5 Minutes With... SARAH COLLINS - Our Yin Teacher
This month we spend a bit of time with Sarah, our Yin Yoga Teacher. You can catch Sarah every Monday at The Yoga Factory for her beautiful restorative class at 6pm. Read on to get to know Sarah a bit better...
1. What led you to become a yoga teacher?
I have always been really interested in spiritual practice, the link between body and mind and how we can use that to heal. I practiced meditation for a long time before I started the physical practice. For me, yoga and meditation are a way to cut through the busy mind and its complicated stories and experience peace and stillness. It makes life easier, it adds a quality to my life that I can’t describe and I so want to share that with others.
2. What's your favourite yoga pose right now?
Straddle or Dragonfly. Its a yin pose and I love how it reaches my body!
3. What's your least favourite yoga pose right now?
Downdog and Chaturanga Dandasana. I have a neck injury with is irritated by this kind of pose at the moment but I miss the feeling of strength I used to feel.
4. How has your yoga practice made you stronger on & off the mat?
I pause more often to breathe and let go, my body relaxes quicker and more frequently, I am more aware of when I do hold tension in my body and breath so that I can release it. Mostly meditation has taught how to relate better to my internal environment i.e. thoughts and feelings and how to exist more peacefully within them.
5. What or who inspires you?
I have always felt that we have one go at this life and I want to be able to savor and enjoy the ups and downs of it all. Yoga helps me do that!
6. Do you have a favourite quote?
Meditate for 20 mins a day. Unless you are too busy then meditate for an hour. It's an old Zen saying.
7. What are your 3 rules to live by?
Stop, come in and let go.
8. What's your go-to self-care routine?
I write in my diary when my mind is busy and complicated or a bit negative. If I’m a bit glum I hug the dog or go for a walk with my Hubby. If I’m run down, lots of rest and good food (lots of fresh fruit and veg). When all that fails I go on holiday :-)
9. What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
That you are in control of your experience. Even if you can’t control the people or things around you, you can control how you react them. I sometimes need help getting there but I can usually turn difficult things into something positive.
10. Describe yourself in 3 words...
Caring, excitable and a dreamer.
11. Are there any good reads that have helped in your life or in your practice?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
You Can Heal Your Body by Louise Hay.
The Work by Byron Katie
12. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Walks with Hugo the dog. Me and my Husband basically spend our time walking to places and eating good food. Travel is our main passion so I am always plotting my way to my next trip.
13. What's your favourite thing about being a yoga teacher?
I just love seeing the difference in people when we finish the class and sharing their journey with them. There is nothing better than seeing all their peaceful happy faces smiling back at me at the end of class.
14. Whats your style of teaching?
I teach mainly Yin Yoga which is all about finding surrender and stillness on the mat. Its a style of yoga that really welcomes all. We are all unique in our bodies and in our minds. I like to teach with this in mind. We will all experience the same pose in a slightly unique way and what works for one doesn’t work for the other. The same with meditation. I try to teach in a way that makes Yoga an accessible, safe and enjoyable journey no matter who you are or what body or mind you have.
You can join Sarah at The Yoga Factory every Monday evening at 6pm... CLICK HERE to check out the timetable and book Sarah's class!