Photo cred: Scott Shigley
It is a great honor to welcome Sara Strother back to Practice Indie Yoga and NapTown for the 3rd year in a row! Shannon (CYO of the studio) has been a student of Sara’s on and off for the last 8 years, and is indebted to her teaching style for instilling both anatomical accuracy and philosophical interest into the culture of Practice Indie. Join us for a weekend of philosophy, anatomy, ancient wisdom and more as we learn from this masterful teacher!
Member Weekend: $150 | Single Sessions $55 *email for discount codes firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Member Weekend: $180 | Single Sessions $65
Grab all three sessions here:
Love Your Lower Back
Friday, March 22nd
Lumbar and SI Joint pain have you grabbing for heating pads, lotions or ice packs? Wonder why a yoga asana practice sometimes makes it worse? After suffering from chronic pain in this area during pregnancies and for years after, Sara got the help she needed and put into practice on the mat. In this 2.5 hour workshop learn how to take the reins of your own pain with experiential guidance.
Over the course of the afternoon Sara will share sequences to release the strain on your SI and Lumbar and exercises to build strength to hopefully avoid another occurrence. Learn to love you lower back instead of dreading the next time it goes “out”. Get the back-care yoga basics here and put them to practice!
This workshop will be great for students as well as teachers. Mixed levels will be accommodated.
Super Human Shoulders
Saturday, March 23rd
Did you know the shoulder girdle isn’t designed for weight-bearing? Considering the amount of time your shoulders weight-bear in a typical yoga practice we’ll have to develop super human strength to get the job done for years to come. In this class we’ll look at shoulder and upper body anatomy and work in a consistent way that honors the rhythm of the 8 distinct joints of your shoulders.
Practice will include hand balances and inversions.
Saturday, March 23rd
Treat yourself to an afternoon of storytelling on the mat and a supportive back bending progression. Sara, known for her poetic integration of yoga philosophy while leading asana, will explore with you the symbolism of the Rasa Lila and lore of Krishna . Expect strong standing poses and work towards embodying the beauty of the Dance of Divine Love. Class culminates with integration of lower and upper body alignment principles in peak backbend postures.
Sara’s bio: Sara began her regular practice of hatha yoga and meditation when she was 18 years old and just beginning college. Recognized in Chicago as an accomplished yoga teacher, Sara’s resume also includes teaching yoga in Japan for 2 years, online yoga classes, international retreats and has assisted master teacher trainings and immersions. In 2004 she was initially certified by the White Lotus Foundation of Santa Barbara, CA and in 2009 was initiated as an Anusara Yoga teacher.
Always a student, Sara annually studies with her teachers Noah Mazeand Darren Rhodes. Since 1999 Sara has been studying classical yoga philosophy and took up interest in Tantra in 2006. Sara receives her yoga dharshana from Christopher Hareesh Wallis, Christopher Tompkins and Douglas R. Brooks.
Throughout the year Sara works to evolve her teaching strategies in workshops, retreats, intensives and guest spots to local teacher trainings. In 2016 she was the guest key note speaker at the Radish Yoga Fest in Rock Island, IL. She formulates content for these events as if she was a curious student attending. Thorough investigations are plotted out in these courses and, in general, are accessible to a mixed level of students and teachers.
Sara is blessed to share life with her husband Todd, and daughters Celeste and Autumn. She loves to cook, hike, read and craft. Catch her on yogavibes.com, in the studio at Yogaview in Chicago or as a contributor to Conscious Living TV.