Sarah Crawford Russell, E-RYT 200, provides a warm, friendly and supportive space for students to explore what it is like to live, move, and be in their body. She invites students to approach their yoga mat with sense of curiosity and compassion towards themselves and to take their practice one breath at a time; letting go of judgments and expectations.
Sarah’s meditative and introspective yin and restorative classes emphasize cultivating patience, acceptance, and mindfulness. Her hatha and flow classes invite students to thoughtfully combine breath with movement and intention as a means towards greater personal self-awareness. In all her classes, Sarah intends to give students the space they need to breathe, explore, observe, and listen to their own body-mind experience.
In 2008 Sarah completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. For Sarah, this experience ‘changed her life’ as she began to see yoga not just as a physical practice but as a philosophical way of life. That same year she also finished her degree in Contemporary Dance from Simon Fraser University. In 2011 Sarah finished a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Apprenticeship with Michael Gannon, studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. While dramatically deepening her personal practice, this apprenticeship also provided Sarah with a greater sense of confidence in her ability to teach Flow Yoga to all levels, intelligently, and safely. Sarah’s intent to help others find more comfort and ease in their bodies lead her to study Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater in the fall of 2012.
Sarah is passionate about giving back to community through ‘karma yoga’ or selfless service. For 4 years she volunteered with the Crisis Centre of BC’s Community Education program where she facilitated mindfulness and stress awareness workshops to youth throughout the greater Vancouver area. From 2015-2016, Sarah also volunteered with Vancouver Coastal Health’s addiction support services, facilitating weekly yoga classes and SMART group support meetings.
Currently, Sarah is a student at Vancouver Island University and is working towards a 500 hour Therapeutic Yoga certification with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. Sarah is honoured to be on the faculty for both the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga’s Teacher Training program and ProHealth’s Yoga Teacher Training program.