Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Girard.
Sarah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
At the age of two, I was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer known as retinablastoma or cancer of the retina. Being the only one in my family with the genetic marker for this disease, I spent much of my youth asking the question, “why did this happen to me?”
Because I had way too much energy, my mom put me in dance and it provided the safe place to release my internal world of emotion which was often tumultuous and intense.
As I grew up, I kept moving to calm things down, but eventually when I started practicing yoga, I learned to be still.
And in that stillness, I felt a doorway to my heart open up for the very first time.
Through that doorway, I finally felt safe in my body. It was no longer something to be tested or cured.
I spent a lot of my youth traveling searching for that sense of safety and stillness in the world to make it my home.
I’ve crossed the seas and have been as far away from land as a human can possibly be on earth. I moved to New York City and have lived, taught and created there for seven years. So of course it feels poetically symmetrical that now I’ve been sheltering near my parents and childhood home during this time of CoVid.
Like so many who search, I, too, value solitude. I crave silence as much as I crave a symphony. Though I love my independence, it is a fallacy to think I’ve gotten anywhere by myself.
I come from a family of spiritual teachers. Early on they gave me the foundation of wisdom and trust to help me grow up with uncertainty. I will never know why I had cancer. But I do know that I’m here today to share my story because as I do, maybe someone out there will feel less alone and a connection will be made.
Many of the practices of yoga can be seen as the process of identifying the ways in which we prevent ourselves from experiencing connection.
It’s something that can be simple in theory yet difficult in practice which is one of the many reasons why we call our yogic pursuits a practice.
I have dedicated the past fifteen years to creating an encouraging atmosphere for people to experience their own journeys towards stillness.
Yoga is a practice. It’s the journey of my life and I’m happy to share it with you.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’m not going to sugar coat this, this year has been one challenge after another and that probably doesn’t come as a surprise.
People are accessing yoga in so many different ways and it’s becoming less and less prioritized the more we become tethered to our devices.
I hope that we can continue to enjoy each other’s presence as we begin to heal and grow from the experiences of this year.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Since I have spent so much time in the hospital, I love helping people understand their own healing power.
I teach Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on Somatic Movement.
I love working with women who are interested in syncing yogic movement and breath practices to their Hormonal Cycle.
I also love providing postural, mobility and strength awareness for people who are in injury recovery/management as an addition to physical therapy.
I offer weekly classes and programs online through my website.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Los Angeles is a city of dreams and sky.
Things are so spread out (compared to other metropolitan cities: New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, etc.) that there is a sense of freedom that makes anything possible. It is so beautiful.
But since there is so much space here, people can run the risk of losing track of each other, not following up and making empty promises.
- Website: www.SarahGirardYoga.com
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