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Meet Sara Blowers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Blowers.

Sara, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always longed to understand the world around me and how to best live my life. As a child, this took the form of Christianity, as an adolescent raves and partying, and a trip to India in my mid-twenties brought me to yoga, where I am now. I had done yoga before and liked it, but I really became dedicated to yoga in India with the practice of mantra and deity worship (Jai Shiva!). When I came back to the US, I was confused where to dive in but quickly found the powerful magic of asana (posture) practice at Yoga to the People in San Francisco. I then studied with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York and he seamlessly integrates Indian philosophy with US asana athleticism. In New York, I also hugged Amma, the hugging saint, for the first time. She is now my guru, my highest teacher, and the perfect example of yoga. I usually teach in Los Angeles at YogaWorks, Red Diamond Yoga and Yogala however with Coronavirus the current location of my teaching is through Zoom.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not a smooth road. In India, I was practicing yoga and still addicted to smoking, drinking, and bad romantic relationships. It took a while for me to really integrate yoga techniques to soothe my anxiety in a healthier way. I’ve dealt with yoga injuries, such as a torn groin muscle, from demoing the center splits when I wasn’t warm. Yoga injuries are good, humbling teachers. I went through a divorce and felt terribly depressed for over a year. Sometimes I would be sobbing in my car and then jump in and teach class. The presence yoga teaching demands however was a life raft for me during that time. I’ve been fired from a studio for not being “entertaining enough” and asked to strip down the practice of spiritual elements. Early in my teaching, I followed these critiques. These days I just try to teach as authentically as I can and figure if someone has a problem with it, we can have an honest discussion. It’s not correct for anyone to assume “what all people want” and there are plenty of folks who love learning new languages (Sanskrit) and want to contemplate the cosmos.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I do enjoy teaching a more physically based yoga class. Coming from a dance background there is great pleasure in becoming embodied, strong and flexible. I also believe that we can enter into a meditative state by focusing our attention inside of the body and feeling all the details to be felt there. Students usually tell me I teach a challenging class but with a really mellow attitude. The kind of class where you don’t realize how hard you’re working until you’re in the middle of it, or even the next day. I use crystal sound bowls at the end of every class, something I learned from Yoga to the People. Sound meditations are very powerful to help clear the mind. What might set me apart is that while I feel playful, I am actually also very serious about yoga practice. I do believe there is a right and a wrong way to practice. There are ethical rules in yoga if you want to truly be practicing it. As I told a student the other day, I’m a little bit old school, which sets me apart from some and puts me in line with others.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
It’s one of my pet peeves when someone wishes me good luck. Part of me doesn’t believe in luck. In my experience, I’ve focused my mind, come up with plans, and made things happen in my life. That being said, I am a white woman coming from a middle-class Los Angeles family. I am blessed with a cheerful disposition and good health. If we’re going with the yoga idea of karma, I was born with very good karma. Yes, I’ve been deeply betrayed by people I loved and trusted, sexually assaulted, and have battled with anxiety most of my life. But if I was going to compare my story with other stories I’ve heard, I would say I’ve had an easy life so far.

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