Sarah was first introduced to yoga at the age of 14 when it was offered at her Jr. High School, as an alternative to P.E. class. A ballet dancer of 11 years, Sarah immediately gravitated toward the practice. In March 2000, while still in her senior year of high school, at the age of 17, Sarah enrolled in and completed Center for Yoga's 200 hour teacher training, with Diana Beardsley and Steve Walther.
A Divorce and Family Law attorney since 2008, Sarah continued to teach while obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, at UCLA, and while earning her Juris Doctorate, at Southwestern Law School. Having practiced yoga since 1996, attended myriad yoga workshops with renowned yogis and having taken classes all over the world, Sarah does not note a single teacher as her primary influence. Rather, Sarah is indebted to every teacher whose class she has taken throughout her years of practice, each of whom has shaped her teaching style in some way.
In a committed effort to further herself, both, as a teacher and as an individual, Sarah constantly attends yoga classes and devours books on psychology, philosophy and spirituality. Sarah firmly believes that the best teachers are, themselves, devoted students.
Sarah also credits her students and clients for, daily, offering insight into the workings of the human psyche, challenging Sarah to find new and effective ways to use the practice of yoga and yoga philosophy to guide others.
In fact, it was through Sarah's years of teaching and her practice of Family Law that she saw a unique opportunity to meld her two worlds, and develop an area of law practice she termed: "Holistic Divorce and Family Law." Sarah also writes a blog, called "YogaESQue: A Holistic Approach to Divorce and Family Law," offering a yoga teacher's perspective on ways to facilitate healing after divorce. Integrating her experience as a yoga teacher into her practice of Family Law, Sarah remains acutely aware that Family Law litigation is highly personal, and she is committed to honoring each client's human experience -- which she feels is so often lost in the litigation process.
At the same time, Sarah's work as a Family Law Attorney has deeply influenced her as a yoga instructor, birthing what has blossomed into a wonderful, symbiotic relationship between these, ostensibly, antithetical disciplines. In her classes, Sarah places tremendous emphasis on the beautiful ways in which the practice of yoga catalyzes healing. Although always tempered with lightheartedness and a sense of humor, Sarah invites her students to attempt rigorous postures as a vehicle for teaching them to cope, not only with issues intrinsic to divorce, but with all challenging life situations. Sarah's fastidious attention to alignment and her nurturing demeanor ensure that students feel safe at all times -- literally and figuratively.
Sarah's class, and outlook on life, are best and most succinctly characterized by one of the poignant Gandhi quote: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."