Hi, I’m Sarah!
I am an ashtanga yoga teacher, Sanskrit enthusiast, writer, and Marriage and Family Therapist-in-training. Currently, I direct Pranava, a small ashtanga yoga school in Collingswood, NJ, and the Pranava Collective, a virtual forum for spiritual, creative exploration. Our community is dedicated to creating something innovative, magical, and authentic in the yogic and tantric traditions.
Over the last decade, I’ve studied with indelible teachers and committed to holistic healing modalities. My passion for this work led me to study closely with Manju Jois, son of Patthabi Jois, and the American Sanskrit Institute. I’ve studied Shakta Tantra in India, learned women-centered practices as a child caregiver to new moms and Marriage & Family Therapist (in training), and wrote fervently into my own wound as a woman whose voice sometimes felt swallowed up by patriarchal structures, including (gasp!) the ashtanga yoga system.
I am a blogger, essayist, poetess, and diarist; I earned my BFA from Goddard College, the school that does not give out grades, for my thesis entitled “The Implacable I: The Case for the Personal, The Call for the Woman Writer.” I’ve also been sober for ten years through 12-step recovery and have taught extensively in addiction treatment centers. I bring an orientation in trauma-informed care, attachment theory, and humanistic, compassion-driven approaches such as those advocated by Carl Rogers, Dr. Gabor Mate, and Dr. Richard Swartz to my teaching (which I prefer to think of as sharing).
I am committed to holding the space of supporting personal expression, creative endeavor, and spiritual exploration. I am deeply compelled to create safe spaces and containers of connected knowing, or the domain of wisdom we all naturally embody through our intuition and relationship to our personal experience. I find myself drawn to people who value connected knowing over dogma and tradition. I want to work with and learn from people who are hungry to encounter themselves and come to know what is true for them — that is the truth that I find compelling, poignant, and hauntingly beautiful.
Story-tellers, wound-dwellers, I welcome you.
Practitioners who are tired of the exclusive, dry dogma of yogic tradition, I welcome you.
Women who are sick of learning yoga from the masculine perspective, who are eager to come home to their own womb wisdom and divine feminine power, I welcome you.
Individuals who feel creatively blocked, or creatively alive, I welcome you.
Womxn, queer folks, persons of color, & individuals left out of the conversation in yoga communities, I welcome you.
Human beings, I welcome you. I can’t wait to hear your story.
Love, light, and leela,