May our yoga practice bring health, vitality, simplicity, and a feeling of Oneness…

…with each other and with Everyone and with Everything.

May our practice Be a Celebration and an Offering.

May we measure our progress by the degree to which our authentic compassion and courage increase.
May we cultivate ourselves through patience, introspection, meditation, & dedication.

May we understand the teachings of Yama & Niyama and the 8 Limbs of Yoga more and more deeply over time.

May we Breathe and Move in unison, like an intuitive, unifying and meditative Dance, Bringing Our Full Presence to these movements in a room, together, making the practice an Offering to each other, to All Beings, to The Universe, to God.

May our practice and time together bring us closer to each other.

May we take care of each other and those in our lives, as we live on and off the mat.

May our creativity and work spring from a place of genuinely knowing and intimately feeling what matters most.

~Om Shanti~

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a little about me:

In 2010, I became a disciple of Mata Chandra Om, who I met for the first time two years prior.  What can I say about my Guru?  I don’t know how to put it into words.  She touched my head one day and years later, all I can say is that I know I am changing, growing, and learning how to Love and Be Loved… to Be Receptive to Love and Grace.

For those who are interested, I’ll share that I completed the 200 hour & 500 hour yoga teacher trainings (and various other trainings listed below)** at the NC School of Yoga, mostly under the instruction of my spiritual sisters, senior disciples of my Guru, Padma Om, and Lakshmi Om (who is now the Director of my spiritual home, the Shanti Niketan Ashram in Cary, NC).  Spending time at the ashram over the past few years, since it opened, has been perhaps more valuable and/or transformative than any formal training, though I appreciate all my training, of course.  It’s hard to describe what makes it most valuable, but the short version has to do with learning to work with others, showing up, being present, and doing simple tasks such as cleaning and working outside.  Something about all of that has made me who I am today, whatever that means!

I have been more and more inspired by the beautiful people who seem to have found their way to my yoga classes.  I hope to continue learning how to be a better teacher, and for all of our yoga practices to deepen together over time.  I hope to gradually share yoga (information, practices, lifestyle recommendations, and the aforementioned things I’ve learned about being in the community at the ashram) with students.  Many things I’ve learned are not things I have fully mastered long-term, but I have experienced the benefits first hand, and hope to create an atmosphere of solidarity and support among students and myself.  I view my yoga classes as a community that we all create naturally over time, and that we all contribute to.   I hope to help create an atmosphere of intimacy and patience in our lifelong yoga practice.

I like to garden, and I like to sing.  I love reading the poetry of Hafiz.  I love the sky, day or night, the moon, the stars, the clouds, and also just observing nature.  I especially enjoy encounters with squirrels, snakes, birds (including vultures), butterflies, and other backyard critters.

I lived in very rural central California for most of my childhood, and then moved to the Silicon Valley for high school.  Quite different experiences, for sure!  My mom got a job in Greensboro, NC my senior year of high school, so I moved here to NC with my family.  I attended Appalachian State for two years, and then (barely) graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2000, with a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages & English Literature.

I worked for the local coffee company, Joe Van Gogh, for over 9 years, playing a variety of roles.  I then worked at Guglhupf for 4 years as the Office Manager.  I’ve spent the last few years doing odd jobs such as bookkeeping, watering plants in office buildings, and being a personal assistant to Elder friends of mine.

In October 2017, I magically found The Eco Institute at Pickards Mountain, and am now the Office Manager here.  It didn’t take me long to see that The Eco Institute has basically everything I could ever want and need– a giant permaculture garden to work on with others, two beautiful spaces in which to teach yoga (an outdoor gazebo overlooking a pond, and a beautiful renovated barn loft), and people that I instantly felt at home with.  I love it so much that I decided to move here, so in the Spring of 2018, this will actually be my home!

In addition to the above, I have spent most of my life working through my own C-PTSD from long-term childhood trauma, which obviously has a long story behind it.  I mention it here, because it is a big part of what I have been working on all my life, and I hope to bring whatever understanding, patience, and presence I have to share from these experiences, to class.

**Other trainings I have completed at the Shanti Niketan Ashram include Children’s Yoga, Gentle & Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, and an additional course in Yoga Anatomy & Therapeutics

(updated 1.13.18)

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Sarah Waggoner - Yoga Teacher in Durham