Sarah Downs has been practising and teaching yoga for two decades. She will turn to Ekam this year with two offerings: Yin & Yoga Nidra and Vinyasa Yoga. Very different classes which will both explore how we use yoga to seek and deepen connection with ourselves and each other.
Sarah Downs is a London-trained yoga teacher who has taught both in the UK, Sydney and now at her beautiful home in Pacific Palms, south of Forster, surrounded by lakes and ocean. She has been practicing Vinyasa (dynamic flow) yoga for 22 years and teaching for 18 years and is a registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia. Sarah offers detailed instruction on alignment as well as creative sequencing of postures and inspiration based on yogic philosophy, Buddhist teachings or whatever quote she can get her hands on at the time.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ― Viktor Frankl
This Yin Practice will explore our connection to our physical edge and in doing so we will illuminate our relationship to our mental and emotional edge. Poses are held for between 1 – 5 minutes, so students will be encouraged to go towards their edge gently. The beauty of a yin practice is that we have time to observe habitual reactions we have to arising sensations and the opportunity to create space around them so that, with awareness, we can consciously respond. Modifications will be offered for all poses, so there will be something for everyone, irrespective or your experience or physical condition. The practice will close with a guided Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep), which is a deep form of relaxation where our awareness stays alert and the physical, mental and emotional bodies rest heavily. It is said that time spent in focused yoga nidra is worth 4 times the amount of sleep. So come join the slumber party!
Physical Intensity: Low – Suitable For Beginners
“Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.” ― Alice Walker
This Vinyasa practice will be inspired by this quote. On a physical level, we will be conscious of how we create connections with the earth in the present moment (through feet and hands) and how we lift lightly as we aspire to our future moments (through the crown of the head, fingertips, buttock bones). We will start to link what grounds us with what we dream about whilst anchoring our aspirations. As we delve into this connection where we have a sense of being both grounded and light at once, the body becomes a conduit between heaven and earth. Students will be encouraged to dream, but to connect their dreams to the present moment in how they relate to their body, mind, breath and the space around them.
Physical Intensity: High