“Lessons Learned From Marine Corps Deployments, Military Olympic Competitions, And Nomadic Journeys”
Yoga Instructor Sarah: Studio Classes, Private Instruction, & Retreats
Sarah first began yoga in 2001 in order to cope with over-training injuries. After years of dabbling in the practice for the physical benefits alone, it was not until 2006, during her second deployment to Iraq, that she became fully “hooked” on the practice. She fell in love with its ability to positively affect her beyond the physical level, easing her stress, helping her to feel centered, and paving a path to self-awareness. She has been practicing regularly ever since then and credits yoga for helping her find flexibility, strength, and balance that was elusive through other types of athletic training or therapies. She is passionate about teaching yoga to anyone who wishes to experience its manifold benefits and is especially dedicated to introducing yoga to people who may not normally be attracted to it.
What is Sarah’s teaching style? First and foremost, Sarah wants it to be HAPPY YOGA for all, but let some of her students tell you about it, too…
Aimee says, “Sarah not only teaches you the proper yoga positions but gives alternatives to make it easier or harder. I am pregnant so she was attentive to the special modifications I needed throughout the class. She also brings humor into the class which makes for a more relaxing and comfortable environment.”
Garra says, “We were being educated and getting a good workout at the same time. The class had more experienced yoga people and Sarah was able to please us all. I burned more calories than expected and was sore the next day. After one session, I felt more flexible, calmer, more in-tune with my emotions, and even taller.”
Joe says, “I am still very much new to yoga, but Sarah’s teaching style made it easy to get over the initial fears of trying something new and really explore the benefits. I have quickly found that yoga is much more than just a fancy way of stretching, it’s a holistic discipline that is capable of producing positive benefits and healing for the mind, body, and spirit.”
Beth says, “Sarah provided a great opportunity to get out there with my husband and learn yoga together but in a fun and different way. It was because of Sarah and her teaching, that my husband continues to practice yoga with me even now. She even inspired our 13 year old to practice!”
Sarah’s teaching style tends to be on the gentle and spiritual side, but she is happy to teach more vigorous classes depending on the needs and desires of those whom she serves. No matter what, Sarah strives to be personal and have fun! She enjoys inspiring students and encouraging them to foster a healthy relationship between their hearts and minds, and to express that relationship on the mat through the poses of their bodies and off the mat through their attitude toward themselves and treatment of others.
Ultimately, as she hopes for herself, she encourages students to live out yogic principles in all areas of their lives. She also has a special interest in bringing yoga to under-served populations, in particular women veterans, service members with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and those who have suffered sexual assault or rape.
Previously, she taught group yoga with Feel It Burn Studio in Gahanna, OH. The classes she instructed were Hatha, Yoga for Weight-loss (think CorePowerYoga vinyasa style classes), and “Mixers” which were a combo of spinning and yoga. She also taught beginners’ yoga classes at Jackhammer Fitness in Columbus, OH. Additionally, through her association with the non-profit organization, Semper Fidelis Health and Wellness, she taught free group sessions at Proactiv Health Centers Chiropractic Office in New Albany, OH as well as free Restorative Yoga classes to veterans on Sunday nights at Feel It Burn. In the spring, Sarah added her famed “Roga” to her teaching docket and took small groups out for running followed by yoga-for-athletes at the lovely Woodside Green Park in Gahanna.
Sarah is new to Denver Colorado and booking private and group classes in the Stapleton area.
Sarah is a lifelong student and has plans through 2013 to attend as much yoga teacher training as she can! This training will include continuation of The Veteran’s Yoga Project “Mindful Yoga Therapy” Teacher Training (geared toward serving those with PTSD) and other similar programs in order to even better serve her clients, family, and friends such as Ashley Ludman’s 500hr YTT in Costa Rica and/or 120hr Yoga Therapy YTT in Guatemala. Sarah will also be speaking at the Hanuman Yoga and Music Festival in Boulder, CO on June 15th, 2013 as part of the Hunumission Inspirational Talks.
With over a decade of practicing and leading experience and 25 years of experience as a competitive, collegiate, and semi-professional athlete, Sarah is passionate about teaching, fitness, and overall health and wellness because she loves to inspire people of all ages to choose to live the life you love and love the life you live, no matter what! And always, Just Roll With It!
In addition to teaching classes at studios, gyms, chiropractic offices, and parks in the Denver area, Sarah offers private one-on-one classes and consultations, private group classes, and group event yoga therapy US-wide.
Want to know even more about yogini Sarah???
Well, Sarah is a passionate teacher. Spreading the message of yoga is near and dear to her heart because of the role it played in saving her life on many occasions. She credits yoga as one of the main reasons why she thrives today. She loves all different styles of yoga and has been practicing off-and-on throughout her adult life. She is also someone who has had a laundry list of injuries and someone who used to think yoga was a crock of hippie hocus-pocus; thus, she can relate to a variety of students with different physical and mental hesitations about doing yoga. Furthermore, she believes in happy yoga. Stuffy, pretentious studios and teachers who turn people off of yoga forevermore drive Sarah crazy. Yoga should be fun! We can still get all the true benefits of yoga while smiling and laughing!
* First: Yoga should heal, not hurt. This doesn’t mean Sarah will not gonna challenge you, though. But no matter what the style is, yoga should be therapeutic.
* Second: It’s your practice. It’s not about the instructor; it’s about you, the student. Sarah is just the teacher. What you need is already within you.
All of Sarah’ classes are appropriate for male or female students, experts or newbies, gumby’s or inflexibles because yoga is for everyone! So, check your ego at the door, and get ready to laugh, learn, and love.
Wherever you may be on your yoga journey, thanks for joining Sarah on hers:) God Bless and Namaste. ~”Semper Sarah” Plummer
May 15, 2013
Join Me in Costa Rica this July! :)
May 15, 2013