Spotlight On… Sarah Powell
1. Why did you become a yoga instructor?
Having discovered yoga when I was living in Singapore, I was very soon an addict! It healed my aches and pains, but was also making me a calmer mum and kinder human being! So when the time came to go back to work, rather than go back to my old job in consumer marketing, I chose to retrain and delve deeper! I’m so pleased I did! I’ve never looked back and have been continuously training and learning ever since.
2. What is your favourite pose/exercise?
Savasana! Without a doubt! When your body absorbs all the benefits of your yoga practice and you return rejuvenated!
I’m also in love with arm balances, and Eka Pada Galavasana makes my heart sing!
3. What do you teach at RHY?
I teach Anusara Yoga. This autumn I’m teaching an Introduction to Anusara yoga course at RHY – a form of yoga which is a beautiful blend of strong & safe alignment to give you a good physical work out, with a spiritual theme to contemplate and give you a stimulating work ‘in’. I find this style a wonderful balance for the body, mind and soul! Additionally I’m running a Myth & Asana course and Pre-natal Yoga for Teachers workshop.
4. How long have you been an instructor?
9 years! Loving every minute!
5. What is your go to snack after your practise?
Love my vitamix and whizz up kale with all sorts of berries and almond milk. Kind on the tummy, gentle on the calories and very filling!
6. How do you motivate yourself to get on your mat?
If I’m feeling ‘stuck’ I have millions of inspirational playlists that I put on to suit my mood. I find music really inspiring and uplifting and never fails to get me moving!
7. Top tip for Downward Dog?
Don’t collapse at the armpits! So many people want to get their head on the floor …. but for most that just hurts the shoulders! Engage your arms, and soften at the back of the shoulders …. not sure what that means? Then come to my class and let me teach you strong alignment!
8. What would your advice be to beginners?
Yoga isn’t just poses (asana) if you really want to get the most out of yoga make sure you work on your breath (pranayama) and begin to build a meditation practice too.
Zen saying “Everyone should meditate for ten minutes a day. But those who are too busy for this, they should meditate for 30 minutes”
9. What else do you do in your spare time?
I am the ultimate yoga addict! Yoga & more yoga!
But I have a family of 4 children to care for too …. Charlie (23), Tim (21), Harry (19) and the biggest kid of a husband Simon (51 ¾).
10. Where is your favourite travel destination?
Bali – without a doubt! In particular Ubud town and surrounding rice padi fields and organic restaurants. I attend Balispirit Festival every year – everyone has to try it at least once in their lifetime!
This autumn Sarah is teaching two courses, Beginner Yoga and Myth & Asana – details here. Sarah also teaches an Anusara class on Wednesdays at 18:15 and Thursdays at 16:30.