Summer is in full swing, and we’re featuring a new Yoga Nook teacher for the month of July: Sarah Brandle. Read our interview with Sarah below, and come by the Nook on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. Sarah’s Core & Stretch class will be a $10 community class for the whole month of July, so bring a friend!
What originally drew you to the practice of Yoga? How has your practice changed over time?
In 2010, I sustained an injury that was both physically traumatic and emotionally damaging. I saw a Yoga Nook ad in a local paper. I thought Yoga might help me get back on track physically since I wasn’t able to do my usual strenuous workouts. From the minute I walked in the door, I felt like I had come home—home to the space and home to myself.
Why did you decide to become a Registered Yoga Teacher? What inspires your teaching today?
After practicing for only a few months, I craved more. Jeni mentioned the teacher training at the Nook. It sparked an idea. I had already gained so much from what I learned. If I could learn more and share this amazing feeling with others, then maybe they could heal too. I just had to share once I started learning. It was bubbling out of me.
This still inspires my teaching. I see people feel relief after class. When you see a student’s peaceful face after Savasana, it warms your heart. You know it is important work, and that’s motivation to teach.
How would you describe your teaching style? What makes your classes unique?
I would say my teaching style is simple. Yoga doesn’t have to be complicated to feel good. I like to offer a refuge in my class. We often push so hard in life; I offer breaks. Not just in Savasana but throughout class, take a break if you need it. Although, I think all Yoga Nook teachers do this!
Are there any particularly memorable or transformative moments from your practice or teaching that you would like to share?
During teacher training, Jeni said something like, “Remember, it isn’t about you. It is about your students. It’s about the Yoga.”
As someone with a pretty big ego, this was a turning point for me. I think about this when I teach and in my daily life. Often I get caught up in my own mind. This is my reminder to step out of my own thoughts and instead see others, listen to them and help as I can.
What is your favorite pose, and why?
Parivrtta Anjaneyasana, twisted lunge with the hand on the ground. I love the way I feel strong and open at the same time. It stretches us and yet feels so sturdy. Plus, you can move into so many other poses from here as a transition. It is simple and beautiful.
What advice would you share with a student looking to deepen his or her practice?
Keep learning. Practice, practice, practice. Do poses in the studio and at home. Do breathwork, meditate.
Take Yoga with you everywhere. Let it permeate your heart and body. Then let it seep out of you for others to see and feel the goodness of it.
If you could choose one quote that best encompasses your approach, what would it be?
“Be silly, be honest, be kind.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson