I love the outdoors, especially sand and salt air. I love my dogs and would do just about anything for them. And I am fascinated with how the body moves and heals. The more I learn, the more I want to know. The more I study in research and in life, the more I want to share. I got into this field because I believe the body is meant to move and wants to be in a state of health if only we learn to listen to it 🙂
For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in fitness, activity, health and welness. I graduted from Acadia University with Bachalor of Recreation Management, Sport Management and went on to finish my MBA, studying healthy workplace outcomes and physical activity. Throughout this time, I taught fitness classes and worked as a strength trainer in a local gym.
In 2003, I completed my first yoga teacher training. My love is for ashtanga, which may be seen as a more traditional practise. I follow the teachings of Manju Jois, son of K. Pattabhi Jois. Yoga is meant to heal the body, you should feel better when you finish then when you started and that the physical practice can be modified for just about anyone.
In what I call “my previous life” I taught yoga for the love of it and worked professionally, for a collabortive group, promoting physical activity and helping make it more accessible to everyone. I was teaching a lot of classes and realized over time that I really wanted to work with my hands and with people to help them lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Through a series of fortunate events, I found myself in my mid thirties, selling my house and quiting my job to go back to school.
I never thought I would go back to school again let alone graduate with an MSc Physiotherapy and complete the national licensing exam…. but I did! And since then I have been lucky to continue my education, taking courses in manual therapy, cranial sacral therapy, concussion management and acupuncture.
I believe strongly that education, body awaress and the right combination of movement is critical in healing the body and preventing injuries. The body wants to be in a state of health, if we only listen to it. I am applying this theory to both dogs and people. If you want to know more about my work with four legged friends, please visit my canine website.
Sometimes, between yoga and physiotherapy, I feel like “East meets West” which I believe is one of the best combinations out there. I am helping people heal through mindful movement. Furthermore, is also my goal to work with yoga teachers and other movement teachers to make yoga even safer for students and prevent injuries, while enhancing strength, stability and mobility through mindful movement.
~ Namaste. Sarah