Yoga Teacher Interview Series: Sarah Sutton
I met Sarah virtually, without really knowing it, via Facebook. She friended me shortly after I completed my 200-hour teacher training, and would send me invites to her stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga classes which I regrettably have not been to yet! It wasn’t until just a few months ago, when I attended her Boot Camp class at Yoga Six and Sarah was talking about her SUP yoga classes during the Boot Camp class, that I made the connection. I was immediately drawn to her contagious positive energy during class and we got to chat after class. I can’t wait to get to one of Sarah’s other classes soon!
Sarah Sutton // Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Teacher
Tell me a little about yourself in a few sentences.
I am a transplant from California and moved to Columbus in 2010 with my beautiful baby girl. I love the outdoors and all things in and around water including frozen-snowboarding heck yeah!! By day you can either find me teaching or taking a fitness class and by night you can find me cuddled up with my daughter and 2 puppies with a good book or on a sunny patio enjoying time with my homies! I’m in love with life and living from a place of passion and authenticity fuels my internal fire into new realms of curiosity and adventure.
Where do you currently teach?
- Yoga Six
- Yoga614, LLC.
- Private Yoga classes, including SUPYoga, Aquatic & Gentle Chair yoga classes throughout the city
Where did you do your teacher training?
In Columbus, OH RYT-200 with Teresa Zanderelli @ FeelitBurn, LLC.
In Boston, Aqua Kriya Yoga with Camella Nair, [and in] Key West, FL withTara McCabe @ Lazy Dog.
What style(s) of yoga do you teach?
Power, Vinyasa, Hot, Flow, Deep Stretch, Kids, Aqua Kriya & SUPYoga.
Because I love it! Yoga is my life balance, it’s what motivates and excites me, challenges and drives me. It’s become so much more than just a physical practice. At this point without yoga, I could not survive. My livelihood has formed a symbiotic relationship with my breath and [the] two pair in perfect harmony to help bring a peaceful enlightenment to my life.
When did you walk into your first yoga class? What drew you in? What kept you coming back?
My first exposure to yoga was in my high school gym class. It wasn’t until 2001 when I went to college in San Diego, Ca that I took yoga a little more seriously and attended a regular class at L.A. Fitness. The teacher played a song called “Rather Be” to open the packed class of 40+people and we flowed together so beautifully I’ll never forget the way I felt after-it was my first “YogaGlow” experience and I was hungry for more…..
Do you have a home practice? If so, what is it like?
My physical “home” practice is typically sporadic and either in my bedroom, living room, or down in the basement. It’s a moveable space where I can embrace my puppies, who love running circles under my downward dog! I do love sharing my home practice with friends in the comfort of my home, I find the freedom to move in ways my body would never find the studio. My meditative practice occurs daily at the same time (headspace) typically in my car sitting in a parking lot for about 10-15 mins.
What is the most difficult part about being a yoga teacher?
Changing 5 times per day! haha That’s all I’ve got!!
What is the most rewarding part about being a yoga teacher?
Seeing my students glowing faces after class and having the opportunity to engage with other human minds on a higher level of consciousness. Promoting a deeper spiritual connection to life is the most rewarding gift one can give not only to others to but to itself.
What is your mission as a yoga teacher? Who are you trying to reach and why?
My mission is to encourage all people no matter how old to find new personal connections to theirs minds and bodies. To listen to the internal self and allow the external just to be exactly where it is in time and space.
Oh hard one…I think other than arm balances my standing all time favorite is Eagle (Garudasana). My super tight shoulders love all the variations that this pose offers in both the upper and lower body.
Least favorite post?
Hmmm Probably Half Moon. Some days are better than others, right?!:) But this pose gets me every time. I’ve just now started incorporating into my sequences because I left go of the personal attachment.
Anything else? Maybe a fun fact!?
🙂 I knit….a hat once and that was that! haha also I can touch my tongue to my nose-like Gene Simmons!