Sara Schwartz: Yoga Instructor

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I took my first yoga class in 1999 at the Spectrum Club in Agoura Hills, California. As a dancer I had a hard time staying still in the poses and so there was an on and off relationship with yoga until a trip to India in 2009. In 2010 I received a 200 hour vinyasa certification from Yoga to the People in San Francisco. With YTTP I trained for and taught the 26 hot postures. In 2013 I completed the 500 hour Dharma Yoga Center certification and a 50 hour Rocket Vinyasa certification from Asta Yoga. Ultimately I hope to guide students to their inner world, as infinite as the sky above us! I currently live and teach in Los Angeles, CA.

What do you do best?

I'm not sure I'm the best at anything yet. But I get a lot of compliments on my backbends and inversion practice. Which is funny because back-bending is very emotional and tough for me. Inversions I had to overcome a lot of fear and still there is so much strength to find. I suppose that's the cool, humbling thing about yoga though. When you master one pose there is another waiting for your understanding on the other side.

What makes you the best?

I suppose any successes I've had in my life have all been due to hard work and perseverance. Especially perseverance. Sticking with it, keep trying, rest, stay calm, and try again.

What are your aspirations?

I have a lot of dreams. Vata dosha with tons of wild, impossible imaginings. It would be wonderful to one day have a yogi ashram/commune of sorts. I dream of going back to India. My biggest non-material aspiration is to one day see every living being I encounter with an open heart. I'm still a little fearful of large dogs!

Biggest Success?

Probably learning how to teach yoga and then making a living teaching yoga. I am an introvert so learning to teach was like pulling teeth. But I did it because I loved the practice and everyone told me: if you love yoga you do what is difficult because it's working to evolve you. Again: hard work to overcome habits, failing, and trying again.

Most Challenging Moment?

Most recently a bike accident. I landed right on my knees. Had lots of recovering to do and tearful visits to the doctor. But, luckily 5 months later my left knee is completely healed and I use a blanket under my right and it feels ok. It added a new dynamic to teaching where I couldn't demo certain poses and had to make adjustments without bending my knees fully.

Favorite Motto?

You are what you eat? Then I am a piece of chocolate! Or, work is love made visible. That is Kahlil Gibran. I always wonder how to express love and I think effort is a palpable way.

Favorite People?

Non-Famous: My family and friends. Famous: Amma, Audrey Hepburn, Sufijan Stevens, Bjork, Yogi Bhajan, Ghandi.

Favorite Places?

India, Paris, San Francisco Yoga to the People, and my apartment.

Favorite Products?

I really like this brand of hand soap called: Stop the Water While Using Me. I use Rosewater spray on my face (my skin is super sensitive, I'll break out using anything else). Kiss My Face Peaceful Patchouli deodorant. And The Goddess Line essential oils: Saraswati and Isis scents are my favorite.

Current Passions?

Yoga. Painting. Playing Banjo. Cycling. Swimming in the Ocean. Experimenting with Dinner in the Kitchen.