint mobility and flexibility, and breathing.
Sarah travelled to Abhinam Yoga Centre in Goa, Western India, to complete her intensive Yoga teacher training which is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Goa provided the perfect melting pot of Oriental and Occidental culture. The relaxed atmosphere, beautiful weather, calm Arabian sea and white sand beaches provided an ideal platform to develop her physical practice and gain inner peace.
Sarah teaches Yoga Flow classes, moving smoothly from posture to posture almost like a dance. Each movement is made on an inhalation or exhalation, so the Yoga unites the breath with the sequence. The flowing movements may be held in certain positions, to increase strength and flexibility in the posture. This priniciple of this form of Yoga is based on elements of Ashtanga and Vinyasa.
For a more relaxing experience, Sarah also teaches Restorative Yoga classes. The emphasis of this practice is on slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. During the long stretch holds, which may be 3-6 minutes, your muscles can fully relax as bolsters and props are used to support your body and allow you to ease into the stretch.